Free Knitting Pattern:

Earflap Stocking Hat

August 28, 2012

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows per 4 inches


  • Impeccable Yarn - 1 skein mc, 1 skein cc
  • US size 7, 24 inch circular needles
  • 5 US size 7 dpn


Cast on 104 stitches.

  1. Knit in 1 x 1 rib for 28 rounds.
  2. Begin decrease.  *K k2tog.   K11 skspk2tog.*  Repeat across round.
  3. Dec. Round 2: *K10, K2tog* repeat across round.
  4. Continue decrease as established for 9 more rounds, switching to dpn when needed.
  5. Next three rounds: k2tog around.
  6. Last round: k2tog, cut yarn tail and pull through loop.



Ear flaps and tails

  1. Using 2 dpn, pick up and k 29 sts. on each side of hat.  (Use start tail as a center point on one side of hat.  Start and end pick up on a purl stitch.)
  2. K two rows in rib.
  3. Begin dec.  Row 1: Skspk2tog, k in rib to last two sts., k2tog.
  4. Row 2: P2tog, k in rib to end, p2tog.
  5. Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times.
  6. Repeat row 1 one more time. (9 sts.)
  7. K two rows in rib.
  8. Separate first 3 sts., k into an I-cord 50 sts. long (using contrast color).  Knit 3 middle stitches into an I-cord (using main color).  Knit final 3 sts. into an I-cord (using the contrast color).  Braid and sew ends together.  Make and attach a small pom-pom.




  1. Pick up the sts. on front side of hat, from flap to flap. (Number does not have to be exact, but make sure it is the same on the front and back.)
  2. Knit one row (or three, if desired) in garter st.
  3. Next row: Knit and bind off.
  4. Repeat for back of hat.


Sew in all loose ends.



dpn - double pointed needles

k - knit

p - purl

k2tog - knit 2 together

skspk2tog - slip one as if to knit, slip one as if to purl, knit the two together. (This stitch keeps the knit stitch in front to maintain the ribbed look.)