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Ski hat with ear flaps

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

Ski Hat

Ski hat with ear flaps

This hat was knit in the round top-down. I prefer to make all hats from top to bottom, because I think it’s easier to get the sizing right. Just try it on as you go!


  • Main Color (mc) ~75 yards grey worsted weight – I used GGH Savanna in Galaxy
  • Contrast Color (cc) ~20 yards white worsted weight – I used GGH Savanna in White
  • Contrast Color 2 (cc2) ~20 yards black lighter worsted weight – I used Lavish 100% alpaca
  • Size 7 double pointed needles (DPNs)
  • Size G or H crochet hook


  • Using the mc, cast on 2 stitches on two of the DPNs. (4 total)
  • Row 1: Join. K
  • Row 2: M1 in all sts (8 total). Spread the stitches across 4 dpns, so you have two stitches on each needle.
  • Row 3: K
  • Row 4: *K1 M1 rep from * (16 total)
  • Row 5: K
  • Row 6: *K2 M1 rep from * (24 total)
  • Row 7: K
  • Row 8: *K3 M1 rep from * (32 total)
  • Row 9: K
  • Row 10: *K4 M1 rep from * (40 total)
  • Row 11: K
  • Row 12: *K5 M1 rep from * (48 total)
  • Row 13: K
  • Row 14: *K6 M1 rep from * (56 total)
  • Row 15: K
  • Row 16: *K7 M1 rep from * (64 total)
  • Row 17: K
  • Row 18: *K8 M1 rep from * (72 total)
  • Row 19: K
  • Row 20: *K9 M1 rep from * (80 total)
  • Rows 21-35: St st
  • Switch to cc. Rows 36-38 st st
  • Rows 39-42: *3P 1K rep from *
  • Rows 43-45: K
  • Switch to mc. Rows 46-55: K
  • Row 56:K30 BO20 K30 (60 total) The bound off part will be the front of the hat. You will no longer work in the round. You can put away one of the DPNs if it’s more comfortable for you.
  • Row 57: K2tog K56 K2tog (58 total)
  • Row 58: P
  • Row 59: K2tog K54 K2tog (56 total)
  • Row 60: P14 BO28 P14 The bound off portion is the back of the hat. The 14 st sections will each become an ear flap.

Ear Flaps

Repeat the following on both 14 st sections of live stitches.

  • Row 61: P
  • Row 62: K2tog K10 K2tog (12 total)
  • Row 63: P
  • Row 64: K2tog K8 K2tog (10 total)
  • Row 65: P
  • Row 66: K2tog K6 K2tog (8 total)
  • Row 67: P
  • Row 68: K2tog K4 K2tog (6 total)
  • Row 69: P
  • *K2tog rep from * (3 total)
  • Sl1 K2tog PSSO (1 left)
  • Cut tail and pull it through the final stitch so it won’t unravel (you could bind off too, but it’s easier just to pull it through). Either weave in end or work in into the ties.

Trim and Finishing

  • Switch to cc2 and single crochet around the edge.
  • Weave in ends.
  • The ties are braids. Cut long (about 2.5 times the length you want) pieces of whichever colors you’d like. You want three strands. Pull the strands through the bottom of each ear flap. Divide the ends into 3 groups of 2 (you use both ends from one strand), and braid.
  • You can attach pom poms to the end of you like. If you wanted it to be super warm, you could also line it with fleece.

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Ski hat with ear flaps, 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
March 22nd, 2008
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20 Responses to “Ski hat with ear flaps”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I just cast on last night and I don’t understand Row 2. I ended up doing K1M1 all the way around and it seems to make the math work out…

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  2. Shana Says:

    That’s right. I’ll edit the pattern.

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  3. Crafting Incognito Says:

    I noticed there’s no gauge swatch for this pattern, do you have one?

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  4. shana Says:

    no, sorry. This was one of my first attempts at pattern writing, so I didn’t write down. Lame, I know. Unfortunately, I gave the hat away, too, so I can’t measure it now.

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  5. Crafting Incognito Says:

    I am new to this, so can you tell me what "M1" means??

    Thanks much!

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  6. wish I could knit Says:

    So brilliant, knitting from the top down.  Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  7. shana Says:

    It's 'make one', so you add a stitch using whichever increase you prefer. Here are some common increases.

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  8. Crafting Incognito Says:

    Hey there, any guesses as to the approx gauge or a way to enlarge the pattern? I’m getting about a 16″ circumference hat for people with 21″ heads… should I work a few more increase rounds to compensate? Thanks in advance :)

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  9. shana Says:

    Going from 16" to 21" would be a 30% increase, so I would work 3 more increase rounds after round 20 to get the hat up to 104 sts.

    That would probably change row 56 to

    Row 56:K39 BO26 K39 (78 total)

    and you'd have to adjust from there.

    That's just how I'd approach it. Not sure how it'd work out in practice. Good luck! If you do try sizing it up, would you let me know how it goes?

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  10. dragonflyer50 Says:

    M1 simply means make 1 stitch (increase)

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  11. dragonflyer50 Says:

    K1M1 means to knit 1 and the next stitch knit 1 and increase by 1 in the same space (knit front and back of same stitch. Hope this helps

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  12. Crafting Incognito Says:

    This looks like a wonderful pattern!  I can't wait to get started on it so I can put a hat or two on the Mitten Tree at church!

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  13. gillian Says:

    I love the idea of doing a top down hat with ear flaps! I admit though, when I get down to rows 56 – 57, I'm a bit confused.

    At the end of Row 56, I'm back to the beginning of my round, in the middle of the 60 total remaining stitches.  How do you go from being in the middle of 60 stitches to being able to K2tog, K56, K2tog for Row 57?  Do you P back 30 sts? Do you K forward 30 sts?  Any advice on how you handle that transition would be appreciated. :)

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  14. shana Says:

    I'm surprised no one has asked this yet. It's been a long time since I knitted this up, but I think what I'd do is skip the last 30 knit stitches on row 56, startin row 57 right after the bind off.

    Can you give that a try and let me know if it works?

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  15. gillian Says:

    Will do! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  16. Betty Fulop Says:

    In Rows 39-42, does 3P 1K mean the same as P3 K1? I’ve never seen the number of stitches worked before knit or purl. I’m really enjoying the pattern, thanks!!

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  17. Lissie Says:

    Hi, I’m struggling with the pattern and I *think* there’s an error in the row 4? As written, you have 4 increase points. I think you want that row to be another M1 in every stitch, to get to from 8 to 16, and then start with the K1/M1, so you’ll have 8 increase points, does that seem right? Thanks!!

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  18. Peggy Says:

    I love the look of this hat, but these directions have too many mistakes. I was constantly having to stop to make corrections, it was frustrating. My suggestion is that you do not attempt this pattern unless you are an advanced knitter.

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  19. Shana Says:

    Can you share the specific mistakes?

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