Fox Earflap Beanie – Knitting Pattern

So much has been asked about the fox recently… Is he in socks? Is he sly? And what does he say? Whatever the answer, this hat is super cute.

If you don’t feel like knitting your own, how about buying one here?


Fox Ear Flap Hat

You will need:
Size 4mm needles
Size 5mm needles
Size 4mm dp needles
Orange and white dk yarn
3 black buttons
Tiny piece of stuffing
Needle to stitch up

Cast on 5 in pale on 4mm
1 knit
2 Knit
3 K2, yrn, k2 tog, k1
4 Knit row
5 K1 front and back, k2, k1 front and back, k1
6 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
7 K1 front and back, k4, k1 front and back, k1
8 knit 2purl to last 2, knit 2
9 K1 front and back, k6, k1 front and back, k1
10 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
11 K1 front and back, k8, k1 front and back, k1
12 knit 2,purl to last 2, knit 2
13 knit 1 front and back, k10, k1 front and back, k1
14 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
15 K1 front and back, k12, k1 front and back, k1
16 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
17 K1 front and back, k14, k1 front and back, k1
18 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
19 K1 front and back, k16, k1 front and back, k1
20 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
21 knit
22 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
23 knit
24 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2
25 knit
26 knit 2, purl to last 2, knit 2

Leave on needle, and make another.

On straight 4mm needles.
Cast on 12 in white. Slide on first ear flap. Cast on 24 in white. Slide on second flap. Cast on 12.

1. Knit whole row
2. Knit 14, purl 17, knit 28, purl 17, knit 14
3. Knit whole row
4. Knit 14, purl 17, knit 28, purl 17, knit 14
5. Knit whole row
6. Knit 14, purl 17, knit 28, purl 17, knit 14
7. Knit whole row
8. Knit 14, purl 17, knit 28, purl 17, knit 14
9. Knit whole row
10. Knit 14, purl 17, knit 28, purl 17, knit 14

Change to 5mm needles and orange yarn.
Stst 30 rows
K3, k2 together over the whole row
Purl
K2, k2 together over the whole row
Purl
K1, k2 together over the whole row
Purl
K2 together over the whole row
Purl
K2 together over the whole row
Cut yarn, leaving 30cm, thread all stitches onto the yarn, pull to tighten


Ears – make 2

Orange outer ear – make 2
Cast on 14 on 4mm needles
Stst 10 rows
Decrease one at the beginning and end of each consecutive row until 2 remain.
K2 tog, cut yarn, thread through remaining stitch, pull to tighten

White inner ear – make 2
Cast on 12 on 4mm needles
Stst 10 rows
Decrease one at the beginning and end of each consecutive row until 2 remain.
K2 tog, cut yarn, thread through remaining stitch, pull to tighten

Nose – crochet one in orange
Chain 4, and make into a loop.
Double crochet 8 times around the inter circle.
Double crochet 16 times around the middle circle.
Double crochet 32 times around the outer circle.

See the inner and outer ears together around the outside.


Stitch up the back seam of the hat.
Stitch ears onto the hat.
Attach nose piece to the front of the hat, and stuff it a little before stitching it closed.


Attach black buttons for the eyes and nose.

Thread lengths of yarn though the holes in the ear flaps, and braid to make the tassels.


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16 thoughts on “Fox Earflap Beanie – Knitting Pattern

      • Good luck! The hardest part is moving from the double pointed needles to the straight needles, but the individual stitches are pretty easy. You should be fine.. but by all means message if you need a hand.

      • Ah, well…. I am unsure of what “super chunky” or “maxi” wool are…. but I’ll take my best guess. Wool gets named all sorts of different sizes in different countries…. and I am in New Zealand.
        Most of my patterns are in DK or 8ply. I have used 10ply which is sometimes called ‘chunky’ with the same size needles, and the stitches just become a little tighter, but the garment more dense and warm. By a 12ply it is a lot harder to knit with the same size needles.
        If you are using a 100% natural wool, and the hat ends up too big, throw it in the washing machine…. which always seems to shrink garments… 😉
        I hope this helps?

      • Thank you for your reply Juanita much appreciated .. New Zealand the world is getting smaller…I am in the West of Ireland.

  1. Q.1 Cast on 5 in pale on 4mm, on the Fox Earflap Beanie Hat
    the first line. I’m not sure what this means? I followed the directions and it came to look like an ear, or earflap. However it looks as though what I made goes no where.

    Q.2 If this is for a large head how do I scale down to make it for an 8 yr.?

    • Hi Denise,
      The hat should fit an 8yr old as it is, as kids heads aren’t much smaller than adults by that age. (At least, my 6 year old nephew wears the same hat size as his mum)

      The ear flap part knits up like a triangle, then you cast on more stitches to make the brim of the hat. Then another ear flap triangle, and a few more stitches (as written). It involves a wee bit of sliding the pieces around to be ready to knit the brim.

      I’m not sure if I have answered your question. If not, please message me again, and I’ll try to make a wee video explaining it.

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