Ravyn Youth Bomber
You will need:
2 colors of worsted weight yarn
Size 9 circular needles
Size 9 double pointed needles
Size G crochet hook
Ear flaps (make 2 using main color)
Use size 9 dpn
CO 3 stitches
K1, MK1R, K1, MK1L, K1
Purl across row
K1, MK1R, K to last stitch, MK1L, K1
Purl across row
Continue with this pattern until there are 19 stitches on the needle
Use Size 9 circular needles
CO 11 stitches, K across 19 stitches from ear flap, CO 20 stitches, K across 19 stitches from other ear flap, CO 11 (You should have a total of 80 stitches)
Join in the round and use a stitch marker to mark the start of the round.
Knit 10 rows in main color
Knit 2 rows in contrast color (Don't worry if there are color jogs. The bomber flap covers this seam!)
Knit in main color again until the main hat (not including ear flaps) measures 12 cm
Decrease rows for the crown of the hat
[K8, K2tog] repeat until end of round
[K7, K2tog] repeat until end of round
[K6, K2tog] repeat until end of round
Continue in this pattern until the last row is K2tog for the round
Using a darning needle sew yarn through the last stitches, tie knot and weave in all loose ends
Hat trim: With the size G crochet hook, single crochet from ear flap to ear flap so that you end where you started.
Bomber flap: Using the 22 stitches on the front side of the hat (the side with the stitch marker), double crochet across the row, turn and double crochet back. Continue rows of double crochet until the bomber flap measures approx 8 cm.
Bomber flap trim: Slip stitch into the first stitch of the bomber flap then [CH3, slip stitch] up the side of the flap. From the top corner [CH3, skip stitch, slip stitch] across the top of the flap. Finish the other side by [CH3, slip stitch] down the other side.
Buttons: Sew buttons to the top corners of the bomber flap to affix it to the hat.
Braids: Cut 12 strands of each color of yarn 80 cm (24 strands total). You will use 6 strands of each color for each ear flap. Using the darning needle, thread the 6 strands of each color through the end of the ear flap. Divide the yarn into three sections. There should be 4 strands of each color in each of the three sections. Braid to the bottom. Using a piece of main color yarn around 20 cm tie a knot at the bottom of the braid and wrap the excess yarn around. When there is only a bit left tie a triple knot and use your crochet hook to pull the knot to the back of the wrapped area and put the ends in with the tassel at the end of the braid. When both braids are done, trim them so they are even.
Here are some pictures of my son Sage, who is two years old (it's a bit big on him) wearing the hat and also Ravyn rockin her new bomber! Happy 10th birthday Ray!
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