Simple Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern for Beginners

Happy New Year! It's that time of the year to make some resolutions, and try our hardest to stick to them! This time of the year also represents new beginnings, optimism, and renewal. One thing I would like to work on this year is myself. I've been automatically filling up everyone's cup but my own, and I sure could use a refill! This year I would like to take time for myself by practicing meditation, learning new things, being patient with myself, and to allow myself to 'turn off' every once in a while. 

What is your resolution for 2017? Scrolling through Facebook, I see a lot of resolutions aimed to take care of oneself whether it be by exercising, eating healthier, reading more, actions to improve mental health, making new routines, etc. I think it's so important that we do things for ourselves, so I'm sharing a free pattern of an ear warmer that you can make for yourself, and you will be so proud when it's finished. This is a beginner friendly pattern, so I'm confident anyone will be able to make this!

I have to start by saying, this is by far the easiest and quickest project I've ever done! So whether you are brand new to crochet or have been in the game for a while, this project will take little time (and yarn!).

I originally found a pattern for a cinched ear warmer here by Little Monkey's Crochet but have modified to my liking. I will be referring to this talented crocheter when it's time to make the final touches on this ear warmer, which she provides an excellent tutorial of.

Let's get started, shall we?

H/5.00 mm hook
Any worsted weight yarn
I used Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's choice in various neutral colors
Tapestry needle to cinch and weave in ends

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Stitches to know
HDC (half-double crochet)
(If you are brand spankin' new to this, I suggest any and all videos by Mikey from the Crochet Crowd. Here is a link to the youtube video to learn half-double crochet)

Pattern notes:
If you'd like to make a child size, the two changes you need to make: chain 52 and repeat Row 2 for 7 rows


Row 1: Start by chaining 56, careful not to twist the chain, slip stitch into the first chain
Row 2: Begin working in rounds, Ch 1 and HDC around, join to the first HDC
Repeat Row 2 until you have 8 rows (or more if desired, this ear warmer can be tailored to your preference)
Fasten off and leave long tail.

Now that you have the crocheting part of the ear warmer finished, visit Little Monkey's Crochet to learn how to cinch the ear warmer together! It's a fairly simple technique and really brings the ear warmer some charm!

As you can see, I have made numerous ear warmers because they were so quick and easy, and I love having options! This ear warmer is definitely something you can make your own. Want a more snug fit? Chain less in the starting row. You can also add more rows or even use a chunky yarn! (If you use a chunky yarn, I suggest using a bigger hook and less chains in the beginning. Simply measure the chain around your head to get the fit you want.)

I hope you enjoy making something for yourself. 
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Happy New Year!

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  1. Hi there! I'm just wondering if you have any pictures of the steps or, more specifically, of the end of row 2 and beginning of row 3. I am still fairly new to crocheting and I've tried making a couple of these headbands already although I'm not sure that I am joining the rows at the right spot. It seems that when I complete the row and finish with a HDC in the CH1/HDC space from the beginning of each row, the rows keep growing so I end up with a headband that gradually gets bigger from bottom to top (or beginning to end of the pattern). Any tips? Thank you in advance! Love the pattern and am making them as Christmas gifts! :)

    1. Hi! I did do photos for a scarf that is made with different stitches but ultimately joined the same way - you can check that out here:

      Another tip is to count the stitches you have round. So after the first row, count the number of stitches and make sure you have the same number of stitches for the following rows. My guess is that you may be adding another stitch before joining as sometimes it may looks like there is a space to put a stitch before joining