I’ve been fascinated with the twisted headband trend. So, I decided it was time for me to design one for myself!
The crochet ear warmer is a fashionable alternative to a hat, messy bun hat or standard headband. The twist in the center front turns a plain headband/ear warmer into a fun, trendy winter accessory.
I don’t normally jump on the trendy bandwagon. And I don’t really wear head coverings in the winter because…who needs hat hair, amiright?! But, this particular design had me fascinated and I just had to give it a try.
Because I decided to work the ear warmer from side to side, I needed a flexible edge that would stretch enough to fit comfortably around the head. Every time I tried to work a traditional foundation chain and a row of single crochet, I just couldn’t get the edge to stretch enough for the rest of the ear warmer. So, I decided to give the foundation single crochet a try. What a difference it made!
I know a lot of crocheters haven’t ever tried foundation single crochet (Fsc). Even if you have, you may not like it because it can be difficult to follow the steps or get the tension right. For that reason, I’ve done a photo/video tutorial that will walk you through all the steps and make you an Fsc expert! Head over to my handy Foundation Single Crochet tutorial for all the details!
However, if Fsc just doesn’t work for you, I’ve included instructions to start your ear warmer with a traditional foundation chain followed by a row of single crochet. No worries!
For the main portion of the ear warmer, I chose crochet seed stitch. This stitch pattern is a very easy double crochet, single crochet across every row. I love the texture of the seed stitch, subtle and warm!
What’s to love about the Twisted Sister Ear Warmer pattern?
- The pattern comes with sizing for Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult S, Adult M and Adult L. And, if none of those sizes work for you, I’ve included instructions on how to make the size absolutely perfect just for you!
- It’s beginner friendly. In the written instructions I provide photo instructions for how to seam the ear warmer to get the twist (if you’ve never done one). You’ll get a chart that shows you the placement of the seed stitch pattern.
- This ear warmer can be made up super quick – it takes only an evening or a weekend.
- It’s economical because you’ll probably be able to find just the right yarn in your stash.
I chose worsted weight yarn because I wasn’t a fan of all of the bulky ear warmers I was seeing. What I found was that worsted weight keeps the ear warmer cozy and warm without adding the bulk of the heavier yarns.
Because this pattern only calls for about 2 oz. of yarn, it’s likely you’ll have what you need in your yarn stash! Pick something snugly soft to keep those ears toasty warm and comfy.
Acrylic yarn is a perfect choice. I’m not a fan of wool (scratchy). Plus, acrylic is durable and easy to care for.
The gray sample is made with Lion Brand’s “Heartland”. It’s such a soft yarn with a slight halo and beautiful sheen. This color is called “Mount Rainier” and is one of the gorgeous colors you can choose from.
The pink sample is made with Paintbox “Simply Aran”, a wonderfully soft, lightweight acrylic yarn. The color is Bubblegum Pink, so much fun!
If you substitute yarn, be sure to pick something that has enough flexibility and sturdiness to fit snugly without being restrictive. You want it to be pretty and functional at the same time.
What you need to make the Twisted Sister Ear Warmer
Yarn: Any snugly, cozy worsted weight yarn, about 2oz.
Hook: US size H-8 (5mm) or the size you need to meet gauge
You’ll also need a tapestry needle for sewing the twist seam.
Where can I get the pattern?
Click on the appropriate graphic below to head to your favorite shop. You’ll find the complete pattern PDF there.