Saturday 2 February 2013

Earflaps and Caps - FREE Pattern

I promised you a new pattern and......

Here it is!

Please note that this pattern is for personal use only and articles made with this pattern may not be sold!
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© Marigolds' Loft


You will need:

Yarn: 1 x 50g Black; 1 x 50g Grey; 1 x 50g White

For my project I used Drops Karisma (DK)

Needles: 4mm Straight or DPNs for ear flaps; 4mm Circular for cap, 4mm crochet hook

Colour Chart: For this pattern you will require a chart. You can download your copy HERE


*M1R: Pick up strand between two stitches from the back.
*M1L: Pick up the strand between two stitches from the front.
St st: Stocking stitch – Knit one row, purl the next row
*K2tog: Knit two stitches together as if to knit.
*SKPO: Slip one stitch, Knit 1 stitch, Pass slipped stitch over.
sm: slip marker
MC: Main colour (mine is off white)
CC: Contrasting Colour (Mine is grey)

*Find these stitches explained HERE

Ear Flaps: 

(You will make 4 Ear flaps – 2 in MC, 2 in CC)

On 4mm cast on 7 sts with white.
K1 row, P1 row

Begin increase as follows

°K1, M1L, knit till 2 stitches before the end, M1R, K1°

Next row Purl.

Repeat this increase (°-°) 3 more times.

Knit 4 rows in st st.

Repeat increase (°-°) on next K row.

*Knit 3 rows in st st.
Repeat increase (°-°).*

Repeat *-* 2 times more.

Next row (Knit row) repeat increase again.

Next row purl. (25 stitches in total)

Break thread (Break MC thread at approx 30cm as you will use this yarn to knit ear-flaps together)

Place stitches on a stitch holder or spare piece of thread and knit next ear flap.

Once you have 2 of each Ear-flap continue as follows:

Taking 1 Ear-flap in MC and 1 Ear-flap in CC, Place stitches onto 2 separate DPNs. Now, holding the ear-flaps purl-sides together, knit the stitches together on one needle using the 30cm MC thread.

Do the same for the other ear-flap.
Continue with the Cap:


On 4mm circular cast on 14 st, knit over one ear-flap (making sure that it has the right-side facing you), cast on 30st, knit over the other ear-flap, cast on 14 st. Place marker and join in the round. (108st in total)
This marker marks centre-back.

Knit Rib (K2,P2) for 8 rounds.

Now continue with pattern working from the bottom up. 

The pattern is built in a 6 stitch repeat. 
This means you begin the row on the right side of the row, and work your way across, repeating the pattern through the row.

On the row marked * Place 5 markers evenly (after every 18th st) (At the end of the round you will have 6 markers all together, including the marker from the beginning of the row)

On the next row reduce as follows:

*K to 3 st before marker, K2tog, K1, sm, K1, SKPO* Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Next row: K

Repeat these two rows another two times (3 decreases in all)

Now decrease each row:

*K to 3 st before marker, K2tog, K1, sm, K1, SKPO* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Repeat this row 4 times. (24st left on the needle)

Next row: K2tog all the way around (12st left on the needle)

Break thread and thread the yarn through all the stitches and pull closed.

Sew in all the loose ends on the wrong-side.

ear flaps and caps
The wrong-side should look like this.

fair-isle cap tutorial


Using the crochet hook and the remainder of the black wool, begin at the tip of the ear-flap and do a round of single crochet along the entire edge of the cap.

Once back at the beginning, do another round of single crochet and bind off.


Take 2 strands of each colour wool, approximately 2m long, fold in half and cut.

You will now have 12 strands @ 1m each (2 colours of each)

Now taking the first set of 6 strands, fold in half and using the crochet hook, pull through the middle stitch on the tip of the ear-flap. Once it is through, pull only half of the strands through to the other side. Continue by plaiting the yarn to desired length and cut.
Do the same on the other ear-flap and you are done :)

For those of you who would like to have the Fair-Isle (Colour-work) chart as a download, please Email me and I will send you a copy.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this pattern, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as best as I can.

I would love to see some of your completed projects, if you do knit this cap please share your link below in the comments.


  1. Hi and you really don't need to reply-as I know how busy you must be. Just wanted to tell you that I stumbled upon your Blog through your pattern on Ravelry. I've been w/ the Rav since their beginning. Absolutely adore it.

    Love your blog. So very interesting and exciting. I think eclectic would be a good description and a sincere compliment. I have book marked your site and hope to visit your blog many times.

    Thank you again.
    Hope Zelasko

    1. Hi Hope,
      Thank you so much, you are very kind.
      Hope you enjoy your visits :)
      Have a great weekend.

  2. Great advice as usual!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  3. Cute hat! I found you on the Clever Chicks Hop and I would love to have you join the fun on my Creative HomeAcre Hop!

    Hope to see you there!

    1. Hi Lisa Lynn,
      Thanks for the invitation, would love to join in :)

    2. Thanks for sharing your post!

  4. ooo fun hat! I love how the top comes together. Always looking for free knitting patterns, thanks so much for sharing yours! I host a Tuesday link party that I would LOVE for you to come check out.

    1. Hi Emily,
      Thank you, will definitely come over and link up next week.
      Thanks for the invitation and for dropping by.

  5. This is very cute! I wish I could knit! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  6. ..... I like it :-) Thank you very much (ha's ersch hüt entdeckt!!!)

  7. Looks very neat! Happy SITS day!

    1. Hi Ugochi,
      Thank you very much and thanks for your visit.

  8. When I was a kid, no one would wear flaps. They weren't cool. Now they are fashionable. Thanks for the pattern. Enjoy your SITS Day.

    1. Hi Sheila,
      Yes, funny how things always come around and find their way into the fashion limelight :)
      Thanks for visiting.

  9. My oldest daughter would really love this hat. If I could make it look even close to that one, she would be elated! I'm going to give it a try and I'll show you my end beautiful project or major fail when I'm done. I have no pride, but do love to knit. Thanks for sharing it and beautiful site.

    1. Hi Stacey,
      I would love to see your finished project. If you have questions along the way, feel free to contact me :)
      Thanks for visiting.

  10. This is really cool and my oldest (16) actually loves this type of hat...thanks for sharing and Happy SITS Day!

    1. Hi Mrsteeh,
      Thanks so much for visiting, my daughters love these kind of caps too :)

  11. Love this hat. and the pictures are such a big help. I've been looking for a 'cozy craft' to make this fall. I may just have to try this! Thanks for sharing and Happy SITS day!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for visiting, I look forward to seeing your project :)

  12. Sigh... wish I could knit. This is SOOO cute!

  13. This looks lovely but too complicated for someone who is just about to start learning the craft. Off to tinker around your blog to find something I can work on. :)

    1. Hi thevanillahousewife,
      It really isn't as hard as it looks :) If you want to give it a go, I am available should you have questions.
      Thank you so much for visiting.

  14. I love crocheting...thanks for the pattern freebie...and happy SITS day, too!

  15. Could I get the Earflaps pattern please?

    1. Hi Orna,
      I am guessing you are looking for the cap fair isle pattern?
      If you follow the link in the above post, you will come to the colour chart.
      Hope that helps you, let me know if you are still having problems.

    2. Hi, Natalie. I found that pattern, but it only appears to be from the diamond shape up, the sections below the diamonds are missing.

    3. Hi Orna,
      I have just downloaded the chart again to see if it has issues but it looks fine. You should get 1 page PDF and the whole pattern should be on there. Perhaps try and download it again? It should have 45 rows of pattern. I hope you come right.

  16. Hi Natalie: I have been looking for an earflap hat pattern I can felt. Is this possible with this pattern and if so what size needles would I need to use. I'm planning on using patons classic wool worsted weight.

    1. Hi Jody,
      I guess you could use this pattern to felt, but you would have to work out the pattern again taking into consideration that projects once finished will reduce in size through the felting process and go in a general 30 - 40%.
      Your best bet would probably be to knit up a swatch and felt it to see exactly what size difference you are working with and try and work out the changes to the pattern from that.
      I hope this helps you.
      Warm regards

  17. Love the pattern I think I can knit the hat my only question and I hope it's not too silly, are the earflaps joined together when you single crochet around the edge of the hat and the ear flaps.

    1. Hi Sonia,
      There is no silly question in my eyes, so I am glad you asked yours, maybe someone else has the same question and is grateful for the answer too :)
      Yes, you are correct, the crochet is what joins them together.
      I hope you have fun, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask them!
      Have a super weekend.


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