This is my new favorite hat! The knitting pattern I made is below. The large needles and thick yarn mean that you can knit this hat in an evening.
Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern
Cast on 48 stitches
Rows 1-26: Work 26 rows in k2, p2 Rib.
Row 27 (Dec Row): *K2, p2, k2, p2tog; rep from * across row
Row 28: *K1, p2, k2, p2; rep from * across row.
Row 29 (Dec Row): *k2, p2tog, k2, p1; rep from * across row
Row 30: *K1, p2; rep from * across row.
Row 31: *K1, k2tog; rep from * across row
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 in. tail. Thread tail through stitches of last row and pull to secure. Use the tail to sew the side seam together.
EARFLAP (make 2)
Cast on 10 stitches. Work 5 rows in Garter stitch
Row 6 (Dec Row): K2tog, k6, k2tog – 8 sts.
Rows 7 and 8: Knit.
Rep last 3 rows twice – 4 sts.
Next Row: K1, k2tog, k1.
Rep last row once – 2 sts. Bind off.
Braids (make 2)
Cut 3 lengths of yarn, each 20 inches. Pull through the ends of the ear flap and fold over in the middle so you have 6 equal length strands. Divide into 3 sections and braid. Make a knot at the bottom. Trim ends.
Fold up 3 ½ in. for brim. Sew Earflaps to sides of hat.
Make pom pom and tie on to top of hat. Weave in end