garter-rib ear hat by Alex Arnott
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garter-rib ear hat

December 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
197 yards (180 m)
This pattern is available for free

Here’s a simple pattern for a toddler-preschooler hat that’s both warm and adorable. The hat will fit a child with a 20 inch head (age 2-4), but is really stretchy so will accommodate a larger head as well. Knit in classic garter stitch but with a unique garterstitch-twist on a traditional ribbing that keeps things interesting. Practical i-cord side flaps will keep precious little ears warm while the decorative animal ears will make mothers swoon.

knit with two separate colours, less than one skein each.

pattern is knit the round in garter stitch. stitches for earflaps are picked up on the brim and knit, finishing off with i-cord. ears are knit separately and sewn on (optional).

buttons are added for fun on the ears but are completely optional.