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Easy Herringbone Earwarmer

Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern  |  Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Ready for a quick project that doesn’t use lots of yarn, is easy enough for a confident beginner, and will make a great Christmas present?

The Easy Herringbone Earwarmer is a simple fall accessory, perfect for those autumn nights when the air is getting crisp. Throw your hair up in a messy bun or wear it down; either way, the Easy Herringbone Earwarmer will be a perfect addition. (And it goes great with my last pattern release, the Herringbone Buttoned Cowl!)

Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern  |  Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern  |  Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The Yarn

For this pattern, I used Longwood Sport from Cascade Yarns. Longwood Sport is a #3 light, 100% super wash extra fine merino wool. It is unbelievably soft and has perfect stitch definition. It’s my favorite yarn of anything I’ve ever tried; a little pricier than what you find in the big stores, but soooo worth it, especially for special projects!

Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern | Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern  |  Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Herringbone Earwarmer

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Difficulty: Easy/Beginner

Finished Size: 19.5" around (when buttoned) x 3.25" wide

Hook: H (5.00mm)

Yarn: About 80 yards of Longwood Sport from Cascade Yarns. (Longwood Sport is a #3 light yarn.)

Gauge: 4 rows of 8 HHDC = 2" (see "Special Stitch" below for explanation of HHDC)

You'll also need: Yarn needle, 1" button, sewing needle, and thread to match yarn color.

Abbreviations Used:
   ST/STS
 (stitches)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see "special stitch" below)
   SC2TOG (single crochet two together)

Special Stitch:
HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here's how you do it:

HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here. Please note that while her video considers the CH2 at the beginning of rows as a stitch, the pattern below does not.)


Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1 at the beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
(3) To adjust for different sizes: All you need to do to make the headband smaller or larger is subtract from or add to your starting chain. There are 4 stitches in an inch, so if - for instance - you wanted a headband that was 17.5" long instead of 19.5" long, you would start with 8 fewer chains.
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The Pattern

To begin: CH66.

Row 1: HHDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across. (65)

Rows 2-11: CH1, turn. HHDC in each ST across. (65)

We are now moving on to the first side section of the earwarmer.

Row 12: CH1, do not turn. SC in same ST, and working down the short end of the piece, SC in each row (from rows 2-11) across, for a total of 11 STS. (11)

Row 13: CH1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 7 STS, SC2TOG. (9)

Rows 14-15: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (9)

Row 16: CH1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 5 STS, SC2TOG. (7)

Rows 17-18: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (7)

Row 19: CH1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 3 STS, SC2TOG. (5)

Row 20: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (5)

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends. Next, we're going to add the other side section. Reattach yarn on opposite end of the piece, starting at the right side.

Herringbone Earwarmer Crochet Pattern  |  Free button ear warmer pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet 

Row 21: CH1, SC in same ST. Working down the short end of the piece, SC in each row (from rows 2-11) across, for a total of 11 STS. (11)

Row 22: CH1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 7 STS, SC2TOG. (9)

Rows 23-24: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (9)

Row 25: CH1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 5 STS, SC2TOG. (7)

Row 26: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (7)

Row 27: CH1, turn. SC in each of the first 2 STS. CH3, SK 3 STS. SC in each of the remaining 2 STS. (4, + CH3)

Row 28: CH1, turn. SC2TOG. 3SC in the CH3 space from previous row. SC2TOG. (5)

Row 29: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (5)

Edging: CH1, do not turn. SC evenly around the entire piece, putting 3SC in each end corner, and 2SC in each slight corner where the HHDC rows meet the SC rows. (Use the diagram below for help with corners.) Join with a SL ST to the first SC. 

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Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Button: Sew your button to the end with no buttonhole.

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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
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  • 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.
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I am currently awaiting the imminent arrival of my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy due 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Melissa August 27, 2016, 10:11 am

    Super cute earwarmer design! If I can’t find any Longwood Sport yarn at my LYS, then I have some gorgeous Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop yarn at home that I’ve been dying to use. 😊

    • Rebecca August 27, 2016, 11:58 am

      Awesome!

  • Marian Evans August 27, 2016, 11:32 am

    Do you have a pattern for crochet mermaid?

    • Rebecca August 27, 2016, 11:59 am

      I don’t, sorry 🙂

  • Leann August 27, 2016, 1:54 pm

    This is lovely and simple, I’m always looking for easy things to crochet for charities.
    Thank you so much.

  • Nikki August 27, 2016, 3:09 pm

    How would you suggest making the ear warmer longer for larger…heads…or just bigger hair? lol. 🙂

    • Rebecca August 27, 2016, 3:13 pm

      Hi Nikki! Check out the Notes section of the pattern for resizing instructions. Good luck!

      • Nikki August 27, 2016, 3:33 pm

        Aww, man! I thought I had reread thoroughly! I’m sorry! Thank you!!

  • Cathy Walton August 27, 2016, 4:10 pm

    It’s lovely.
    Thank you

  • Rebecca August 28, 2016, 12:17 am

    Thank you Rebecca! That is such a pretty pattern, I can’t wait to try it!
    I’ll also be signing up for the all access pass too!
    Becca

    • Rebecca August 30, 2016, 10:05 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Jill Farbowitz August 28, 2016, 1:31 pm

    Can you use the Vanna’s Style with this so it matches the cowl?

    • Rebecca August 30, 2016, 10:04 am

      Yes! Be sure to check your gauge.

  • Linda August 29, 2016, 1:57 pm

    Where I live I’ve never seen that brand of yarn that you mentioned in the pattern for the Herringbone cowl. What kind of yarn do you recommend in its place?

    • Rebecca August 30, 2016, 10:06 am

      Any #3 light yarn should work fine 🙂 I like Hobby Lobby’s I love This Yarn Sport or Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Style. Caron Simply Soft might work as well being so light weight.

  • sandy knapp September 7, 2016, 5:19 pm

    Just wondering how it would change the pattern if I used hdc intead of hhdc?

    • Rebecca September 8, 2016, 6:01 pm

      I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it! The HHDC stitch is very similar to the HDC in size, but I honestly don’t know without trying whether doing all HDC will affect the overall size of the headband, or how much.

  • Julia Blake September 29, 2016, 10:16 pm

    I loved the stitch you used in this headband. It is beautiful. Have you used this stitch in anything else?

    • Rebecca September 30, 2016, 8:45 am

      Yes – the Herringbone Buttoned Cowl (http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/herringbone-buttoned-cowl/)! I’ve used the stitch in other patterns as well, but worked in continuous rounds (which produces a different look). The Carlyle Slouch & Cowl and the Cosmos Scarf are a few of them. 🙂

      • Julia Blake September 30, 2016, 10:08 am

        Thanks, I love your patterns. They have gotten be excited about crocheting again!

  • Jean in NH October 8, 2016, 7:54 am

    Thank you for this really nice pattern! I am trying to plan for Christmas and this is a perfect teacher and teenager gift.

  • ShirleySindelar November 5, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Thank you for making it to easy for me and others, the earwarmers were so cute Thank you again

  • Deanna December 7, 2016, 7:42 am

    Thank you! I was in need of an easy project for some gifts! I appreciate your generosity! I have saved your Etsy shop, also! Have a wonderful day!

  • Chelsea December 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

    So, I was planning to do a different pattern for a few coworkers so I have already bought yarn, worsted weight #4, and now I’ve changed my mind o the pattern.

    So, my question is for this pattern how much different would it make if I used #4 yarn instead of #3?

    • Rebecca December 12, 2016, 3:34 pm

      It will come out larger. You’ll probably need to adjust your starting chain.

  • Mona December 23, 2016, 1:21 am

    Love all the Herringbone patterns! Thank you! They are greatly appreciated. Would you happen to have a fingerless glove pattern to complete the set I have made as a gift?

    • Rebecca December 23, 2016, 4:34 pm

      I don’t, sorry 🙂

  • lisadillard December 24, 2016, 4:57 pm

    I love this pattern .and free instructions. Thank you .

  • Kristy December 24, 2016, 9:26 pm

    I just finished crocheting this cute headband/ear warmer and it turned out great! I used a superwash wool and it worked up nicely, it was pretty quick and definitely a good pattern for a beginner. Your instructions were clear and easy to follow, thank you Rebecca for the pattern!