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I don’t know about you but I like ear flaps on hats, but I don’t always like the rest of the hat the ear flap is attached to.  So, having not been able to find a Panda Hat with ear flaps I decided to design my own, and part of that involved making ear flaps.

These ear flaps are SUPER DUPER easy to make, and I am going to share the pattern with you here.

I have used 4mm needles and 8ply yarn to make these, but I don’t see any reason why they can’t be made with other weights of yarn and needle size, it shouldn’t effect the pattern at all.

The perfect addition to any hat you make!

  1. Cast on 5 stitches using your preferred method
  2. Knit all stitches
  3. KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7 stitches)
  4. Knit all stitches
  5. KFB, K5, KFB (9 stitches)
  6. K2, Purl 5, K2
  7. KFB, K7, KFB (11 stitches)
  8. K2, P7, K2
  9. KFB, K9, KFB (13 stitches)
  10. K2, P9, K2
  11. KFB, K11, KFB (15 stitches)
  12. K2, P11, K2
  13. KFB 2, K11, KFB 2 (19 stitches)
  14. K2, P15, K2
  15. Knit all stitches
  16. K2, P15, K2
  17. Rows 17 to 24 – repeat rows 15 and 16
25. K9, KFB, K9
26. K2, P16, K2
27. Knit all stitches
28. K2, P16, K2
29. Knit all stitches
30. K2, P16, K2

This is one ear flap made, so cut a 6 inch tail and put it on a spare needle or stitch holder.

For ear flap number 2 repeat steps 1 to 30 and add the following:

31. Knit all

Once you have completed row 31 on the second ear flap you can then cast on the stitches for your hat.  The extra row ensures that when you knit the first ear flap after casting on the first half of your hat stitches both ear flaps will remain the same length.  Do not cut the thread of the second ear flap if you are going to continue making your hat!!

Adding the Ear Flaps to your hat

I am going to use an 88 stitch cast on hat for this example (this is the number of stitches I used for my panda hat).  40 of these stitches are already accounted for as they are the ear flaps.

Once you have completed all 31 rows the second ear flap that you knitted is still on you’re needles and should be transferred on to you’re knitting in the round needle of choice -either  double pointed or on to a circular needle (unless it’s already on one!)

The ear flaps have 20 stitches each, so this ear flap accounts for the first 20 stitches that would normally be cast on.

Next I would cast on 24 stitches in my preferred method – that’s half of your hat cast on!

Now knit across the top of the first ear flap you made – this is why it only has 20 rows instead of 31, the knitting into the base of the hat is the 31st row of this ear flap.

Cast on the remaining 24 stitches.

You now have 88 stitches on your needles, ready to be joined in the round and for the rest of your hat to take shape!  Magic!!

If any of this doesn’t make sense please feel free to contact me!

Happy ear flap knitting.