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Ribbed Cinched Ear Warmer

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

As far as social media is concerned, my Cinched Ear Warmer has been one of my top all-time most popular patterns. It’s one of my earlier ones, and when I made it, I knew there were so many options for changing it up. I just never got around to it until now! This new version begins with the same cinched style, but a ribbing stitch gives it a unique look.

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

The Yarn

I worked up my first sample in Lion Brand’s Heartland, in “Glacier Bay”. I use Heartland in a lot of my patterns because I love everything about it – the weight (it’s worsted, but feels light), the colors (I’m a sucker for natural hues) and the sheen (not too shiny, not too dull). After the first sample, I decided that this pattern might look awesome in two colors. I didn’t want it to look striped so much as two-toned, so I chose two colors that were pretty close in shade – “Katmai” and “Grand Canyon”. Click here to view the full range of colors available.

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

The Ribbed Cinched Earwarmer Crochet Pattern

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Level: Easy

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

Materials:

  • H hook (5.00mm)
  • About 60 yards of Lion Brand Heartland* (Samples are shown in Glacier Bay and Katmai/Grand Canyon)
           *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, 4 HDC = 1"

Stitches Used:
CH (chain)
SL ST (slip stitch)
FHDC (foundation half double crochet - click here for a tutorial)
RibHDC (also known as Camel Stitch or 3rd Loop HDC; see Special Stitch, below)

Special Stitch:
RibHDC - instead of putting your HDC in the top loops, find the 3rd loop. Because we're working in turned rows, the third loop will be located just underneath the front loop. Insert your hook there and create your HDC. This forces both of the top loops to rest on the front of your project, creating a ribbing effect. It is also referred to as a Camel Stitch or 3rd Loop HDC. (Confused? You can view a photo tutorial here.)

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. 68 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.
(4) For the tan-colored sample in the photos, I actually used two different colors of Heartland (Katmai and Grand Canyon). I switched colors every other row, and carried my yarn instead of fastening it off each time.

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With H hook,

Round 1: FHDC 68. Join to the first FHDC with a slip stitch, being careful not to twist the row.
(Or, if you don't like the Foundation Chain method,  just CH 69, HDC in second CH from hook and HDC across.)

Round 2: CH1, turn. RibHDC around. Join with a SL ST to first RibHDC. (68)

Rounds 3-12: Repeat Round 2.

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:
Please note that the photos below are taken from my original Cinched EarWarmer pattern, so the pattern looks slightly different, but it's the same concept.)

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

Ribbed 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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  • Cindy Wray October 2, 2015, 12:08 am

    I LOVE all your patterns!!!!!!

  • Lewis Rehkopf October 7, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Love the hat and someday I’ll make it.

  • Loren October 7, 2015, 9:18 pm

    This looks so fun to make! 😀

  • Jchunn November 29, 2015, 10:49 pm

    Love this. Quick and easy. Did three of these while watching football….giving them as holiday gifts to co-workers. Thanks for the great pattern,!!

  • Angie C January 11, 2016, 9:26 am

    I love this pattern so cute and fun. I have made about 6 of these so far. It’s such a great stitch and works up fast.

  • Marissa Illingworth January 11, 2016, 11:14 pm

    I lobe this pattern! I can’t wait to make a ton of them for my daughters and myself. ?

  • Taunya January 12, 2016, 10:40 am

    Love the look of this headband! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Brenda January 13, 2016, 10:43 pm

    This is so pretty! Will have to make one for my Mom. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern! 🙂

  • Tara G January 18, 2016, 3:56 pm

    This is my go to pattern for ear warmers. Thank you so much for sharing your craft with us. 😀 Happy Blogiversary!!!

  • Robin January 23, 2016, 10:51 pm

    Love it the pattern and color

  • Linda Gardin February 19, 2016, 10:50 am

    My granddaughter loves this ear warmer,thanks for sharing!!

  • Joann September 23, 2016, 3:19 pm

    I love this ear warmer. My granddaughters love them. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern