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Nomad Earflap Hat


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Hip and cool, yet warm and cozy. Quick to knit, yet full of interesting details. Unisex, and sized for youths, average adults and large adults. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic knowledge of circular fair isle knitting and chart reading required GAUGE Different sizes achieved by varying the gauge: Youth size gauge = 13 sts over 4" / 10cm Average adult gauge = 12 sts over 4" / 10cm Large adult gauge = 11 sts over 4" / 10cm SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Three different gauge suggestions given for achieving three different sizes: youth, average adult, large adult, with finished circumferences = 18 1/2" (20", 21 3/4") respectively. SUGGESTED YARN 216 yards of Bulky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Dale of Norway Hubro pure new wool COLORWAY Any 3 shades your heart desires

Supplies Needed

  • Three different 3 1/2 oz / 100g balls of Dale of Norway Hubro pure new wool yarn, 72 yds / 66 m. See note below!
  • Designer's note: Three hats were knit with 1 100g ball of each color, and obviously, you only use a little bit of each of the two accent colors. On the 4th hat, which was an adult average, I ran out of the main color doing the final trim around the bottom. Not a big deal - there was plenty of the contrasting colors left and either contrast color can look fine for the trim, too. But, if you're knitting either of the larger sizes and you'd like to have your bottom trim in the main color (off white, in this case), you MIGHT need a 2nd ball of the main color.
  • Needle suggestions: The one set of instructions works for 3 sizes - youth, adult average (shown) and adult large, provided you make minor gauge changes, as indicated in the pattern. The suggested needle sizes are US 11 (US 12, US 13) respectively.

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Mary Ann Stephens Knits
Mary Ann Stephens Knits
Hi! I'm Mary Ann Stephens, owner of, an online yarn shop specializing in Norwegian and Fair Isle knitting. I do a fair amount of designing and teaching. As I've gotten older, I've had to face the truth: I love to knit, live to knit, have to knit...but I cannot stand to knit with only one color!! My knitting blog is Two Strands ( and you can find me on Ravelry as "twostrands". Feel free to email me at: mas AT kidsknits DOT com. Thanks for visiting and happy knitting! xoxoxoxo, Mary Ann