Simple Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern for Beginners

These quick and easy crocheted ear warmers are the best! They're so easy to make (very suitable for a beginner crocheter!) and they are a great stash buster!

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 made a bunch in pretty neutral colors. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice which is a worsted weighted yarn. I like the fluffiness it seems to give and is a true worsted weight yarn that made the headband cozy.

Another yarn I would suggest to use is Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn! They have several colors to choose from and it has the same soft, cozy feel (maybe even softer, to be honest!).

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.

All you'll need to know for this simple crochet ear warmer is how to chain and half-double crochet. That's it! We will be working in the round and it's only a total of 8 rows. 

These are great stocking stuffers or small gifts. That means you can make a bunch for your family and friends in a weekend! 

Or you can sell them at craft fairs if you sell your crocheted work! When I use to sell my finished crocheted items, these were always a good seller. 

They were my lower priced items at about $10-12 dollars and people always love something simple and easy to wear with anything!

I love having options, so all of those ear warmers are actually mine - ha!

This headband is so customizable if you want to get creative!

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 bet this would also look great with a variegated or marled yarn!

Add a cute flower or buttons on the side!

See? There's lots of possibilities to dress this little headband up, or just keep it simple!

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!

If you enjoy making easy and simple patterns you may like these patterns I have for free on my blog:

Crochet Infinity Scarf - this scarf is chunky, cozy and so easy to make!

The Aspen Scarf is made with a worsted weight is a more elegant infinity scarf. Super easy too - it's all one stitch!

The Basic Crocheted Beanie is just what the name says - basic! It's one of the easiest and quickest hats you will make!


  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

  2. Do you know about how much length it takes to make one of these?

  3. what changes do you suggest for an infant? Thank You.