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Cheery Scrap Cap
» photos: Sara Parker Photography » model: Charlie and Ava

Cheery Scrap Cap

Easy
By Kate Oates

This is a happy little ear flap hat. I knew I wanted to make something using lots of fun and bright colors. So I looked at my stash and grabbed what I liked and this hat just sort of happened. As a mom of two boys, I never leave them out of my designing! I ended up with two complementary designs—a girly one featuring a row of hearts, and a masculine version featuring skull & crossbones. You won’t get bored knitting this one, or looking at it afterward. It’s a great stash buster. Feel free to experiment with colors or even moving the charted patterns around!

SIZE

Newborn [Infant, Toddler, Child]
Shown in infant

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Boy's Circumference: 12[14.5, 17, 19] inches
Girl's Circumference: 12.5[14.5, 16, 18] inches

MATERIALS

Worsted Weight Scraps in 7 different colorways

Girl's hat: Red, Purple, Ivory, Turquoise, Orange, Lime, Pink
Boy's hat: Navy, Lime, Light Blue, Grey, Red, Orange, Ivory

Recommended yarns

The following "recommended" yarns are simply a starting place if you do find yourself at the LYS. Any worsted weight yarn will do.

Ella Rae Classic [100% Wool; 219 yards/200meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein],
Cascade Yarns 220 [100% Wool; 220 yards/201meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein],
Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted [100% Merino; 210 yards/192 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein],
Encore Worsted [75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 200 yards/183 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein],
Crystal Palace Bunny Hop [50% Microacrylic, 42% Micronylon, 8% Angora; 113 yards/103 meters per 1.8 ounce/50 gram skein],
Plymouth Jeannee [51% Cotton, 49% Acrylic; 111 yards/101 meters per 1.8 ounce/50 gram skein],
Rowan Calmer [75% Cotton, 25% Acrylic Microfiber; 175 yards/160 meters per 1.8 ounce/50 gram skein]

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 16 inch circular needle and set of 5 dpns

NOTIONS

Yarn needle
Stitch marker
Cardboard or pom making tool

GAUGE

20 sts and 25 rows = 4 inches in St st

PATTERN NOTES

Construction starts with ear flaps, beginning with braided tassels and working up.  Ear flaps are then knit into the cast on round and the hat is worked in the round from there using fair isle technique.

Special Stitches

m1r (make 1 right) - with left needle, lift strand between needles from back to front, knit lifted strand through the front.
m1l (make 1 left) - with left needle lift strand between needles from front to back, knit lifted strand through the back.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, fair isle.


INSTRUCTIONS

TASSEL & EAR FLAP (make 2)
Cut twelve 3-foot lengths of yarn in Red (girl's) or Navy (boy's)
Fold in half, and use yarn still attached to ball to loop around at least 3 times in the middle, leaving a long tail that you can weave into the braid. 
Split the strings into three cords for braiding (8 each cord + the tail).
Braid until you have 4 inches of yarn left in the cord.
Tie a knot tightly to secure braid, leaving 2 inches of yarn for tassel.
Trim the end of the tassels.
With one DPN, pick up 3 of the loops wrapped around the top of the braid and use these to knit ear flap back and forth as follows:
Cheery Scrap CapRow 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K1, m1l, k1, m1r, k1: 5 sts.
Row 4 and all even rows: Purl across.
Row 5 and all odd rows: K1, m1l, knit to last st, m1r, k1: 7 sts.
Rows 6-15: Repeat Rows 4 and 5, 5 times: 17 sts.
Rows 16-26: Work 11 rows in St st.
Cut yarn and leave sts on single dpn, leaving a long tail to weave into the hat once attached.

HAT - GIRL'S VERSION

Cast on 7[9, 11, 13] sts, knit across first ear flap, cast on 16[20, 24, 28] sts, knit across second ear flap, cast on 7[9, 11, 13] sts, pm and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist sts: 64[72, 80, 88] sts.

Knit from chart corresponding to proper size. Begin shaping for crown once main chart is completed, using written instructions for decreases and Crown chart for pattern.

 

Cheery Scrap CapCrown Shaping

Rnd 1: * K2tog, k6; repeat from * around: 56[63, 70, 77] sts.
Rnd 2: * K2tog, k5; repeat from * around: 48[54, 60, 66] sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: * K2tog, k4; repeat from * around: 40[45, 50, 55] sts.
Rnd 6: * K2tog, k3; repeat from * around: 32[36, 40, 44] sts.
Rnds 7 and 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: * K2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 24[27, 30, 33] sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: * K2tog, k1; repeat from * around: 16[18, 20, 22] sts.
Rnd 12: K2tog around: 8[9, 10, 11] sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches and secure.

HAT - BOY'S VERSION

Cast on 6[9, 12, 15] sts, knit across first ear flap, cast on 14[20, 26, 32] sts, knit across second ear flap, cast on 6[9, 12, 15] sts, pm and join to knit in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. 60[72, 84, 96] sts.


Knit from chart corresponding to proper size and, taking note of the instruction for the last line on the chart written below:

For Newborn boys size ONLY: * K13, k2tog; repeat from * around: 56 sts.
For Infant boys size ONLY: * K7, k2tog; repeat from * around: 64 sts.
For Toddler boys size ONLY: * K19, k2tog; repeat from * around: 80 sts.
For Child boys size ONLY: * K10, k2tog; repeat from * around: 88 sts.
Begin shaping for crown once main chart is completed, using written instructions for decreases and Crown chart for pattern.

 

Cheery Scrap CapCrown Shaping

Rnd 1: * K2tog, k6; repeat from * around: 49[56, 70, 77] sts.
Rnd 2: * K2tog, k5; repeat from * around: 42[48, 60, 66] sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: * K2tog, k4; repeat from * around: 35[40, 45, 50, 55] sts.
Rnd 6: * K2tog, k3; repeat from * around: 28[32, 36, 40, 44] sts.
Rnds 7 and 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: *K2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 21[24, 27, 30, 33] sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: *K2tog, k1; repeat from * around: 14[16, 18, 20, 22] sts.
Rnd 12: K2tog around: 7[8, 9, 10, 11] sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches and secure.

 

 

 

 

 

FINISHING - BOTH VERSIONS

Pom pom

Cheery Scrap CapFeel free to use your own pom pom making tool, or to decide on a different size pom pom. Here are some directions in case you need a little guidance: Cut a piece of cardboard to a 2 inch width. Using Red and Pink (girls) or Navy and Grey (boys), wrap yarn 100 times around the cardboard and cut yarn. Slide wrapped yarn gently off of cardboard. Cut another 10 inch piece of Red or Navy and use it to wrap once around the middle of your wrapped bundle, tie tightly and double knot (at least).
Slide scissors into the loops on both sides and make sure to cut all loops.
Voila! Now just use your scissors to trim up and shape the pom pom nicely, being careful not to cut center string. Use yarn needle to thread both center strings into the top of the hat; secure on inside of hat. Weave in all yarn ends on the inside of the hat.

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Jenny Snedeker

Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers. She enjoys designing hats in particular, and garments for babies and children. Her projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate also strives to add specifically to the growing body of knits for boys as she has two of her own! When she can pull herself away from her knitting, she is finishing up a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida.

 


Pattern & images © 2009 Kate Oates. Images © 2009 Sara Parker. Contact