A plaid crochet ear warmer is just what you need to keep toasty warm as the weather gets colder. The weather is beautiful during the day here but at night it gets chilly. In the desert you can have a 20 degree drop in temperature in just a few hours. Carrying layers is a must and this crochet ear warmer is an easy accessory to carry with you.
I love creating crochet patterns and love the excuse to take pictures of my family. This pattern turned out so cute on all my family members. But each member is unique so I provided three different ways to finish off this the crochet ear warmer to meet each person’s style. I will show yo how to make a c wide, twisted or cinched crochet ear warmer.
I asked my Facebook group what they wanted to see in plaid after we finished the Simply Fall Baby Dress with its adorable plaid skirt. They wanted a headband or ear warmer to finish the look.
Buffalo plaid is very popular now and it is as easy to create. You just need to follow a simple pattern and know how to change colors. I have included diagrams to help explain when to change colors.
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Now let’s learn about plaid!
How to Create a Plaid Color Combination
The easiest way I found to create a plaid color combination was to find two shades of the same color then add either white (or off-white) or black to the colors to create a plaid combination. For this pattern I will be referring to each color as Lightest, Medium and Darkest color.
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Plaid Crochet Ear Warmers Materials
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3 Skeins of Red Heart With Love in a Plaid Color Combo (1 skein of each color)
You will need a total of 100 yards of yarn or 1.53 ozs. This will be about 25 of your lightest and darkest colors and 50 yards of the medium color.
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
CC – Change Color
R – Row or Round
7 Dc = 2 inches
4 Rows = 2 inches
Crochet Ear Warmer Sizes
To create a different size of this ear warmer just start with a different number of chains. Check the graph below to know how many starting chains you need. If you want to vary from the recommended starting chain count remember than you starting chain needs to be a multiple of six plus two more chains.
Plaid Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern
- In row one you will be working over one strand of yarn and in row two and beyond you will be working over two strands of yarn. Because of this, the ear warmer does not have as much stretch as a solid color Ear warmer. To help with this I would occasionally stretch the ear warmer as you work. This helps it maintain its stretch.
- I do not work into my turning Chain. I work one stitch into each stitch of the previous row.
Add Chart! Can do this after getting gauge. Headband is roughly 1.5 inches smaller than head.
Using Medium Color:
Ch (the number of chains indicated in the chart above for the size you are trying to create.)
R1: Using Medium Color, Dc in the third ch from hook, dc in the next two chain, (change to the lightest color, Dc in the next 3 ch, Change to the Medium color, dc in the next 3 ch) repeat from (to) until you only have three ch left, change to Lightest color, dc in the last 3 ch.
Your finished row should look like the chart below. How many times you repeat will depend on the number of chains in your starting chain.
R2: Ch2, turn, (with Medium color, Dc in the next three stitches, change to darkest color, Dc in the next 3 stitches) repeat from (to) until the end of the row.
R3: With Medium color, Ch2, turn, (with Medium color, Dc in the next three stitches, change to lightest color, Dc in the next 3 stitches) repeat from (to) until the end of the row.
For Baby size repeat row 2 and 3 until you have a total of 5 rows. For all other sizes repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 7 rows. (Unless you want more of a headband, then I would use 5 rows.)
Top and Bottom Rows:
After completing the number of plaid rows you want stop carrying the medium and lightest color.
Top Row: With Darkest color, Ch1 turn, keeping a looser tension, Sc into each stitch across.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew the ends together.
Bottom Row: With Darkest color, Slip stitch to one side of the bottom chain.Ch1, with a looser tension, Sc into the other side of each chain. Fasten off at the end of the row.
Crochet Ear Warmer Finished Three Ways
The fun thing about this pattern is since it is worked flat you can finish it in different ways to create a different style headband.
Wide Ear Warmer
To create a simple wide ear warmer just sew the ends together using a whip stitch. When worn it will look like the photo below.
Twisted Ear Warmer
To create a twisted crochet ear warmer, lay you ear warmer flat on a surface then flip only one end over. With the ear warmer twisted, whip stitch the ends together.
Cinched Ear Warmer
To create a cinched ear warmer crochet a center band using the pattern below or just use a long strand of yarn and wrap it around many times.
Center Band Pattern – For all Sizes
R1: Sc in the second ch from the hook and in each ch across.
R2-3: Ch1; turn, Sc in each stitch across.
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Sew the ends of your ear warmer together just like you would for the Wide Ear Warmer.
Take your ear warmer and gather the center (were you sewed the ends together). It should look like the photo below.
Wrap the center band around the gather or cinched section and sew the ends of the center band together to keep it cinched.
Your Ear Warmer is complete!
Wasn’t that an easy pattern? Are you going to make a crochet ear warmer for someone you love? I would really like to see your finished Plaid Crochet Ear Warmer, take a picture and share it with me on any social media! Just tag me @windingroadcrochet, #windingroadcrochet, or #ourcrochetjourney. Join my Facebook Group and share your creation with the community at Our Crochet Journey Facebook Group!
Check out some of my other fun and free patterns!
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