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This is a practical hat for the stylish baby.

It is made in a soft aran weight wool and cashmere yarn, but knit tightly for extra warmth.

Cool-weather bonus: earflaps are hidden under a wide brim that can be buttoned up inside the hat or worn down on extra cold days.

model: Gwendolyn Ramsay photos: Michael and Heather Ramsay

0-3 months [3-6months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years]

Head Circumference: 14.5[16, 17.5, 18.5, 19.2] inches



Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran [55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere; 99yards/90 meters per 50g skein]; color: soft pink #603; 1[2, 2, 2, 3] skeins.

1 16 inch US #6/4mm circular needle
1 set US # 6/4mm double-point needles
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Two half inch matching buttons without shanks
Sewing needle and thread



20 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

Knitted Cast-on
Place slip knot on left needle. Insert right needle into loop, wrap yarn and draw through as if to knit but do not remove slip knot from needle. Place new stitch onto left needle. *Insert right needle into last stitch made on left needle. Wrap yarn and draw through as if to knit but do not remove stitch from left needle. Place new stitch on left needle. Repeat from * for knitted cast-on.

Picot Cast-on
Using Knitted Cast-on, *CO 5 sts, BO 2 sts, slip st rem on right needle back to left needle, repeat from * for Picot Cast-on.


Using circular needle and Picot Cast-on, CO 125[147, 158, 169, 180] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

First, Second and Fourth Sizes only:
Round 1: [K1, p1] to last st, k1.
Round 2: [P1, k1] to last st, p1.

Third and Fifth Sizes only:
Round 1: [K1, p1] around.
Round 2: [P1, k1] around.

All Sizes:
Work in stockinette st for .75[1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5] inches.

Bobble Border
Round 1: [K4, k4togtbl, k3tog] to last 4 sts, k2, k2tog. 69[81, 87, 93, 99] sts rem.
Round 2: K all sts, decreasing 0[0, 0, 0, 3] stitches evenly spaced around. 69[81, 87, 93, 96]sts rem.
Round 3: [K2, (k1, p1, k1, p1) in next st] around. 138[162, 174, 186, 192] sts.
Round 4: [K6, turn, p4tog, turn, sl1] around. 69[81, 87, 93, 96]sts rem.
Cont in stockinette st until work measures 1.5[2, 2, 2, 2] inches from beg of Bobble Border. Dec 4[1, 2, 3, 1] st(s) evenly spaced in last row. 65[80, 85, 90, 95] sts rem.

(Change to dpns when necessary)
Next Round: *K11[14, 15, 16, 17], k2tog, place marker, rep from * around.
You should now have 5 markers on the needle, with 12[15, 16, 17, 18] sts between each.

Round 1: K all sts.
Round 2: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker] around.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 7[9, 9, 10, 9] sts remain between markers. 35[45, 45, 50, 45] sts
K 1 round.
Work Round 2 until 1 st rem between markers. 5 sts
Cut yarn, thread through rem sts and pull tight.

Earflaps (make 2)
CO 6 sts.
Row 1 [WS]: [K1, p1] across.
Row 2 [RS]: (K1, p1) in first st, k1, p1, YO, p2tog, (k1, p1) in last st. 8 sts.
Row 3 [WS]: [P1, k1] across.
Row 4 [RS]: (P1, k1) in first st, [p1, k1] to last st, (p1, k1) in last st. 10 sts.
Row 5 [WS]: [K1, p1] across.
Row 6 [RS]: (K1, p1) in first st, [k1, p1] to last st, (k1, p1) in last st. 12 sts.

Fourth and Fifth Sizes Only:
Row 7 [WS]: [P1, k1] across.
Row 8 [RS]: (P1, k1) in first st, [p1, k1] to last st, (p1, k1) in last st. 14 sts.
Row 9 [WS]: [K1, p1] across.
Row 10 [RS]: (K1, p1) in first st, [k1, p1] across, (k1, p1) in last st. 16 sts.

All Sizes:
Next Row [WS]: [P1, k1] across.
Next Row [RS]: [K1, p1] across.
Repeat last 2 rows until work measures 2.25[2.5, 2.5, 3, 3] inches.
BO all sts in patt.

Ties (make 2)
CO 2sts.
Row 1: K1, p1
Row 2: P1, k1
Repeat these 2 rows until tie measures 11[11, 11, 12, 13] inches.
BO in pattern.



Attach earflaps on opposite sides of hat by sewing them under the brim and onto the back sides of the bobbles. Be sure that the wrong side of the hat and the right side of the earflap are facing as you sew.

Sew ties onto center right side of earflap at the point that it meets the brim.

Sew buttons on inside of hat so that they match up with YOs from earflaps when flaps are folded up inside hat.

Weave in all ends.

Thread ties through YOs in earflaps to wear them down, or button flaps up if it's not so cold!



Heather is madly in love with her eight month old daughter, Gwendolyn.