Free & Easy Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

If you have been looking for an ear warmer and headband crochet pattern, then you have come to the right place!

I will show you below how to make this free and simple crochet pattern in seven different headband sizes, so you’ll be able to crochet a headband for everyone you know.

crochet headband and earwarmer pattern

How to Crochet an Ear Warmer

Crocheting an ear warmer is easy since they can be made quickly with easy stitches and bulky yarn. Take a look at a few of the basic steps of this free ear warmer pattern below.

  1. Chain a given number of stitches for the size headband you want to make (see chart)
  2. Connect the chain together to form a circle
  3. To start the first round work the stitch indicated in the pattern
  4. Continue working the pattern until down.
  5. Fasten off and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.

This simple crochet headband pattern is easy, fun, and sure to please. You can make ear warmers for yourself, your family, or as gifts for friends and loved ones.

These ear warmers not only look great, but are soft and comfortable to wear during the entire cold weather season.

Crochet Headband and Ear Warmer Pattern Size Chart

Learn more about crochet headband and crochet ear warmer pattern sizes below in our ear warmer size chart.

  • Baby
  • Toddler
  • Child
  • Woman
  • Man

The ear warmer size chart below will help you figure the perfect headband size. I recommend making a headband about 2 inches smaller than the actual head circumference to allow for stretch.

Head Circumference (inches)Headband Size (inches)
Baby1412
Toddler1614
Child 1816
Woman2119
Man2321
Common Head Sizes

Do you need help with the measurement? You can learn how to measure a head’s circumference in our Hat Size Chart article.

Headband Crochet Sizing Tips

There are a few important tips you can follow to make sure your headband fits and crochets up perfectly, so you make a great project every time!

#1. Follow Gauge

The crocheted ear warmer is a great first project to try when you are beginning to learn how to work in the round. However, I would recommend using the correct gauge, or stitches per inch, for the proper fit. This is a critical step for this project. If this ear warmer is crocheted too loosely, it will be too big.

Additionally, if the ear warmer it is crocheted too tightly, it will be too small. You can learn more about gauge here, if you would like a refresher or are new to crochet.

#2. Measure, Measure, Measure

As for the width, that can be adjusted by adding or subtracting rows too, so you can get the perfect fit. For example, when you are crocheting a baby headband you will more than likely not want it to be 4 inches wide, so you could subtract rows until you get the width you prefer.

I recommend a width of 2 inches for a baby headband, and these should only be worn for photos and under proper supervision. If you follow these tips, you’ll on your way to making cute crochet baby headbands!

If you intend to make crochet headbands for adults or an adult size, you will need to measure the circumference of their head first, since the size can vary so much from person to person. This way, you will ensure the crochet headband size fits the person it is intended for.

#3. Use the Correct Yarn Weight

I also suggest using the suggested five bulky weight yarn to make this headband design. If you attempt to make this headband with a worsted weight yarn (medium #4 weight) then it will turn out different regarding size and coziness.

Learn more about the yarn I used for this crochet headband project below.

The Perfect Yarn for This Crochet Headband

Did I mention that it is a warm and cozy yarn? This yarn will keep you warm enough, for example, if you want to use it for a morning run or if you need to stay warm during a football game.

The Yarn

When deciding on which yarn to use, I chose one of my favorites, Lion Brand Wool Spun because I wanted this to be the coziest winter headband! This yarn is soft, comfortable to work with, and comes in a variety of beautiful colors. So, I felt that it was a perfect choice.

Woolspun

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 5 – Bulky yarn.

Woolspun

Fiber: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Yardage: 116m / 127 yds
Hook: 6.5 mm (K-10.5)
Substitute: Lion Brand Hue & Me

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This yarn is really great for a winter headband! I highly suggest using this yarn because it really is the best choice, so you can make a chunky crochet, winter headband pattern.

Substitute Yarn

If you are having trouble finding this yarn, then I suggest trying Hue & Me from Lionbrand, which is a very similar yarn. It has a lot of the same texture and is about the same thickness, so it would work great for this pattern. Plus, it has a variety of different colors available, so you’ll be able to get the perfect color for you.

Hue + Me

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 5 – Bulky yarn.

Hue + Me

Fiber: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Yardage: 137
Hook: 6.5 mm (K-10.5)
Substitute:

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Have extra yarn leftover? As a bonus, there is enough yarn in each skein that you can make at least two ear warmers and maybe more if you are crocheting ear warmers in different sizes.

Being able to make more than one headband with a skein of yarn is always a win-win for any crochet project!

Crochet Stitches for a Headband

The simple stitches in this crocheted headband pattern make it a perfect, beginner-friendly project. I think it would be an ideal pattern to start with for someone who is just learning how to crochet in the round.

Crochet stitches

The pattern for this crochet ear warmer is simple to make because I only used the half double crochet stitch and single crochet stitch, which are basic crochet stitches. Essentially, that means this ear warmer will work up pretty fast!

If you’d like a refresher on these stitches before you start your headband, take a look at the stitch tutorials below.

Single Crochet

Single Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: sc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: hdc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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The simple crochet stitches plus the row repeats in this ear warmer pattern make this project an excellent choice for beginners to try, especially for those who want to make something in the round. 

This ear warmer pattern is fast to work up, easy to crochet because it uses simple stitches, and has a basic repeat rows pattern which makes it the perfect gift to make as well as a great last-minute present too!

No matter your skill level, this pattern will work up quickly for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.

How Do I Get the Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern?

There are a couple of ways to support us.

  1. You can use the ear warmer pattern below on this page that is supplemented with ads.
  2. Or you can purchase a stand-alone chained ear warmer PDF pattern that comes with seven different headband sizes you can make in a convenient printable format below or in my pattern shop.

Are you ready to make a quick project and learn how to crochet a headband ear warmer to keep those ears warm? Then, scroll down to find the FREE easy pattern and photo tutorial!

Our free crochet ear warmer headband pattern can be found below.

Chained Ear Warmer

Learn More About This Chained Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

Before we get started, it is important for me to mention that this free crochet ear warmer pattern is part of a more extensive list of awesome designs. These designs were released this month under Project Crochet. You can find the links to all their projects at the bottom of this post.

My contribution to this collection is the chained crochet headband pattern, ear warmer, or head wrap depending on what you prefer to call it. This is a simple pattern that takes little time to make.

It is a fun headband project to whip up for both beginners and advanced crocheters, which you can find in its entirety below.

Happy Crocheting!

Crochet Chained Ear Warmer Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Materials

  • Crochet hook J 6.00 and I 5.5 mm
  • Lion Brand Wool Spun in Linen, Color Made Easy by Lion Brand, or any bulky yarn (5). See yardage chart below for each size.
  • Yarn needle (tapestry needle)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Notes

  • Tip: If you would like a more in-depth look at the stitches used in the pattern, then be sure to check out my tutorial on how-to crochet.
  • Each size is listed after the end of each round in ().
  • Written in standard U.S. terms.

Crochet Abbreviations

Sizing

  • This pattern is written in 7 standard sizes, but it can easily be customized for any size by subtracting or adding any # of stitches.
  • The ad-free ear warmer PDF has these sizes listed for your convenience.
  • See headband size chart below for exact sizes to make.

Gauge

  • Gauge is IMPORTANT!
  • 12 stitches x 9 rows = 4”
  • You will need to make sure you have 12 stitches for every 4 inches of the headband for the correct fit.
  • Gauge is very important for proper sizing. Need a refresher on gauge? You can learn more about what gauge is and why it is so important here.
    • I receive many messages saying this headband is too small or too big. In order to guarantee that the headband fits as it is written, the correct gauge and proper weight of yarn must be used, as listed in the pattern.
Crochet HEadband Pattern for Beginners
The Final Project

Crochet Headband Size Chart & Yardage

Use the size chart below to make the pattern in a crochet baby headband to a womens ear warmer size.

HeightCirc.Starting ChsYardage
Preemie493642
Baby4144256
Toddler4164870
Child4185485
Tween4206099
Woman 42163106
Man42266113
Sizes are listed in inches for height and circumference. Yarn is in yards.

The Crochet Headband Pattern Steps

The headband sizes listed are as follows: preemie, baby, toddler, child, tween, woman, man.

Round 1: With the 6 mm hook ch 36 (42,48,54,60,63,66), sl st to first ch forming a circle, making sure not to twist ch.

Crochet Chained Ear Warmer Pattern :: Easy Crochet
Round 1

Round 2: With the 5.5 mm hook, ch 1, hdc in every st around, sl st to the top of first hdc NOT the ch. 36 (42,48,54,60,63,66)

Crochet Chained Ear Warmer Pattern :: Easy Crochet
Round 2

Round 3: ch 1, sc in every st around in the bl only, sl st to the top of first sc, not the ch 1. 36 (42,48,54,60,63,66)

Round 4: rep round 2.

Round 5: rep round 3.

Round 6: rep round 2.

Round 7: rep round 3.

Round 8: rep round 2.

Round 9: rep round 3. Do not fasten off.

Finishing: 

  • First, without fastening off ch 25 (this is still connected to the ear warmer).
  • Secondly, wrap the ch 25 around the seam of the ear warmer 3 times, sl st to the top of the first st of last round.
  • Next, fasten off (secure the yarn, so the stitch will not unravel) by cutting yarn, leaving a few inches of yarn tail.
  • Then, with your hook, draw the tail through the loop on your hook.
  • Finally, weave in loose ends throughout the headband with a yarn needle!

I hope you enjoyed making this crochet ear warmer pattern. I feel it is the perfect pattern for any level of crocheter. However, now that you’re a pro at headband making… why not whip up some of these quick crochet ear warmers for everyone you know?

Connect with Us!

For any clarifications about this free crochet headband pattern, please feel free to contact me on my Facebook page. If you liked this headband design, then you might also like my other patterns below that are quite similar.

More Free Crochet Headband Patterns and Crochet Ear Warmer Patterns

Related Pattern: Knotted Crochet Headband

Are you planning on making a few different types of ear warmers? Maybe you have already crocheted an ear warmer but want to try a new pattern?

If so, I would suggest that you try the free knotted headband, the wrapped ear warmer, or explore the Easy Crochet archives for more free patterns.

Other Crochet Favorites

The following list is full of other awesome crochet projects from crochet designers apart from myself. Be sure to check them all out!

How to Crochet a Headband

65 Comments

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  2. Love this design and pattern! Can you recommend how wide I should make this for a baby as an ear warmer? I’ve done a few that are 3cm wide as a headband but I don’t know how wide to make it as an ear warmer? Thank you

    1. Hi, Thank you so much Zoe!

      For a baby headband, I’d do two inches or fewer, but it can be made in any size you prefer by adding or subtracting rows. Hope this helps!

      Happy Crocheting

      Krista

  3. Thank you for such a cute, easy pattern to follow. Your gauge instructions, graph for the sizes and directions were spot on. I wish everybody else could do as good a job writing directions that are so easy to follow as you do. I made this to go with an adorable little poncho that I created myself without a pattern for my four year old granddaughter’s birthday with variegated pink yarn. I am so happy with the whole thing and can’t wait to see it on her!

    1. Thank you so much Mary for taking the time to leave a comment!

      I am so glad that you liked the pattern and I bet it looks adorable with the poncho.

      Have a great rest of your day!

      Krista

  4. I love this pattern I was able to get a perfect fit for my head. If you follow the directions using the yarn that is suggested & the right size hook you should get it I right. I had no problem thank you so much for the detailed description. I do have problems reading patterns… not this one.

  5. Hello there! Thank you for this pattern! 🙂 It’s so easy and quick.

    Have a nice day,
    Lucie

  6. Thank you! First thing I’ve crocheted for about 3 years since I became a mum for the second time and discovered how much free time I had with just one child! Will definitely be doing more now I’ve rediscovered the joy of yarn and a hook 🙂

  7. How do you think this is for beginners? I do not know any of the stitches.

  8. Hi
    I purchased a pdf of the ear warmer pattern yesterday but have yet to receive it in my email. Please could you send it ASAP as I have a couple that need to be made and I work better with a paper pattern on my lap

    1. Hi Judy,
      I found your order and sent another email with the pattern. I’d suggest checking the spam folder since it sometimes ends up there.
      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  9. Hi so I’m having so trouble about the sl st but not into ch 1. When I finish the next round it seems the slip stitch is further away than the last and I’m left with this weird look going at an angle of the pattern. Would attach a picture for better explanation but I cant. Just wondering if anyone else is having this problem

    1. Hi Angel,

      This unfortunately happens when working into the round. When you make the chain at the end and wrap it around it will cover that and it will not be noticeable.

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  10. Hi, Thank you for sharing this headbandaearwarmer. pattern. I made this pattern with red heart yarn siz4 yarn, not for sure what size of hook I used but I most generally use a size H hook, I made this earwarmer for my granddaugher who is 21 and has a small head as I do, I measured the chain around my head and ears before begining to make it. After making the headband and wrapped the cinch around it I crocheted a swatch in the same color of yarn and using the same stich pattern, abour 4 or 5 rows and about 3 to 4 inches long and slid it under the cinched part to kinda of make it look like a bow, then add some white pearl looking beads on the extra piece that I made and a few beads on the main body of the earwarmer I used 2 sizes of pearl looking beads and just sewed them on with neddle and thread, it really turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing your pattern. Anyone can add there own personnal touch, like I did, One that I made with bulky yarn for my sister I added a large unique shaped wooden button..

  11. Great pattern! So easy to follow. I’m not the best at crochet (I much prefer knitting) but I wanted to try it out again. I made one during the time it took me to watch a movie! Absolutely love it!
    My first go was too small, but once I got my gauge right it fit perfectly! I’m making these for everyone this Christmas!

    1. Thanks Allie! I am so glad you liked it and hope that everyone likes their gifts for Christmas too!

  12. I sent the first one to my 17 yr old grandaughter that I mentioned in the above message. She sent me a picture of her wearing it. The 55 stitches was perfect.She love it. So everyone just needs to try it on their own heads if they are making it for an adult size head and adjust accordingly. As several ppl mentioned everyone’s crocheting is not the same so either add stitches or use a larger hook.If making it for a child, there are charts available online that tell you how many inches you need for various ages. I’ve been busy so have just started the second one…now have only 14 more to go…lol

    1. I am so glad you like it Ruth and thank you for taking the time to write to me to let me know! I really appreciate it!

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  13. Geraldine Pelletier says:

    cute ear warmers

  14. Oh and I meant to say that I have 9 grandaughters and one baby great grandaughters and will be making these for all or at least most of them and will also make this without the chain to wrap around for the men in the family.I think it would be great for them also without the clenching in the middle

  15. Terrill Schmidt says:

    Is there any way I can get the Headband ear warmer patterns condensed on one or two pages.each?

    1. Hi Terrill,

      I have an Ad-Free PDF available for purchase here that may help! 🙂

      Happy Crocheting!

      Krista

  16. Anonymous says:

    Which side should face outward, the ribbed side or the smooth side?

  17. Debbie Sanchez says:

    I need a child’s size her head measures 19 inches. How many chains do I start with.

  18. Came across your pattern in hopes of finding a nice simple ear warmer pattern that could easily be modded to a custom piece for one of my friends. This was perfect! Was super easy to add my extra details to and great to tech my little cousin how’s to was a pattern! Thank you so much!

  19. I just crocheted the chained crocheted headband pattern and it can out perfect. I used bulky yarn that the pattern called for but to get the gauge to come out right for me as I crochet tight I had to use a N hook. Came out perfect!!! Thank you for the pattern!

  20. I made one and it looks great but I didn’t notice, until I was done, that the foundation chain row was very tight, unlike the other side. I’ve just learned to crochet this year and I have done well reversing what I see, I’m left handed, but how do I make sure that first row doesn’t get too tight? I’m not sure what I’m doing or not doing because some projects come out fine and others are tight?

    1. An easy trick is to use one hook size bigger than recommended for the foundation row then switch back to the hook size that the pattern calls for. Happy Crocheting!

  21. This is a quick and easy pattern. I ended up doing 56 stitches and I also added 2 more rows because I wanted it to be a little wider. Thank you for sharing!

  22. I think it’s funny that you said gauge is important to the amount of stitchs you wrote for the pattern…but obviously no one checked thiers before they started. Gotta love when people complain but don’t read the instructions!

  23. I just completed the pattern, and I love it!! Thank you 😉

  24. Stacia Palmer - SheepFreeMotherEarth says:

    A student brought your pattern to class tonight. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for creating a beginner pattern that is well written and includes several different techniques. I’ve had students bring in patterns far beyond them or patterns labeled as beginner that clearly aren’t and leave out crucial steps the writer has forgotten aren’t general knowledge forcing me to rewrite the pattern in class so they can follow it.
    Thank you.

  25. Fun and easy (and quick) snow day project! Thank you!!!

  26. Made it! I love it. So easy to make too. I am all about crocheting and rescuing dogs awareness. Your page couldn’t be better.

  27. A lifesaver this Christmas, and they’re turning out wonderfully! I used a 5.00mm hook to get a child size, great and easy to read pattern!

  28. Great pattern! Thank you!

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