I love this thick crochet ear warmer because so many crochet ear warmers out there are just a single layer. This can work perfectly fine in many cases but depending on the yarn and tightness of the stitches they may not be as warm as you’d like. On really breezy days you may feel the wind right through the ear warmer.
If you want a really warm crochet ear warmer you may need to line it with fleece or create one that is extra thick. The construction of this specific ear warmer makes it really simple to create the thickness needed for warmth.
The real main reason for creating this ear warmer was because I had 1 skein of 106 yards of a hand dyed yarn that I wanted to use up completely and have no waste. Making a hat would give me some leftover yarn that I wouldn’t want to toss because hand dyed yarn is expensive.
The fact that this ear warmer turned out super cozy and extra warm was a happy byproduct from the main reason I created it.
This extra thick crochet ear warmer is written in one size – Adult. There will be notes within the pattern that you can follow if you need to adjust sizing for any reason. You can adjust both the width and the circumference.
This pattern uses a modification of one of my favorite crochet stitches, the Spider Stitch. If you want to learn a little more about this stitch you can do so here – https://www.simplyhookedbyjanet.com/crochet-the-spider-stitch/
What makes this ear warmer so thick is that it is worked as a tube in the round. The tube automatically creates double thickness. So, if you have a skein of hand dyed bulky weight yarn of 106+ yards then this can be the perfect project for it!
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- Yarn: 106 yards of #5 Bulky Weight – Example uses 1 skein of ThreadHead Knits Co. Squish Bulky in Autumn Leaves or suitable substitute
- Hook: US Size (L/11) 8.0 mm crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- Other Tools: Yarn Needle, Scissors
- Adult 9.5” x 4” (flat) – fits head circumference 21-22”
- 5 sc sts x 4 rows of pattern = 2”/5 cm
Stitches/Abbreviations: US Terms
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- st (s) – stitch(es)
- sc – single crochet
- This is worked in the round to form a long tube and then seamed.
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch.
- Adjust circumference by working more or less rounds than the stated 39 rounds.
- Adjust width by working the beginning chains in a multiple of 4.
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Ch 24, join to first ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in first, sk 1, sc in next, sk 1, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next, sk 1, sc in next, sk 1; repeat from * around, join to first ch-1 sp made, – 18 sc, 6 ch sps.
Rounds 2-39: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in same ch-1 sp as join, sk 1, sc in next, sk 1, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp, sk 1, sc in next, sk 1, repeat from * around, join to first ch-1 sp made – 18 sc, 6 ch sps.
Fasten off leaving a tail for seaming. Using your yarn needle, seam the ends together using the mattress stitch or preferred method. Make sure to work in all 4 layers.
Weave in ends.
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