Keep Your Ears Covered this Winter with this Simple Earflap Hat

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Earflap Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

Keep Your Ears Covered this Winter with this Simple Half Double Crochet Ear Flap Hat – Free Crochet Pattern.  For you crocheting pleasure here is my complete Half Double Crochet Earflap Hat Pattern.

Please note I have indicated which side of the hat will be the front (face side) – this is for those of you who wish to add embellishments to your hat(s).

I hope you find this a very user friendly pattern which produces earflap hats you love to wear and crochet. The flower embellishment is available here: Simply Irresistible Crochet Flower

Earflap Hat Pattern Oombawka Design

Half Double Crochet Earflap Hat Pattern

Recommended Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn (WW) – 10-11 wpi
Hook: 5.50 mm
Gauge: 14 stitches in 4 inches; 12 rows in 4 inches

The chain 1 space at the base of the earflaps is included in the stitch counts for the final row of the earflaps.

Abbreviations:
R: round, ch: chain, sl st: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, hdc: half double crochet, st: stitch, sts: stitches, x: times (repeat so many times)

The numbers in brackets at the end of each row/round indicate the totals for each round/row.

Notes:

  • you do not need to ch 2 or sl st to join at the end of each round – instead use a stitch marker to mark your spot (or a safety pin, paper clip, etc.).

Simple Half Double Crochet Ear Flap Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Earflap Hat Sizes: Preemie, Newborn and 0-3 months

Preemie (fits 12″ circumference, 4″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  3sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [35]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [35]
R7-11: repeat R6 [35] do not finish off
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 months

Newborn (fits 13.5″ circumference, 4.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [40]
R7-13: repeat R6 [40]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 months

0-3 months (fits 16″ circumference, 5.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: 1 hdc in each st around [48]
R8-15: repeat R7 [48]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 months

Earflap Instructions for Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 months
Shown as number totals in this order: Preemie (Newborn, 0-3 months)

Earflap 1:
Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 6 (7, 8) sts, ch 1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 0 (1, 2) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [2 (3, 4)]

For Preemie and Newborn only: 
Row 6: 1 sc in the first st, chain 1 (skip the 2nd stitch for Newborn Only), 1 sc in the next st,  finish off and weave in ends [3 (3)] Proceed to Earflap 2.

For 0-3 months only:
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4]
Row 7: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [2]
Row 8: 1 sc in the first stitch, ch 1, 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends [3] Proceed to Earflap 2.

Earflap 2:
Keeping the crown (top) of the hat facing you, count 12 (14, 17) sts from the left edge of the earflap, join your yarn and continue with the instructions for Earflap 2.
**Note: these 12 (14, 17) sts are for the front of the hat**

Make sure you are working from the outside of the hat to the inside of the hat! (From Right Side [RS] to Wrong Side [WS]) or your finishing rounds will be worked on the wrong side of the hat (i.e. the inside!).

Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 6 (7, 8) sts, ch 1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 0 (1, 2) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [2 (3, 4)]

For Preemie and Newborn only:
Row 6: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st for the Newborn size only), 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn, do not finish off [3 (3)]. Proceed to Finishing Rounds 

For 0-3 months only:
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4]
Row 6: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [2]
Row 7: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn **do not finish off. [3] Proceed to Finishing Rounds.

Finishing Instructions:
Finishing Round 1: 1 sc in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps
Finishing Round 2: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps, finish off and weave in ends. Proceed to the section: Adding the ties. Scroll to the very bottom of this post.

Earflap Hat Sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months

3-6 months (fits 17″ circumference, 5.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 4x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [52]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [52]
R9-16: repeat R8 [52]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months.

6-12 months (fits 18″ circumference, 5.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [56]
R9-16 : repeat R8 [56]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months.

12-24 months (fits 19″ circumference, 6.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the  next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [59]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [59]
R10-18: repeat R9 [59]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months.

Earflap Instructions for 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months
Shown as number totals in this order: 3-6 months (6-12 months, 12-24 months)

Earflap 1:
Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 8 (9, 10) sts, ch 1, turn [8 (9, 10]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [8 (9, 10)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 (5, 6) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 0 (1, 2) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [2 (3, 4)]

For 3-6 months (6-12 months) only:
Row 8: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st for 6-12 months only), 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends. [3 (3)] Proceed to Earflap 2 Instructions.

For 12-24 months only:
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [(4)]
Row 9: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [(2)]
Row 10: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends. [3] Proceed to Earflap 2 Instructions.

Earflap 2:
Keeping the crown (top) of the hat facing you, count 19 (20, 21) sts from the left edge of the earflap, join your yarn and continue with the instructions for Earflap 2.
**Note: these 19 (20, 21) sts are for the front of the hat**

Make sure you are working from the outside of the hat to the inside of the hat! (From Right Side [RS] to Wrong Side [WS]) or your finishing rounds will be worked on the wrong side of the hat (i.e. the inside!).

Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 8 (9, 10) sts, ch 1, turn [8 (9, 10]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [8 (9, 10)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 (5, 6) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [6 (7, 8)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4 (5, 6)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 0 (1, 2) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [2 (3, 4)]

For 3-6 months (6-12 months) only:
Row 8: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st for 6-12 months only), 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn, do not finish off. [3, (3)] Proceed to Finishing Instructions.

For 12-24 months only:
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [(4)]
Row 9: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [(2)]
Row 10: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, 1 sc in the 2nd st, ch 1, turn, do not finish off. [3] Proceed to Finishing Instructions.

Finishing Instructions:
Finishing Round 1: 1 sc in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps
Finishing Round 2: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps, finish off and weave in ends. Proceed to the section: Adding the ties. Scroll to the very bottom of this post.

Earflap Hat Sizes 3-5 years, 6-10 years and Adult Small

3-5 years (fits 20″ circumference, 6.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts) 7x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [63]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [63]
R10-18: repeat R9 [63]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-5 years, 6-10 years and Adult Small.

6-10 years (fits 21″ circumference, 7″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x  [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R19: repeat R10 [66]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-5 years, 6-10 years and Adult Small.

Adult Small (fits circumference 22″, height 7.25″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 6x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [70]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [70]
R11-20: repeat R10 [70]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for 3-5 years, 6-10 years and Adult Small.

Earflap Instructions for 3-5 years, 6-10 years and Adult Small.
Shown as number totals in this order: 3-5 years (6-10 years, Adult Small)

Earflap 1:
Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 11 (12, 12) sts, ch 1, turn [11 (12, 12]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [11 (12, 12)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 7 (8, 8) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [9 (10, 10)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [9 (10, 10)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 (6, 6) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [7 (8, 8)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [7 (8, 8)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 (4, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [5 (6, 6)]
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [5 (6, 6)]
Row 9: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 1 (2, 2), sc2tog, ch 1, turn [3, (4, 4)]

For 3-5 years only:
Row 10: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st), 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends. [3] Continue to Earflap 2.

For 6-10 years and Adult Small only:
Row 10: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [(4, 4)]
Row 11: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [(2, 2)]
Row 12: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends. [(3, 3)] Continue to Earflap 2.

Earflap 2:
Keeping the crown (top) of the hat facing you, count 22 (23, 25) sts from the left edge of the earflap, join your yarn and continue with the instructions for Earflap 2. **Note: these 22 (23, 25) sts are for the front of the hat**

Make sure you are working from the outside of the hat to the inside of the hat! (From Right Side [RS] to Wrong Side [WS]) or your finishing rounds will be worked on the wrong side of the hat (i.e. the inside!).

Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 11 (12, 12) sts, ch 1, turn [11 (12, 12]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [11 (12, 12)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 7 (8, 8) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [9 (10, 10)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [9 (10, 10)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 (6, 6) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [7 (8, 8)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [7 (8, 8)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 (4, 4) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [5 (6, 6)]
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [5 (6, 6)]
Row 9: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 1 (2, 2), sc2tog, ch 1, turn [3, (4, 4)]

For 3-5 years only:
Row 10: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st), 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn. Do not finish off. [3] Continue to Finishing Instructions.

For 6-10 years and Adult Small only:
Row 10: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [(4, 4)]
Row 11: sc2tog x 2, ch 1, turn [(2, 2)]
Row 12: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn. Do not finish off. [(3, 3)] Continue to Finishing Instructions.

Finishing Instructions:
Finishing Round 1: 1 sc in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps
Finishing Round 2: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps, finish off and weave in ends. Proceed to the section: Adding the ties. Scroll to the very bottom of this post.

Earflap Hat Sizes Adult Medium and Adult Large

Adult Medium (fits circumference 23″ height 7.5″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 1x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [73]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [73]
R12-21: repeat R11 [73]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for Adult Medium & Adult Large.

Adult Large (fits circumference 24″, height 7.75″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 5x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [77]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [77]
R12-22: repeat R11 [77]
Proceed to Earflap Instructions for Adult Medium & Adult Large.

Earflap Instructions for Adult Medium & Adult Large.
Shown as number totals in this order: Adult Medium (Adult Large)

Earflap 1:
Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 12 (13) sts, ch 1, turn [12 (13)]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [12 (13)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 8 (9) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [10 (11)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [10 (11)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 6 (7) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [8 (9)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [8 (9)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 (5) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [6 (7)]
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [6 (7)]
Row 9: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3), sc2tog, ch 1, turn [4, (5)]
Row 10: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4 (5)]
Row 11: sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 0 (1) st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [(2, 3)]
Row 12: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st for Adult Large only), 1 sc in the next st, finish off and weave in ends. [(3, 3)] Proceed to Earflap 2.

Earflap 2:
Keeping the crown (top) of the hat facing you, count 26 (27) sts from the left edge of the earflap, join your yarn and continue with the instructions for Earflap 2. **Note: these 12 sts are for the front of the hat**

Make sure you are working from the outside of the hat to the inside of the hat! (From Right Side [RS] to Wrong Side [WS]) or your finishing rounds will be worked on the wrong side of the hat (i.e. the inside!).

Row 1: 1 sc in each of the next 12 (13) sts, ch 1, turn [12 (13)]
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn [12 (13)]
Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 8 (9) sts, sc2tog, ch1 turn [10 (11)]
Row 4: 1 sc in each st across, ch1, turn [10 (11)]
Row 5: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 6 (7) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [8 (9)]
Row 6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [8 (9)]
Row 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 (5) sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [6 (7)]
Row 8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [6 (7)]
Row 9: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 (3), sc2tog, ch 1, turn [4, (5)]
Row 10: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [4 (5)]
Row 11: sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 0 (1) st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [(2, 3)]
Row 12: 1 sc in the first st, ch 1 (skip the 2nd st for Adult Large only), 1 sc in the next st, ch 1, turn. Do not finish off. [(3, 3)]  Continue to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions:
Finishing Round 1: 1 sc in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps
Finishing Round 2: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around the entire hat and both earflaps, finish off and weave in ends. Proceed to the section: Adding the ties.

Adding the ties.

Preemie & Newborn Only:

  • Cut 9-strands of yarn, each measuring approximately 20″ ( 50 cm) in length.
  • Pull the strands through the chain 1 space at the base of the earflaps, half way (until you have the same amount of yarn on each side of the earflap).
  • Divide the strands equally into 3-sections of six strands (using yarn lengths from each side of the earflap).
  • Braid the stands until you are approximately 4-inches from the end and tie a knot using all the yarn.
  • Repeat for the second tie.
  • Line up the ties and trim the ends to a similar length.

0-3 months to 6-12 Months Only:

  • Cut 9-strands of yarn, each measuring approximately 25″ ( 63 cm) in length.
  • Pull the strands through the chain 1 space at the base of the earflaps, half way (until you have the same amount of yarn on each side of the earflap).
  • Divide the strands equally into 3-sections of six strands (using yarn lengths from each side of the earflap).
  • Braid the stands until you are approximately 4-inches from the end and tie a knot using all the yarn.
  • Repeat for the second tie.
  • Line up the ties and trim the ends to a similar length.

12 months to Adult Large Only:

  • Cut 12-strands of yarn, each measuring approximately 30″ ( 76 cm) in length.
  • Pull the strands through the chain 1 space at the base of the earflaps, half way (until you have the same amount of yarn on each side of the earflap).
  • Divide the strands equally into 3-sections of eight strands (using yarn lengths from each side of the earflap).
  • Braid the stands until you are approximately 5-inches from the end and tie a knot using all the yarn.
  • Repeat for the second tie.
  • Line up the ties and trim the ends to a similar length.

Embellish as you wish and enjoy!

Earflap Hat Oombawka Design

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  1. Hi Daya, I’m sure you could add ears to it 🙂 This is a very similar design to my Not Another Owl Hat Pattern where I add horns to the top for the owls. It is a great base for character hats 🙂

  2. Hi! Thank you for amazing info!! Just want to know if this hooddie could be done with kitty ears?? I dont want to include ears and make it look withs weird-ugly shape….thanks

  3. Hi Nicole, I don’t 🙂 I use a stitch marker to mark my spot and work in continuous rounds. This will give you a hat without a seam line and the small difference in height at the end of the hat is hardly noticeable when you are wearing the hat – much better than a line all the way down the back of the finished hat I think 🙂 If you are more comfortable working with the slip stitch, chain 2 method you can if you’d like. Just add that bit in (the hat will be one stitch wider for the whole hat length) and do not count or work into it on the rounds. All the best, Rhondda

  4. Hi, I have a few questions about the pattern. At the end of each round, do you join with a slip stitch?
    Do you chain 2 at the beginning of each round?
    If so, does the chain count as a stitch?
    I’m trying to make the hat for my niece.
    Thanks!

  5. Hi Meaghan. Actually it does add up correctly. After Round 4 you have 32 stitches. If you add an additional 3 stitches, 32+3=35 stitches. If you read Round 5 it indicates you only increase 3x (three times) then work 1 hdc in each remaining stitch around. This means you are only increasing the total stitches from R4 by 3 more. This gives you 35. If you misread the instructions and increase all the way around the hat you will have too many stitches and the hat will not be the right size. This is why we only add 3 extra in R5. I hope this helps. Rhondda

    R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
    R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [35]

  6. Thatndoesnt add up if you do it every three stitches like you are saying it is way more that 35

  7. No. This is not normal and should not happen. Have you checked your gauge? It may be too many stitches per inch? If it is wavy (ruffled like appearance) there are either too many stitches or the gauge is giving your too many stitches per inch. If it is curling under it is too tight of gauge (too few stitches per inch) or missed/skipped stitches causing it to curve. Gauge is extremely important for hats – even when you use the same yarn and hook as is recommended in the pattern. Hope this helps, Rhondda

  8. Is it normal for the hat to ravel up like curling up on the edge all the way around?

  9. Hi Michelle, I believe it took just over 1 ball of Red Heart Soft for the adult sizes. All the best, Rhondda

  10. Hi Misty,

    You only increase in 3 of the stitches – not all of the stitches – for this round.
    R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [35]

    Hope this helps!
    Rhondda

  11. hello, in the preemie size hat, im not understanding how there are only 35 st. in round 5. not sure if im doing something wrong or not, but i come up with 40, after a pattern repeat. thank for your time

  12. Hi Cyndy, Thank you!! I’m so happy it turned out for you 🙂 and that you found my instructions easy to follow. Have lovely week 🙂 Rhondda

  13. I made this hat today. It turned out so cute – your instructions were terrific. Thank you so much!

  14. Hi Susan, Thank you so much for trying my pattern 🙂 I love hearing when people make things using them. Have a lovely day, Rhondda

  15. Thank you so much for this pattern, I tried out the 0-3 months and it turned out perfectly! I'm off to make one of each of the other sizes 🙂

  16. Hi Shabby Chic, Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂 and for following me. I hope you have a lovely day! Rhondda

  17. Hi Rhonda,This is absolutely beautiful. I am new to crochet and i did try out something similar following some tutorials on YouTube. Its nice to meet you and your beautiful inspiring blog! Following you now, so will be back often 🙂

  18. Hi bermanac 🙂 Yes – I just haven't written it up yet – I will try to do this in the next week or so 🙂 Thank you for reminding me! Rhondda

  19. adorable hat – love the color! do you have a pattern for the flower?

  20. Thank you Rudri 🙂 Yes it can be very relaxing 🙂 Sometimes too much so I think! Thank you for leaving me a comment 🙂 Rhondda

  21. This post reminds me of my mother and her love of crocheting blankets. Although I've never crocheted, I know that it can be therapeutic and relaxing.

  22. I like the ear flaps and the braided strap. You were kind to share the pattern!#SITSBlogging

  23. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment Stephanie 🙂 No one in my family crochets either 🙂 My Great Aunt did and Great Grandmothers – but so far I am the only one who has picked up the hook since then – there are a ton of resources online to teach you when you are ready 🙂 Rhondda

  24. That is absolutely adorable! I so wish I knew how to crochet! My grandmother used to crochet and I have a huge blanket that she made. She passed away when I was 14 and no one else in my family crochets. It is on my bucket list to learn though, in honor of her! 🙂

  25. Rhondda, what an adorable pattern and finished product! I don't crochet or have a little one but I want this hat! It's too darned cute. A definite keeper. 🙂