Garter Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern – Knitting
This is such a sweet take on ear flaps I think everyone is going to want to knit this hat — and with sizes from baby to adult you can knit them for everyone you know!
The Garter Ear Flap Hat from Purl Soho uses short rows to shape the extra bit of fabric that covers the ears. This is so much cuter than the traditional flaps that hang straight down from the sides of the hat, and has the benefit of being integral to the hat so you don’t have any extra finishing to do.
It’s worked in worsted weight yarn from the bottom up. The little tassel at the top is totally optional, but also totally adorable.
You can grab the free pattern from Purl Soho.
[Photo: Purl Soho.]
Flap hats, also known as earflap hats or Trooper hats, are a type of winter hat that features ear flaps that can be tied up or worn down to cover the ears for added warmth. The history of these types of hats can be traced back to cold climates, where people needed a way to keep their ears warm while working or spending time outdoors.
One of the earliest examples of earflap hats can be found in ancient cultures, such as the Inuit and other Arctic peoples, who used fur and other warm materials to make hats with ear flaps to protect themselves from the harsh winds and cold temperatures. These hats were typically made by hand, using traditional knitting and sewing techniques passed down through generations.
In more recent history, earflap hats have been used by soldiers and military personnel during the World War I and World War II, as well as by explorers and mountaineers. The design of these hats was often functional rather than fashionable, with the primary goal of providing warmth and protection from the elements.
Today, earflap hats continue to be popular in cold weather climates, and are often worn for both fashion and function. They can be found in a variety of materials, from wool and fleece to synthetic materials, and in a range of styles and designs. Some modern earflap hats are made with earphones for the ease of listening music or for safe calling or for any similar reason.
Overall, the history of earflap hats is rooted in the practical needs of people living and working in cold climates, but they have also become a fashion accessory that can be seen in many parts of the world today.