Learn to Knit an Earflap Cap

Earflap hats have become very popular recently, but there are some tricky parts to knitting them, including the earflaps themselves. This 4 part video series walks you through the entire pattern, including the cast-on, working cable stitches, switching to double-pointed needles, and adding the trim.

This pattern includes sizes for both men and women.

Materials Needed:
• Worsted-weight yarn in 2 colors, about 50g in each color (about 100 yards each color)
• Size 10.5 US needles 16” circular needles, size 10.5 US double-pointed needles
• Stitch marker
• Cable needle
• Tapestry needle
• Size H crochet hook
• Gauge – 20 sts = 4” in 2×2 rib, using double-strands of yarn, unstretched

This pattern is available in three different formats, each includes links to 4-part video tutorial:

1. PDF Pattern, traditional and printable. $8.00 via PayPal

2. Amazon Kindle digital download (suitable for Kindle devices and devices that use the Kindle app): $6.00 US.

3. eReader (For non-Kindle eReaders, like Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, or any device using the Google Play Books app) $6.72 US

14 comments on “Learn to Knit an Earflap Cap

  1. Love your tutorials. Have been knitting for 45yrs+ and have always wanted to knit socks. Thanks to your video tutorial I have completed my first sock. I would like to ask, what type of knitting needles do you use? aluminium or wooden. I have heard of Addi turbo and would like to try them.
    Best wishes

  2. Hi Carol – My favorite needles for most everything is Addi Turbos. I use both fixed needles as well as the interchangeable set, called Addi Clicks. For double-pointed needles, my favorites are Crystal Palace wood needles.

    S t a c i

  3. Bonjour from Quebec, Canada!

    I just happened to find your blog while browsing for patterns. I LOVE the setup and I will certainly visit on a regular basis.

    My first project will be the Woman’s t-shirt sweater that I find awesome! By the way, I’ve been knitting for 40+ years and always enjoy learning new tricks.

    P.S. I will definitely be referring friends (beginners) to your tutorials!

    Au revoir,

  4. hi ,
    love your tutorials. i am beginner .I just want to ask if i want to knit this earflap hat for my 4 year kid. How many stitches should b needed to cast on and could i knit the whole hat on double pointed needles from starting to end ?

  5. Hi Navi – here is a bit of text from my Frequently Asked Questions page:

    Q: Staci, I’ve knit your (pattern), and I’d like to modify it to fit other sizes. Can you help me?
    A: Most of my patterns and tutorials are designed to teach the skills and techniques you need to knit that item (socks, sweaters, etc.). Once you’ve finished a tutorial, you have what you need to know to move on to all kinds of similar patterns, available in all sizes. I’m sorry – resizing a pattern is not a quick or simple thing.

    I suggest you look for a pattern designed to fit your four year-old on Ravelry.com. There are tons of them out there! Good luck!
    S t a c i

  6. Hi staci , may I know which brand of yarn for this pattern? Can I used DK weight or SuperwashMerino wool ?

  7. Hi Shirley – I used Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool. You can use any worsted-weight wool or wool blend. I don’t recommend using DK weight – you’ll end up with a smaller hat.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  8. Halo, Selamat Pagi, greatings from Indonesia…
    I am a beginner knitter and I love your tutorial, I learn a lot from you, basic steps and most specially the tips of knitting. Thank you for caring and sharing your knowledge to us…keep teaching us and good luck!

    From Indonesia

  9. I knitted this hat last year, I loved it. It was too small, I think because I was using size 6 needles instead of 10 1/2. So I just started knitting this hat again, with the right size of needles. But I re-wrote the ear-flap for a more triangular shape. But this is still a really good pattern.

  10. Hi Staci,

    I’m just about to try this pattern out and I had a question about the yarn used. In the pattern and here on the site it mentions that the yarn used is double stranded. Will there be any changes if I just used single stranded yarn? If it’s necessary to keep it as double stranded, how would I go about prepping/buying that? Thanks so much in advance! Huge huge huge fan! I’ve learned so much about furthering my knitting skills from you!

  11. Gabriel – you can use bulky yarn single stranded to about the same affect. To knit double-stranded, just hold two strands of yarn together as one, and knit with them as usual.

    S t a c i

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