Beginner Crochet Ear Warmers

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?

Grab an H hook and some worsted weight yarn 
I used Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's choice in various neutral colors
Scissors for snipping yarn
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)

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. 
Comment below and tell me about your New Years resolution!, I'd love to hear from you!
Happy New Year!

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