Okay then, this design was actually a mistake. I was trying to make the North Country Cap featured in Crochet Magazine, but discovered this little gem because I decided not to follow the instructions. Basically once I had finished what I thought would be a comparable match to the North Country Cap, it turned out to be too small because I messed up the stitch count on purpose. Go me. So, I said screw it, I'll just stitch it up part way and it'll be an ear-flappy hooded thing! Well, it did turn out better than planned because the hat was a gift for my step father who wanted an earflap hat anyway! I added stings to the front to give it some earthy bohemian flair and discovered that these strings could actually be utilized! If you fold the brim up, you can tie it together at the back of the head and it becomes a beanie! Two for one! Since then, I've lengthened the brim in later versions to give it even more of a cowl look...but I think I want to make it longer still...
Side view hood:
Front view hood:
Side view beanie:
Back view beanie, ties:
I think if I'm going to make it for men, I need to make it much much longer...Here's my hubby modeling another one rather unhappily (the brim is REALLY wide...but that hat is pretty big on me so it sits forward more on me):
It's a really simple pattern, too! All single crochet! Here's a link to the original pattern I intended to use.http://www.crochetmagazine.com/newsletters-proofing.php?mode=article&article_id=467
I changed it up because I wanted to use a larger hook...and I needed to because a size J is just not big enough for the Lion Homespun yarn.