I have the strange habit of changing the name of all those people that I know well. This includes my husband: in six years of marriage the poor man has had to endure about twenty different names, all of them given with affection, of course. One of those names was Argos, a shortening of his own Christian name. One day I asked him if he wanted something knitted for him for his birthday. Imagine my surprise when he replied: “a cap with honeybear ears”!
And thus the Argos hat was born, a good exercise to learn the short rows technique, since the hat as well as the ears are built that way. Here we showed the adult version, but a baby version can be made easily by knitting the cap with a single strand of the indicated yarn and needles adapted to that size and gauge.
Translated by Unraveling Sophia.
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With yarn held double and the preferred system, cast on 84 stitches. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the row and join to begin circular knitting.
Work K2 P2 ribbing, beginning with two knit stitches, and complete 12 rows.
Row 13: Begin 4 X 1 ribbing (4 Knit, 1 Purl) until last the four stitches, that we will work thus:
Knit 1, Make 1, Knit 2, Purl 1 = 85 stitches. Continue with Knit 4, Purl 1 ribbing for 25 more rows.
Row 1: * Knit 1, Knit 2 together, Knit 1, Purl 1. * Continue from * to * around to marker
Row 2: Knit all around
Row 3: * Knit 2 together, Purl 1 * Continue from * to * around to marker
Row 4: Knit all around
Row 5: * Knit 2 together, Purl 1 * Continue from * to * around to marker
Row 6: Knit all around
Row 7: * Knit 2 together * Continue from * to * around to marker
On the inside, thread the remaining tail of yarn through all stitches with the tapestry needle, slide them off the needle and pull tight. Fasten and weave in ends.
With yarn held double, cast on 14 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 13 stitches, bring yarn to front, as if to Purl, Slip last stitch, Turn.
Row 2: Slip the first stitch without knitting, Purl all stitches except the last one. Wrap this stitch by bringing the yarn to the back of the work and then slipping the stitch without purling. Turn.
Row 3: Knit to the last stitch BEFORE the wrapped stitch. Wrap this stitch. Turn.
Row 4: Purl to the last stitch BEFORE the wrapped stitch. Wrap this stitch. Turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until only two unwrapped stitches remain. With this, we will have finished half of the first ear.
Row 1: Knit 2 stitches. On the next stitch (wrapped stitch): take the yarn that surrounds the stitch, lift it with the needle and knit the wrap and the stitch it surrounded together. Wrap the following stitch (that will have two wraps now surrounding it), and turn.
Row 2: Purl until arriving at the first wrapped stitch. Take the yarn that surrounds the wrapped stitch, lift it with the needle and purl the wrap and the stitch it surrounded together. Wrap the following stitch (that now will have two wraps surrounding it). Turn.
Row 3: Knit until you reach the first double-wrapped stitch, lift the two wraps that surround the stitch with your needle and then knit the stitch and the two wraps together. Wrap the following stitch. Turn.
Row 4: Purl until you reach the first double-wrapped stitch, lift the two wraps that surround the stitch with your needle and then purl the stitch and the two wraps together. Wrap the following stitch. Turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until we have all "free" stitches again, without wraps.
Make another ear the same. Fill both with scraps of the yarn for padding, and sew them closed. Then sew them to the cap.