Before you start, you should know that this entire hat is oversized, not just the pompom. I made it so that someone with lots of hair or, say, dreads could wear it. If you want it smaller, just skip one increase row (which will also make it a little shorter) and maybe adjust the earflaps so they start with 7 sts instead of 9.
I used Sandnes Canto for this, which is a super bulky yarn (although thick and
thin, so the gauge varies). 4 balls were needed, 3 dark purple and 1 lilac
(that's including the pompom, it takes a whole ball of yarn). Each ball contains about 35m of yarn.
Gauge: 9 sts = 10cm/4" in dc.
Dc 10 in second loop from hook
Round 1: Ch 2. Increase in each st around. Join to first dc. (20 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 1, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (30 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 2, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (40 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 3, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (50 sts)
Rounds 5-9: Work even.
Find the center stitch on each side of the hat.
On one side of hat, count 4 sts to each side of center stitch, 9 sts in all
Row 1: Join yarn, and dc in each of the 9 marked sts. Ch2, turn (9 sts - I
don't count the ch2 as a stitch here)
Row 2: Dc in each st. Ch2, turn (9 sts)
Row 3: Dc2tog, dc5, dc2tog. Ch2, turn (7sts)
Row 4: Dc2tog, dc3, dc2tog
Row 5: Dc2tog, dc1, dc2tog
Repeat for the other earflap.
After both earflaps are done, join your contrast yarn in the middle back.
Sc around the entire bottom edge. Join with sl st, fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Attach 3 double strands of yarn, as long as you want (1 lilac, 2 dark purple)
to bottom middle stitch of each earflap and make 1 braid on each side.
Make ridiculously large pompom. Anchor it well, the wind might want a piece of
this one ;)
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