Earflap hat

by Jane Richmond

Knit Bib
» photos: Brandy Fortune

My daughter has fair skin and strawberry blond hair. She was also one of those darling babes that didn’t have much hair until she was two. Because of this, I was diligent with hats, even in milder weather. She always had one on. I prefer earflap hats for their added warmth and ability to tie-on.

I often design simple pieces and the Back to Basics Collection really appealed to me. Simple pieces that are well designed can serve as a blank canvas to be altered and embellished depending on your taste and sense of adventure. The Basic Earflap Hat is just that, a thoughtful design that can be knit exactly as written or serve as an outline for something unique and all your own.  



0-6 months [6-12 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years]

Finished Measurements

Circumference: 14¼[16, 17¾, 18¾, 19½] inches


Spud & Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram];

#7500 Ice Cream – 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5mm dpns (set of 5) or size needed


4 Stitch markers, 1 of contrasting color
Tapestry needle


18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

This hat is worked from the top down by casting on two stitches per needle and increasing to shape the crown. Working with 4 needles and few stitches can be cumbersome but gets far easier after the first few rounds. If you are having difficulty I recommend practicing your initial cast on and increases until you feel more comfortable with the technique of increasing outwards.

Skills Required

Knitting on double pointed needles, kfb, m1, basic decreases, knitting through back loops (tbl)


Crown Shaping
Cast on 8 sts and divide evenly between 4 needles, 2 sts per needle. Join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1: Kfb around: 16 sts.
Rnd 2: K2, place contrasting stitch marker, (k4, pm) around to last 2 sts, k2.
Rnd 3 (Increase rnd): (Knit to marker, m1, sm, k1, m1) 4 times, knit to end of rnd: 24 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.

Repeat Rnds 3 and 4, 5[6, 7, 7, 8] times: 64[72, 80, 80, 88] sts.

For sizes 4-5 yrs only
Work one more increase rnd as follows: (knit to marker, m1, sm) 4 times, knit to end of rnd. 84 sts.

All Sizes
Remove all but contrasting stitch marker, this will denote beginning of rnd.  
Knit until hat measures 5[5¼, 5¾, 6¼, 6½] inches from cast on edge.

Next Rnd: Bind off 28[32, 38, 40, 42] sts, knit to end of rnd, pick up and knit one st from bound off edge: 37[41, 43, 45, 47] sts.

You will now be working flat, for a clean edge slip the first stitch of every row.

Next Row (WS): P2tog, purl to end of row: 36[40, 42, 44, 46] sts.

Next Row: K11[12, 13, 13, 14], bind off next 14[16, 16, 18, 18] sts (one st on right needle following bound off sts), k10[11, 12, 12, 13].

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Right Earflap
* Row 1: Purl across 11[12, 13, 13, 14] sts of earflap.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Purl.
Repeat last Rows 2 and 3, 1[1, 2, 2, 2] times more.
Next Row: K2togtbl, k7[8, 9, 9, 10], k2tog: 9[10, 11, 11, 12] sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p5[6, 7, 7, 8], p2tog: 7[8, 9, 9, 10] sts.
Next Row: K2togtbl, k3[4, 5, 5, 6], k2tog: 5[6, 7, 7, 8] sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p1[2, 3, 3, 4], p2tog: 3[4, 5, 5, 6] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

Left Earflap
With WS facing, reattach yarn to remaining 11[12, 13, 13, 14] sts and repeat from * for Left Earflap.


Weave in ends.

Ties & Tassels
Cut 12 pieces of yarn 36 inches long. Using a tapestry needle thread 6 strands, held together, through the base of earflap. Pull through to halfway point (18 inches of length at each end). Group the strands in fours and braid them until braid measures approximately 9 inches, tie off and trim tassels.

Use left-over yarn to make a pom-pom. You can use any method you prefer to make your pom-pom. Here is how I make my pom-poms:

Hold your palm flat and wrap yarn around your own 4 fingers about two hundred times (I spread my fingers a little because I like my pom-poms BIG). Carefully remove the bundle of yarn from your hand and using a generous length of yarn, make a tight double knot around the center. Cut through all loops of bundle. Trim and shape your pom-pom. Use the two ends of your knotted yarn to secure the pom-pom to the top of the hat, view a video tutorial on this technique visit.

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Jane learned to knit at age 5 only to relearn the craft through books in her late teens. The unlikely combination of her two favourite subjects, math and art, are what lead Jane to knitwear design. She has been publishing her knitting patterns since 2008, many of which are named for family members and friends who are a source of inspiration. Her designs are available through Ravelry and Etsy and you can read more about Jane over on her blog.

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