Flappy

Sep 13, 2006
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by Chloe Nightingale

Introduction

Flappy

I've been fond of ear-flap hats ever since I first saw one in an Alice Starmore knitting book. Although I've never gotten around to knitting one, I've crocheted loads. The hat band, which can be crocheted on its own if you're just after an ear-warmer/headband, is done in front-post double crochet to create a ribbed faux-fair isle-style. If you're like me and you have loads of partial skeins lying around, this is a great way to use them up.

Materials List

  • MC: 2 skeins Inca Cloud Artesano Alpaca (100% Alpaca, 131 yds/120m per 50g skein): color #002 (brown) or approximately 260 yards/240m of any DK weight alpaca.  
  • CC1 and CC2: 1/2 skein each of Inca Cloud Artesano Alpaca (100% Alpaca, 131 yds/120m per 50g skein): color #402 (olive green) and color #71 (burnt orange) or approximately 131 yards/120m of any DK weight alpaca or scrap yarn.  
  • US F /5 (3.75 mm) hook
  • Stitch marker (I find a dangle earring works well in lieu of a proper stitch marker)
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Wee Noggin - 17.5" (45 cm) circumference, 6.75" (17 cm) brim-to-top
Normal Noggin - 22" (56 cm) circumference, 8" (20 cm) brim-to-top
Big Noggin - 26.5" (67 cm) circumference, 9.25" (23 cm) brim-to-top

The pattern is written for Wee Noggin with changes for Normal Noggin and Big Noggin in parentheses.

Earflaps - 2.4" wide x 3.5" long (6 cm x 9 cm)
Pigtails - 8" (20 cm) long

Gauge

19 sts x 24 rounds of sc = 4" (10 cm)

The Pattern

Flappy, againBrim

With MC, ch 80 [100, 120], sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Round 1.  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, sl st in 2nd ch of ch-2 to close ring. - 80 (100, 120) dc total

Round 2.  Ch 1 (counts as first sc), *fpdc around next dc of previous row, sc in next st*, rep from * to * around, ending fpdc around last dc of previous row, sl st in first ch to close ring.  

Round 3. With CC1, ch 1 (counts as first sc), *fpdc around post of next fpdc, sc in next st,*  rep from * to * around, ending fpdc around post of next fpdc,  sl st in first ch to close ring.

Round 4.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

Round 5.  Repeat Round 3 in CC2.  

Round 6.  Repeat Round 3 in CC1.  

Round 7.  Repeat Round 3 in CC2.  

Round 8.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

Round 9.  Repeat Round 3 in CC1.  

Rounds 10-11.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

Fasten off.

Top O' the Hat

All sizes

With MC, ch 3, sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Round 1:  Ch 1, work 10 sc into ring.  (10 sts)

Ignoring ch-1, begin crocheting in a spiral. To help keep track of rounds, place a stitch marker in the first stitch of the round to mark the beginning of the round. Move the marker up as your work progresses.

Round 2:  Work 2 sc in each st around.  (20 sts)

Rounds 3-4:  Sc in each st around.  

Round 5:  Work 2 sc in each st around.  (40 sts)

Rounds 6-10:  Sc in each st around.  

Round 11:  Work 2 sc in each st around.  (80 sts)

Wee Noggin Only  

Rounds 12-27*:  Sc in each st around.  

Sl st in next st.  Fasten off.

Normal Noggin Only

Rounds 12-18:  Sc in each st around.  

Round 19:  *Work 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around.  (100 sts)

Rounds 20-35*:  Sc in each st around.  

Sl st in next st.  Fasten off.

Big Noggin Only

Rounds 12-18:  Sc in each st around.  

Round 19:  *Work 2 sc in next st, sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (120 sts)

Rounds 20-43*:  Sc in each st around.  

Sl st in next st.  Fasten off.

* By all means feel free to adjust the number of rows to your preference if you want a taller or shorter hat!  

Earflaps

With CC1, ch 10.  Fasten off.  

Row 1:  Join CC2 in the blo, ch 1, sc in blo of each of first 9 ch, work 3 sc in last ch, sc in unworked loop of each ch along other side of ch to end.  Fasten off.  (21 sts)

Row 2:  Join MC in the blo, ch 1, sc-blo in each of the first 9 sts, work 2 sc-blo in each of the next 3 sts, sc-blo in each st to end.  Fasten off.  (24 sts)

Row 3:  Join CC1 in the blo, ch 1, sc-blo in each of the first 10 sts, work 2 sc-blo in each of the next 3 sts, sc-blo in each st to end.  Fasten off.  (27 sts)

Row 4:  Join MC in the blo, ch 1, sc-blo in each of the first 12 sts, work 2 sc-blo in each of the next 3 sts, sc-blo in each st to end, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc-flo in each of first 11 sts, work 2 sc-flo in each of the next 2 sts, sc-flo in each of the next 4 sts, work 2 sc-flo in each of the next 2 sts, sc-flo in each st to end, turn.  (34 sts)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc-flo in each of the first 11 sts, work 2 sc-flo in each of the next 2 sts, sc-flo in each of next 8 sts, work 2 sc-flo in each of next 2 sts, sc-flo in each st to end.  Fasten off.  (38 sts)

Finishing

With MC, sew or sl st (I prefer the look of sl st done along the outside, or right side for this bit) the top o' the hat to the hat band.  Sew or sl st (I prefer the look of the sl st done along the inside, or wrong side, for this bit) the earflaps to the bottom of the hat band.  Fasten off. Weave in all ends.  

Pigtails (make two)

Cut (12) 24-inch strands of MC, CC1, and CC2.  With your finger or a large crochet hook, wiggle a hole/gap in the stitches between Rows 5 and 6 of the bottom of the earflap.  Stuff the strands through the gap and tie in a knot.  Braid the strands and tie at the bottom.

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Comments

Susan wrote
on Sep 18, 2006 9:58 PM

I love your music, as well as your crochet patterns. Thanks for sharing! I will check your "myspace" frequently to hear your newest music. Howdy from Texas USA!

Tammy wrote
on Sep 19, 2006 12:54 PM

Chloe, you have fans!!!! I have loved each of your crochet patterns and can't wait to see more!

Debby wrote
on Sep 21, 2006 12:42 PM
Another really great pattern, you've done up!! Inventive, cute,

and extremely useful. Great job!

jen wrote
on Sep 29, 2006 10:51 PM

YEARS ago i purchased a knitted hat like this (with the pigtails) and still adore it. thank u so much for the pattern! coming into summer here in AU but i'll definitely make use of this!

Jessica wrote
on Oct 12, 2006 1:19 PM
I was just wondering what "blo" is. And what you mean when you say "CC1" or "CC2". Sorry I'm pretty new to reading patterns, and I've NEVER seen "Blo" in any of them.

Thanks for your help.

Chloe wrote
on Oct 13, 2006 6:36 PM
Blo means back-loop only (instead of crocheting through both loops, just crochet through the back-loop).

CC1 and CC2 are the contrast colours (MC is the main colour), which are defined in the 'Materials' section of the pattern. Hope that helps!

Laurie wrote
on Oct 15, 2006 6:14 AM

Chloe, I have made your hat for 3 young men now. Each time I've been relieved & happy that it is a pattern that works! Googled you - you sound like an awesome woman. Thank you for putting out such great patterns & music.

Keenan wrote
on Oct 21, 2006 7:42 AM

I was just wondering if *fpdc means from previous double crochet?

Thankks.

jeffyyes wrote
on Oct 21, 2006 12:37 PM

fpdc stands for "front post double crochet"

yo, insert hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second dc of the row below and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third dc, yo, draw the yarn through the post, yo, draw through first two loops on hook, yo, draw through remaining two loops.

Hope this detailed instruction helps. Let me know if you have any questions or need more clarification.

Cheers!

Rita wrote
on Nov 6, 2006 7:20 AM

Great looking hat! I can't wait to make this one. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Simple enough, yet really nice looking. Thanks for sharing.

margie wrote
on Nov 20, 2006 8:03 AM

Any good beret hat patterns? I have attempted the Lionbrand one and followed it to a tee and it failed, looking nothing like a beret A 2nd attempt with me modifying the pattern still didn't turn out much better and doesn't look like a beret.

Chloe wrote
on Nov 22, 2006 9:06 PM

A beret should be easy to wing: crochet a flat disc (I guess that's a bit redundant, eh?) from the centre outward until it's the diameter you desire, then decrease (the inverse of whatever you did to crochet the flat circle), trying it on every few rows, until the round you're working on is about the right size, then sc in each st around for a few more rows, fasten off, weave in ends.

A good way to crochet a flat disc-shape is to begin with:

With MC, ch 3, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 10 sc into ring. (10 sts)

Ignoring ch-1, begin crocheting in a spiral. To help keep track of rounds, place a stitch marker in the first stitch of the round to mark the beginning of the round. Move the marker up as your work progresses.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. (20 sts)

Round 3-X: Sc in each st around.

And then alternate between working 2sc in each st around and sc'ing in each st around for a few rows -- if your work starts to get bowl-shaped, time to work 2sc in each st around (for one round -- and then go back to sc'ing in each st around), if it starts to get wiggly and ruffled looking after working 2sc in each st around, frog the row and sc in each st around for an extra row or so.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

Chrissy wrote
on Nov 25, 2006 1:39 AM
I was wondering when in Round 2, you said "fpdc around next dc of previous row, and then sc in next st.", do you skip a dc (of prev. row) when you do the next fpdc or do you fpdc on the dc below the sc? Sorry if that's a bit confusing. Please help! :\

Thanks

Chloe wrote
on Nov 26, 2006 12:21 PM

Hi Chrissy, yes, you do skip the dc (of prev row/where you've just worked the sc) when you work the next fpdc -- basically you are alternating between working the fpdc and the sc onto the sts below. (So, say you are working into 4 dcs of the prev. row. You would work the fpdc into the first st, sc into the second, fpdc into the third, and sc in the fourth.)

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any more questions!

Eyestrain wrote
on Dec 1, 2006 10:18 PM
I've officially crocheted once in my life, and that was earlier tonight for an hour or two with my mother. I absolutely love this hat, and it's my goal to get good enough to be able to make it someday.

Thanks for the motivation!

margie wrote
on Dec 5, 2006 12:53 PM

I used your basic instructions for a beret and it turned out awesome. Thanks

Chloe wrote
on Dec 28, 2006 1:39 PM

Ooh, I'd love to see a pic! Glad it turned out well!

Lori wrote
on Jan 10, 2007 9:43 AM
Hi Chloe,
I am crocheting your hat and loving it! But I am at the earflaps and got confused. (It may just be me!)You ch 10 and then crochet down in the blo only, I got that, but when you crochet the remaining loops do you turn it to do that and will you end up with two rows of stitches?

Thanks for your help.

Chloe wrote
on Jan 10, 2007 1:58 PM

Yes! Basically, you crochet along one side and then around the corner (the top) to the other side. So you're crocheting a 'U'-shape. Email me if you have any more questions!

Stefanie wrote
on Mar 12, 2007 8:47 AM

Great great great hat! Made it for my dad in Australia, and although I don't think he'll wear it much (due to the sweltering heat, not because of the design!), it was a joy to make and turned out beautifully. Oh yeah, and I omitted the earflaps...

Thanks for such a great pattern, I'll post you a picture of it!

Cheers :-)

on Oct 15, 2007 3:55 PM

I LOVE this pattern. It's really easy to adjust the size, too. Check out the hat I made (I added a skull and crossbones from another pattern). You could wear this:

for skateboarding
for Halloween

for pirating and looting

See photos of my project here (halfway down the post):

http://kolberg.us/blog1/2007/10/14/castaways-on-sauvie-island/

on Apr 25, 2008 2:38 PM

Help! I have been following the pattern religiously, and yet my hat will not form a head-fitting shape. It is continuing to be flat-ish(I'm on row 24 on the top of the head)and will not go straight. I thought maybe I was increasing, but I'm not....

Hunybee wrote
on Oct 29, 2008 11:37 AM

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Thank you for this pattern I love it. Had fun making it!

on Nov 8, 2008 7:54 PM

gaah,help, the hat seems SUPER long,it's for my sister-in-law and she said she was 'between a normal noggin and a big noggin'.

~chargingbird

crocheter, mother, wife

DonnaB12 wrote
on Nov 16, 2008 8:10 PM

Chloe, the rest of your pattern is very easy to follow, and I can't wait to finish it, it looks great. I'm at the earflaps, and I'm very confused. I keep taking it out, because it just doesn't look right. At the end of each row, where do you fasten off, before or after you change colors. Mine keeps curling up on one end, because the 3 stitches with 2 sc each end up on the same end. I hope you can help me to understand your instructions better. Maybe a picture of the earflaps would help me to visualize. Thanks. Donna

meggz630 wrote
on Nov 25, 2008 10:00 PM
I just made this, and it came out so well! I had to make it a bit smaller than even the "Wee Head" size, but that's fine - it wasn't too tough to omit a few rows. Thanks so much for posting this pattern, I was looking for something like this for a while!

Hat

mamalo3 wrote
on Jan 12, 2009 2:34 PM

hi megan i saw your hat on the site...i really like the way yours came out...did you use 4ply or 3ply...yarn your hat looks fuller then the original....i really want to say what a NICE job you did on that hat...if you can let me know ..thank you lois

on Jan 15, 2009 8:27 PM

The link to my skull-flappy posted above is dead. I have posted my Flappy variations as well as other projects on my Flickr crochet set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8104271@N07/sets/72157612574443835/

samanthalynn wrote
on Nov 18, 2009 3:41 PM
Hello!!
Ive been looking for a pattern for a hat like this for a while and this one is great! Nice work!

Altho I am a bit confused...I choose to make this for my boyfriend and he is a bigtime snowboarder and Im using the "normal noggin" sizes but the Top O'the Hat and the Brim don't seem to add up. I looks like they won't fit together when sl st'd together. Is this something that will pan out once I actually stich it together?

Thanks!

KimberlyRae wrote
on Dec 10, 2009 8:41 PM
the fpdc threw me, too! lol

what does 'post' refer to??

KimberlyRae wrote
on Dec 11, 2009 11:07 PM
ok, me again! lol
I figured out post.
BUT
I don't understand the skip a dc ??
and
is this on the continuous rounds up the hat??
thanks

I hope someone sees this and can HELP....as I see this is an old thread........pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ANYONE!!

MELODYW wrote
on Dec 12, 2009 12:32 AM

ok .. just to let you know I have not made the hat yet but will... I can help you understand the skip a DC ... this means you will skip over the double crochet from the previous row below the current row you are working on. So wherever it states that just skip a double crochet. Just like skipping a stitch. I hope that helps. If not go to www.lionbrand.com and check out the step by step crochet instructions. They will have all the stitches in crochet there as well.

Kloudydays wrote
on Dec 30, 2009 1:43 PM
fpdc is front post double crochet.
and post is the...collumns that are under the stitch

hope i helped!

Kloudydays wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 12:17 PM
love the pattern been wanting to make a hat like this forever!

the problem i have is with the brim. i'm on the 3rd round and its all curvy.. i checked if i added an extra stitch an i haven't.

Anonymous wrote
on Jan 11, 2010 1:04 PM

I am crocheting your hat and loving it!

NovemberMist wrote
on Jan 14, 2010 7:36 PM
does anyone have a close up pic of the 2nd round in the brim? I'm just not quite getting it.

Thanks!

jamielovely wrote
on Jan 26, 2010 10:00 PM

hi chloe! the minute i saw this hat, i fell in love with it, thank you so much for sharing it! it is different, unique, and beautiful.

 i am almost done and so far so good, but i am working on the top of the hat (i have the ear flaps done and the band of the hat) and i cant seem to make it "flat". it seems to be puckering at some spots. do you know if i am doing something wrong or if it will wrk itself out when it is all done. if you have any advice iwould so appreciate it because i cant wait to wear this hat!

 

:)

Calliopi wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 11:50 AM

Perfect!  I have looked far and wide for a pattern that I like, as both my daughter and my son's gilfriend have requested this type of hat.  The other patterns that I've seen were clunky looking, and I was about resigned to actually knitting them.  Thanks!  I'll get started today!

caitlynNR wrote
on Aug 13, 2010 12:50 PM

I loved this pattern the first time I saw it! such a great east pattern anyone can do! I loved making it and wearing it, everyone complements me on it and wonders where I bought it! lol cant wait to get more yarn to make more in more colors!

 

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nanzz wrote
on Aug 26, 2010 9:16 PM

Meggz630, your hat is absolutely beautiful. But I think something is wrong with mine Chloe...when I do round 2, its almost like an increase, its opening out...is that how its supposed to be? If I do it without the sc then it stays the same width and doesnt increase...You tried to explain about skipping a stitch...but I still dont understand :( Sorry Can you or anyone help?