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Lost in a sea of yarn and needles. Lusting after handmade socks and all things lacy


Afghans For Afghans

Rev em up. New call out for baby stuff. This is for the infant hospital in Kabul. Here is a link for more information
Afghans for Afghans

I searched Revelry for a infant hat with ear flaps. And found this one Ear Flap Hat Cute pattern. Let me say I have a worry factor about ear flaps going over the babies faces and I am not 100% sure of tie on hats. I worry about the babies being choked by accident. Born to worry, thats me. I have to assume they know what they want.
The only DK that I had handy was some Elann Superwash Merino in Ruby. Not a color I would offer up to a sick infant. But it was a test knit. The yarn is beautiful and soft. But not suitable for this project. I knit up the hat with much moaning about the SS stitch ear flaps curling around themselves and the needles. Finished off the hat and washed it. The merino just went flat. It spread out and died. I can see how this would be a wonderful shawl or scarf though.
Pattern mods
First flap had one garter stitch on each side. Totally useless to keep the damn thing from rolling about. Although it did flatten out when washed. Second flap I worked 3 garter stitches on each side. Still rolled a bit
Next hat, garter stitch ear flaps. I would also start the flaps with an ICord or crochet chain, then increase to form the flap.
You cast on, knit across one flap, cast on more stitches, knit across the next flap and so on. This leaves a very rough looking start up row. You could crochet around the hat to even things up a bit. Or just sew the flaps on when the hat is done. Or stop moaning and get knitting
Flap with garter edge

Hat according to pattern, no garter edge

Thank you all for your kind posts about Violet. And your support for me to stop being a junkie. I do appreciate it

By Suzann
On Monday, October 22, 2007
At 10/22/2007 09:25:00 AM
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Blogger Mary Says:

Love it!

Blogger Heidi Says:

Please ignore if this doesn't make sense but...could you knit the hat part first, then turn the whole thing upside down and knit the earflaps by picking up stitches, then the icord last? Would that make a neater appearance? (asks the inexperienced knitter).

Blogger smariek Says:

I worry about ties on hats too. Some of M's hats have ties that attach at the ends with velcro, so they come off easily compared to tying a knot.


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