Winter Warrior Hat – Free Pattern!

Winter Warrior Hat

Winter Warrior Earflap Hat

This has been one of most bizarre winters in memory.  Temperatures have plummeted to near zero, only to jump back up to the 40′s a few days later. Here in Rhode Island, we tasted a balmy 53″, while my friends in New Orleans were prepping for a snow storm.  We’ve experienced a polar vortex and a Nor’easter named Hercules, and have yet to build a snowman.  Sigh….  The one good thing about winter weather is that you get to don your coziest hats.  This knit earflap hat is my latest pattern – I call it the Winter Warrior.  It is an extremely warm, roomy, full-coverage hat.  Wear it and enjoy!

Winter Warrior Hat

Winter Warrior Hat

Materials

  • 2 skeins of super-bulky yarn, strands held together.  (I used Bernat Roving)
  • Size US 15 circular needles (10mm)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • 1 yard of narrow ribbon

Directions

  • Cast On 40
  • Row 1-4:  K1, P1 ribbing
  • Rows 5 -18: Knit all stitches (stockinette)
  • Row 19: (K8, K2Tog) 4 times (36 stitches)
  • Row 20: (K7, K2Tog) 4 times (32 stitches)
  • Row 21: (K6, K2Tog) 4 times (28 stitches)
  • Row 22: (K5, K2Tog) 4 times (24 stitches)
  • Row 23: (K4, K2Tog) 4 times (20 stitches)
  • Row 24: (K4, K2Tog) 4 times (16 stitches)
  • Row 25: (K4, K2Tog) 4 times (12 stitches)
  • Row 26: (K4, K2Tog) 4 times (8 stitches)
  • Row 27: bind off; pull tail through to close hole

Ear Flap (Both Sides)

  • Beginning at 6th row from center, pick up 6 stitches in K1, P1 pattern
  • Row 1-7: Continue in K1, P1 pattern
  • Row 8: K1, K2Tog, K2Tog, K1 (4 stitches)
  • Row 9: K2Tog, K2Tog (2 stitches)
  • Row 10: Bind off
  • Pull 18″ piece of ribbon through end of each earflap

Pom Pom (5″ diameter)

  • Holding 2 strands together, wrap yarn around a 2 1/2″ wide piece of cardboard
  • Wrap around about 40-50 times
  • Pull a piece of strong yarn through middle of wrapped strands; tie tight
  • Cut open pom pom; trim to form a nice ball
  • Tie through top of hat

If you made it through this whole post, you get to see the selfie of me modeling that hat!

I am a Winter Warrior!

I am a Winter Warrior!

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