Crochet Pattern: Earflap Cap

By Candace – 22 Comments
Summer’s almost gone, so it’s time to think about keeping warm. What better place to start than right at the top? The flaps on this hat will keep your ears as toasty as your head while you enjoy the cooler weather. Wear this while you admire the changing colors of the leaves–or jump in them!

This is a no-sew project, so finishing should be a cool fall breeze.

Crochet Earflap Cap

Skill Level:

Finished Size:
Hat: 20″ (50.8 cm) circumference
Earflaps: 3″ (7.5 cm) wide at the top, 3.5″ (9 cm) long

Medium Weight Yarn (175 yards)
Crochet Hook H (5.0 mm)

Rounds 1 – 2 in pattern = 2″ (5 cm) in diameter

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Crochet Pattern: Earflap Cap
Round 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 3, 8 dc into ring, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 8 dc
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 16 dc
Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 32 dc
Round 4: Ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 48 dc
Rounds 5-14: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 48 dc
Finish off.

First Ear Flap:
Attach yarn to 16th dc on last round on hat.
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in same dc, dc in next 7 dc, turn: 8 dc
Row 2 – 3: Ch 3, dc in each dc across, turn: 8 dc
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in first dc, dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, turn: 6 dc
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in first 2 dc, dc2tog, dc in last 2 dc, turn: 5 dc
Row 6: Ch 3, dc in first dc, dc3tog, dc in last dc: 3 dc
Finish off.

Second Ear Flap:
Attach yarn to 40th dc on last round on hat. Then repeat row 1 – 6 of first ear flap.
Finish off.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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  1. Sandra I says:

    Thank you for posting this pattern. I have been trying to find one that was easy to make, looks like I finally found it.
    God Bless!

  2. Angie says:

    Earflap hats have become one of my favorite things to crochet! Thanks so much for the super easy, super awesome pattern!

  3. faith says:

    is the sl st in top of beginning ch-3 part of the 8 dc

  4. Sandra I says:

    yes Faith it looks like it is.

  5. Angie says:

    Who would this fit?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    next time you should have a picture of you/someone else modeling it 🙂

  7. Candace says:

    Faith: The beginning chains do not count as dc’s.
    Angie: It should fit a teenage/adult head.

  8. faith says:

    thanks Candace will redo it because I wasn’t sure like the looks of it might give it to my dad though wouldn’t I have to go more then 14rounds to fit a guy’s head?

  9. Candace says:

    Faith, it would depend on how big his head is. You can use the gauge as a guide to (evenly) add stitches around the hat for a better fit, so it will go over a larger head without stretching and losing length.

  10. Angie says:

    Thanks Candace! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Sharon says:

    I’m looking for earflap pattern, also, for babies and toddlers. Are their patterns on Crochet Spot for them?

  12. Sharon says:

    Thank you, Rachel. I do like your site with all the variety it has to offer.I will try the method you suggested.

  13. Esther Carr says:

    I have many, many patterns for hats, but this one I made in 2.20 hours
    with both 3 and 4 wgt yarns. Absolutely the best pattern and quickest
    I have ever tried. Thanks for so many great patterns.

  14. Varsha says:

    Looks good so will try it in bright multiple colours so does not look mannish! Tks for super idea.

  15. Esther Carr says:

    I made these for 2 of my g’kids. Using the nice soft
    medium weight yarn is great, but I am not sure the
    ear flaps are strong enough to keep the ears warm.
    Maybe they are just intended for something funky,
    but I think next ones I make will be in a #4 yarn.

    The items I made from your website as a member,
    went over 100%+. My daughter sold 20 items in
    one lunch hour, and gave me 4 special orders to
    be done by October’s end.

    Thank you Rachel and team for giving me the boost
    I really needed. As a primary artist, and all the
    arts/crafts shows I attended, were small in sales
    and very disappointing. Now I’ve found crocheting
    is my niche!

  16. Carmen says:


    Can I use two strands of yarn to make the earflap cap? I would like for the cap to be a little thicker.


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Carmen, you can use 2 stands if you are able to obtain the same gauge using the 2 strands. It is likely that if you can’t get the gauge correctly with the 2 stands of yarn your hat will turn out to be too big. If you’d like a warmer hat, but only use one strand of yarn try using yarn made of wool as they seem to be a but warmer than acrylic or cotton yarn.

  17. Rachael says:

    (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc)

    newbie here, not sure if I do 2 dc every other one or just start with the 2 dc and continue with the single dc around?? hopefully that makes sense lol.

  18. Candace says:

    Rachael, the parentheses indicate that the instructions inside them are repeated, so it’s 2 dc, 1 dc. 2 dc, 1 dc, etc.

  19. Rachael says:

    thank you 🙂

  20. Colleen Bergman says:

    I’m new and my question is How do you finish off in a round?

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