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welcome back to snowy owl nets a a

couple of weeks ago my daughter-in-law

who I just adore and I we were visiting

and she decided she she needed a warmer

hat for my grandson who's almost five

months old now and so she showed me one

that was made out of cotton and it was

too small for him now and asked me if I

would knit one of course

yes I can do that I can do that of

course I can of course here's the story

here's the down low here's the scoop on

this her mother

well my daughter-in-laws from the Czech

Republic she's just a wonderful

wonderful person her mother Teresa is of

course from the Czech Republic is as

well and when I met her a couple of

months ago after our grandsons her

grandson was born she had a pair of

chopsticks that she had whittled down

and she was knitting away these these

gorgeous seamless socks two chopsticks

making socks so there was a little bit

of hmm

Wow if she can do that I can do that

kind of thing you know there's a little

grandma competition going on she's

lovely

I'm sure if she watches this she'll

laugh and remember it but when I decided

yes I want to do the hats that mean hats

are my favorite thing to do really I got

home and I realized well how am I gonna

do that like how do I make the ear flap

look seamless with the hat and so I

tried a couple of different things and I

came up with a way of doing it that I

want to share with you so here oh and

the other part of the story is that my

daughter-in-law what she realized that

her son was getting one she called me up

and said do you think you could make us

matching ones holy cow yes pressure was

on so here's the baby version right here

and these are not Dallas Cowboy colors

they're actually heather gray and

Heather blue so that's any of you could

you know confuse me

with being you know making him cowboy

memorabilia you're wrong so I just want

you to notice and you'll get it closed

up later these ear flaps are all that

seamlessly with the body of the Hat and

the mothers is the same way this these

are done in garter stitch which is when

you're knitting in the round it's knit

one row purl one row knit one purl one

row but the reason I decided to go with

garter stitch was because these ear

flaps if you did this in stockinette

stitch they would curl and I don't think

there's any mountain of blocking in the

world that it takes care of some of that

stockinette girl so now that they've got

their hats I want one of my own but I

wanted out of this eco duo zebra

it's just luscious and so that's what

we're gonna do I'm gonna show you the

process from start to finish without all

the boring stuff in between and you too

can have your own hat I think the thing

that I really want you to take away from

this is that it's not just a pattern it

this is a method that you can use and

you can use any stitch that you want

with it

it's the construction of it that I

wanted to give to you so for your of

your work you're going to need if you

want to use this eco duo this is called

the colorway of zebra and we'll be using

circular needles with an 18 inch

diameter you'll need a set of double

pointed needles you'll need a crochet

hook a tapestry needle let's see if I

can pick it up tapestry needle a little

stitch marker one will do and a pair of

scissors so let's get started

so the construction of the Hat is

actually fairly simple we're going to

begin by creating two ear flaps that

will be of course on the ear side of the

head once we have those knit up and we

have them on a set of double pointed

needles

we will then cast on on our circular

needles we'll do seven stitches to begin

with just cast them on then we will knit

each ear flap will knit the first ear

flap botted say and then we will use the

knitted cast on to do the front section

we'll do 20 stitches there and then

we'll go ahead and just knit the second

ear flap on and we will do the knitted

cast on and six stitches and the reason

we have seven stitches in one area and

six and the other is because we're going

to use one extra stitch to do the

invisible join so let's get started with

making the ear flaps like I said for the

Hat you'll need a set of double pointed

needles but to do the two ear flaps

you'll begin by using three about two at

a time but three I'm using a size six

double pointed needle these are made by

Adi and they're the addi flips they're

eight inches long and I love them

because they have a very pointed tip at

one end and a blunt tip at the other and

I prefer using this pointed tip for a

lot of some of the stitches like the

knitting front and back so let's get

started here with the the ear flaps we

don't need much tail and we're just

going to cast on two stitches like so

and on the first row just to kind of

solidify

this cast on a row I'm gonna hold that

tail down just a little bit and just

knit whoops it slipped around anyway I'm

going to knit these two stitches I

always find that first row to be a

little bit wonky so that's why I do the

two stitches now on the earflaps we are

going to create a small eyelet which we

can then thread the little strings

through that that go with ear flap hat

so to do that I'm going to on this next

row I'm going to knit one I'm going to

do a yarn over and knit the last one

and then on this next row let me get

everything tightened up just a little

bit I'm going to knit the first one and

just let that yarn over fall off the

needle and knit the last stitch you know

if you want to give it a little tug you

can the hole itself the little

decorative hole won't be as noticeable

until we get a little bit further up but

this is where we start the increases in

order to do the increase on this first

one we're going to knit the front and

back of both stitches so we begin

knitting and don't pull the stitch off

the needle

then we pivot around and we go into the

back leg of that stitch from the top and

wrap the yard and knit that and now we

have two stitches where we'd only had

one before so again we're going to knit

front and back so I begin knitting but I

do not pull this stitch off of the

needle I just take my right needle and

go in through the back leg from the top

of that stitch and knit that

and now I've got four stitches on the

next row I'm just going to knit all

stitches so basically what we're doing

is an increase row followed by a plain

knit row and an increase row followed by

a plain knit row so just on our plain

knit row and now we're going to increase

just the first and the last stitch of

the row we'll knit the front and back so

I think I split that yard front and the

back

and knit the next two stitches and on

the last stitch we knit the front and

the back

and then we'll follow that by a play

Metro

unless return row everything seems to

kind of tighten up and feel much better

and oops

trying to split yarn all over the place

this eco duo yarn is so nice to the

touch and it's called zebra as you can

see it has a center that's a little bit

darker which so I'm pulling from the

outside right now so we've just finished

a plain knit row and it's time to

continue increasing will increase on the

first stitch and the last stitch and

just knit everything in between and

we'll repeat this until we have 20

stitches on the needle and at that point

we can begin to cast on so knit front

and back just keep going until you have

your 20 stitches okay so I have my ear

flaps done and I have them sitting here

and waiting on my double pointed needles

and I'm just going to kind of set these

to the side and I'm going to get my

double pointed needles out the

circumference of this set because I'm

using the shorter needles is 18 inches

and I chose that because this yarn is

very stretchy and I found that when I

try to make something that seems the

right size like if I think of a 21 inch

head I want 20 inches it's always too

big and so I just end up going a little

bit smaller because I like for a tighter

fit not a you know cut off the

circulation fit but

one that's tight enough so I am going to

get a length of yarn and we're going to

start by casting on seven stitches so

I'm just going to wrap that yarn four or

five six seven just to make sure I have

enough along with my tail and then I get

myself a little extra because I get a

little nervous about it so I'm just

going to use the longtail cast on three

four five six and seven once I have

those in place and I get my tail kind of

out of the way I'm going to pick up one

of my ear flaps and I'm going to knit

these off of the needle so let me get my

working yarn make sure I have enough out

there and you'll find when you do this

that this first stitch because it just

has a tail hanging off it's going to

feel a little bit loose but that you can

tighten that up later so I have my seven

stitches cast on and now I'm just going

to knit these stitches off of the ear

flap and it's it's very nice that this

is done in garter stitch because you

don't have to worry about a right side

and a wrong side when you're doing this

you can just pick up those ear flaps and

start knitting just knit them right on

there

and let's see I'm gonna give everything

just a little tug down there to make

myself feel better

this is really a very simple hat I think

the only thing that makes it a little

less easy is that when you start working

in the round and you want garter stitch

you have to knit one round and purl one

round so I guess if you're not a fan of

purling that might put you off a little

bit but I don't find it too terribly

troubling okay they almost have this

first ear flap on and now what I'm going

to do is put aside this double pointed

needle and to do the knitted cast on we

we've actually turned our work around

here because we have to cast stitches on

with just one strand now we can't do the

usual longtail cast on

so this knitted cast on works by

beginning to knit that stitch and then

you pull a length of it out and you

twist it and place it on the Left needle

and you could just leave your needle

where it is because you're going to

continue pulling up yarn as if you were

knitting turning it and going twisting

it so that you can go in through the

bottom and just continue

until you have 20 stitches cast on let's

see here we have 19 and 20 so that's the

front part of the hat and now we need to

turn our needles again we have the back

half of the hat we have one ear flap we

have the front of the hat and now it's

time to knit on our second ear flap and

it's just like it was before just simply

knit them on you can check to make sure

you haven't left a gap with your join

but just kind of snugging it up a little

bit

helps ensure that and when the Hat is

finished you have the opportunity with

some of the tails that are here to you

know kind of remedy any slight

imperfections if there are any so let's

get this ear flap on here

and then all we have to do is cast on

the last six stitches for the back of

the Hat

you know it's so cold where I am right

now and it feels very good to be meeting

with nice soft yarn I can't seem to get

my studio warm enough ever but I'd still

do this in the summer if I wanted and

here I'm just kind of snugging up that

last stitch which is where I had cast on

so there we go we just have seven more

stitches or six more stitches to do here

at the very end of the Hat and again

we're doing the knitted cast on

that's three let me scoot these down

warm

five

and last one

six

so now as you can see if I lay this out

it looks like a upside-down bathing suit

at this point but we have half of the

Hat here half of the back an ear flap

the front of the Hat and the other half

of the back so I'm just going to bring

my needles up kind of scooch my stitches

up and around it's going to feel

slightly tight at this point but not

terribly so and if you don't remember

the invisible join basically what we do

is we take that seventh stitch that we

began with

and we slip it over to the right needle

right yes and then we slip one stitch

from the right needle over that slip

stitch and let it fall off and then we

just take that stitch back

and we're ready to just begin knitting

on the first round you can just knit

and on the next round you'll be hurling

and that way you continue with the

garter stitch so I just wanted to show

you after several rows of the garter

stitch from adding on the air flaps the

piece you really there's no seam at all

for these ear flaps I have went ahead

and woven my ends you can see it's it's

really just this is the front of the hat

and everything looks just as it should

and and so I'll continue to knit one row

and purl one row until I've reached oh

about two inches from where I need to

start decreasing and and then just shape

the crown that way and I'll come back

and fit a pom-pom on it and put my

strings on here I don't know if these

little holes are gonna show up or not

these little decorative holes that we

made basically it's just big enough that

you're not stretching out the stitches

when you are putting your tassel through

just that little bit of extra room makes

a difference so that's where we are so

far and we'll just keep going and until

we get to the end okay so I finished up

with the Hat itself and attached a

little pom-pom to the top and now it's

time to make the tassels so I have cut

six lengths of yarn about 36 inches long

I'm going to use three on one side and

three on the other and so I'm going to

use my crochet hook and find that small

hole that I made at the beginning it's

kind of hidden in here

so if I can get that there we go and I

will grab the center of one of these

lengths of yarn and pull it from the

front up through the back so that the

loop comes up in the front just like

this and then pull out just enough yarn

like this that you can get your fingers

through and pull that length through and

then cinch it up a little bit and they

say if this will be done for both sides

we're making enough of a yard and tie

that you can actually tie it so when you

doubled it up you ended up with six

strands and so you just want to separate

them into twos just like this and just

begin braiding and make it just snug

enough that it's holding together but

not so tight that it pulls and stretches

and takes a minute or two to get to the

end that will get there

when you get down here towards the

bottom and you have the like that you

prefer for the Tassili part of this

which you would like what you need to do

at this point let's separate out one

strand from each side and bring these

others to the middle and you will then

begin to tie in the front not too

tightly at first and then flip it over

and tie it in the back as well and what

this does is it keeps it all together in

a very neat way where it can't come

apart at I can't come off and go ahead

and just sort of pull on everything to

make sure you've got it got the right

tension so in the front you have a neat

meeting and in the back is where you

want to tie the actual not get my strand

back I'll probably double knot this

is to keep it really secure because I'm

going to snip these ends rather closely

and then I'll just even out the very end

and snip them off like this so you have

a good long tie here on the Hat and

you'll repeat this for the other side

now what did want to mention that you

could also do an i-cord tie if you

wanted but because this hat has such

color runs and in fact some parts of the

duvall were actually very dark I wanted

to make sure that both of my tassels

ended up the same and so this is why I

made sure to cut lengths of yarn that

we're very very similar and so that's

all there is to the Hat once you've

gotten yourself cleaned up and it looks

just gorgeous I mean it's it's without

seams you can't see where the ears are

joined and it's just it's soft and

beautiful this will keep me warm

listener when I'm out thanks again for

joining me it's been a pleasure having

you and I hope to see you again soon

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