Here's What I Did:
I followed the pattern exactly except for a few key things.
1) I used Lion Brand Baby's First yarn, a size I crochet hook (one smaller than the pattern calls for). This hat has three sizes listed, (baby, toddler and child) because I used thinner yarn and a smaller hook I followed the child size instructions even though I was making a baby sized hat. I have yet to find a good way to figure out sizing changes when using different thicknesses of yarn... If anyone out there has a quick cheat let me know! I usually just play with the hook sizes and make educated guesses as to what works and do trial and error. On this project I got lucky and it seemed to work out just like I wanted it to.
2) When I made the ear flaps I put 12 stitches in between the ear flaps instead of the recommended 7. I'm not sure if it was the change in gauge but 7 stitches would have put the ear flaps well behind the ears and looked ridiculous (here's where trial and error and educated guessing come in).
3) When making the front flap I only repeated the row 4 times (5 rows total). The pattern called for 6 repeats (7 total) but that seemed excessive to me (again use your own judgement here).
4) I tack stitched the top corners of the front flap to the hat... mine were not laying flat and it was driving me crazy!
5) And last but not least I changed the strings that hang off the ear flaps. I simply took three strands of yarn, looped them through the ear flap and braided them until I got the length I wanted and knotted them. I like the effect... I'm not sure how practical they are for actually tying the hat on but they are cute!
I can't wait to see how little Tucker is going to look in his hat! Let me know how your project turns out!
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