I just finished knitting the Thorpe Hat for my youngest DD. She's been wanting me to make one of these hats with the ear flaps and the braids for a very long time.
Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur, Raverly link here. I purchased the yarn sometime ago and I CO almost immediately and I think that I had this hat finished all except, for the braids in about 2 days, but then I wasn't too sure of the size, which is a medium. So, I CO another hat and I knitted it for the Large size, but when my DD tried it on, she decided that she liked the way that the medium hat fit her.
I wasn't too sure of the ear flaps, I had miscounted the number of ridges that was called for in the pattern, so I was going to re-do them, but my DD insisted that they were just the right length for her.
So, I left the Thorpe on the back burner for a few weeks until I decided what to do if anything. Well, our weather has gotten decidedly colder and my DD says that she really wanted to wear this hat now. Last night, I did the half double crochet thing (ugh!) all around the hat and tonight. I did the braids tonight. My DD is thrilled and she plans on wearing it to school tomorrow. I'm really grateful that I have a kid that likes to wear my hand knits. She likes to wear them, but not model them.
I used Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in Denim Ombre and US size 9 needles (Knit Picks). The pattern says to CO on 4 sts. on DPN's....are they kidding me? I did this entire hat using the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round.
The Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn is a beautiful yarn, I really enjoyed knitting with it, but a sales lady at Michael's Arts & Crafts told me that it was being discontinued. Guess I'll have to go shopping for something else. ;-)