Thursday, August 25, 2011

Teen/Adult Earflap Hat (Free Pattern)

Small T took this photo of me....she thinks it's hilarious!!!

Small T modeling the same hat that I had on.

Small T modeling another hat made today. has been a day of experimenting with yarn and a possible pattern that Small T had in her head (and she doesn't even crochet!). So...after much trial and error, here's another free pattern for everyone. I call it the Teen/Adult Earflap Hat.

WW yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
J hook

The hat is made by holding two strands of yarn together throughout (while crocheting).
The beginning ch 3 is counted as a dc.
When it says "join" it means join to the top of the beginning ch 3 with a slip stitch.

1 - To begin, make a magic loop. Ch 3 and work 9 dc in the loop. Join to the top of the beg ch 3 with a sl st. Tighten loop to close.
2 - ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (20 dc)
3 - ch 3, 2dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (30 dc)
4 - ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (40 dc)
5 - ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (50 dc)
6 - ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (60 dc)
7 thru 11 - ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around. Join. (60 dc)
At the end of round 11, finish off.

Holding hat upside down (and still wrong side out), with seam (from the beg ch 3 of each row) facing you, count 8 stitches to the left of the seam. Join yarn in the 9th stitch.
1- ch 3, dc in next 11 sts, turn.
2- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 10 sts, turn.
3- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 9 sts, turn.
4- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 8 sts, turn.
5- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 7 sts, turn.
6- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, turn.
7- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 5 sts, turn.
8 - ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 4 sts, turn.
9- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 3 sts, finish off.

To work 2nd earflap, holding hat upside down with seam facing you and the first earflap in your left hand, count 19 sts to the right of the SEAM. Join yarn in the 20th stitch. Follow rows 1 thru 9 of the 1st earflap.

Using a coordinating color of yarn and holding 2 strands of it together, with hat upside down and seam facing you, join yarn somewhere around the seam area. Sc in each st around, putting 2 sc in the end post of each dc and working 3 sc in the corners of the earflap edge. Join to the beginning sc with a sl st. Finish off. Weave in all ends around the hat.

Braided Fringe:
Figure out how long you would like your fringe to be. I guessed at the length I wanted. Just make sure that it's the length you want AFTER it's doubled over or folded in half at the middle. Cut 12 strands of yarn (I used 6 strands of each color). Then after I fold the length of yarn in half, I attach it to the end of the earflap in the middle, between two stitches. Do this for both earflaps. Then, for each earflap, divide the strands of yarn into three equal bunches and braid them together. Knot the end(s).

So...that's my newest free pattern. Hope everyone enjoys it! There are many similar hats out there on the web, and I've not copied anyone's pattern to my knowledge. If I have used something similar to yours, please feel free to contact me and I will give you credit for having a similar pattern. Thanks a bunch!


  1. I want you to know I have searched for days for a crochet pattern with earflaps for my son. Every pattern called for bulky yarn and was not what I wanted. You're pattern is so perfect. Thans you so much for posting it. I am also a mom and grandmom from Missouri. I am from Columbia. My son is away at school and wanted a earflap hat with Mizzou colors. I changed it up a little with a treble on the front post of round 7 to incorporate the gold. Anyway I admire your desire to focus on your family and of course on crochet. Thanks again.
    Paula downs

  2. Paula, I'm always more than happy to share my patterns. As an avid crocheter, I find that the free patterns on the internet satisfy my crafting urges quite nicely and if I am able to share my patterns then hopefully that helps out a few others as well. I frequently change up the patterns I find and I'm glad you were able to make a few changes as well and come out with a finished product that you liked. I have also changed up my pattern a bit by doing the earflaps differently. I hope to post a quick pattern soon in regards to this. Thank you for the kind words about my blog. I truly enjoy blogging and it makes me happy to see that others enjoy my blog as well. By the way, it's lovely to meet someone so close to home! Columbia is just a hop, skip and a jump from Brunswick.

  3. My daughter was begging for a flap hat this Christmas and with odds and ends of yarn from a friend I was able to make this hat for her!! Thanks so much!

  4. Thank you so much for this pattern! It is great! One of the easiest patterns I have used in a long, long time, and believe me, I use a lot of them :)
    I just finished this hat in green, red, yellow and black - it took me about 2 hours! I did it in stripes, and made some of the stripes as "cross stitches" for texture - turned out great :)
    Thank you so much again - I'll be making many more of this one :)

  5. you're welcome! glad you liked the pattern!

  6. thank you Hanne! i'm glad you found the pattern easy to use. it's what i was aiming for. would love to see the striped hat you made.

  7. Many thanks for this great looking pattern :) do you recall how much yarn this used? would 100g be enough? Just I'm hoping to make one for my daughter and add animal features to it...if i can :) thanks again for your heard work and for sharing this with us

    1. Sally, I used 2 different skeins of yarn, with a strand of each held together, and I think it took most of each of both skeins. These skeins were 7 0z. each or 198 grams. I haven't made any of these in a while, so I can't be exact on the yarn usage. I'm sorry I can't be of more help on this. :/ I hope you're able to get one of these made. I would love to see what it looks like with the animal features. Would you leave me a comment when you get it done? With a link to a photo? Have a good day, Sally!

    2. Thanks Shelley, I bought two balls of yarn to be far its going well....but Daughter and I have large heads so have had to "tweek" the pattern to make it wider...Will link with a photo when I'm happy enough with the end results....stil not sure how to make all the animal pieces as only been crochetting for a few months ) thanks again for your help and encouragement :)

    3. I'm glad you're able to enlarge the pattern so far. It should be fairly easy to do. I have a large head as well so some of the things I make, like the slouchy hat (another pattern) are way to big for my teen daughter. I can't wait to see how it turns out with the animal pieces you are making! Please share a photo if you can, when you are finished!

    4. Hi Shelly, finally ive got round to posting a link to the finished donkey hat. Sorry for the hooge delay, but we moved house not long after I made the hat and I was using DH's laptop back then to edit my blog so have finally got back to his laptop to find your blog etc....long story, but wanted to explain....anyhoo with out further ado.....

    5. Hi Sally. Sorry it's taken me a bit to reply. I had surgery a few weeks ago and I'm taking my time with recuperating.
      Hope your move went well!
      Thanks for posting a link to the donkey hat. I stopped by and the donkey hat come out great! I totally appreciate the credit for inspiration you gave me. That's fab and it made me really happy. I'll be visiting your blog to see all the lovely things you make! Thanks so much!

  8. This is, without a doubt, one of my FAVORITE crochet patterns EVER~~ Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!

    Four hats made so far and still counting~ :)

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I don't charge for any of the patterns that I come up with because I feel like it's something I should share since I enjoy making items off free patterns as well. I'm glad you like the hat pattern and I hope you are able to make many, many more of these hats!

  9. I've been looking for a pattern such as this! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Color me happy in Colorado!