Today, we’re going to use all your freshly acquired beginner skills to crochet a twisted ear warmer! These winter headbands are on-trend and surprisingly simple (hello again, rectangle!). There are eight sizes, so whether you’re a teeny baby or an adult with a large head, you’re covered.
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We’re on Day Six of Newbie Series, and so far, our beginner patterns have had us turning small, single crochet rectangles into mug rugs and bows. Today, we’re turning a large rectangle into a winter headband (aka twisted ear warmer). I cannot wait to show you how to do the twist — it blew my mind when I learned how!
Today, we’re using our worsted weight acrylic yarn and a J 6.0 mm hook. I wanted the fabric to be a little bit stretchy, so it can fit snug on a head in the wintertime.
I love Brava worsted from WeCrochet because it’s soft, durable, and washes well. Being washable is especially important for winter wearables, since they’ll be getting all sorts of snow and sleet on them. Unlike most wool yarns, acrylics like Brava can be washed AND dried.
Brava is inexpensive (just $2.49 for 100 grams / 218 yards!) and you can get TWO adult sized ear warmers out of one ball. Plus, they have tons of colors. I used Denim and Lady Slipper for my samples. Normally I’m all about the blues, but I’m a little bit obsessed with the Lady Slipper colorway right now.
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Supplies / Materials
- 30 – 100 yards of Brava worsted (I used Denim and Lady Slipper)
- or ~ 30 – 100 yards of your favorite #4 worsted weight yarn
- J 6.0 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Retractable tape measure (or any sewing tape measure)
NOTE: My friends at WeCrochet provided the supplies for the Newbie Series.
Size / Gauge
4 x 4 inches = 13 stitches x 16 rows
Measure the circumference of your head using your tape measure, then use the chart below to determine your size. Keep in mind that your ear warmer will stretch a little bit.
|Size||Width (Flat)||Circumference||Starting Chain||# of Rows|
|Adult – L||11 inches||22 inches||74||16|
|Adult – S|
|10.25 inches||20.5 inches||69||16|
|Child – L||9.5 inches||19 inches||64||14|
|Child – S||8.75 inches||17.5 inches||59||14|
|Toddler||8 inches||16 inches||54||12|
|Baby – L||7.25 inches||14.5 inches||49||12|
|Baby – S||6.5 inches||13 inches||44||10|
|Baby – XS|
|5.75 inches||11.5 inches||39||10|
Abbreviations / Techniques
NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Twisted Ear Warmer Video Tutorial
- This pattern is written with all the sizes in one. Reference the table above to determine your size and the length of your starting chain.
- Starting chain and row counts are written as Preemie (Baby – S, Baby – L, Toddler, Child – S, Child – L, Adult – S, Adult – L)
- Stitch counts are written as (Preemie, Baby – S, Baby – L, Toddler, Child – S, Child – L, Adult – S, Adult – L)
Twisted Ear Warmer – Written Pattern
ch 39 (44, 49, 54, 59, 64, 69, 74)
ROW 1: sc in second ch from hook. sc across (38, 43, 48, 53, 58, 63, 68, 73)
ROWS 2-16: ch 1 and turn, sc across. (38, 43, 48, 53, 58, 63, 68, 73)
Trim yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail.
When you’re done crocheting, you should have a long, flat rectangle.
- a.) Fold the edges toward the center of the rectangle. Fold and pinch the sides so their “mouths” face each other like this: < >
- b.) Push the folded sides together, to create an interlocked “S” shape. The top of the right side should be inside the “mouth” of the left side.
- c.) Use your tapestry needle to seam through all four layers of the “S” shape. Make sure you’re seaming near the edges, as sewing too far down could alter the shape of your twist and thet size of your headband.
- d.) Weave in the ends and flip the headband right-side-out, so the seamed portion is on the inside.