Russian hats to knit

ImageUshanka, shapka, troopers and the bombers hat are all similar. They have fur, ear flaps, a visor and chin strap. Ushanka is the Russian word for earflap. The Red Army wore this head covering as part of their uniform to keep them warm and protect their head upon impact with packed snow.

Faux fur yarn or the Astrakhan stitch can help you achieve the look you are going after for your handknit/crochet hat. Try the pattern from Drop Designs and/or TSC that follows