I saw a hat pattern on Ravelry - thanks for suggesting that site by the way - but I don't get the point of the 'flap.
Since it's a public pattern, here are the directions:
Cast on 93 stitches
Work in garter stitch for 2 inches, ending with a wrong side row(RS)Bind off 13 sts (80 sts remain). Knit to end of row. DO NOT TURN. You will now join for knitting in the round. [/font]
Place marker to mark the beginning of the round and join by knitting the first stitch after the bound off section
Continue knitting each round until the hat measures 5 inches from cast on edge.After shaping the crown, you then secure the flap:
Secure the “garter flap” (created from the 13 st bind off) to the hat by sewing the button to the flap through both layers.Am I missing something? What's the point of the flap, and how is it secured?
Oh, the frustration of being a newbie even after all these years. Thank heavens you guys are around to help!