cast-on edge unraveled, can I fix it?

I don’t know how it happened, but the cast-on edge of a hat I just finished is unraveling. Of course it’s a Christmas present with Christmas coming in just a few days . . .

The pattern is “Cow” by Vanessa Mooncie in Animal Hats: frog hats, elephant hats, cat hats, and more.

You begin with a stockinette earflap which starts on three stitches and is increased at both sides until you have a triangle, leaving live stitches at the top which are picked up when you knit the hat (starting at the bottom edge).

The edge of the earflap, from its bottom point up until it joins the hat, has loose loops of yarn where it has started to unravel. I have no idea how this happened.

(edited to add: the relevant part of the picture shows up when you click on it)

Please let me know if there’s any way to fix it, and many thanks!

Oh no, that’s so disappointing. It looks like the side sts have unraveled to me because of the loops of yarn. It doesn’t seem to be the cast on edge but is rather the side edge.
Here’s a way to reknit the side edge. When you get to the hat itself you can stitch the new edge sts to the hat brim. I haven’t done this because I hate dealing with side sts but it’s worth a try.


I had horror scenarios running through my head all night about Ruining Christmas For My Kids and tried to figure out how to come up with alternative gifts like a sweater I could knit in a few hours or a pony or something like that.

Thank you so much!!!


Too bad, a pony would’ve been great!! A pony wearing a sweater would’ve been Awesome😁lol