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Elmo Earflap Hat - Loom Knit

Updated on September 16, 2014

Elmo Earflap Hat

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Knifty Knitter Elmo Hat

Over the weekend, I made my granddaughter this Elmo hat. I used the basic instructions for an earflap hat on a loom. Elmo was finished in under 2 hours, so this is a fast project too. I'm please with how cute it turned out.

I used 2 strands of red medium weight yarn and added a strand of fun fur. I used the red round loom. If you are knitting for a child over the age of 18 months, I recommend using the loom that is one size larger, the green round loom.

You Will Need:

  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (in the color red)
  • Fun fur Yarn (in the color red)
  • Red round Knifty Knitter Loom (or the green round loom for a child over 18 months)

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Red

The Knifty Knitter Red Round Loom

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter Looms - Medium/Red
Provo Craft Knifty Knitter Looms - Medium/Red

This is the red round loom that was used to knit the hat in the photos on this page. It is about the right size for a child 18 months or less. So it's perfect for infant and toddler hats.

 

The First Flap Completed

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The Second Flap Completed

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Steps for Knitting the Earflap Hat

  1. Wrap 5 pegs on the left side of the loom for the first earflap. Knit 6 rows.
  2. Wrap around to the other side of the loom and knit 6 rows. The 5 pegs on the right side of the loom should be directly across from the 5 pegs used on the left side.
  3. Wrap back to the first earflap. You now have 1 loop on each peg of the loom and you've knitted 2 earflaps.
  4. Wrap and knit 20 rows.
  5. Remove the hat from the loom by sewing through each loop remaining on the loom. Pull the yarn tight to draw it together. This is the top of the hat. Tie it closed. Thread the tail of the yarn through the inside of the hat.

The Completed Hat Off the Loom

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Earflap Hat Video

Here is a video of how to make an earflap hat on a round loom for those of you that prefer video instructions. Her method is slightly different, but it will not change the outcome of the finished hat.

Loom Ear Flap Hat

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - White

How to Add Elmo's Eyes

You Will Need:

2 small balls of Red Heart Super Saver yarn (white)

Knifty Knitter Spool Loom and Hook

Black felt

Black thread

Sewing Needle

Yarn Needle

After the hat has come off the loom, use the spool loom to create Elmo's eyes and nose.

  1. Holding 2 strands of medium weight white yarn together as one strand, wrap the large end of the spool loom and knit 6 rows.
  2. Sew through the loops remaining on the pegs to bind off. Pull the yarn tight and tie it. Stuff the eye with 3 cotton balls. Sew through the other end and tie it tight too.
  3. Sew a small circle of black felt to the center of each eye.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make the second eye.
  5. Position the eyes on the hat and sew them into place using red yarn and sewing from the inside of the hat. Stitch where needed to tack the eye into place and tie the yarn off on the inside of the hat so that it does not show. It's best to position the eye near the top of the hat and they need to be close together, or touching, to look like elmo.

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Orange

How to Add Elmo's Nose

You Will Need:

Knifty Knitter Spool Loom and Hook

Red Heart Super Saver yarn (orange)

1 Cotton Ball

  1. Wrap and knit 7 rows from the large side of the spool loom.
  2. Sew through the loops left on the loom to bind off. Pull the working yarn tight to draw it closed.
  3. Stuff the nose with 1 cotton ball at the bottom.
  4. Sew through the loops at the top of the nose and draw it tight.
  5. Position the nose between the eyes. The top of the nose should be immediately below the eyes. Use red yarn and sew it in place from the inside of the hat.

Adding Elmo's Mouth

The mouth is simply a piece of felt cut in the shape of a smile and sewn into place using black thread.

You will need:

  • Black thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Black felt

Steps for Adding Elmo's Mouth

  1. Cut the mouth in the shape of a smile. Make it just wide enough to match up with the outer edges of each eye on the hat. Be sure it is smiling a little or a lot, you don't want a grumpy Elmo.
  2. Sew it into place with a needle and thread.

Adding the braids

The very last step to finishing the hat is to add the braids.

  1. Cut 20 pieces of red yarn to be 1 foot in length. (A trick to make this go fast is to wrap a book about a foot high 10 times and cut the yarn at the top and bottom when finished.)
  2. Use your fingers or a crochet hook to pull 3 strands of the yarn cut in the step above through the stitches at the bottom of the ear flap. Do this 2 more times, so you have a row of them across the bottom of the earflap. There should be 3 strands pushed through in 3 holes (one on each side of the earflap and one in the center).
  3. The strands of yarn will be folded in half, so each group will hang down 6 inches. Braid the three groups. Secure them with a rubber band. Use one strand of yarn to wrap around the rubber band and tie the yarn tight.
  4. Repeat for the other earflap.

Photo of My Granddaughter in the Elmo Hat

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