Crochet Puff Stitch Ear Warmers – Free Pattern

I love ear warmers in the winter, for those days when the wind is bitter and the ears get frosty. It’s also spiffy when you are actually having a good hair day and a warm winter hat would mess up the do. This pattern works up very quickly, in an hour or two, so you could make several in different colors to match your outfits! Make sure to check out the matching granny stitch infinity scarf and cowl pattern I have as well!

Crochet Puff Stitch Ear Warmer Pattern via My Merry Messy Life

A special thank you to my sister who modeled these for me!

Materials

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  • Size H crochet hook
  • Yarn: Deborah Norville in Northern Lights (where to buy) (LOVE this yarn! Super soft and gorgeous).

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • Puff stitch – See my photo tutorial on the puff stitch if you like, or it’s just: *Yarn over, insert hook into space and draw up a loop. Repeat from * 4 times Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, then CH 1
  • HDC decrease – See my decrease tutorial or it’s just: Yarn over and insert your hook into the first space and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook). Leave the 3 loops on the hook, yarn over and insert the hook into the next space and pull up a loop (5 loops on the hook). Yarn over, and pull through the first 3 loops. There are 3 loops remaining. Yarn over, and pull through the last 3 loops.

The Pattern

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life ©2013. Please see my terms of use for patterns if you’d like more information.

Decide which button you want to use first, as this will determine the size of your beginning loop. The loop you crochet should be able to fit around the button.

NOTE: CH 2 at beginning of each row counts as 1 HDC

CH 5-6, SL ST to form a ring

Row 1 – Ch 2, 5 HDC in ring (6 HDC total)

Crochet Ear Warmers - Row 1

Row 2 – CH 2, 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2, 1 HDC in the next space, 2 HDC in the 3rd space, then 1 HDC in each of the last 2 spaces (7 HDC total)

Crochet Ear Warmers - Row 2

 

Row 3 – CH 2, 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2, 1 HDC in the next space, 2 HDCs in the next space, 1 HDC in each of the last 3 spaces (8 HDC total)

Crochet Ear Warmers - Row 3

 

Row 4 – CH 2, 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2, 1 HDC in the next space, 2 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 spaces (10 HDC total)

Crochet Ear Warmers - Row 4

Trying something different in this photo with crochet stitch symbols instead of numbers. Which one is easier to read?

Row 5 – CH 2, 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces, 2 HDC the next space, 1 HDC in each of the last 5 spaces (11 HDC total)

Crochet Ear Warmers - Row 5

 

Row 6 – CH 2, 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2, 1 HDC in each space all the way down (11 HDC total)

Rows 7-11 – repeat row 6

Crochet Ear Warmers - Rows 1-11

This picture is to show the shape after row 11, so you can see if you’re on-track.

Row 12 – (Puff Stitch Row, working on wrong side)

  • 1 HDC in same space as the CH 2
  • *1 puff stitch in next space
  • 1 HDC in next space
  • Repeat from * 3 more times (so, 4 times total)
  • 1 HDC in last space

Crochet Ear Warmers - Closeup of Puff Stitch

Row 13 – (HDC row, working on right side) repeat row 6

Crochet Ear Warmers - Rows 12-13

 

Rows 14-33 – Repeat rows 12 and 13

Rows 34-38 – Repeat row 6

Row 39 – (Decreasing row)

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in same space as CH 2
  • 1 HDC in next space
  • 1 HDC decrease in next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC decrease in next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC in each of the last 2 spaces (9 HDC total, including the CH 2)

Row 40

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each space down (9 HDC total)

Row 41 (Decreasing row)

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • 1 decreasing HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC in each of the last 3 spaces (8 HDC total, including the CH 2)

Row 42 

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each space down (8 HDC total)

Row 43 (Decreasing Row)

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 decreasing HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC in each of the last 3 spaces (7 HDC total, including the CH 2)

Row 44

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each space down (7 HDC total)

Row 45 (Decreasing Row)

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same space as the CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 decreasing HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 HDC in each of the last 3 spaces (6 HDC total, including the CH 2)

Fasten off

Sew on a button or even two in different spots so the person you’re making it for can fit it to their head.

I would show you a picture of the whole project, however, I need to redo it because the beginning and end of it look different than this pattern. Once I get around to redoing it, I’ll show you a picture!

Make the matching scarf to go with it!

Crochet Puff Stitch Ear Warmers - Free Pattern from My Merry Messy Life

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

Comments

  1. Is row 45 the last row ? Do you just fasten off and sew on button or what?

  2. Thank you very much for posting this pattern. I love it. Am I missing the amount of yarn that is necessary to make the ear warmers?

  3. This looks like an excellent stocking stuffer but I will be wearing mine right away! Thanks!

  4. Do you chain 1 after your puff stitch?

  5. I am a beginner, when I follow the instructions, I am getting an increase for some reason. My headband is starting to look like a rainbow. lol When I HDC the row after the puff stitch row, will there still only be 11 HDC?

    • Yes, that’s right. Just 11 HDC. Hmm, I made the ear warmers using the pattern to double check that it is correct and it was. Just make sure you count your stitches at the end of every row and if you have more than 11, just undo the last one of the row so you don’t. Let me know if you need more help!

  6. I got it figured out. I was CH1 after I closed off the puff stitch (per directions above where puff stitch was listed). Once I took the CH1 out it works up just fine. Thank you for the pattern, my niece is sure to love this earwarmer.

  7. Nancy Bloom says:

    Hi Sara, I am new to your site and I love it so much. I’ll try to make this quick. Are we allowed to ask general questions re: a pattern we are making even if it didn’t come from you? My mom and my best friend passed away in 1995. She was my crocheting partner. We made bed dolls, blankets, etc., and she taught me all that I know. I’m so grateful I learned then.

    My mom used to work for a knitting/crochet designer and assisted her in writing a book. If I had ANY problem or ANY question, my mom could always help me. Since she has passed away, the only crocheting I have done was to finish a soldier doll that she had started prior to her death. That was it.

    Eighteen years later, I’m starting to get the urge to crochet and knit again. I saved all the crochet hooks, bought a lot of yarn in the last few weeks, etc. Pattern books galore to go with the yarn I chose and yet my mind has become a total blank.
    I’m afraid to start anything, because with my mom gone, there is not a soul that I know that can answer ANY questions I may have, be it dumb or difficult. I am starting to get extremely depressed over this because my crocheting with mom was really nice.

    I love your site here and was just wondering if you had a place where someone like me could go and just ask a general question about a patterns directions or anything else? I have a dumb question now which is preventing me from starting a hat. Sorry this was so long, it wasn’t meant to be. Thank you for listening. I think I’ve found a new crochet home. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

  8. This is a keeper. The perfect headband pattern to have on file! Thank-you for sharing. I attended a public event this weekend. They were everywhere. The colors and embellishment options seemed endless, of course. I smiled knowing I had pinned this pattern the day before! It did not let me down <3

  9. Hello, me again. I wanted a variation for headband #2. I decided to to use 2-strands of 4-ply instead of the customary 1-strand. I stayed true to the pattern, with the exception of Rows 14-33 becoming Rows 14-35* (I repeated Rows 12-13, one additional time). So the new pattern will end with 47 total rows. The additional rows were needed to achieve the desired length for the new chunky stitches. The band is a tad wider (a+) and thicker, of course. I love, love, love, the wider, chunky, softness created. It is so stylish, no embellishment is needed!

  10. I bought one of these at a craft show in the early fall and I love it! But, It has daisies on it and I am going to try and make one of these with more of a winter motif..I haven’t crochet in 20 years but have tons of different colored yarn from different projects that I have done over the years..love the different colors because it would go with anything and the puff stitch(which I will have to watch the tutorial to do)..Just wanted to say that u made a great tutorial ..pics r great and things r explained very well! Thanks for sharing your pattern!!!! Happy Holidays!!

  11. Love love love your patterns. They are so easy to read. The pictures are priceless.

  12. Joannie Ferrer says:

    Hello. I am very new to this and I have learned through watching videos. I cannot find a video that will show how to make this headband. If you could please post a link or a video of something like this I would really really appreciate it.

    • So sorry, Joannie, I don’t make videos yet. But you can find TONS of videos on YouTube to make things like these. It won’t be exactly the same as mine, probably, but close. This is an intermediate level pattern and if you’re new to crocheting, I really suggest just starting off with a scarf or dishcloth. This uses decreasing and increasing stitch work which is difficult for a newbie.

  13. I was looking for an easy ear warmer pattern — This was NOT it. I found your written pattern difficult to follow. The pictures did help for the first few rows, but row 13 really needed more clarification as to what stitches to work in. I have been crocheting for many years and am very experienced, but for some reason this pattern really threw me for a loop. I will continue my search for ear warmer patterns.

  14. Any way to downsize this to a 3t?

  15. After each round do you turn? Just making sure 🙂 thank you!

  16. I really like the way this looks and I am really excited to make one of my own. However, I am having some trouble understanding the puff stitch directions. “Puff stitch – See my photo tutorial on the puff stitch…or it’s just: *Yarn over, insert hook into space and draw up a loop. Repeat from * 4 times Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, then CH 1”
    When I follow the “It’s Just” section and do the repeat 4X I come up with 11 loops to pull through not 5. Also, if I ch 1 at the end of every puff I”m doubling the count for the next odd row. When I follow the photo tutorial, it starts with a hdc which is not the same as the above written instructions, I am still running into the issues of doubling the count for the next row. Do I need to do the extra chain? It seems to work fine without it, but I’m afraid it might lose some structural integrity that I’m not aware of.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely pattern. I’m anticipating making several to share with my nieces.

    • Hi Marla! No, you do not have to have the chain 1. In my opinion it makes it look a little cleaner, so I just pretend the chain 1 isn’t there in the next row. I’m not sure why you’re getting 11 loops, but you can modify it and do the *yarn over, insert hook into space and draw up a loop* part fewer times so your puff isn’t huge. Hope that helps!

      • I’m having the same issue as Marla. If you think about it, you have your original loop (1) and then each yo and pull up a loop adds 2 loops (5 total x 2 loops). This gives you the 11 loops she and I keep coming up with.

  17. Hi – I’m a novice at this. When you first start – it says to CH 2 — is this the loop for the button hole? It’s too small. Am I missing something? Thank you.

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