This new messy bun style ear warmer is the perfect accessory for chilly spring or fall days. Just enough to keep your ears warm and your hair from the wind, or when the ponytail is a mess and you just need to pop into the store for a quick ingredient for dinner. Let’s work up a gorgeous Off the Grid Ear Warmer today!
Off the Grid Ear Warmer
Originally this pattern was only intended to be a unisex slouchy hat – The Grid Slouch. During the testing phase my lovely tester Clarissa brought up the option of making this a version for messy buns or an ear warmer. While that slouchy hat pattern is fabulous, I absolutely LOVE this version too! So glad she made me think outside the box. ♥
Find the free Grid Slouch pattern here.
On our daily walks lately I have needed a bit of warmth to cover my ears. It’s also nice to have a bit of style, too! 😉
This pattern uses Snuggle Puff, a SUPER soft worsted weight yarn that feels like a cloud against your skin. Even better – this crochet ear warmer pattern uses less than ONE BALL of Snuggle Puff yarn! Note that the tweed version above is Wool of the Andes Tweed in “Flagstone Heather”. I do love this version, but with the wool it was a bit scratchy next to my face. This also uses less than one skein if you choose to use it.
Snuggle Puff Yarn (“Hatchling” colorway)
-approx. 104 yards (less than one ball!)
Crochet hook in size H/5mm
17 Grid Stitches = 4” wide
Pattern written using US terms.
BLO = Back Loop Only
Third Loop = The loop behind the top two loops when crocheting the Half Double Crochet Stitch
Start leaving a ~6” long tail…
Row 1: Ch-11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (10)
Rows 2 – 80: Ch-1, turn, sc in BLO of each st to end. (10)
Join band to form a circle without twisting.
Round 1: Ch-1, do not turn, hdc in each row end around. Join to first hdc. (80)
Round 2: Ch-1, turn, sc in the third loop of each hdc around. Join. (80)
Round 3: Ch-3 (counts as dc here and for remainder), turn, dc in next st, ch-2, sk-2 chs, * dc in next 2 sts, ch-2, sk-2 sts * repeat between * * around. Join to top of ch-3. (80)
Round 4: Ch-1, turn, sc in same as turning, ch-2, * sk-2 chs, sc in next 2 sts, ch-2 * repeat between * * around, sc in last st. Join to first sc. (80)
Round 5: Ch-3, turn, dc in next st, ch-2, sk-2 chs, * dc in next 2 sts, ch-2, sk-2 chs * repeat between * * around. Join top of ch-3. (80)
Rounds 6 – 11: alternate rows 4 & 5 (80)
Round 12: Ch-1, do not turn, hdc in first st. * hdc around ch-sp, hdc in next 2 sts * repeat between * * around. Do not join. (60)
Round 13: Do not turn, sc in third loop of each hdc around. (60) Do not join, fasten off and weave in ends.
Now that the ear warmer is as tall as it needs to be it’s time to cinch up the front. Using a length of yarn, insert a tapestry needle from the inside as pictured below.
Bring the yarn up over the top and back through the inside (my “cinch” is ~1.5″ tall), over and over again until you are happy with the width of the “cinch”. Then weave in the ends and you’re almost done!
Finally, using your yarn needle, sew the ribbing band together using the 6″ tail from the beginning. Weave in that yarn tail and you’re ready to rock and roll!
I hope you love this Off the Grid Ear Warmer. I love how quick it is, and how stylish it is, and how little yarn it uses. Please share a photo of yours with me in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook or by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media. 😁