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The Malia Earwarmer

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 This pattern is part of the Fall 2017 Malia CAL (Crochet-Along). To view the other patterns in this collection (including a beanie, slouch, cowl and infinity scarf), please visit the Malia CAL Homepage.

 

When you want to wear your hair up, but you still want to keep your ears warm, it’s time to grab an earwarmer! This quick pattern is one of the simplest of the Malia collection and you’ll be able to crochet it up in no time.

If you need a little help with the stitches, check out the tutorial video I made for the cowl and scarf; just use the numbers in this pattern instead of the ones called for on the video! Or, scroll down to find the written pattern.

Free Printable Tags

I made some cute printable tags for this pattern that you are welcome to use! If you’re selling or gifting this earwarmer, a tag or wrap just ups the professionalism, in my opinion. I included a wraparound label (shown in the photo) as well as a smaller tag that can be attached to a piece of decorative string wrapped around your finished product, by punching a hole through the corner and threading the string through before tying a bow to secure. Print on cardstock for best results!

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:

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  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
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Malia Earwarmer

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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 20" long (before seaming) x 3" tall

Hook: I (5.50 mm) or whichever hook is needed to obtain correct gauge

Yarn: 80 yards of #4 aran weight. Yarn used in sample photos is Yarn Bee's Rustic Romantic in "Red Roads."

Gauge: To ensure the best results, the gauge check is a swatch taken straight from the pattern. Upon completion, you should have a 4” square. If yours is larger, consider using a smaller hook or a thinner #4 yarn. If yours is smaller, consider using a larger hook.

Pattern for Gauge:
CH17.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (16)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Rows 10-16: Repeat Rows 2-8. (16)

You'll also need: Yarn needle, 3 buttons (1" - 1-1/8")

Terms and Abbreviations:
FHDC 
(foundation half double crochet - see "Special Stitches")
ST/STS
 (stitch/stitches)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SK (skip)
CH (chain)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
LBS (large bean stitch - see "Special Stitches")
BLO (back loop only)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only - see "Special Stitches")

Special Stitches:

Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)
This is the recommended way of beginning the pattern and is better shown than explained, so please watch the included tutorial video as a guide. There is also an optional classic chain start noted in the pattern, if you would like to do that instead.

Large Bean Stitch (LBS)
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch. (Because this stitch creates two sets of loops - one when creating the bean, and one when closing the stitch - each completed Large Bean Stitch will count for two stitches in the row or round's final stitch count.)

3rd Loop Only
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in "3rd loop only", insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) A video tutorial for the stitch pattern is available up in the post, or by clicking here.
(4) To make earwarmer larger or smaller, add or subtract an even number of stitches from the starting row or chain. For reference, if you met gauge, 4 stitches = 1".

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1: FHDC* 78. (*Alternate start: CH79, HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH) (78)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 76 STS. SC in final ST. (78)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (78)

Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 38 times. SC in final ST. (78)

Row 5: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (78)

Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 76 STS. SC in final ST. (78)

Row 7: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (78)

Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 38 times. SC in final ST. (78)

Row 9: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (78)

Row 10: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 76 STS. SC in final ST. (78)

Edging: CH1, SC in same ST to round corner. Working down the short edge of the earwarmer, SC in each row (10). Ch1 to round corner. SC in each ST across long edge of earwarmer. CH1 to round corner. SC in each row of next short edge. CH1 to round corner. SC in each ST across remaining long edge. Ch1. Join with a SL ST to the first SC of the edging. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Buttons: Overlap one short edge over the other by about 1". Pin in place if needed. Attach buttons at top, bottom, and center, sewing through both layers to hold earwarmer together.

Done! If you're sharing on social media, be sure to hashtag #maliacal and #maliaearwarmer and tag me @littlemonkeyscrochet. Hope you enjoyed it!

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.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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  • Phyllis Solei November 8, 2017, 6:53 pm

    I didn’t get the new Malia Earwarmer and Messy Bun directions in my Email today

  • Hester Naude November 9, 2017, 12:24 am

    The tutorial of the earwarmer, please! I am from SOuth Africa

    • Rebecca November 9, 2017, 9:07 pm

      It is above 🙂

  • Carla Vandegrift November 9, 2017, 12:27 am

    I love your patterns that you design, do you have a headband or ear warmer pattern that is braided. My grand daughter would like me to make her one.
    Thank you

    • Rebecca November 9, 2017, 9:07 pm

      I do not 🙂

  • Carla Barber November 9, 2017, 9:31 am

    I am making infinity scarves for Christmas presents and thought it’d be nice to give them a matching ear warmer or messy bun hat, or something. For the scarves, I’m using a bulky yarn. If I want to make your ear warmer, what changes do I need to make in the pattern? I’m not a total newbie, but I’m a pattern follower =) so I’m not comfortable figuring out how to adapt your pattern to my yarn.

    If you have other ear warmer patterns using a bulky yarn, you can just refer me to those. =)

    Thanks!
    Carla

    • Rebecca November 9, 2017, 9:48 am

      Hi Carla! For this pattern, it’s pretty simple. Just choose a hook size that you think works best for your yarn. Then in the instructions, where it says “FHDC 78″, you just FHDC until it measures about 18” long (it will stretch). Be sure you FHDC an even number (or if you’re using the alternate start and chaining, make sure it’s an odd number of chains), and you’ll be good. Then simply follow the pattern, knowing that the new row total will be however many FHDCs you did. With bulky yarn, you can decide how many rows you do before it gets wide enough for your taste. Hope that helps 🙂

      • Carla Barber November 9, 2017, 3:00 pm

        Awesome! Thank you so much! I look forward to trying this!

  • Linda Jensen November 9, 2017, 12:09 pm

    I would love to make the free ear warmer pattern for my grand daughter for Christmas.

  • Linda Jensen November 9, 2017, 12:10 pm

    I would love to make the free ear warmer pattern for my grand daughter for Christmas. How do I get the pattern to print it.

  • sandy November 9, 2017, 10:14 pm

    Love the buttons on this one and the width of the band

  • Maureen Chandler November 15, 2017, 8:20 pm

    This pattern is terrific! I’ve made 5 so far and this pattern is really pretty and works up well! It’s a great gift for granddaughters, friends, etc. I’m so glad I purchased the all access pass too as it makes it super easy to print out the patterns I want to make.
    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns – they are really wonderful! Thanks too for suggesting the gauge square as mine was too big and I went down one needle size and it is perfect!

  • Caroline November 17, 2017, 2:52 am

    Thank you so very much! Love the pattern. Happy thanksgiving!