Circular Knitting: Hats With Earflaps
Hello, my name is Earamichia with CocktailsandThread.com. And today, I'm going to show you how to circular knit a hat with ear flaps. Now, you'll have a pattern that you've already chosen for your hat. And today, I'm going to show you how to start with some ear flaps. Here we have a hat with some flaps attached to it. And, I'm going to show you how to create this "V" for your flap. I have one here that's completed. And so, now you have your point for your ear flap, and let me show you how to actually make one. You'll start by casting on two stitches onto your needle. And then, we're going to curl the first two stitches. The next thing in making your ear flap is you're then going to increase the first and last stitch of every other row. So, here we have two stitches, and with the last stitch, we have four. You would then proceed to, as I said before, purl, and then again increase the first and last stitch of every other row. And when you are done that, that's what gives you your triangular shape as you increase the first and last stitch of each row. Now, let me show you how to add these onto your circular needles. You would have made two ear flaps, and you would have begun by casting on stitches for the back potion of your hat. And, as you see here, I have knitted on the stitches from the ear flap, and then cast on the remainder stitches for the front. And now, let me show you how to continue with the last ear flap. So, we have our ear flap, and we have our circular needle, and you would just continue knitting those stitches. And, as you get to the last stitch on your ear flap, you then want to make sure you have a stitch marker, because at this point, we're going to join the round. So, we'll join the first round, place our stitch marker, and then we would continue to knit around, and this would be the first round of our hat pattern. And, so now you have your two flaps, and you can begin following the instructions for your pattern. Now, one thing that you want to remember when you're making your hat with the ear flaps is that whatever the total amount of stitches that you need to cast on, you want to make sure you subtract the number of stitches for your ear flap. And then, whatever is left over, you just want to ensure that you cast on a larger amount in the front, because this would be the brim of your hat, and a smaller amount in the back, because as you know, the ear flaps sit further back on your head. And, that is how to circular knit a hat with ear flaps. My name is Earamichia. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.