So often, when it comes to winter hats, our poor ears get left out in the cold. In toasty, soft Plenty, our Garter Ear Flap Hat makes sure those little listeners get the love they deserve!

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

After you cast on and join in the round, you work some simple short rows to shape the ear flaps. Since it’s garter stitch, you can skip the step of picking up the wraps and get right to the fun of decreasing to a gentle peak.

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

At the summit, top it all off with a winsome little tassel!

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

The plush depth of garter stitch always adds a little warmth to a fabric, but in our soft and springy Plenty, your ears will be downright toasty!

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

This 100% extra fine merino is as un-scratchy as wool gets, and it has a tidy, high twist that wards off pills… extra important for a hat that’s going to get as much use as this one!

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

With over twenty colors of Plenty to choose from, surely there’s one to make you grin from ear to ear!

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Laura Ferguson.

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Materials

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho
  • 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 3) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Plenty, 100% extra fine merino. Each skein is 139 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 80 (100, 135, 165, 215, 260) total yards required. We used Mint Blue, Reed Gray, and Fresh Fig.
  • US 8 (5 mm), 12-inch (for Baby size) or 16-inch circular needles
  • US 7 (4.5 mm), 12-inch (for Baby size) or 16-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 7 double pointed needles
  • Removable stitch markers, including one unique

GAUGE

17 stitches and 32 rows/rounds = 4 inches in garter stitch with smaller needles

SIZES

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 14 (16, 17¾, 19¾, 21¾, 23½) inches, comfortably stretching 1–2 inches
  • Finished Height: 7¼ (8, 9, 10, 11½, 12¾) inches, from bottom of ear flap to top of hat (not including tassel)

SAMPLES: The Mint Blue hat is the Baby size; the Reed Gray hat is the Kid size; and the Fresh Fig hat is the Adult Medium size.

NOTES

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

SHORT ROWS: WRP-T (WRAP AND TURN)

NOTE: For our complete Short Rows tutorial, please click here. Because this pattern is in garter stitch, you’ll only follow the “Wrap And Turn On The Knit Side” section of the tutorial. For the same reason, you won’t need to later pick up the wraps. Simply ignore them when you come to them and work the wrapped stitch normally.

On both sides: Keeping the yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle. Bring the yarn forward as if to purl. Return the stitch from the right needle back to the left needle. Turn the work.

S2KP (SLIP SLIP KNIT PASS)

NOTE: For more help with this decrease, check out our Slip Slip Knit Pass tutorial.

Slip two stitches together knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over knit stitch and off needle. [2 stitches decreased]

PATTERN

BEGIN

With larger needles, cast on 60 (68, 76, 84, 92, 100) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit 2 rounds even.

Change to smaller needles.

Next Round: K3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 6), place marker (pm), k16 (18, 20, 23, 25, 27) for Left Ear Flap, pm, k22 (24, 28, 30, 32, 34) for Front, pm, k16 (18, 20, 23, 25, 27) for Right Ear Flap, pm, knit to end of round.

SHAPE LEFT EAR FLAP

NOTE: For this portion of the pattern, you will be working in Short Rows, back and forth, turning the work part way through each round, rather than continuing to the end of the needle. See Special Instructions for more help with Wrap + Turns.

NOTE: If there is a dash in place of a number for your size, omit this line of instruction.

Short Row 1 (right side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before second marker, wrp-t.

Short Row 2 (wrong side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , – , – , – , 11) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , – , – , 10, 10) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , –, 9, 9, 9) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , 8, 8, 8, 8) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (7, 7, 7, 7, 7) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

ALL SIZES

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 6 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 5 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 4 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 3 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, wrp-t.

SHAPE RIGHT EAR FLAP

NOTE: For this portion of the pattern, you will again be working in Short Rows.

NOTE: If a dash appears in place of a number for your size, omit this line of instruction.

Short Row 1 (right side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before fourth marker, wrp-t.

Short Row 2(wrong side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , – , – , – , 11) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , – , – , 10, 10) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , – , 9, 9, 9) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (– , 8, 8, 8, 8) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to – (7, 7, 7, 7, 7) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

ALL SIZES

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 6 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 5 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 4 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 3 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Short Rows: Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Short Row: Knit to end of round.

WORK BODY OF HAT

Now working in the round…

Round 1: Purl to end of round, removing all stitch markers except end-of-round marker.

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 4 (4¼, 4¾, 5¼, 6¼, 7) inches from the rolled edge at the center of an Ear Flap, or until approximately 3¼ (3¾, 4¼, 4¾, 5¼, 5¾) inches shy of desired finished height, ending with Round 2.

CROWN

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Set-Up Round: P7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12), k1, place removable stitch marker on previous stitch, [p14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24), k1, place removable marker on previous stitch] 3 times, purl to end of round.

Round 1 (Decrease Round): [Knit to one stitch before next marked stitch, remove marker, s2kp (see Special Instructions), place removable stitch marker on resulting stitch] 4 times, knit to end of round. [8 stitches decreased]

Round 2: [Purl to marked stitch, k1] 4 times, purl to end of round.

Round 3: Knit to end of round.

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 five (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) more times. [12 stitches remain]

Next Round: Repeat Round 1. [4 stitches remain]

Next Round: Knit to end of round.

FINISHING

Cut yarn leaving a 24-inch tail, thread onto tapestry needle, and pull through remaining stitches. Make a Tiny Attached Tassel by following the instructions found here.

Weave in the ends and gently wet block.

Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho
Garter Ear Flap Hat in Plenty | Purl Soho