I just love ear flap hats. There is something about them that is so gosh darn cute – especially on the little ones! I have really wanted to make another earflap hat ever since I designed the Toddler Earflap Hat years ago. There are just too many things on my to-make list! Anyone else that way?? This year I decided I would make a Valentine’s Day-themed earflap hat. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and really always enjoy using the Lion Brand Heartland yarn. This red is one of my new favorites!!
Some years here the temperature doesn’t even get low enough to need hats, but this year it’s been pretty chilly – we even had snow a few weeks ago! That may not be big to a lot of you, but it’s a pretty big deal here in the South. We were out of school for over a week! While we were off I decided to make some more hats for my boys and I’m working on some mittens for them, too, just in case it gets really cold again. I’m secretly hoping for more snow soon (I am a teacher so I love snow days!!).
Valentine Ear Flap Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland (100% Acrylic; 251 yards [230 meters]/142 grams): #124 Big Bend (MC) and #113 Redwood (CC)
Hook: US size J/10 (6.0 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Approximately 14 (16) inch circumference to fit baby (toddler)
Gauge: 15 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc
With MC, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sts.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st – 12 sts.
Round 3: *Sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 18 sts.
Round 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 24 sts.
Round 5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 30 sts.
Round 6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 36 sts.
Round 7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 42 sts.
Round 8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 48 sts.
Round 9: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 54 sts.
Size Toddler Only
Round 10: *Sc 8, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 60 sts.
Work even in sc for 5 (6) inches.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 14 (16) sts; turn – 14 (16) sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc2tog – 12 (14) sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, work even in sc.
Repeat rows 2-3 until 4 sts remain. Fasten off.
Skip 9 sts for back. Join MC and repeat earflap instructions. Do not fasten off.
Join CC. Sc 2 rounds evenly around edges, working 2 sc in bottom of each earflap corner. Fasten off.
For ties: cut 6 pieces of each color 24″ long. Pull through bottom of earflap and braid. Tie at end. Repeat for second tie.
Make a large pom pom using both colors and attach at top.
Hearts: Make two hearts using this tutorial. Sew to earflaps as seen in photos.
Weave in ends.