How to Crochet an Ear Warmer
Crocheted Ear Warmer
My Crochet History
I have been crocheting for over 40 years, and I’m not 50 yet. My maternal grandmother taught me how when I was eight, and it has stuck with me (unlike the knitting she also taught me).
In the beginning I was happy with making afghans and dishcloths, but as I got older I found I enjoyed making practical clothing and accessories. Although I have designed a sweater and a crop top, I get pleasure out of the simpler things which can be made in an afternoon or evening. Sometimes the simple things are the best things. Plus, with Christmas just around the corner, you can follow the instructions and make some items for gifts or craft sales.
This ear warmer is ideal for when your hair is up in a messy bun or a ponytail. It will keep your ears and forehead warm without messing up your hairstyle.
When using alpaca yarn (my personal preference), keep in mind it doesn't have the bounce-back that acrylic yarn has, so you will need to make it a bit smaller. It will stretch and stay stretched. Also keep in mind that the care of alpaca yarn products is very different from that of acrylic yarn. Do not machine wash alpaca yarn products, as they will felt and shrink. Trust me on that one.
Funny story: I made an earflap hat for myself out of alpaca yarn, and was very careful when it came time to wash it. Unfortunately, it got mixed up with the regular laundry and now may not even fit a toddler. On the upside, it is an extremely warm hat, just not one I can wear anymore.
I have seen variations of this pattern online, but generally using a regular chain to start it. By using the chainless foundation as described, you will have a stretchier band.
The ear warmer pictured is made from alpaca yarn, but feel free to use a chunky acrylic yarn if you prefer.
- One skein Bernat Softee Chunky yarn
- 6 mm crochet hook (I prefer aluminum, but plastic or bamboo will work as well)
- Yarn needle
Chainless Foundation Tutorial
Make the Ear Warmer
This is a simple pattern, and knowledge of the basic crochet stitches is all you will need to make it.
Round 1: Make a chainless foundation row, 36 stitches long. (To view a tutorial on this stitch, refer to the video above.) Join with a slip stitch, being careful not to twist the foundation row.
Round 2: Chain 1, then turn. Work 1 single crochet in the BLO (back loop only) of each stitch. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 1. Turn.
Round 3: Work 1 single crochet in the FLO (front loop only) of each stitch. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 1. Turn.
Rounds 4 - 7: Alternate Rounds 2 and 3. Slip stitch to join. Do not fasten off.
Chain 50. Fasten off, leaving a yarn tail 4 - 6” long.
Wrap the chain around the ear warmer, being careful not to pull it too snugly. Try to keep the wraps as uniform as possible. This way, you will have a more even "knot" in the front.
Weave the yarn tails in to secure the chain. Clip the yarn that hasn’t been worked into the stitches to produce a neater finish.
Note: The ear warmer I have pictured wasn't made using the wrap around chain as I didn't have enough yarn to do it that way. I did make another with the chain, and found it to be a neater finish. Plus, it is also more secure.
You may wear it as shown in the photo, or the knot may be worn at the back. It depends on your personal preference, and how much of your forehead you wish to cover. I find when it's colder out, I like to wear it knot side down.
Wrapping It Up
Although the pattern consists of the very simple single crochet, you can use a variegated yarn to add interest and even dimension.
If you want to make it bigger or smaller, simply adjust the number of your stitches in the foundation row.
Variations may be made by alternating a single crochet with a half-double crochet. This will add texture and some thickness to the ear warmer. If choosing this variation, be sure your starting foundation is multiples of two.
To make the band narrower or wider, simply add or subtract a row or two. This pattern is very forgiving.
As mentioned earlier, you may wish to start with an acrylic yarn if you’re still learning. I prefer to make my new patterns using acrylic yarn in case I make a huge error. It is cheaper than alpaca yarn, and can withstand more ripping out than natural fibers. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ashamed to say it takes me more than once to get a pattern design perfected.
A final note: I am not opposed to you making and selling these ear warmers at craft sales and in your online shops. In fact, I encourage it. I know how difficult it can be to make ends meet, and finding ways to earn a little extra cash can make a big difference when it comes to bill-paying time. All I do ask is that you do not claim the pattern as your own.
© 2017 Diane Ziomek