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Cinched Ear Warmer Headband (Free Pattern!)

Cinched Ear Warmer  |  Free Ear Warmer Headband Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this pattern sample.

Today’s pattern is so super easy and fast, and since winter around here seems to have no intentions of going away any time soon, it’s the perfect cold weather accessory when you don’t quite want to commit to a hat. The cinch makes it so versatile – you can wear the cinched part on top of your head or off to the side, or even underneath your ponytail. Give this cinched ear warmer / headband crochet pattern a try!

Cinched Ear Warmer | Free Ear Warmer Headband Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Cinched Ear Warmer  |  Free Ear Warmer Headband Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Cinched Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

Level: Easy

Size:
One Size Fist Most (Preteen - Adult Woman).
Earwarmer measures 18” around, and is 3” wide. 

Materials:

  • H hook (5.00mm)
  • About 45 yards of Lion Brand Heartland* (Samples are shown in Katmai and Mammoth Cave)
           *About Heartland:
                
      Weight: #4 worsted 
                  Fiber: 100% Acrylic
                  Yardage: 5oz/142g (251yd/230m)
                  Gauge: 12 sc + 15 rows = 4 inches on size J-10 [6 mm] hook
  • Yarn needle

Gauge:
With H hook, 7 HDC = 2"

Stitches Used:
CH (chain)
SL ST (slip stitch)
FDC (foundation half double crochet - click here for a tutorial)
HDC (half double crochet)
DC (double crochet)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) Starting chains do not count as stitches.
(3) This pattern is easily adjusted to any head size. 62 STS was perfect for me, but you might want to wrap the first round around your head as you go to get the perfect fit for you.

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With H hook,

Round 1: FDC* 62. Join to first FDC, being careful not to twist the row.
(*FDC stands for Chainless Foundation Double Crochet, and you can find the tutorial here. Or, just Ch 63, DC in second Ch from hook and DC across. But seriously, go learn Chainless Foundation stitch. It's way cooler.)

Round 2: Ch 1; HDC in each St around. Join. (62 HDC)

Round 3: Ch 2; DC in each St around. Join. (62 DC)

Rounds 4-7: Repeat rounds 2-3 two more times.

Cut your yarn, leaving about a 12" tail, and finish off but don't weave in the tail. Use your yarn needle to sew up the first round of FDCs, then weave in that tail and cut.

To Cinch:

1. Thread the long tail through your yarn needle. Gather the seamed section of the headband, and fold in half so that the fold is facing you.

2. Bring either side up to the top of the fold and hold secure with your fingers.

3. Run your yarn needle through all three sections of gathered material. The closer you get to the surface, the better your cinch will look; so I run mine right under the top loops of the outer sections, and under just a few strands of the center fold.

4. Wrap the yarn around the underside of the cinch, then through the sections again. Do this a few times to secure the cinch, then tie off underneath and weave in the tail.

cinching steps

Cinched Ear Warmer  |  Free Ear Warmer Headband Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

When I originally wrote this pattern, I included the "selfies" below because I didn't have any modeled photos of the pattern. Now that I have them, I still can't bring myself to delete this photo, because my littlest monkey was just so... little. I love looking at that paci-face.

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Cinched Ear Warmer  |  Free Ear Warmer Headband Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
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  • Dara February 15, 2014, 12:14 am

    I am loving this pattern. I’m making another headband now but I really cannot wait to try this one! Thanks!

    • Rebecca February 15, 2014, 6:13 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you love it!

  • Cathleen Marie Reese February 15, 2014, 2:25 pm

    TY so much for this pattern, it is so pretty and I love the cinch!

    • Rebecca February 15, 2014, 6:13 pm

      Yay! You’re welcome :)

  • Donna February 17, 2014, 4:40 am

    Thanks for sharing I am going to try this one.If you have anymore I’d like to see them n try.Again thanks.

    • Rebecca February 17, 2014, 8:43 pm

      You’re welcome, Donna! Be sure to sign up for the mailing list so you don’t miss out on any of my patterns! :)

  • Brenda March 15, 2014, 4:01 pm

    TY for this pattern. Soooo simple and quick. I’ve been teaching myself to crochet and this is a quick project that made me feel great to accomplish. Made it for my daughter with matching fingerless wrist warmers, she’s going to love.

    • Rebecca March 15, 2014, 9:53 pm

      You’re welcome, Brenda! I’m glad you found this pattern useful and I hope your daughter loves it! :)

  • debbie d September 16, 2014, 9:18 pm

    thanks for sharing this pattern, I love how easy it is, and looks great too, Iv,e decided too make a bunch for Christmas presents this year

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 7:54 pm

      They make great presents! So quick and inexpensive :)

  • Andrea October 7, 2014, 10:05 pm

    I just finished mine!! I love making ear warmers for football games and other evening activities! Thanks for the free pattern :)

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:31 pm

      You’re welcome :)

  • Jackie October 13, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Thank you for the pattern. How do I “join” at the end of the rows? I have a hard time stitching the ends together.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:31 pm

      You can join by slip-stitching into the first stitch of the row. :)

  • wally October 17, 2014, 11:18 pm

    I really like this headband. I would love tp make it.
    I will make it and take some pics. I will put a link tp your site on my blog.
    i love crocheting. I just started my blog. I get inspired when I see people like you sharing your craft. I hope I get to share with others as well.
    thank you.

  • wally October 18, 2014, 1:46 pm

    Hi.
    I made the headband ear warmer. I made it likw yours but it was too loose for me. Modified it a bit.
    Its here on my blog.
    http://simply5design.blogspot.com/?m=1
    Thanks again.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:32 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

  • shawna November 12, 2014, 2:55 pm

    SUPER beginner here…this is my first attempt at a headband……so do i single crochet the first 58 stitches or so, then when I go to the next row I do the double crochet?
    Thanks.

    • Rebecca November 12, 2014, 10:36 pm

      Actually, you’ll double crochet the first row, and half double crochet the second row. Then you’ll just alternate. :)

      • Jackie November 12, 2014, 11:47 pm

        I still can’t figure it out. I don’t end the rows right. I’ll have to find another pattern.

        • Rebecca November 13, 2014, 10:37 pm

          I’m sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll find much help in other patterns, unless you find an actual video tutorial that walks you through it. My patterns are written in standard crochet language.

          If you’re looking to learn the basics, I have a page on my main menu called “learn to crochet” that can point you to some resources that I think are the best out there. :)

  • Michele November 20, 2014, 11:27 pm

    By joining do you mean turn chaining or am I thinking of something else? I’m new to this so I don’t know all the terminology yet.

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:29 pm

      Hi Michele! Joining just means you are connecting the row to make a circle. So you’ll slip stitch into the top of the very first stitch that you made, and then your ends will be connected. Then, you’ll proceed with the next round. :)

      • Jackie December 2, 2014, 5:18 pm

        So after my foundation chain I slip stitch to make circle, chain 1 then DC all the way around?

  • Karen December 3, 2014, 12:04 am

    Just finished this for my granddaughter! Love how it turned out!! Thanks for the pattern.

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:24 pm

      You’re welcome! :)

  • Lisha December 7, 2014, 1:11 am

    Do you make these to sell?

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:21 am

      I don’t have time to sell much of anything anymore now that I’ve switched to pattern designing. :) I think if I were to do a craft show, I would definitely take these along.

  • Becky Bowman December 7, 2014, 2:51 am

    I was able to whip this out in one night (for me that is miraculous!). I can’t wait to wear it to go running tomorrow. I also think I’m going to be make a few as Christmas presents. Thanks for the great pattern to follow! Merry Christmas!

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:21 am

      I use mine as a running earwarmer, too! :) Merry Christmas!

  • shelby December 7, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Awesome! Finished this pattern in a night. Going to make great Christmas presents! Moving on to your infinity scarf now!
    One question: when you finished to headbands last row, how did you end the stitches? Do i just add a slip stitch to the end with a long tail?
    Thank you for sharing such awesome patterns! <3

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:24 am

      Yes! However you usually finish off; it doesn’t make a huge difference because that part will get “cinched” anyway. :)

  • FELICIA JEWELL December 8, 2014, 7:59 pm

    This was such an easy pattern and makes such a classy ear warmer. Thanks

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:24 am

      Thank you, Felicia!

  • Maria December 11, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I love this pattern it’s easy and fun to crochet this headband….

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:25 am

      I’m glad you love it! :)

  • Maria December 15, 2014, 8:17 pm

    Such a lovely headband and a great tutorial link for the chain less double crochet I’m trying I make this with bulky yarn lets see how it turns out thanks for sharing

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:28 pm

      You’re welcome! I bet a bulky ear warmer would be extra cozy. :)

  • Barbara January 3, 2015, 8:32 am

    This is such a great pattern. I’ve made it for my granddaughter,in her school colors along with boot cuffs and a scarf. Thanks so much for posting. I have been crocheting for more years than I care to count and you have made the wise old saying come true…you are never too old to learn something new…Thank you.

    • Rebecca January 6, 2015, 7:57 pm

      Aww, you’re welcome :) I’m glad you like it!

  • Tammy b Helms January 3, 2015, 6:25 pm

    How many chains do you do to make one for a toddler? Im not really good at figuring out gauge size. Love your patterns…:)

    • Rebecca January 6, 2015, 7:58 pm

      Tammy, that would depend on your own personal gauge. I would measure the toddler’s head, and make your starting chain an inch or so shorter than that to account for the stretchiness. :)

  • Ericka January 4, 2015, 9:19 pm

    I was just thinking of this headband today! I’m going to make your chunky cowl and thought this would be the perfect accessory to it. shhhh, I’m a little old to wear the cute flowers on the headbands and this is a perfect solution :) Will have to play with it since I’ll be using hometown yarn, but that’s ok!

    • Rebecca January 6, 2015, 7:58 pm

      I bet it will be beautiful!

  • Luana January 7, 2015, 5:33 pm

    I love this band but I am having trouble understanding how to complete the circle. I don’t see it in the directions.

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 11:28 pm

      Luana, you’ll just join to the first St of the round. :)

  • MoranSha January 21, 2015, 4:57 pm

    quick, easy and fun (plus a whole new technique!) – my baby girl has a new ear warmer now :)

  • Jazmin January 22, 2015, 1:26 am

    its suppose to look like a pouch right?

    • Jazmin January 22, 2015, 1:28 am

      oops wrong post ignore that lol

  • Susan K January 30, 2015, 3:02 pm

    How many would your starting chain be for kids? I crochet, loom, and sew for a charity. I would like to do these for kids if you can help. This seems to be good for adults and teenagers. Thanks for your time,
    Sue

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 1:01 pm

      The easiest way to figure that out is measure a child’s head and make your starting chaing just a bit shorter to account for stretch.

  • carol February 26, 2015, 10:32 am

    Thank you! I made your ear warmer and it is now my go to pattern! Love it :)

  • knykole March 6, 2015, 1:14 pm

    so cute. and the pics are adorable.

  • Lisa March 19, 2015, 12:52 pm

    i lobe this headband pattern, I am confused at one thing, round 2 at the end of it you have “join”. Am I joining the ends and crocheting in a round ?

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 1:02 pm

      Yes.

  • Arielle May 31, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I’m addicted to this pattern and SO happy to have found something that is so quick and easy to do! No more frozen ears for me – Many thanks all the way from South Africa!

  • Chris McNatt June 15, 2015, 3:19 am

    I made these but I added a flower or a large bow. The first couple I made I attached the flower or bow to the headband. Then I got smart I started sewing pins to the back of the flower or bow so that they could be changed out.

  • Catie September 2, 2015, 11:02 pm

    Hello! I found this pattern and fell in love with the simplicity of it. I attempted to subscribe to you and your blog so that I can receive more wonderful patterns but, the button is not working for me. Help? -Catie

    • Rebecca September 3, 2015, 8:43 am

      Hmm, not sure! I just tried it and it worked. Maybe try again? :)

  • Samye Pinter September 15, 2015, 6:51 pm

    This is an old pattern but I love it. I am not sure how to sew up the first row? Can you explain this to me thank you for your time and expertise Samye

    • Rebecca September 16, 2015, 9:39 am

      I just thread the tail through my yarn needle and literally sew the edge of the first stitch to the edge of the last stitch. I’m not a sewing expert so I don’t really know what the technical terminology would be… I just go back and forth until round 1 looks joined, then knot it and weave in the end. I hope that helps :)

  • Samye September 16, 2015, 11:12 am

    yes helpful thank you

  • Margo Haeckel September 23, 2015, 10:15 pm

    Thank you for this pattern…. I will be making these for our church bazaar and the proceeds will go to the kids ministry for camp scholarships …. Most of all thanks for the tutorial On the chain less foundation…. It’s awesome!!!! Love your blog post as well…..Margo

  • Priscilla Henson TV September 24, 2015, 5:30 pm

    My grandaughter asked me for the ear warmer pattern u have so l will mjhsaske her 1 tonight

  • JL Oakley October 10, 2015, 10:30 am

    Can’t wait to start this project. THIS is the type ear warmer I have been looking for. Ready to start it now…..

  • Margaret October 11, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Beautiful and easy to make I have made several to match my clothes thanks

  • colleen December 1, 2015, 1:08 pm

    what do you mean by sew up the first round of FDC’s?

    • Colleen December 1, 2015, 1:29 pm

      I just found the answer to my question in the other comments, Thank you for the patterns,
      C

  • Jo December 22, 2015, 1:34 pm

    Hi,
    How many stitches across for a newborn do you think?
    Its a great pattern!

    • Rebecca December 30, 2015, 10:10 am

      Not sure off the top of my head, but here’s how I would figure it out: I would look up a head sizing chart on Pinterest, and go by that. Just be sure to subtract an inch or so to account for stretch. And definitely do fewer rounds. :)

  • Tracy Snyder January 6, 2016, 10:08 am

    You are such a dear for sharing all your great patterns with your readers and followers. Thank you so much!

  • Mary Ellen January 11, 2016, 9:40 am

    thank you for this wonderful pattern so simple yet stunning love it !!!

  • Jennifer Miller January 11, 2016, 10:01 am

    My daughter loves this ear warmer. I’ve made multiple for her in different colors! Thanks!!

  • Donna January 11, 2016, 10:11 am

    Love this pattern. Quick and easy – I’ve made several for gifts

  • Vicki January 11, 2016, 1:20 pm

    i love this pattern. it works up quickly. I can use any type of yarn and make it as wide or narrow as I want. It makes a great gift for anyone!

  • Kathy January 11, 2016, 10:50 pm

    I love the cinch in this headband. Very stylish! Thanks for the great pattern

  • Cheryl McGown January 16, 2016, 3:29 pm

    I love these Headbands! They look really easy and would be great gifts!

  • Rebecca February 14, 2016, 5:28 pm

    I just finished this and love the ease and speed of the pattern! Thank you for the tips got the Foundation DC chain…what a timesaver.
    I followed the directions as is but mine came out a bit loose. Would you recommend a size G hook or cutting down on the amount of dc per row?

    • Rebecca February 17, 2016, 10:09 am

      Either method would work! Going down a hook size will be more guesswork, though (it might fit, it still might not). The easiest way to do it is to make your first row, and actually wrap it around your head (pulling it taut) to see if it fits, then add or subtract FDCs as needed. :)

  • Donna Souza May 11, 2016, 9:56 pm

    I love your Headbands. I am disabled so what I can do is limited. I can knit an crochet. I know some little ones that will look too cute in this?.