Add a funky, vibrant design to your scarves, hats, blankets, and fuzzy socks by knitting a zigzag column pattern. A beanie–style hat with ear flaps can protect you and keep you warm from chilly winter winds.
Here’s how you can knit an ear flap hat.
Step 1: Prepare your materials. Get a tape measure, double-pointed knitting needles, scissors, a circular knitting needle, a large eye blunt needle, and a skein of yarn in your preferred color.
Step 2: Measure your head. Determine the width for the ear flaps by measuring across your ears. Indicate this as measurement A. Next, determine the height you want for the ear flaps. Indicate this as measurement B. Get the circumference of your head from the front and in between where the ear flaps are positioned. Indicate this as measurement C. Lastly, get the circumference of your head from the back and between the ear flaps. Indicate this as measurement D.
Step 3: Knit the first ear flap. Using your double-pointed needle, cast on 4 stitches. Knit the first row. Knit the first stitch of the next row through the front and back loops, and then stitch as you did in the first row. Finish the row by knitting the last stitch through the front and back loops. Continue to knit in this two-row garter stitch sequence until your ear flap covers measurement A. Then knit every row back and forth but do not increase the stitches. Do this until your ear flap covers measurement B. At the end, cut the yarn and leave 4 inches for the tail. Set the ear flap aside first, leaving the stitches on the double-pointed needle.
Step 4: Knit the second ear flap. Do the same process in the first ear flap (Step 3), but instead of cutting off the yarn, use a circular needle to knit the last row. Cast stitches enough to cover measurement C, then knit across the stitches of the first ear flap. Cast stitches enough to cover measurement D then knit across the stitches of the second ear flap to join them.
Step 5: Knit in the round. Use garter stitch when knitting the brim of the hat to match with the ear flaps. To do the garter stitch when knitting in the round, alternate knit stitches with purl stitches. Continue to knit in this sequence until you finish a length of 2 inches.
Step 6: Knit the rest of the hat. When you do this, you have to switch to stockinet stitch. Continue knitting in the round until your hat measures 4 ½ to 5 inches when measured from the base of the brim.
Step 7: Decrease the hat’s crown. Count the stitches you’ve already done, divide it by 10, and then subtract 2. The number you get will be the number of stitches you need to do. After that, knit 2 stitches together. For example, if you have 120 stitches, divide it by 10 and you’ll get 12. Subtract 2 and you’ll end up with 10. This is the number of stitches you have to knit first, then knit 2 afterwards. Repeat this sequence until you finish the round. Then knit all stitches for the next round. For the third round, knit one stitch less before you knit two together. For example, if you knitted 10 stitches before, you have to knit 9 for the third round, and then knit 2 after that. Repeat this sequence until you finish the round and knit all stitches again for the next round. Continue to knit decreasing stitches and follow the sequence until you’re left with 30-40 stitches on the needles. Then decrease stitches again but this time, do not include the rounds with all knit stitches.
Step 8: Cut the yarn when you only have 10 stitches left on the needles. Weave it into the last stitches and pull tight the way you do a drawstring. This will close the top of your hat. Weave in remaining loose ends.
Hats with ear flaps are perfect for winter wear. You can make your own or even give it away as a gift—perfect especially for those who like frolicking in the winter outdoors.