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Baby Ear Flap Hat [knitting pattern]

November 3, 2015
Free Beginner Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele

A while back I created this knitting pattern for an Ear Flap hat. Not only is it one of my most popular patterns to date, it’s also my favorite! I made several in different colors and I wear them all winter long. Naturally, I wanted to knit a scaled down version for my little guy. This hat knits up really fast thanks to the big needles and extra bulky yarn. 
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (1 skein)
Needles: Size 13 circular 16 inches long
               Size 13 straight needles (for the ear flaps)
Knitting Pattern
Size: 6-12 months
Gauge: 2 sts= 1 inch 
Cast on 32 sts. Work in K1 P1 ribbing for 2 rows. Knit in the round until piece measures 5 1/2 inches from the beginning. To shape the crown: Knit 2 sts together all around until you are left with 5 stitches. Cut
yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail. Thread tail through stitches of last row, pull to secure and make a knot. Make and attach pom pom.

Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[To make the ear flaps- Cast on 6 sts. Work in Garter stitch for 2 rows. Knit 2 sts together at each edge until you have 1 stitch left. Pull yarn through stitch to make a knot. Sew ear flaps on the the sides of the hat approximately 5 inches apart]
Baby Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
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  • Reply
    Unknown
    November 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Would love to have instructions for the flaps as well as the hat! Want to make my own but want to have the ear flaps too

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    Barbara Kessler
    November 30, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Cute but where are ear flap directions? I am not seeing them

    • Reply
      Gina Michele
      December 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      I didn't realize that the directions had been cut off- thanks for bringing that to my attention! I re-posted them under the picture.

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    Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I didn't realize until I went to a knitting store to ask a question that this hat is supposed to be knit 'in the round'. Since I've already knit the 5.5" flat, I'm going to rip it out & start over. My question is – how do you knit in the round with only 5 stitches left? It seems like you won't be able to continue to knit in the round as the number of stitches are reduced.

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    Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Gina – thanks so much for your response. I'm going to give the Magic Loop Method a try.

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    Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Gina – one more question please – when you say to sew the ear flaps approximately 5 inches apart, is that 5 inches from the center of the flaps or the edge of the flaps? Thanks so much!

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      Gina Michele
      January 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Hi- it's 5 inches from the edge of the flaps

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