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Cinched Ear Warmer Headband (Free Pattern!)

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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

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


  • 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

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)

(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.



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.


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

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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

    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.
    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?

    • 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,

    • 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


  • 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,

  • Jo December 22, 2015, 1:34 pm

    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?.

  • Juli Hutson September 18, 2016, 2:41 pm

    I love making these!! I’ve made several for my daughter-in-law who lives in Montana and I’m making some for my sister in N.H. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!

  • PK November 2, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Love this pattern. Saved me a lot of headaches over Christmas gifts. Thank you.

  • Sharon Brown November 25, 2016, 7:40 pm

    I have been asked to make 80 hats for a Christmas Party for a charity. I ran across your pattern and I love it. I’ve made a few.
    Thank you so much.

  • Tara December 17, 2016, 8:33 pm

    Do you know the sizing for this if you wanted to make it for a baby or toddler?

    • Rebecca December 18, 2016, 7:55 pm

      Not off hand, but you can look up the standard sizing for a baby or toddler ear warmer and adjust your starting chain accordingly.

  • Amanda December 20, 2016, 12:07 am

    I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful pattern!!! I’m crocheting one for all of my nieces for Christmas!! I used the Homespun yarn and it turned out so beautiful!!! I wish I could send you a picture, but not sure how! 🙂

  • Arielle January 24, 2017, 5:11 pm

    Hi Rebecca. Congratulations on your little boy! May he be a great source of joy for you and your family. Thank you for this great pattern. I have made so many of them and am completely addicted. I am struggling with the most recent headband that I am working on. The foundation row seems a lot tighter than the rest of the headband. I have redone it multiple times and adjusted my tension. I cannot seem to get it right. I am working with Elle Pure Gold Chunky (it’s acrylic as I am allergic to wool). I have made in acrylic before as well as 100% cotton and cotton blends and it has come out fine then. Would really appreciate your help when you get a chance. Many thanks

    • Rebecca January 24, 2017, 7:07 pm

      Considering you’ve done the pattern multiple times with no issue, I honestly don’t know what the problem would be with the current one. If the only factor you’re changing is the yarn, then it must be something about that yarn that causes you to pull the foundation row tighter. My suggestion would be to use a different hook (the next size up) for that row. Good luck!

      • Arielle January 30, 2017, 4:13 pm

        Thanks for your guidance. I’ve used a size 6.00 hook and it’s much better 🙂

  • Michelle April 27, 2017, 9:44 pm

    This has been a super easy pattern to follow! Thanks! However, I’ve never heard of “sewing. Up” the foundation chain? It’s one of the last instructions: “Use your yarn needle to sew up the first round of FDCs” Can you explain what this means? (I’m probably just overthinking it)? Thanks in advance!

    • Rebecca April 27, 2017, 9:59 pm

      I just meant to sew it together so there isn’t a 1/2″ gap in the headband 🙂

  • MARY ANDERSON July 6, 2017, 7:46 pm

    I have 7 grandchildren and will be making some of these for all of them! will not cinch for the guys. They always seem to have cold ears in the winter and keep losing ther ear warmers.

  • Karolyn October 11, 2017, 10:06 pm

    I like the head bands

  • Shirley Acker December 2, 2017, 12:09 pm

    great for stocking stuffers, thank you

  • Annie December 14, 2017, 11:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! I think I will try to make some Christmas gifts. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

  • Sam September 19, 2018, 3:02 am

    Under stiches used you have FDC as “foundation half double crochet”, but pattern calls for foundation double crochet. Stick with the foundation double and not the foundation half double right??

  • Opal Schneider September 30, 2018, 12:15 pm

    Thank You , exactly what I was looking for .

  • Sara November 18, 2018, 6:16 pm

    Hello! I am pretty new to crochet but I recently finished your malia beanie and am looking for a new project! I love the way you format toe directions and videos. I do have one question. Your directions say FDC- foundation half double crochet. I just want to confirm whether it’s a foundational double crochet or half double crochet. Thanks in advance!

  • Michelle Monahan November 29, 2018, 1:42 pm

    How do you make this ear warmer for a baby not quite 1 year old

    • Rebecca December 1, 2018, 8:32 pm

      I don’t have specific instructions for that, but you would just chain fewer at the beginning to get the length you needed.

  • Roxane December 4, 2018, 12:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I just completed my first ( and definitely not my last) ear warmer. I posted it on my Facebook page (@craftwagon) and shared the link to your site:)

  • Eleanor Guerrero December 30, 2018, 6:25 pm

    I have crocheted your infinity mix-it-up infinity scarf. It was pretty easy. On your web page I noticed you had the dark green scarf and the dark green hat. Do you have the pattern for the hat. II couldn’t tell if it was a closed hat or a hat with an opening for a ponytail. Would like for you to give me the name of the hat and pattern because it looks like the same stitching as the infinity scarf.

    • Rebecca January 2, 2019, 8:11 pm

      Hi Eleanor! You must have me confused with a different designer. I don’t have anything called a Mix-It-Up Infinity Scarf. 🙂

  • Lisa January 21, 2019, 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the pattern! Also, love the DC shortcut. Works great!!!

  • Leslie Zaborski January 23, 2019, 9:37 pm

    I love this pattern. And I truly love the FDC!

  • sopin. somphon July 21, 2019, 10:03 pm

    thank for sharing this pattern.l try making this one

  • sopin somphon July 21, 2019, 10:10 pm

    Thank for this.pattern.. l try to making this one

  • Julie December 1, 2019, 9:55 pm

    Have wanted to try t make ear warmers and have not found a pattern that I liked. But now I have and will use up ALOT of yarn that I have. I also have a few people I want to make then for as gifts for Christmas.