Oh, hello, April! I have been rather MIA lately. I could make up excuses about being soooo busy, but that’s simply not the case. I’ve been struck by the lazies. I have been working on some projects, but nothing I wanted to post about yet. No doubt I’ve said it before, but I’ll reiterate: I’m lame and need to get my shit together.
We’ve had beautiful weather here lately. Trees have bloomed, flowers are breaking through the earth, birds are singing all throughout the day, and the pollen clouds are in full force. It has been super windy, which is not working for my new bangs and hair style unless I use a bunch of hairspray, but that just makes my hair looks like a grease bucket by the time lunch rolls around. What I’m getting at is it’s spring time! Life is good! But then suddenly this week came and it’s back to winter weather. What the fork, mother nature! This is totes not cool for my strawberries I’m trying to grow, man! With this cold weather, however, I was reminded of the ear warmer pattern I had written up in… oh…. effing February.
Anyway. Here’s a free crochet pattern for an ear warmer! Finally!
What you need to know:
- Get some Caron Simply Soft or any other worsted weight yarn in two colors
- 5.00 mm hook
- Stitch Guide (American Terms):
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- ps – puff stitch. This is how I do it: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat 3 more times. With 9 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through 8 loops. Yarn over, pull through last 2 loops on the hook. There are many ways to do a puff stitch, though. Use google and do whatever you are cool with.
Wanna hook with me? Let’s get hookin.
Start with the main color you want to use, in my case it was pink:
Chain 62. Sl st to first chain. Be careful here to not get the starting chain twisted. Holla at me if you need some tips on this and I’ll share a video or something.
Round 1: Ch 2, count as hdc here and throughout. Hdc in each chain, sl st to top of ch 2 (62)
Round 2 – 5: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch, sl st to top of ch 2 (62)
Round 6: Switch to color #2 (gray for me!) and Ch 3, *skip first st, ps in next st, ch 1. Repeat from * 29 times for a total of 30 ps. Sl st to top of ch 3.
Round 7: Switch back to color #1 and Ch 2, dc into first stitch of Round 5 (this is the stitch you skipped in Round 6). Hdc in next stitch (the top of ps). *dc in next skipped stitch in Round 5. hdc in next ps. Repeat from *, ending with a dc. Sl st to top of ch 2. (62)
Round 8 – 11: Ch 2, hdc in each st. sl st to top of ch 2.
Round 12 (color #2): Ch 1, sc in each st. Sl st to ch 1. (62) Fasten off.
Repeat Round 12 on the bottom of the starting chain so that the ear warmer is framed in gray.
**Note** Obvs do what works for you on this, but I prefer the way this looks from the “wrong” side. You’ll notice that the puff stitches will be pushed back when you work round 7. Instead of pushing the puff stitches back out, I just kept working and flipped the work inside out when complete. If it works for you, just work it as normal and pop out the puff stitches once you complete round 7.
Using color #2, tie it to the inside of the center of Round 6. Cinch the ear warmer together by bringing the top and bottom into the middle. This will hide that horrible diagonal line 🙂 Wrap yarn around this area around 25 times. Using a hook or yarn needle, pull the excess yarn through a few loops on the inside of the ear warmer. Tie this to the yarn from the knot at the beginning of this step. Weave in the ends.
Now you can wear this ear warmer and feel fabulous. I feel fabulous with it, but I don’t feel like putting on make up and taking a picture of myself in it. So, maybe fabulous is the wrong word. Whatever. At least your ears will be warm.