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How to Crochet an Ear Warmer (Free Pattern)

Diane is an avid crochet artist and writer. Designing patterns for basic accessories is one of her favourite pastimes.

Made from handspun alpaca yarn.

Made from handspun alpaca yarn.

Crochet an Easy, Pretty Ear Warmer

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. Plus, the pattern is easy, so you can make some warmers for gifts or craft sales.

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.

Tips for Working With Alpaca Yarn

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 I 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.


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)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Ear Warmer Pattern

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.

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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.

How to Wear It

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.

Variations and Sizing

  • 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.
  • To make the band narrower or wider, simply add or subtract a row or two. This pattern is very forgiving.
  • 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.

Using Acrylic Yarn

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.

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.

Note on Using My Pattern

As 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


Diane Ziomek (author) from Alberta, Canada on December 24, 2017:

Thank you Dianna for your comment. We are supposed to be seeing much cooler temperatures over Christmas; not something I’m looking forward to.

Dianna Mendez on December 21, 2017:

I would certainly need one of these when visiting family up north. Very practical and so fashionable!

Diane Ziomek (author) from Alberta, Canada on December 10, 2017:

Thank you Devika. They are quick and easy, so making an assortment of colours would be fun. Having one to go with whatever you choose to wear would be fun.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 10, 2017:

Harsh winters in Croatia and certainly a ear warmer will do fine by me. Creative and easy.

Diane Ziomek (author) from Alberta, Canada on December 10, 2017:

@thoughfulgirl2 Thank you for your comment. I love to crochet, because it is such a versatile art. Plus, when mistakes are made it is easier to fix than knitting. The tutorials on YouTube are great learning tools; the video I attached is the one I used to learn the Chainless Foundation Row.

Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on December 10, 2017:

Hello Diane,

Thank-you for the article. I am a painter and printmaker but have always been intrigued by textile design including knitting and chrocheting. Look forward to seeing more of your articles.