Essence of Amelia Earhart is in this knitted bomber hat. Be adventurous! Be bold!
Yarn- Misti International Chunky Baby Alpaca
(100% baby alpaca; 108 yd [99 m]/ 100 g): #2L
474 lemon/rose moulinette (cream/rose mix),
Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16” (40-cm) circular
(cir) and set of 4 double-pointed (dpn) needles.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle; stitch markers.
Gauge 16 sts and 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter rib pattern (k1, p1 rib on RS rows; purl on WS rows).
For brim, always knit the first and last st of RS rows, and purl the first and last st of WS rows for selvedge stitches; do not work the selvedge stitches into pattern while shaping the brim.
Work the M1 brim increases so as to maintain the established
k1, p1 pattern of the RS garter rib rows as much as possible.
If a purl stitch is needed to maintain the pattern, M1 pwise,
and if a knit is needed, M1 kwise (see page 6).
All brim decreases are worked as if to knit, either as k2tog or ssk; decreases are not worked in pattern.
Brim: With cir needle, CO 65 sts. Do not join. Work back and
forth in rows as foll:
Row 1: (RS) K1 (selvedge st; see Notes), *k1, p1; rep from * to
last 2 sts, k1, k1 (selvedge st).
Row 2: P12, place marker (pm), p20, pm, p1 (center back st),
pm, p20, pm, p12.
Row 3: K1, M1 pwise (see page 6), [k1, p1] 4 times, k1, ssk, slip
marker (sl m), k2tog, [p1, k1] 9 times, M1 pwise, sl m, p1
(center back st), sl m, M1 pwise, [k1, p1] 9 times, ssk, sl m,
k2tog, [k1, p1] 4 times, k1, M1 pwise, k1.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 four more times (see Notes); when you finish,
there will be 3 purl sts tog at center back when viewed with
RS facing. On the next RS row, change the center back st and
1 of the paired dec sts into a purl st to maintain rib patt. Work
even in garter rib patt (k1, p1 rib on RS rows; purl on WS rows)
until earflaps measure 4” (10 cm) from CO, measured straight
up along decrease line at deepest point, ending with a WS row.
With RS facing, use the cable method (see page 6), to loosely
CO 27 sts onto left-hand needle for forehead. Next row: (RS)
Removing old markers as you come to them, work *p1, k1; rep
from * across all sts, place new marker to indicate end of rnd,
and join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts—92
sts total; rnd begins at start of sts CO for forehead. Knit 1 rnd.
Rnd 1: *P1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep the last 2 rnds until piece measures 11⁄4” (3.2 cm), from
joining rnd, ending with Rnd 2. Dec rnd: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1,
ssk, p1, k2tog, work in patt to end—90 sts; 2 sts dec’d in center
of forehead sts. Cont even in patt until piece measures 31⁄4” (8.5
cm) from joining rnd, or about 71⁄4” (18.5 cm) from deepest point
of earflaps, ending with Rnd 2.
Crown: Changing to dpn when necessary, cont as foll:
Rnd 1: (Rnd 1 of patt) P1, k1, p1, *k2tog, pm, k1, ssk, work 10
sts in established patt; rep from * 4 more times, k2tog, pm,
k1, ssk, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1—78 sts rem.
Rnds 2, 4, and 6: Knit.
Rnd 3: P1, k1, *k2tog, sl m, k1, ssk work 8 sts in patt; rep from
* 4 more times, k2tog, sl m, k1, ssk, [p1, k1] 3 times—66 sts
Rnd 5: P1, *k2tog, sl m, k1, ssk, work 6 sts in patt; rep from * 4
more times, k2tog, sl m, k1, ssk, [k1, p1] 2 times, k1—54 sts rem.
When Rnd 5 has been completed, there will be 2 sts at the beg
of the rnd before the first marker, so you don’t need to reposition the marker yet.
Rnd 7: *K2tog, sl m, k1, ssk, work in patt to 2 sts before m; rep
from * 4 more times, k2tog, sl m, k1, ssk, work in patt to
end—42 sts rem.
Rnd 8: Knit last st of rnd—2 sts before first dec m.
Rnds 9–10: Rep Rnds 7 and 8.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 7—18 sts rem.
Rnd 12: *K1, k2tog; rep from *—12 sts rem.
Rnd 13: Knit.
Rnd 14: *K2tog; rep from *—6 sts rem.
Cut yarn, thread tail on a tapestry needle, draw through rem sts
twice, pull tight, and fasten off to WS of hat.
Weave in rem ends. Block top of hat lightly to flatten point at
top of crown, but avoid blocking earflaps, as this will negate
the shaping of the flap decreases. I-cord front edging: Turn hat
upside down and inside out with straight forehead section facing
you. Attach yarn to edge of earflap, about 4 rows away from
corner where forehead meets earflap, and 2 sts in from edge of
flap. With cir and WS of hat facing, pick up and knit 4 sts along
side of earflap to corner, angling the pick-up slightly so that it
begins 2 sts from the earflap selvedge, and ends at the selvedge
in the corner; pick up and knit 27 sts from sts CO for forehead;
pick up and knit 4 sts along side of earflap, angling the pick-up
so it begins at the selvedge in the corner, and ends 2 sts in from
earflap selvedge—35 sts. Break yarn. With WS of hat still facing,
slide sts back to beg of cir, and rejoin yarn to beg of picked-up
sts. Work 4-st attached I-cord as foll: *K3, ssk (1 st joined),
with same side of work facing, return 3 sts just worked to lefthand needle, bring yarn around behind work in position to knit
again; rep from * until 4 sts rem, k4, bring yarn around behind
work, BO 4 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a 12” (30.5-cm) tail. With tail
threaded on a tapestry needle, sew end of I-cord to WS of earflap
to match appearance of beg of I-cord.
I-cord ties: (make 2) With dpn and RS facing, pick up and knit 4 sts at bottom point of earflap (2 sts on each side of decrease line). Work 4-st I-cord until tie measures 5” (12.5 cm) or desired length. BO all sts. Cut three 7–8” (18–20 cm) strands of yarn. With strands held tog, use tapestry needle to thread strands through BO end of I-cord. Pull ends of strands even, and holding all 6 ends tog, secure with 2 or 3 overhand knots placed close together at end of tie. Trim ends.