Knitted toque with earflaps

Cosy earflaps and soft alpaca-blend yarn will keep you warm come wintertime.

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Adult-size hat is worked in stocking stitch, with band of ribbing, then edged with crochet. Standard abbreviations are used. Recommended for knitters with some experience.

You need:
• Patons Rumor (80 g) 84 per cent acrylic/15 per cent alpaca/1 per cent polyester yarn as follows: 1 ball each No. 69044 Flannel Heather, Main Colour (MC); No. 69040 Spanish Heather, Colour A (A); and No. 69525 Fern Heather, Colour B (B)
• One pair of 6 mm knitting needles OR whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below
• 6 mm crochet hook
• Stitch holders
• Tapestry needle

13 sts and 18 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) in stocking stitch. Work to exact tension with specified yarn to obtain satisfactory results. To save time, take time to check tension.

To make:
Earflap (make 2)
With MC, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (right side): Knit, inc 1 st in each of first 2 sts. 5 sts now on needle.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1.
7 sts now on needle.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 7 times more, break MC. 21 sts now on needle.
Next: With A, rep last 2 rows twice.
25 sts now on needle.
Next row (right side): Knit; slip sts onto st holder.

Joining row: With A, cast on 3 sts, move needle with sts to right hand, then, with wrong side facing, purl across 25 sts of one earflap on st holder; move needle with sts back to left hand, then cast on 10 sts; move needle with sts to right hand, then, with wrong side facing, purl across 25 sts of rem earflap on st holder; cast on 3 sts. 66 sts now on needle.
Row 1 (right side): K2, [p2, k2] to end of row.
Row 2: P2, [k2, p2] to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows of [k2, p2] ribbing once more.
Next: With B, work 2 rows ribbing.
Next: With A, work 2 rows ribbing, break A and B.
Next: With MC, work even in St st until work from joining row measures 14.5 cm/5-3/4 ins, ending with right side facing for next row.

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