Joyful and Bright Winter Earwarmer Pattern
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to participate in the Bake, Craft, Sew and Crochet a Handmade Holiday Event over at Skip to my Lou.
This is such a fabulous event and you really do need to go and check it out.
More than 100 amazing tutorials / patterns will be available after this event has ended!
Each perfect to help you make this year’s Holiday a Handmade one!
My contribution to the event is the Joyful and Bright Winter Earwarmer Crochet Pattern. This pattern works up quickly and you can wear the earwarmer / head warmer as a cowl – it fits perfectly around the neck (not too tight or loose) and comfortably beneath the collar of a winter jacket.
Plus 🙂 I created a trendy pair of fingerless mitts to wear with it – also a free crochet pattern!
Grab the fingerless mitten pattern here: Joyful and Bright Fingerless Mitts
Without further ado –
Joyful and Bright Winter Earwarmer Pattern
Free Crochet Pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns Unique (Grapevine)
Hook: 6.50 mm (K)
Designed to fit: Adult Medium (~22″ circumference, 4.5″ height)
Ribbed Band: 4 sc = 1 inch; 3 rows = 1 inch
Main Earwarmer Pattern: 5 dc st sets = 4″; 1 row = 0.75″
Abbreviations: R – row/round, ch – chain, chs – chains, blsc – back loop single crochet, st – stitch, sts – stitches, sc – single crochet, dc – double crochet, sl st – slip stitch, sk – skip, sp – space, (8) – the number in the brackets at the end of the Row/Round is the total number of stitches in the Row/Round, ( ) – crochet the instructions between brackets the number of times indicated, * to * or ** to ** – repeat all of the instructions included between the * *, or ** **, the number of times specified, dc st set – double crochet stitch set (for the purposes of this pattern a dc st set is 2 dc sts worked between 2 sts)
The band is worked in rows. Leave an 8″ tail at the beginning – you will use this later to whip-stitch the band together. The finished length of the ribbed band is 17″ unstretched and the band is approximately 2.5″ wide.
R1: Beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 blsc in each st across, ch 1, turn (8)
R2: 1 blsc in each st across, ch 1, turn, (8)
R3-R52: repeat R2 (8)
Do not finish off – continue to the Earwarmer Pattern below.
This section is worked in rounds. Slip stitches do not count as stitches in the totals at the end of the rounds. Do not work into the slip stitches – you may wish to use a stitch marker to remember which stitch is a slip stitch.
R1: Ch 1 and turn to work along the row ends of the ribbed band; work 1 sc in each row end for a total of 52 sts, sl st to the 1st st to join (52)
Using the 8″ tail of yarn (from the beginning of the ribbed band section), neatly whip-stitch your ribbed band together. Need help with the whip-stitch? View this tutorial for assistance: How to Join with a Whip Stitch Seam
R2: 1 sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st st to join (52)
R3: (ch 3, 1 dc) in the 1st st, skip 1 st, [work 2 dc (we will call this a dc st set) in the next st, sk the next st] around; sl st to join in the space between the initial ch 3 and the 1st dc of the round (25 dc stitch sets)
R4: (ch 3, 1 dc) in the same sp as you sl st joined, (work 2 dc in the sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set) around; sl st to join in the sp between the initial ch 3 and the 1st dc of the round (25 dc stitch sets)
R5: (ch 3, 1 dc) in the same sp as you sl st joined, *(work 1 dc in the sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set) 2 times; (work 2 dc in the sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set)* work the instructions from * to * 2 times, (work 2 dc in the sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set) 13 times, **(work 2 dc in sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set); (work 1 dc in the sp between the 2 sts that make up the next dc st set) 2 times** work the instructions from ** to ** 2 times, finish off and weave in ends.
This post was originally published at Skip to my Lou on November 2, 2014.
Hi – If the gauge is working for all the other bits then I would recommend for that one round of single crochet, move up to a 7 mm hook to make those single crochet stitches a bit bigger – that way it will have a bit more stretch for you. Then you can move back to the 6.5 mm for the rest of the pattern.
Another option is you can work additional rows to make the band 18 inches in length instead. So aim for 54 rows then make that single crochet round and try it on to see if it fits. If it doesn’t make 56 rounds instead. Depending on the yarn you are using it may not stretch as much as the yarn I used does so this could be creating a bit of a fit issue.
I’m sorry it didn’t work out the first time. This is actually one of my favorite earwarmers (and it is totally worn out now) so maybe I should revisit this pattern with a new yarn and make it available in a couple extra sizes.
Wishing you the very best in 2023,
I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but the sc row worked into the ends of the band make it too small to fit. There’s no give there at all. The band works great, the dc for the rest work great, but that sc row just wouldn’t budge 😢 I used the right gauge, yarn weight, and a K hook. I was pretty bummed because I loved the way it looked.
Unique yarn is discontinued, but found some pretty yarn at Hobby Lobby I will try.
Hi Judy, This is a Bulky Weight Yarn  Meterage 109 yards(100 meters) Unit weight 100 grams (3.53 ounces). Hope this helps, Rhondda
What weight is the yarn that you used?
just made this up. easy and done in less than an hour. I will be making these for our local city misson to give to the homeless and less fortunate. Thank you for the wonderful pattern.
I would make this with the yarn in the giveaway. Like multipurpose items.
i would make this with the giveaway. It is gorgeous
Love this earwarmer.
I love this pattern, I can’t wait to crochet some up!
Hi Janice 🙂 I actually have plans for a hat! The yarn is sitting beside me waiting for me to find a spare minute 🙂 Have a lovely weekend! Rhondda
Would love a hat and maybe a scarf – an entire set!
Would love it if you made a hat – and maybe a scarf? An entire set!!
Hi Mistie, In R4 you worked 2 dc in the space between the 2dc st sets all the way around. In this round we are decreasing a bit so it fits to the shape of your head so instead of working 2 dc in the space between each set we are working only 1 dc in some of the spots. For each space between the 2 st sets I will refer to it as a “space” below.
So you will start with the ch 3, 1 dc in the same space where you slip stitched to join.
Then you work 1 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space, 2 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space, 2 dc in the next space.
Then you work 2 dc in each of the next 13 spaces.
Then you work 2 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next sp, 2 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space, 1 dc in the next space. Finish off and weave in ends.
Hope this helps!
On the earwarmer part I can not figure out how to do the last row. Could you explain it better. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you!! I love mine too and I am considering making a hat to match too since the winter weather started and it is so cold here now!
Have a lovely day 🙂
Beautiful Rhondda, So very anxious to make this set Love the colors go great with my coat. As always such beautiful patterns. Thank you!