Here's a hat I made for my niece and I thought I'd share how I made it with you.
I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second one to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.
PDF also available on my free patterns page.
Child's Super Bulky HDC Beanie
(with or without ear flaps)
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely & sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Hook: P (16 mm)
Yarn: Super Bulky (6)
Ch = chain
ea = each
st = stitch
sc = single chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo = finish off
**do no turn work unless specified**
Round 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, 2hdc in ea remaining st around, join. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next st *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st *around, join (18)
Round 4: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st *around, join (24)
Round 5: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts *around, join (30)
Round 6-12: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st and ea remaining st around, join (30)
If you prefer a basic beanie without ear flaps, then finish off at this point. Otherwise, continue with pattern....
Ch 1, hdc in next 5 sts, turn.
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in rem 4 sts, turn
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, fo.
This will leave 2 holes at the bottom of the flap.
Join yarn with sl st in 8th st from ear flap #1 and continue following pattern as written for #1
**There will be more space between the flaps across the front of the hat then there is across the back.**
Cut 12 strips of yarn, each about a yard long. Thread 6 through the front hole at the bottom of ea flap and braid until you have approximately 3½" of unbraided yarn at the end. Secure by making one big knot with the remaining yarn.