A great beginner crochet pattern is the spruce crochet ear warmer pattern. This easy-to-follow pattern is fast and gives you an excellent useful gift that everyone loves receiving. This particular pattern is ideal for kids, but also has options for all ages and sizes. You even have an option of using another of our popular patterns to add the snowflake to the ear warmer for a bit of extra style!
What Yarn is Best for Making a Headband or Ear Warmer?
This pattern is best when using a worsted weight cotton yarn. You can, however, adjust to whatever you have on hand or prefer or pieces like this. I find that Red Heart is a great well-known brand for items like this. For a bit softer or more upscale piece, you could use something like the Lion Brand Touch of Mohair yarns.
How do I Wash This Crochet Headband?
Washing crochet items depends upon the type of material used. Some yarns are great for tossing into the laundry with your regular items and washing on cold or hot then tumble dry. However, most have special laundry requirements.
First and foremost, I recommend reading the labels on the yarn you are using. They will always mention proper laundering methods. If there is no information on the yarn, in particular, I recommend placing the item in a delicates or lingerie bag and adding it to your delicates in cold water. Then hang or lay flat to dry. You can also hand wash gently in cool to warm water and carefully scrub and then ring out water to lay flat to dry.
Is This Crochet Ear Warmer for Summer or Winter Wear?
While this is a pattern made mostly for the fall and winter months, you can make it with different yarn that will be lighter for summer. Most of the time, these are used in winter to keep the ears warm, but if you want to use them simply as a headband, then you can definitely wear it in the summer or springtime months. I just recommend using a lighter yarn if that is the case.
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Spruce Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern
A simple beginner crochet pattern, this ear warmer is cozy, beautiful, and easy to make in little more than an hour for experienced crocheters. While it isn’t a large project, it is one that will be a new favorite to gift friends and family.
What Size is This Pattern?
This pattern is written for a toddler or child’s size small. Some changes listed within [ ] can create a child’s size medium/large or an adult size small/medium or large/x-large.
Supplies and Materials Needed:
- 145 [165, 180, 200] yards worsted weight yarn. Worsted weight organic cotton yarn is used for ear warmers pictured, but any worsted weight yarn can be used.
- Crochet hook: Size H/8 (5 mm)
- Open ring stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
What Guage is This Ear Warmer Pattern?
Eight Alternating Single Crochet stitches = 2 inches (5 cm). Finished piece will be approximately 15 [17, 19, 21] in (38.1 [43.2, 48.3, 53.3] cm) long.
Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
Ear Warmer Pattern Notes
- This ear warmer pattern is designed in a tube shape that creates double thickness to provide extra warmth.
- Constructed as a continuous spiral, the alternating stitch pattern will be offset for each row.
- Do not join rounds unless specified.
- Weave in yarn ends as the ear warmer progress.
- The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Finished Product Sizes
Four sizes are included with this pattern. Adjust as needed to fit your needs, keeping in mind the basic proportions of this pattern as you adjust.
Toddler/Child’s Small: 17 in (43.2 cm)
Child’s Medium/Large: 19 in (48.3 cm)
Adult Small/Medium: 21 in (53.3 cm)
Adult Large/X-Large: 23 in (58.4 cm)
Alternating Single Crochet: Basic single crochet stitch, alternating in front and back loop: *1 single crochet (sc) in front loop only of the stitch followed by 1 sc in back loop only of next stitch, repeat from * for the desired length.
How to Make the Spruce Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern
Chain 27 [28, 29, 29], slip stitch to join (do not twist chain).
Single crochet (sc) in the first stitch of foundation chain, place marker, continue single crochet in each stitch of foundation chain, 27 [28, 29, 29] stitches total. (Do not chain 1 at beginning of the round.)
Rounds 2 to 41 [46, 52, 58]:
Crochet alternating single crochet stitch (see alternating single crochet stitch directions above), starting in front loop in the first stitch of the previous row, place marker, continue to use alternating single crochet, working in a spiral, place marker after the first stitch in each round and move it up as you go.
Finished piece will be approximately 15 [17, 19, 21] inches (38.1 [43.2, 48.3, 53.3] cm) long.
Finishing the Pattern:
Match ends and whip stitch with a tapestry needle to create a seam. Weave in the remaining yarn.