I've used this Patons Cobbles yarn for a few projects so far and I really like it! It's a super bulky wool blend that's very soft & warm. I love hats with ear flaps so I decided to make a pattern for one using this yarn and large needles. I kept it simple, so it's great for beginners. The ear flaps are knitted separately and then attached using a yarn needle. Enjoy!
Yarn: Patons Cobbles (2 skeins)
Needles Size US 15 circular 16 inch
Size US 15 straight needles
Cast on 28 sts with the circular needles. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 28 rows.
Knit the 2 Knit sts together across the row (22 sts)
Purl the 2 Purl sts together across the row (14 sts)
Knit 2 sts together across row (7 sts)
Knit 1, Knit 2 together across row (5 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving an 6 in. tail. Thread tail through stitches of last row and pull to secure. Make a knot and weave in ends.
Ear Flaps: Make 2. Cast on 10 sts with the straight needles. Work in Garter Stitch for 5 rows.
*Next Row: Knit 2 together at the beginning and end of next row. Knit 2 rows in Garter Stitch * Repeat the "*" section until you are left with 2 sts. Bind off and weave in end.
Braids (make 2)
Cut 3 lengths of yarn, each 30 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 2 ½ in. for brim. Sew Earflaps to sides of hat.