Poor David gets asked (by me) all the time if he ever needs any hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, etc. His answer is always no. He tells me it's not that he doesn't like my knitting, it's just that he probably wouldn't wear what I made him and he doesn't want me to waste good yarn or knitting time making something that won't get used. I'm ok with that. :-)
Luckily for me, David's friend Marc said he wanted a hat with ear flaps on it when I mentioned I was knitting something. I jumped at the chance to make something for someone!
I found this pattern for a basic ear flap hat, then went to my stash to pick out the perfect manly yarn for Marc. Marc likes the outdoors and I wanted something that would really match him. The main color yarn is Adrienne Vittadini Bianca yarn in color 4933 Chocolate. I love this yarn. It's very soft and feels great to knit with and to wear. The contrasting color stripes are both Patons Classic Wool yarn, but I can't remember exactly which colors.
I think it turned out great, and he likes it which is always important!
If you click to enlarge the picture you can see the green stripes more clearly. The only thing I wish I'd done differently is knit a smaller size. The pattern said that the medium would fit most adults, but Marc is tall and I thought I should knit the large just in case. It was too big. I felted it slightly (after I took the pictures) and the hat fits great now, but the ear flaps are still slightly longer than needed. It will still keep him warm though!