The ease (and fun!) of double-knitting potholders made me want to find a more challenging dk project - and so the earflap hat was begun. I can't find the pattern except for my condensed printout, apparently I didn't save the link and I just can't seem to find the right combination of search keywords to relocate it. But I used a fairly basic earflap hat pattern and created a chart to fill the pattern in between edge and decreases. Being a nerd at heart I couldn't pass up the invaders - they're made up of so few pixels and are so easily recognised that they're perfect to make a basic design.
Here are a few shots to show off the pattern, eagerly taken as soon as I could get my dpns out of the way! The beauty of double knitting makes for a reversible hat that's twice as warm as one with only a single layer, and it turned out super cozy. I personally like the green-with-brown-invaders side, but that's just me.
Here my darling sister modeled the hat for me, and I totally didn't have to bribe her at all to do it.
And if you look closely, you can see that one of the earflaps features the valiant defender of the earth that the player controls in space invaders games, and above him you can see the exploding remnants of his first kill.
Even using dpns for most of it this was easier than I feared, and especially in the charted section it knit up really quickly. The speed of the pattern emerging made it exciting which is good, because I've abandoned rather a few patterns that lost my interest. Definitely a fun knit