Hi there, friends!
If you’re looking for a quick, stash-busting cozy make, perfect for those fall/winter markets or holiday gifting, I’ve got just the thing for you today! Allow me to introduce you to the Edith Ear Warmer! Its deceptively simple texture resembles a mini-waffle stitch, without the hassle of all those post stitches and without being a total yarn eater!
You know I have a deep love of texture, and the Edith Ear Warmer delivers! Sometimes, that fancy texture uses complicated stitches or patterns to achieve that look, but not in this case! If you can half-double crochet a rectangle, you can make this ear warmer!
This pattern uses super common CYC 4 worsted weight yarn. That said, there is some pretty significant variance in this category, so here are a few recommendations. Don’t worry, even if you use another CYC 4 yarn, there are instructions in the Notes below to adjust for size/tension.
- Brava Worsted
- Lion Brand Basic Stitch
- Hayfield Bonus Aran
- Schitt’s Creek
- DROPS Alaska
- High Desert Worsted
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Edith Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern
by Hooks, Books, & Wanderlust
Please note that this free version is written for an Adult Size Medium, which fits a head circumference of 23″ / 58cm.
The pattern notes contain information helpful in adapting this to other sizes, OR you may purchase the PDF version of this pattern, which is written for 6 sizes Toddler – Adult Large.
The PDF features the full written pattern, which contains full-color supplemental photos, helpful crochet tips and tricks, and a linked video to make this pattern from start to finish. The PDF also includes a consolidated pattern stripped down to just row instructions for more experienced crocheters, plus a handy stitch chart and row tracker.
Why the PDF?
What’s so cool about my PDF? Everything!
My interactive PDFs are written with teaching in mind, complete with photo tutorials for all special stitches (including links to videos), tips and tricks for the pattern itself or reading patterns in general, lots of photos, and charts for those visual learners out there! And best of all, everything is formatted for ease of navigation, allowing you to jump between sections of the pattern with ease!
Not a beginner? I also have a consolidated version (where applicable) of the pattern that’s printer-friendly just for you!
Get your printable PDF version of this pattern below!
- 96-117 yds (87-107 m) of CYC 4 worsted weight yarn, see yarn suggestions above
- 6mm / J crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)
- Chain (ch)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Third Loop Only (TLO)
- ** Repeat stitch sequence within asterisks as directed
Women’s Size Medium for head circumference 23″ / 58 cm.
Finished Rectangle*: 21″ x 5″ (53.5cm x 13cm)
*laid flat, prior to seaming
4″ (10cm) square = 14 sts x 11 rows of pattern repeat
Gauge Swatch: Ch 18 then follow pattern as written; Swatch should measure approximately 5″ (13 cm) sq.
- This pattern is written in US Standard terms and is classified as Beginner.
- Before You Begin:
- Read the pattern or watch the video before beginning to familiarize yourself with the pattern! Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Every time.
- Swatch it! Size matters and making a gauge swatch is a must. It helps you practice the stitches, figures out if the yarn is a good fit, and makes sure your ear warmer is the right fit.
- Measure while you work! It’s helpful to measure your work periodically to stay on track.
- Size/Tension: The stitch multiple for this pattern is 2 + 1 (plus one for the foundation chain). Adjust for size or tension by increasing/decreasing the given starting chain by 2 until desired circumference is met. Note that foundation stitches tend to be tighter than regular stitches and working additional rows may grow your length anywhere from .5”-1” (1-2 cm).
- Turning Chains: Chain stitches at the beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch.
- Premium PDF Pattern: If you’d prefer a convenient PDF version of this pattern, written for 6 sizes (Toddler – Adult Large), visit my Etsy and/or Ravelry shops! PDF includes:
- Full Written Pattern with supplemental photos and helpful tips and tricks
- Linked video pattern showing ear warmer from start to finish
- Printer-Friendly Consolidated Pattern for more experienced crocheters
- Stitch Chart
- Row Tracker
This pattern starts as a rectangle whose finished length should be equal to the head circumference and a height of 5” (13cm). It will be folded and seamed together at the end to form the ear warmer. As such, stitch counts will remain the same 71 stitches for all rows. You will work in turned rows and chain stitches at the beginning of rows DO NOT count as a stitch.
R1: Hdc into the second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Note that R1 may be .5-1” (1-2.5cm) short, as the rest of the rows’ stitches will expand it to full length as you work.
PRO TIP: Hate foundation chains? Try a foundation half double crochet (Fhdc) instead! Just work 71 Fhdc stitches. Find my tutorial here.
R2: Hdc in the first stitch, *hdcTLO, hdc* across. Ch 1, turn.
PRO TIP: When you see a series of stitches between asterisks as above, that means you are to repeat those stitches in succession for the indicated number of times. In this instance, you’ll alternate a hdcTLO and a hdc every two stitches across your row.
R3: Hdc 2, *hdcTLO, hdc* across until 1 stitch remains, hdc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.
PRO TIP: When you see a number follow a stitch, as “hdc 2” above, this means you’ll work that same type of stitch in each of the next two stitches. Do NOT work 2 hdcs into the same stitch.
Cut yarn and change to Color B
PRO TIP: When you go to cut your yarn, you’ll want to leave a tail at least 6″ (15 cm) long for weaving in securely later.
R4-12: Repeat R2-3. Ch 1, turn.
R13: Hdc in each stitch across. Do NOT tie off or cut yarn.
NOTE: Your rectangle should measure approximately 21″ x 5″ (53.5cm x 13cm).
It’s time to seam your ear warmer together! Click here to see this part in the pattern video.
Lay your rectangle flat and fold it in half (picture 1 below). Fold the top half back on itself toward you (picture 2) creating a half-rotation twist. Line up the short edges with the fold at the bottom (picture 3) then slip stitch the ends together (or whip stitch if you prefer), grabbing 2 strands on each edge for a smooth seam. You might find it helpful to use stitch markers to keep the ends lined up correctly so they don’t move while you work. Tie off and weave in your ends. Flip your ear warmer right side out so that the seam is on the inside (picture 4) and you’re done!
PRO TIP: When weaving in your ends, you will want to weave 2-3 directions, working your needle underneath the backsides of your stitches first in one direction, then return back the way you came, then if you have enough tail, back the first direction again. To see how I tie off and weave in my ends, check out my Crochet 101: Finishing Touches video.
You did it!! Congratulations!! Isn’t that texture so fun?! And it’s so easy! It reminds me of a mini-waffle stitch but less fiddly.
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