Featured Pattern: Striped Earflap Hat
We met Karen Canapa through Ravelry in a parenting group. Then we discovered she was a designer as well. When we were looking for a new pattern to knit up for a Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe sample, Karen’s Striped Earflap Hat was a good choice. Stripes and earflaps are such a great combo.
Karen lives in Southern Indiana with her husband and two small children. She learned to crochet as a child but took up knitting as a bit of a joke when asked what she would do with her degree in Communication Disorders. Karen left her career to become a stay at mom and now devotes most of her free time to fiber related pursuits. Most of her design inspiration comes from having a visual in her head and not finding any published pattern to match the visual. So Karen just decided design her own patterns.
Of course, much of Karen’s story sounds similar to many of us here at Polkadotsheep, little kids, never thought knitting would become an obsession much less a business, dissatisfaction with available patterns, and so forth. So her pattern is a perfect fit for us.
When Jennifer knit up the Striped Earflap Hat, she chose Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton. Skinny Cotton is 100% organic cotton. It is a perfect springtime and cool summer evening yarn. The hat has 6 sizes, newborn, infant, toddler, child, and small or large adult. So you can make matching hats for your whole family. Jennifer knit a toddler size, you can see her project here.
Here the details for the Striped Earflap Hat.
Pattern: Striped Earflap Hat
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Recommended yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (or a DK weight yarn)
A pom pom maker would also be very helpful when making this hat. I love my pom pom makers, yes, I have multiple sizes.
So if you are looking for a fun little projects that someone is sure to love, this hat is perfect. There are some many fun color combinations that the possibilities are endless.