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Sunday
Mar102013

Whit's Knits: Cozy Ear Flap Hat

No one's fond of cold ears and we're all pretty averse to icy wind blowing down their canals. So, here is a hat designed to protect these most vital appendages.

And you know that swathe at the back of your head that gets ignored by both hat and scarf? This hat covers that too! These are important practical issues but certainly not excuses to be uncute. In fact, these concerns for warmth and comfort may have inspired our sassiest hat yet!

For toastiness and style I turned to Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino. This is one yarn you'll welcome right up against your ears. Itch-free and wonderfully sumptuous, it also happens to make the best pom poms ever. So don't leave the top of your Cozy Ear Flap Hat out in the cold!

Make your ears happy!

UPDATE: We've added new sizes! Now the Cozy Ear Flap is sized for everyone from little babies to big papas! -Whitney, April 19, 2013

 

The Materials

 

  • Hat Only: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) of Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. These colors, from the left, are Heirloom White, Oyster Gray and Yellow Yellow.
  • Hat and Different Color Pom Pom: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) for the hat; and 1 skein for either size pom pom.
  • Hat and Same Color Big Pom Pom: 2 skeins for any size hat with a big pom pom in the same color as the hat.
  • Hat and Same Color Small Pom Pom: 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) for a hat with a small pom pom in the same color as the hat.

 

The Pattern

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Sizes

Baby (Child's Small, Child's Large/Woman's Small, Woman's Large/Man's Small, Man's Large)

Finished Measurements

14 (16, 18, 20, 22) inches in circumference. The hat is meant to fit snugly.

Pattern Notes

When the pattern says to "make 1 left purlwise": Pick up the yarn between the last stitch you knit and the one you're about to knit just as you would for a regular make 1 right, bringing the needle from back to front.

Then purl into the front of the stitch.

When the pattern says to "make 1 right purlwise": Pick up the yarn between the last stitch you knit and the one you're about to knit just as you would for a regular make 1 left, bringing the needle from front to back.

Then purl into the back of the stitch.

(The photos in this pattern show the Child's Large/Woman's Small size.)

 

Left Ear Flap

With the circular needles, cast on 3 (5, 5, 5, 7) stitches.

Row 1 (right side): K1 (2, 2, 2, 3), make 1 right (m1r), k1, make 1 left (m1l), k1 (2, 2, 2, 3). [5 (7, 7, 7, 9) stitches]

Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 3: K2 (3, 3, 3, 4), m1r, k1, m1l, k2 (3, 3, 3, 4). [7 (9, 9, 9, 11) stitches]

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K3 (4, 4, 4, 5), m1r, k1, m1l, k3 (4, 4, 4, 5). [9 (11, 11, 11, 13) stitches]

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K1, m1r, knit to end of row. [10 (12, 12, 12, 14) stitches]

Row 8: Purl to last stitch, make 1 left purlwise (see Pattern Notes), p1. [11 (13, 13, 13, 15) stitches]

Sizes Child's Large/Woman's Small, Woman's Large/Man's Small, and Man's Large Only

Rows 9 and 10: Repeat Rows 7 and 8. [— (—, 15, 15, 17) stitches]

Sizes Woman's Large/Man's Small and Man's Large Only

Rows 11 and 12: Repeat Rows 7 and 8. [— (—, —, 17, 19) stitches]

All Sizes

Cut the yarn and put the Left Ear Flap on a stitch holder (or scrap yarn).

Right Ear Flap

With the circular needle, cast on 3 (5, 5, 5, 7) stitches.

Repeat Rows 1-5 of Left Ear Flap. [9 (11, 11, 11, 13) stitches]

Row 6: P1, make 1 right purlwise (see Pattern Notes), purl to end of row. [10 (12, 12, 12, 14) stitches]

Row 7: Knit to last stitch, m1l, k1. [11 (13, 13, 13, 15) stitches]

Sizes Child's Large/Woman's Small, Woman's Large/Man's Small, and Man's Large Only

Rows 8 and 9: Repeat Rows 6 and 7. [— (—, 15, 15, 17) stitches]

Sizes Woman's Large/Man's Small and Man's Large Only

Rows 10 and 11: Repeat Rows 6 and 7. [— (—, —, 17, 19) stitches]

All Sizes

Next Row: With the purl side facing you, use a Cable Cast On to cast on 7 (7, 9, 9, 11) stitches.

With the purlside still facing you, purl to the end of the row. [18 (20, 24, 26, 30) stitches]

Joining the Ear Flaps

Knit the 18 (20, 24, 26, 30) stitches of the Right Ear Flap.

Then, making sure the knit side of both pieces are facing you, knit the first stitch of the Left Ear Flap to join the pieces.

Knit to the end of the Left Ear Flap. [29 (33, 39, 43, 49) stitches]

The Nape

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. (2 stitches decreased)

Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.  [25 (29, 35, 39, 45) stitches]

Turn the work so the purl side is facing you, and use a Cable Cast On to cast on 17 (19, 19, 21, 21) stitches..

Joining Into Round

Turn the work so the knit side is facing you and, being careful to not twist the stitches, place a marker and join for working in the round. [42 (48, 54, 60, 66) stitches]

Knit until piece measures 4 1/4 (4 1/4, 4 1/4, 4 1/2, 4 1/2) inches from the last cable cast on edge. On the final round, place a marker after every 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) stitches. (5 additional markers placed)

The Crown

Note: Change to double pointed needles when you have too few stitches to fit on the circular needle.

Decrease Round: *Knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches decreased)

Knit 1 round.

Repeat last two rounds 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) more times. [24 stitches]

Repeat Decrease Round every round 3 times. [6 stitches]

Cut the yarn and thread it through the 6 remaining stitches.

Weave in the ends.

Crochet Edge

Make a single crochet edge around the entire hat. Orient the hat so it is upside down and the back of the hat is facing you, start anywhere with a chain 1.

Make one single crochet for every stitch or row around the whole hat. Slip stitch into the beginning chain, cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

Pom Pom

For the smaller size pom pom use either the 2 1/2-inch template from the Clover pom pom maker or the green one from the Susan Bates kit. And for the larger pom pom, use either the 3 3/8-inch Clover template or the yellow Susan Bates one. (If you need help with your Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker, check out our Pom Pom Tutorial right here!)

Bring the tails of the pom pom into the inside center top of the hat. Tie a knot and weave in the ends.

Weave in any remaining ends and you're done!

Reader Comments (20)

Hi,

I am new to knitting and I'm wondering if there is an alternate cheaper brand of yarn that would give the same effect, I'm having a difficult time finding the Sister brand of wool.
September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi Vanessa,
Here is a link to all our bulky yarn options: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/3-knitting-crochet-yarn?filters[]=8
Hope you find something you like!
Laura.
September 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello!

Could I substitute some leftover Swans Island worsted for this pattern? I'm new enough to knitting to be unsure about substituting anything without expert advice!

Thanks!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
Hi Ashley-

The Swans Island Worsted is too thin for this project, unfortunately. You might want to check out the Big Rib Thank You Hat here, http://www.purlbee.com/thank-you-hats/
It uses Swan's Island Worsted!

Thank you!

Molly
March 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is exactly the pattern I've been looking for for my daughter. But she is only 2!! Can you help me size this down for a toddler? I've looked everywhere and this is the first pattern I've come across with ear flaps and a great big pom pom! Thanks!
March 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersara
Hi Sara,

We do have plans to size this pattern down, although I'm not sure if we'll get to it this spring or next fall. If you stay posted, we should have something for you in the near to not-too-distant future!

Thanks for asking!
Whitney
March 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Very cute pattern! I really like that it's in a large range of sizes. It would be handy to have a PDF file of the pattern, but I can't find one on your site.
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Thank you so much for the additional sizes! I just made the hat (yellow with BIG pom pom) and love it! Now the baby can have one too!
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
Great pattern.
It's going t be a featured find tomorrow on the at play blog
www.atplayonline.com

I hope you'll stop by

Megan
April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
I really like this hat and is thinking about substituting it with an aran weight. Do you have the row gauge for this?
July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy
Hi Lucy,

The row gauge is 4 rows to the inch.

Let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

Whitney
July 10, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Help! This is a different hat than was posted at this same link before! It was knit in Knit Collage Sister yarn before. So is this is the same gauge, pattern and all?? I am picking up an old project that I wanted to finish...
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne Dunn
HI Marianne,

No, this pattern is slightly different. Here's a link to the original pattern: http://web.archive.org/web/20130116020031/http://www.purlbee.com/cozy-warm-hat/

I'm sorry for the confusion! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
August 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
is it possible to have a pdf file down load for the cozy ear flap free pattern?
August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrene Campbell
Hi Irene-

Currently we don't have PDFs available but you can certainly print this pattern out for free.

Thank you for your question!

Molly
August 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am in the middle of knitting the body. I can't figure out if the last cable cast on was on the front or back of the hat. Is it knit 41/4 in from the front of the hat or from the bottom of the nape?
December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Hi Kelly,

The last cable cast on is for the front of the hat, and so you will be knitting 4 1/2 inches from the front cast on edge.

I hope this clarifies things for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
December 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I can not tell you how excited I am that I found your site.....I am just getting back into knitting....I learned it from my MIL eons ago and even did baby sweaters, hats as gifts..but then I was blessed with 3 kids and I did my last sweater for my daughter when she was 4....she is now 43...yep! I sew, crochet and QUILT quilt quilt....but I picked up my knitting needles again and just find it so fullfilling and relaxing.....so!! I hope to get better and better and offer knitting lesson groups along with my quilting classes....I am a retired nurse and I am ready to rock and roll with these two activities.....along with life with Hub and 9 grandkids! 8 of which are gals!....anyways....i feel like you have given us so much on this site.....I just ordered a book on socks because I could not remember how to use the 4 open ended knitting needles....and my MIL is in heaven....so your pictures are a gift...hey maybe she is looking down and taking care of me !!!......You have a sweet knitted day....I will have to say knitted/quilting day for me!!.....Sorry so long a post....just am so thankful in NW snow bound Indiana transplanted Buckeye!
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hello,

I am beginning to decrease on the baby hat but am confused by "*Knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches decreased)."

I knitted to 2 stitches before the marker and k2tog; I continued to knit that round & came to the marker - once more stopping 2 stitches before the marker and k2tog. I only decreased two stitches in doing so (I went from 42 to 40 stitches).

Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Hi Sara,

I think you missed the step right before the Crown which says, "On the final round, place a marker after every 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) stitches. (5 additional markers placed)."

If you do this, you should be all straightened out. If not, please let us know and we'll help you out! Thank you for your question!

Whitney
January 7, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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