Sherpas, local people of Nepal who are often employed as Himalayan mountain guides, wear a distinctive hat that features earflaps. Someone who knows the basics of crochet can replicate the hat with wool yarn and a crochet hook. This style of hat is popular for men, women and children in cold climates. A set of matching sherpa hats for a entire family who love winter sledding and skiing would be a welcome and thoughtful handmade holiday gift.
Measure around the widest part of your head.
Chain two. Single crochet 10 stitches in the second chain from the hook. Mark the end of each round with a safety pin.
Chain two. Crochet two single crochets in each previous round stitch to complete the second round.
Crochet two single crochets in the first previous round stitch. Crochet one single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat the pattern to complete the fourth round.
Crochet two single crochets in the first previous round stitch. Crochet one single crochet in the next two stitches. Repeat this pattern to complete the fifth round.
Repeat the fifth round, adding one additional single crochet between the two single crochet stitches in each successive row until the beanie is as wide as the head measurement.
Single crochet in each stitch every subsequent round until the piece measures 7 inches.
Chain one and single crochet in 12 stitches of the previous row.
Decrease one stitch every other row, by single crocheting two stitches together, until you have five stitches. End off.
Fold hat in half to determine placement for second earflap. Attach yarn and repeat all steps above.