This deer earflap beanie is great for the holiday season. A bit of a back story, awhile back I lived in a small town with a population of about 555 people. One day I made some animal hats and posted it on social media – before I knew it I had orders come in every single day with a waitlist growing bigger than my children’s Christmas wishlist. And to this day, creating custom animal and character hats is still my favorite thing to do.

Deer Earflap Beanie

Materials:

Hook: H (5.00mm)

Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn!

Terms:

ch: chain
st: stitch
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: double crochet two stitches together (decrease)
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Instructions:

Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc {9 sc}
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc) {20 dc}
Round 3: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc {30 dc}
Round 4: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next two dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) {40 dc}
Round 5: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next three dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) {50 dc}
Round 6: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) {60 dc}
Round 7-18: ch 3, (dc in each dc) {60 dc}
Fasten off.

EARFLAP – from final joining space count 9 st around left side. Attach yarn (with outside of hat facing you);

Row 1: ch 3, dc in next 12 st {12 dc}
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 8 st, dc2tog {10 dc}
Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 6 st, dc2tog {8 dc}
Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 st, dc2tog {6 dc}
Fasten off, if you are going to add a tassel you can leave a tail if not weave in.

For the second earflap, count 21 st to the right (from the back seam), attach yarn, and repeat earflap directions. With Antler colors, sc around hat and earflaps.

Ears – Make 2

With lighter color

Row 1: chain 11 – sc in the second chain and next stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 2 stitches, hdc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches – repeat on the foundation chain.
Row 2: ch 1, turn hdc in each st around
Row 3: ch 1, turn hdc in each st around

With darker color –

Crochet same as a lighter color. Hold two pieces together and sc around to join.

Eyes – Make 2

With black, ch 2

Round 1: 6 dc in first chain {6 dc}, fasten off.
Round 2: With white, join anywhere on round 1- 2dc in each stitch {10 dc}
Round 3: ch 1, in each stitch (10 sc), fasten off.
If you like you can attach button eyes.

Snout

With hat color, Ch 2

Row 1: 6 hdc in first chain (6 hdc)
Row2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around (12 hdc)
Row3: ch1, hdc in each stitch around. You could stop here or add another row of hdc in each stitch around. Depending on how big you want the snout.

With Black Yarn – embroider/stitch nose

Antlers – Make 2

Tall Antler Part

Ch2

Row 1: sc 6 in first chain (6 sc), join with slst in first sc
Row 2: sc in each st around, join with slst in first sc (6sc)
Repeat Row 2 until desired length, finish off.

Small Antler Part

Ch2

Row 1: sc 4 in first chain (4 sc), join with slst in first sc
Row 2: sc in each st around, join with slst in first sc (4 sc)
Repeat Row 2 until the desired length, finish off.

Sew small Antler to Tall Antler.

Sew on all parts to hat base – use photo as guide. Weave in all loose ends of yarn.

Deer Earflap Beanie

Making Tassels

Cut chosen yarn for tassels about 40 inches in length. You could go longer if you want – I don’t recommend shorter because braiding will reduce the size a little.

Depending on how many colors you want into your tassels will decide the number of strands you need. Remember that it needs to be able to be divided by 3 if you are braiding them so you can have the right proportions for the braid.

Each tassel:

2 colors: hold 2 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 or 12 times
3 colors: hold 3 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 times.

Fold the yarn in half; put on hook pull through earflap; pull tails through the loop Pull tight Braid or finish however you prefer

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