The Merry hat is the Merrick hat’s fun, crazy sibling. I’ve modified it to give it earflaps with I-cord strings and some big, fluffy pompoms. You can choose from 3 sizes and work either from the charts OR the written instructions according to your preference.
The hat starts off at the bottoms of the I-cords, which then grow into the earflaps. Then, the earflaps are incorporated into the cast-on edge of the hat. You can use either the Backwards Loop Cast On or the Cable Cast On to make the stitches between the earflaps. I used the Backwards Loop method in my samples.
The earflaps are slightly offset in the Child and Adult XL sizes, with a little more space for the face at the front of the hat. However, the Adult size (where they’re not offset) looks just as good. For a more slouchy fit, go up a size.
For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle, click here.
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Sizes: Child, Adult, Adult XL
Yarn: 125 grams of worsted- or aran-weight, plus 60 grams for the pompoms (optional). Shown in Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, 2.5 balls light grey and 1-and-a-bit balls of yellow. (The green hat is also made with the Rialto Aran.)
Needles: Size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needles for knitting in the round. A 16″ will work for most of the hat, but you’ll need 2 circs (Or Magic Loop or dpn’s if your prefer) for the crown shaping.
Notions: Cable needle (if using), stitch markers, yarn darn and scissors, 2 pompom making tools: 8.5 cm and 6.5 cm sizes
- Increasing & decreasing
- Sewing in ends
- Knitting in the round
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