Ribbed Hat with Earflaps

Bernat Baby Sport Yarn (350 gr ball)
3.50 mm crochet Hook
4.00 mm Afghan Hook
Gauge: 14 sc = 4 inches, 10 ridges (20 rows) = 4 inches
Guage in Tunisian Knit Stitch: 18 stitches = 4 inches, 24 rows = 4 inches.
Hat fits 19 1/2", (20 1/2", 21 1/2") head.
Phentex Sport (350 gr ball) also works
but the sizes will be: 18 1/2" (19 1/2", 20 1/2")

Stitches are worked tightly so the hat is practically windproof.


Fig. 1
Hat is made in Back Loop Only Single Crochet.
Earflaps are made in Tunisian Knit Stitch.

This pattern has extra-wide Earflaps and a doubled-over Cuff.
Innercity babies receive very thin hats and have very thin hoods
on their baby coats (that's what's out there in used baby gear in Winnipeg).
They lose a lot of body heat. This pattern was developed with input from
2 Innercity Infant Daycares to keep these little ones extra-warm and safe.
The earflaps are extra long so that most of the cheek is covered.
The teen mothers really like the extra-long earflaps since they keep the face warm
(and are not available on commercial hats)

Special Technique: Turning Fabric.
  1. At the end of full rows turn the fabric toward you (clockwise turn).
    This places the supply yarn outside the stitch
    and produces a slightly scalloped edge that is excellent for ribbing.
  2. NO CHAIN turn at end of short rows.
    Turn fabric away from you (counterclockwise turn).
    This places the supply yarn in the next row of stitches
    and will be worked over with the first stitch.
    For short rows, no chain, turn, miss first stitch and start with sc in second stitch.

With 3.50 mm crochet hook: Chain 41 (44, 47)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain [under top 2 strands]
from hook and each chain to end, ch 1, Turn. (Technique #1)
Place marker in the second chain and don't move it.
Mark Row 1 as Right Side.
For the rest of the instructions, use Back Loop Only Single Crochet.
Row 2: Sc in back loop only in each stitch to one stitch from end. [40(43, 46 stitches]
Leave last stitch unworked. No chain, Turn.
Row 3: Skip first stitch, sc in back loop of each stitch to end of row.
Chain 1, Turn.
Row 4: Sc in back loop of each stitch to the end of the row,
sc in the end of the row and in the unworked stitch of row 1.
(This time only insert hook in back loop of last stitch,
YO, pull loop through, then insert hook through the loop
of the foundation chain that sticks out, YO,
and pull through all three loops on hook.)
For the rest of the pattern work this stitch in the normal manner.
Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in back loop only of each stitch
to end of row. Chain 1, Turn.

Repeat rows [2-5] 13 (14, 15) times more,
then work rows [2-4] one more time.
Total of 30 (32,34) ridges or 60 (64, 68) rows.

Slip Stitch back seam:
With wrong sides together slip stitch back loops
of last row stitches with free loops of first row to the end of the row,
slip stitch the end of the first and last row together.

Place marker in seam and weave in loose ends.

Turn hat inside out.
Weave doubled strand of yarn through stitches
at top of hat and close tightly.
Weave in ends.

Adding Ear Flaps:
Special Term:
TKS2tog -Insert hook under next vertical loop
then insert hook between the strands of next vertical loop,
YO, and pull through 2 vertical loops. TKS2tog made.

First Earflap:
Hold hat with the top of the hat to your right,
Place markers in 16th (18th, 20th) stitch of
first 11 (12, 13) ridges to the left of the seam.
Foundation Row: (3.50 mm crochet hook) With top of hat pointing down,
join yarn with a sc in the stitch just below the marker
of first ridge to left of back seam.
*chain 1, sc in valley between ridges,
chain 1, sc in the stitch just below the marker of next ridge.
Repeat from * 9 (10, 11) more times [total of 11(12, 13) ridges].
No chain, Turn.

Change to 4.00 mm afghan hook.
All rows begin with 1 loop on hook to start.
Row 1: with 1 loop on afghan hook, pull loop of yarn
through each chain 1 space in foundation row and in last sc.
Return.22 (24,26) loops on hook.
Work 9 (11, 13) more rows of Tunisian Knit Stitch .

Shape Top of 22 stitch flap:
Row 1: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 16 stitches,
TKS2tog, Final Stitch. Return.
Row 2: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches,
TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 6 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch. Return.
Row 3: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches,
TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch. Return.
Row 4: TKS2tog, TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS2tog, final stitch. Return.
Row 5: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch. Return.
Row 6: TKS2tog, TKS2tog, Final Stitch. Return
Row 7 TKS2tog, Final Stitch.
Special return: YO, pull loop through 1 loop,
YO, draw loop thru all remaining loops.

Continue by making a chain 9 inches long. (Chain 45).
Slip stitch back to earflap.
Insert hook under the 2 loops of the TKS2tog of Row 7 and fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.

Shape top of 24 stitch flap:
Row 1:TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches,
TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 10 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch, Return.
Row 2: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches,
TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 6 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, final Stitch, Return.
Continue with rows 3 - 7 of 22 stitch flap

Continue by making a chain 9 inches long. (Chain 45).
Slip stitch back to earflap.
Insert hook under the 2 loops of the TKS2tog of Row 7 and fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.

Shape top of 26 stitch flap:
Row 1:TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 20 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch, Return
Row 2: TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 2 stitches,
TKS2tog, TKS in each of next 10 stitches, TKS2tog,
TKS in each of next 2 stitches, TKS2tog, Final Stitch, Return.
Continue with rows 2 - 7 of 22 stitch flap

Continue by making a chain 9 inches long. (Chain 45).
Slip stitch back to earflap.
Insert hook under the 2 loops of the TKS2tog of Row 7 and fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.

Second Earflap
Follow instructions for First Earflap starting on the 11th (12th, 13th) ridge
to the right of back seam and working to the first ridge to the right
of the back seam.

Turn hat right side out..

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