Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Christmas Is Coming

Since the Snowperson hat was a bust (I'll try again another time!), I decided to cast on a tiny ear-flap Santa hat for the sweet and charming Rowan.

It's my own design.

First I made 2 tiny ear flaps and put them on a piece of yarn (3 stitches at the bottom, increase to 10 at the top, followed by 4 rows even--all in garter stitch). Then I cast on 50 stitches with 2 strands of Fun Fur (this is ecru or something) and knit 3 (or maybe 4) rounds. Drop the fur.

Then, starting at the join, with red, knit 5 stitches, kit across the first flap (10 stitches) by knitting one ear flap stitch together with one fuzzy stitch. Then I knit 2 stitches (in red) then repeated the knit together bit and knit the last 5 stitches.

I knit even (in red rounds) until it was about 3" deep (measuring from the front edge), then started decreasing: K 3 k 2 together around. Knit 2 rounds even. K2, k2 together around. Knit 1 round even. K1 k 2 together around. Then k 2 together around until 3 stitches remain and make about an inch of i-cord.

Sew a jingle bell very securely to the i-cord.

Cut 6 strands of red, about 20" long. Attach 3 to the point of each flap having 10" on each side. Divide the strands into 3 groups of 2 (you want each group to have 1 on the out and 1 on the inside), braid evenly (like braiding hair) and tie an overhand knot at the bottom. Trim. Repeat on the other flap.

What could be easier?

Don't forget to fluff the fur.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease (the old stuff) and Fun Fur.

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Very very cute Ann! I'm sure Rowan will look adorable in it.
Oh, that's way cute! I can't wait to see pix of him in it!
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