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.

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