Free pattern for knitted earflap hats

Free pattern for knitted earflap hats

Just found this pattern in the drafts from a few years ago so it has been posted here:

The pattern calls for size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn.  It seems like these hats usually take me about 4 hours from start to finish.

This pattern and these hats will always hold a special place in my heart because they are the first and foremost reason I started learning everything I could about knitting and crochet.

The little boy in those pictures is my [now much older] son.  He was 10 and wanted a $30 earflap hat from Pacsun(?) –but the kid lost two winter coats that year. There was no way I was spending that much for hats that would be left on the bus or playground.  I went to walmart, bought yarn, figured out how to knit in the round, and ended up learning how to read patterns after I had figured out how to successfully make hats!

The first hat I knit made is around here someplace–I really should show a picture of it.  It was in Indianapolis Colts colors.  I was so proud of the work and it was just sooooo terrible–just full of holes from lost and twisted stitches that I hadn’t noticed til it was on his head and we were walking into the mall.  When we got home that day I started on the green, white and black one in the picture–that was the first ‘wearable’ hat that I knit LOL.  That was December and by February I was doing much better when I made the royal blue and black one for his friend.

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