I always wanted a Ushanka hat. I had some fur in my inventory and decided to use them. The white-ish fur is imitation yack fur (in NYC fabric destrict, only one store sells it and it cost me $40/yd) and the other fur is some sort of nice thick black fake fur. Both soft and of great quality.
Unfortunately I pulled this together during the NYC heatwave during July.
Pattern Download: http://th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2010/209/e/8/Ushanka_Pattern_by_Biothief.jpg
It's basically done in 2 pieces, the outter shell (the black fur) and the inner lining (imitation yack fur). After measuring out the fur (about the size of my head), I placed the layers together (right sides facing each other), fold & pinned, placed the pattern on top and cut.
When working with fur, keep in mind two things
1: Wear protective googles cause the little pieces of fur will get into unprotective eyes
2: While sewing (easier to start along the ear flaps), pinch the edges so that the grain of the fur lays sideways and flat, to lessen the bulk on the seam.
I left the top unsewn to fit the depth. After I flipped the piece right side out, I placed the hat on my head, sized the depth and pinned a separate round piece(measured to the circumference of my head), then sewn closed. Also did the latter for the outter shell but hand sewn.
I think I made the flaps too long, though.
Can't wait for it to really snow and freeze. Enjoy!!!