I am trying to knit the Vinter Lue hat pattern from this site: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTvinterlue.html
. For the earflaps it says to cast on 41st and then knit with decreases until it reaches 3 st. This comes to about 12' by 12'r so (with gauge 14/ to 4" with bulky yarn). The ear flap is about one half the size of a hat! Then I am to knit another! The add on 50 more stitches to knit the body. Any help with understanding this pattern would be appreciated.