Got a Crocheted Hat That is Too Short or Just Want to Add Earflaps to it?
Attaching Ear flaps to a Crochet Hat —
Isn’t it amazing how quick babies grow? What is really great about crochet hats is that if you are crafty, you can keep adding rows and stitches to them to or you can do like I did with my grandson’s hat and add another row and some ear flaps.
Count the stitches of your hat. Mark of 1/3 of them for the face.
With worsted weight yarn and a size H (5mm) crochet hook I usually make my earflaps for newborns and 0-3 Month size hats 10 stitches wide at the top. For larger hat I usually do 12ish.
- To the right of your right marker, ss new yarn and chain 3,DC in the same st and in the next nine. (10) ch 3 and turn
- DC in next and across the row (10) do not ch, turn
- Now we begin decreasing. By not chaining at the row ends we lose a stitch each row which makes the ear flap taper.
DC in next and across the row (9) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (8) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (7) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (6) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (5) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (4) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (3) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (2) do not ch, turn
- DC in next and across the row (1) do not ch, turn
Fasten off leaving a long enough tail for weaving in.
Pick up your hat, you still have a marker on the other side. With the right side of your work facing you count 10 stitches toward the back of the hat and move your marker there. That is where you will slip stitch your new yarn and begin the second earflap. You will be crocheting from the back of the hat toward the face. Repeat rows 1-11 above.
So we had earflaps but the hat needed a little more help.
Adding a contrasting border.
This doesn’t have to be in a contrasting color, you can use the same color as you did for the hat but the crocheted border does neaten up the appearance of the hat.
I usually attach my contrast yarn either in the point of the left earflap (if I’m going to add ties or braids) or directly behind the left earflap. It’s easy, just ss your new yarn, chain 1, sc in the same and around the hat. When you get to the ear covers remember to make 2 sc’s in the end of each dc row so your flaps don’t look all curled up. When your’re done fasten off and weave in your ends. It will probably look something like this > > >
PS- Quick and Easy pattern at mom’s site: http://www.crochetphotoprops.com/photo_prop_patterns/#earflap