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Monday, October 29, 2012

Yeti Earflap Hat

  Be afraid of Yetis no more! This hat makes them downright adorable, the cold doesn't stand a chance when it's up against this "Yetihat, it will keep you toasty warm.

Size Newborn, (infant, child, adult)

You will need:
100 grmEyelash type yarn in white,
50 grm White double knitting type yarn
small amounts of black and blue double knitting type yarn.
At least 3 dpn and circular needle -I used 4mm but you need to use correct needle to obtain gauge.
Size 4.5mm & 3.5mm straight knitting needles for facial features.

Gauge : 19sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Earflap Make 2.
With white eyelash yarn cast on 7sts.
Row 1 K1, purl to last st K1
Row 2 K1, knit front and back, knit to last 2sts, knit front and back, k1.
Repeat these 2 rows until 15sts.
Knit straight in st st a further until measures 2.75'' (3'', 3.25'' 4'').Break yarn.


With circular needle and eyelash yarn, cast on 10, (12, 14,17) sts, with right side facing, Knit across 15 sts of one earflap, turn, cast on 5 sts leaving eyelash yarn attached change to white double knitting and cast on 14,(17, 20, 26) sts, attach another ball eyelash yarn and cast on 5sts, turn, with right side facing, Knit across 15 sts of remaining earflap, turn, cast on 10, (12, 14, 17) sts; join to work in the round placing a stitch marker between first and last sts to mark beginning/end of rnds – 74,(81,88,97) sts.
Join, being careful not to twist stitches, place marker and begin knitting in the round. As you knit around this first row (keeping the double knitting section as set in the cast on row), you’ll notice four gaps, on either side of each ear flap. When you get to those, K2tog to close them up. At the end of the round, you should have 70 (77, 84, 96) stitches on the needles.
Continue next round working the eyelash and double knitting (face) sections as set but on this round start to work from chart in blue double knitting to represent the mouth. For newborn and infant sizes start on row 5 of the chart.
Work to end of chart.
Next in white only continue working eyelash yarn and double knitting sections straight untill
piece measures 3.5 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from the cast-on row.

Working only in eyelash yarn (knitting across double knit section with eyelash) begin the decreases as follows, switching to DPNs when the diameter of the hat is too small for your circular needle:
(Decrease) Row 1: *K8 (9, 10,10), K2tog. Repeat from * to end
Row 2: K all sts
(Decrease) row 3: *K7 (8, 9, 9), K2tog. Repeat from * to end.
Row 4: K all sts
(Decrease) row 5: *K6 (7, 8, 8), K2tog. Repeat from * to end.
Row 6: K all sts
Decrease in this manner until there are 35( 35, 40, 40sts on the needles.
Then decrease in the same manner, omitting the “k all sts” rows, until there are 7(7, 8 ,8) sts remaining.
Pull yarn through the last stitches with a tapestry needle, pull through to inside and weave in end.

With white double knitting yarn and 4.5mm needles cast on 15sts
Row 1 knit
Row 2 purl
Row 3 knit
Row 4 purl
Row 5 (k3,k2tog) three times
Row 6 purl
Row 7 knit
Row 8purl
Row 9 (k2, k2tog) three times
Row 10 purl
Row 11 (k1, k2tog) three times
Row 12 p2tog three times, break yarn leaving long tail, thread through remaining 3 sts draw tight to form a point secure and sew seam.

Eyes (make 2)
With black yarn and 4.5mm needles cast on 21 stitches loosely. Knit 3 rows. Pass all sts, 1 at a time, over first st. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitch; pull to tighten.

Inner Eye (make 2)
With white yarn and 4.5mm needles cast on 11 stitches loosely. Knit 3 rows. Pass all stitches 1 at a time over first as before.

Teeth (make 2)
With white yarn and 3.5mm needles cast on 6 sts.
Row 1 knit
Row 2 purl
Row 3 k2tog, k2, k2tog
Row 4 purl
Row 5 k2tog,k2tog
Row 6 purl
Row 7 k2tog, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining stitch and secure.

Using the photo as a guide sew eyes into position and make a french knot in the center using black yarn.
Sew teeth into positon on the blue of the mouth, attatch the horns and using black yarn embroider the nose.

Using white double knitting yarn, cut strands of yarn approx. 24 ( 24,36, 36) inches in length. ( at least 8 strands total)
Gather strands and find center.
Thread one end through center cast on stich of earflap , pulling even.
Separate strands into 3 equal sections and braid, making sure beginning is tight to earflap.
Secure ends with yarn or tiny pony tail elastic bands.
Trim ends even. Make pom pom using eyelash or double knitting yarn ad attach to ends of braids.

 Don't go jumping out at any ramblers. Because they will think you are a yeti. Maybe. ;-)

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