I'm a big fan of ear flap hats and they're pretty easy to knit! I had some yarn leftover from various projects so I decided to create a stripe pattern. The thick yarn and large needles make this a fast knit.
Stripes- 4 rows with Royal yarn, 4 rows with Charcoal yarn, 8 rows with Lakeside yarn.
EARFLAP (make 2)
Cast on 16 stitches. Work in pattern until piece measures 3 ¾ inches
Dec Row: K2tog, k6, k2tog – 14 sts.
Decrease 1 stitch at each side every other row.
Bind off when you are left with 4 sts.
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.
Weave in ends.