My daughter has been wanting an ear flap hat....I recently purchased Boutique Knits, by Laura Irwin and it had the perfect pattern! Many perfect patterns actually, but I knit up the hat and it turned out simply adorable. All said and done the hat took me under 3 hours from start to finish!
You can tie the ear flaps up with the ribbon!
....or leave them down!
Now that spring seems to be on its way, I guess this little hat will be waiting until next fall for use, I'm quite certain I"ll be knitting up more of these cuties!