For this project you will need a 4.5mm hook , US size G and one skein of medium worsted weight 4ply US, 10ply AU. A tapestry needle and two stitch markers of some kind.
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
st(s) = Stitch(es)
scdec = single crochet decrease
Note: Because your adding earflaps, alter your raspberry beanies to be shorter. 13 rounds for newborns and 15 rounds for all other sizes. Find the pattern for the Raspberry stitch beanie here http://meladorascreations-com.webs.com/raspberrystitchbeanie.htm
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Making the ears
Ch 2, and work 6 sc's into second chain from hook. (6)
Do 2 single crochets in each st around (12)
sl st into next st and ch 1, turn your project, back side facing you. Sc, dc, sc all in same stitch as ch 1,
*sk 1 st, and sc, dc, sc into next stitch*, repeat is in between *'s for rest of round
Rounds 4-6 (for 3 rounds)
sl st into beginning sc of round then, sc, dc, sc, in the same st *then sk 2 sts, sc, dc, sc in next stitch, repeat what is in between *'s
if your making the ears for an adult size hat and you want bigger ears just add more rows here.
Sl st into next st and ch 1, Cut tail, leave long tail to sew onto hat. Sew ears on before making earflaps.
Making the Earflaps
Flatten hat so your ears are straight. Making sure your flaps are going to be even, count from corner, over 6 sts on each side and mark for a total of 12 stitches. (If your making a baby hat, mark 10, if adult mark 14.)
Attach your yarn where the right side of the hat is facing you and work 1 sc in each of the 12 sts.
ch 1 and turn, work 1 sc in all 12 sts
ch 1 and turn, scdec, sc 8, scdec
ch 1 and turn, scdec, sc 6, scdec
ch 1 and turn, scdec, sc 4, scdec
ch 1 and turn, scdec, sc 2, scdec
ch 1 and turn, scdec, scdec, ch 1 and cut yarn, leaving enough of a tail to be worked in with your tapestry needle.
Lay your hat flat again and recount out 12 sts on other side, attach your yarn with right side facing you and repeat earflap.
Cut several long pieces of yarn, about 28 or so, depending on how thick you want your braids to be, and separate then into two sets of 14.
Fold in half and attach one of the 14 strands to the right side of the flap by pulling up a loop, then pulling the tail through. Tighten, do the same for other 14 strands.
Separate into 3 even strands and braid. When braid is at desired length tie at least 3 knots with the braids to secure. Cut excess tails, leaving a small pom pom at end. Repeat for other flap.
Make sure to check to see if the second braid is even with the first before tying your knots.
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