Sometimes you just need a quick project - some thing that won't take up a lot of space, won't take up a lot of time, and yet yields a satisfying result.
For those times, I present: an easy crochet Ear Warmer pattern! You can definitely make this is one afternoon or so. These are a great way to use leftover yarn and make great gifts!
I love ear warmers when you need to keep your ears warm, but don't want to end up with hat hair. They can be especially useful if you're running errands and might be in-and-out of places and don't want to carry around a bulky winter hat.
What you will need:
- Worsted weight yarn (2 strands together)
I used 1 strand of Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek and 1 strand Yarn Bee Touch of Denim (50% Cotton and 50% Acrylic)
- Size J Crochet Hook
I love how pretty these ones from Yarnology are!
- Yarn Needle
- Button (1" diameter or wider)
- Sewing needle and thread
1st Row: Half Double Crochet (HDC) in 2nd chain from hook, HDC across row (=12 HDC stitches), Chain 1 and turn.
2nd Row: HDC in the Back Loop Only (BLO) across. Last HDC should be in top of turning chain. (12 HDC). Chain 1 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until headband reaches desired length. I like my edges to overlap about an inch when gently stretching the headband. This can also be helpful if giving the headband as a gift, to accommodate for different head sizes.
Last Row: HDC across first 5 stitches. Chain 1 and skip 2 stitches (This creates the button hole). HDC across last 5 stitches and fasten off. Weave in end.
Thread yarn needle with length of yarn. Find the middle of the headband, Starting at one edge, weave the needle through the headband to the other edge. Pull yarn to create gather. Go back and forth through gathered section 2-3 times to secure. Tie a small knot to secure and weave in ends.
On the end that does not have a buttonhole, sew on a large (at least 1") button, using sewing needle and thread. I placed the button about an inch up from the edge, to create a snug-fit when wearing the ear warmer. When I give these as gifts, I often sew on 2 buttons, so that the wearer can choose how tight or loose they want the ear warmer to fit.
Wear and enjoy!
Your ear warmer is now complete!