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North Shore Hat

By: Mary Ann Stephens from
Updated February 13, 2023
North Shore Hat
North Shore Hat
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Earflap hats are often reminiscent of childhoods past, but kids shouldn't be the only ones who get to enjoy a good earflap knit hat. Relive your glory years with the nostalgic North Shore Hat. With this easy knit hat pattern, you won't even have to sacrifice sophistication for the comfort and joy this knit earflap hat is sure to bring. With easy-to-follow instructions and only the use of the basic knitting stitches, the North Shore Hat can easily be taken on by beginner knitters looking to learn how to knit a hat just in time for the cooler nights ahead. The bulkier yarn and larger needles also makes this project a quick knit, so you'll have your very own earflap hat in no time at all.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge11 stitches, N/A rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch

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A very nice free pattern for a super-quick, adult-sized earflap hat. A fun hat to make. The pattern has recently been updated with a newer version where the instructions for the earflaps are explained more clearly. The stitches are changed around a bit but it is much clearer now.

I very seldom read an entire knitting pattern before I start because it just makes more sense as I knit along. However, I would recommend giving this one a quick read through. The earflap attachment can be a bit tricky. Just read carefully!!

This reminds me of hats I saw when I was in a part of Eastern Canada too many years ago - have to knit this - those hats were warm on the coldest days. Great for snow shoeing and cross-country skiing up here

This is such a cute pattern! I live in the Midwest, so to have a hat with ear flaps is a MUST in the winter...spring.. and fall

Have tryed several times to download the pattern for the North Shore Hat but have had no luck - I just get a blue bar and nothing else. Very very frustrating.

Hi grandmachick10 5069933, We have just accessed the pattern and have verified that all links are working. We suggest making sure your Internet browser is up to date. This may be the cause of any issues you are having viewing the pattern. Best of luck! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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