Basketweave Earflap Crochet Hat

Autumn is undoubtedly my favorite season of the year. I grew up in the Northeast where we were lucky enough to enjoy the changing colors and splendid cooler weather in all its glory.  Last year I spent autumn (and winter) in the Dominican Republic, which meant every day was a muggy 95+ degrees and burn-worthy sunny. Now, I am not asking for any pity come January/February, but I’ve spent the past few months this year in my home state and it’s just marvelous. Autumn is the best!

I’ve had this pattern in the works for about three years now (story of my life, yes?) and honestly the hardest part for me was getting the pompom and braids on to take final pictures…I even have this hat in four separate colors, just none of them finished. Who knows why the finishing steps are so hard, but I think the yarning world agrees that “weaving in ends”, “sewing on buttons”, and “making and attaching pompoms” are just about everyone’s least favorite things to do.

Enough talk, let’s make some fun hats! I’m proud to say this is my first unisex hat. (I made sure to clear it by my very hairy manly husband before making that statement).  It’s available in adult S/M and L/XL sizes.  The chunky yarn makes it super warm, the pompom is always optional, but when do you NOT want pompoms on your hats?!

Buy yours on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy or using the below link. Hooray for hats!

Classy Crochet | Basketweave Earflap Hat

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats

I’ve crocheted about eight thousand earflap hats over the course of my crocheting career (accurately and scientifically estimated,of course).  My go-to method of crocheting the actual strappy parts is the long ch with sc along the edges – it minimizes the amount of yarn used, it doesn’t require excessive cutting/sewing/weaving, and it automatically does this cute little twirl that always has recipients wondering “how I did it” (um, the yarn just curled…?).

However, there are times where you just want the old-school churro braids, and they’re really not hard either.  Ready?

Cut several lengths of yarn double the length you want the braid (you’ll be folding them in half).  Keep the total lengths of yarn (doubled) to a multiple of 3 – for example, 12 strands for 24 lengths (3 groups of 8), etc.  The number of length totally depends on the weight of your yarn.  I used 12 strands of worsted for these photos.

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

Gather up the lengths and fold them in half.  Using a large crochet hook, insert the hook through where the braid will attach, and draw the fold through.

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

Pull the lengths through the loop and draw them tight.  The loop will be all kinds of uneven – I like to go through and pull each length tightly to even it out.  A bit tedious, but your loop will thank you.

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

Separate lengths into 3 groups.  Braid braid braid.

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

How to: Braids on Earflap Hats | Classy Crochet

Tie a knot at the end.  Again, it’ll be uneven and again, go through and pull each length tightly to even it out. Cut off ends evenly.

Repeat on other side.

Revel in awesome braidy braids!