Bulky Winter Earwarmer Pattern

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Today I am releasing the third crochet stashbuster pattern to finish up the rest of my Caron Swirl Cakes, Bulky Weight Yarn [5]. Today’s free stash-buster pattern is for my Bulky Winter Earwarmer.

This gently ribbed ear-warmer is soft and stretchy and a great way to keep the chill off your ears. The stitches used to create the rib are half double crochet (hdc) and slip stitches (sl st).

Sometimes when the sun is shining outside, or you are exerting yourself on a hike or a run, you don’t want to wear a hat because you can overheat. That’s when a headband that covers your ears will come in handy.

I have designed this stash-buster pattern in 5-sizes and when you read the notes section below in my pattern it will explain how to make the crochet headband wider by increasing the number of starting chains.

As with my Reversible Bulky Ear Warmer Pattern and my Stashbuster Bulky Ribbed Ear-Warmer, this free pattern uses some of my stashed yarn. You might remember this yarn from these projects: Here We Come Hat and my Here We Come Cowl.

You might have some of this Bulky Weight Yarn in your stash too. It’s Caron Swirl Cakes and the color is Gold Fusion (in case you were wondering!). The yarn is labelled as Bulky Weight [5] and contains 8 oz / 227 g and 252 yds /230 m. The recommended hook size is an 8 mm (L) and the yarn is 30% Wool and 70% Acrylic.

If you use Ravelry you can check out their stashed section to see if you can find some of this yarn (if you want the same color I used). Many Ravelry users like to swap or sell their stash yarn so it is a good place to start.

If you want to see if you have something in your yarn-stash that is similar, you can read my post here about How to Find a Good Yarn Substitution.

Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster Pattern

Stashbuster Bulky Winter Earwarmer Pattern in 5 sizes

Supplies

  • Yarn: Caron Swirl Cakes. (affiliate link) 227 g (8.01 oz) and 252 yds (230 m). 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool. Bulky Weight Yarn [5]. 
  • Colors: 1 skein Gold Fusion
  • Hook: 8 mm (L) Furls Streamline (affiliate link)
  • Finished Project Yardage: Adult Earwarmer: 34 g (1.19 oz) and 38 yds (34 m).
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

Rectangle measurements before assembly and without stretching.

Small Child Earwarmer (Age 3-5 years ) 3 inches X 15 width

Child Earwarmer (Age 6-10 years) height 3 inches X 16 width

Teen Earwarmer (Adult Small) height 4 inches X 17 width

Adult Medium Earwarmer height 4 inches X 18 width 

Adult Large Earwarmer height 4 inches X 19 width

Gauge

Approximately 6 rows per 3 inches and 9 sts per 3 inches

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

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Check out the Basic Crochet Terms in 10 languages here.

bl – back loop

ch – chain

g – grams

hdc – half double crochet

m – meters

oz – ounces

R – row

rem – remaining

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

yds – yards

* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Helpful Tutorials

If you are new to crochet, you can always refer to my How to Crochet Guide and Crochet Stitches and Symbols for more information. For my crochet video tutorials, subscribe to my YouTube Channel here.

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain 

Make it a Twisted Ear-Warmer (seaming technique)

Notes:

  • Multiple of 1 (plus 1 for the turning chain) (Understanding Stitch Multiples)
  • When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.
  • The ch 2 does not count as a stitch and we do not work into it. 
  • To add approximately one inch of height, increase the starting chain by 3.
  • To increase the width (circumference) repeat R2 and R3 as many, or as few, times as you wish. 2 rows is approximately 1 inch. This headband stretches quite a bit so I have allowed -5 inches of negative ease for the finished circumference.
  • Make it a Twisted Ribbed Ear-Warmer by following this tutorial for seaming instead of the one at the end of the post!
  • Add your Ravelry Project Page for the Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster here
Crochet Stashbuster Bulky Winter Earwarmer Pattern (Instagram Post)

Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster Pattern

This project is crocheted back-and-forth in rows.

Small Child (3-5 years) Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster

Using your 8 mm (L) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 9; beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each ch across, ch 2, turn. [8 sl st]

R2: 1 hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn. [8 hdc]

R3: 1 sl st in the BL of each st across, ch 2, turn. [8 sl st]

R4-R31: Rep R2 and R3. 

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Child (Age 6-10 years) Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster

Using your 8 mm (L) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 9; beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each ch across, ch 2, turn. [8 sl st]

R2: 1 hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn. [8 hdc]

R3: 1 sl st in the BL of each st across, ch 2, turn. [8 sl st]

R4-R33: Rep R2 and R3. 

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Teen (Small Adult) Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster

Using your 8 mm (L) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 12; beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each ch across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R2: 1 hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn. [11 hdc]

R3: 1 sl st in the BL of each st across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R4-R35: Rep R2 and R3. 

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Adult (Medium) Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster

Using your 8 mm (L) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 12; beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each ch across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R2: 1 hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn. [11 hdc]

R3: 1 sl st in the BL of each st across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R4-R37: Rep R2 and R3. 

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Adult Large Bulky Winter Earwarmer Crochet Stashbuster

Using your 8 mm (L) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 12; beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each ch across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R2: 1 hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn. [11 hdc]

R3: 1 sl st in the BL of each st across, ch 2, turn. [11 sl st]

R4-R39: Rep R2 and R3. 

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions for All Sizes of the Bulky Winter Earwarmer

You have 2 options. One you can seam this normally like the one in the photo (instructions are included below) OR you can make this a twisted headband and close it up like this.

Option 1: Finish off leaving a 6-inch tail of yarn for seaming.

On a flat surface, fold your project in half bringing the first and last rows together and lining up the stitches. Thread your yarn end on a yarn needle and work through both layers; whipstitch (view tutorial here) once for each stitch. 

Once you have finished seaming the bulky ribbed ear-warmer, weave in any remaining ends securely.

Option 2: Twist Ear-Warmer Seaming Technique

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