I designed this for my friend, who surprised me by sending me some organic, grass-fed chickens and soy-free eggs from her farm (delish!!!) and a skein of local wool for me. The only thing she wanted back was the wool--reformed into a hat shape for her daughter, who was almost three, but one that would be "boyish" enough for her infant son in two years. As it turned out, I was able to make one for each of them in their current sizes from what she sent.
The hat is constructed by first making a cabled band that is grafted together at the ends. Then stitches are picked up for the crown and ear flaps. Twisted yarn ties and topper are the perfect finishing touch!
June 17, 2012: Revised and improved PDF added. Much more accurate, now including two sizes for women and a shorter earflap variation.
20 sts, and 28 rows equals 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch.
180 yards of Worsted weight
I have been "crafting" ever since I was little, with plenty of help from two very artistic grandmothers and a mom who taught me to sew at the age of nine. I haven't looked back, and now I sew, knit, (and design in both mediums), crochet (although it's not my favourite), scrapbook, paint, and cook! (Cooking can be a craft, right?)