Baby Ear Flap Hat [knitting pattern]

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Free Beginner Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele

A while back I created this knitting pattern for an Ear Flap hat. Not only is it one of my most popular patterns to date, it’s also my favorite! I made several in different colors and I wear them all winter long. Naturally, I wanted to knit a scaled down version for my little guy. This hat knits up really fast thanks to the big needles and extra bulky yarn. 
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (1 skein)
Needles: Size 13 circular 16 inches long
               Size 13 straight needles (for the ear flaps)
Knitting Pattern
Size: 6-12 months
Gauge: 2 sts= 1 inch 
Cast on 32 sts. Work in K1 P1 ribbing for 2 rows. Knit in the round until piece measures 5 1/2 inches from the beginning. To shape the crown: Knit 2 sts together all around until you are left with 5 stitches. Cut
yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail. Thread tail through stitches of last row, pull to secure and make a knot. Make and attach pom pom.

Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[To make the ear flaps- Cast on 6 sts. Work in Garter stitch for 2 rows. Knit 2 sts together at each edge until you have 1 stitch left. Pull yarn through stitch to make a knot. Sew ear flaps on the the sides of the hat approximately 5 inches apart]
Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
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  1. I didn't realize until I went to a knitting store to ask a question that this hat is supposed to be knit 'in the round'. Since I've already knit the 5.5" flat, I'm going to rip it out & start over. My question is – how do you knit in the round with only 5 stitches left? It seems like you won't be able to continue to knit in the round as the number of stitches are reduced.

  2. Hi Gina – one more question please – when you say to sew the ear flaps approximately 5 inches apart, is that 5 inches from the center of the flaps or the edge of the flaps? Thanks so much!

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