As it gets colder here in Boston, it’s becoming more apparent that I need a good hat. Jackets, scarves, and gloves, I have in abundance.  Here are some neat patterns I found in my pursuit of the a comfy hat with earflaps to keep out the cold.

I found this free pattern on Knit Picks. The Holiday Earflap Hat pattern was designed by April Fehrman. This pattern is deceptively simple and makes clever use of self-striping yarn. As an added bonus, it has double thick earflaps for making it good for those extra cold days. As with most Knit Pick patterns, you can buy the exact yarn used in this picture or find other colors that may be more to your liking.

This fun Earflap Hat pattern was found on the Lion Brand pattern database. Lion Brand recommends their Hometown USA® Yarn. As a fan of super bulky weight yarns, I personally love this stuff. It is very affordable and it comes in a huge variety of colors including multi-colors and tweeds. It is a beginner level pattern and could be easily completed in a weekend or less.

This Cabled Earflap Hat pattern was found on a knitting blog, Hey Julie.  The pattern is simple, but it does require familiarity with cabling. Fortunately, there are also several other hat patterns, both with and without earflaps, on this blog. There are both six and eleven-cable variations.