This seed stitch ear warmer is great for several reasons. My favorite reason being that it’s very simple to make but has an unexpected depth of detail through use of the Crochet Seed Stitch.
It’s also great because the tightness of the Seed Stitch offers great resistance from the wind and chilly winter air. It’s also a the perfect way to keep your ears warm while avoiding that annoying hat-hair beanies so graciously give us 😛
Check out my blog post about the inspiration behind this beanie with some additional pictures of my journey making it here. You can also see my tutorial of completing the Crochet Seed Stitch here for some additional assistance.
Free Pattern for the Seed-Sweet Ear warmer -Adult Female
Measurements for completed product:
19 1/2″ around (circumference), 5″ wide at back, 2″ wide by bow.
18 sc sts = 4″,
16 rows high= 4″
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
1 skein of medium weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Yarn Heartland Yarn, Black Canyon)
1 5.0mm (US size H/8) crochet hook like this one
Pattern for the Warmer:
Foundation: Chain 22, turn.
Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook, *double crochet into next sc, sc into next*, repeat from* to end, chain 2 and turn. (20)
Row 2-79: *dc into the sc of the previous row, sc into dc of previous row*, repeat from * to end. Chain 2 and turn. For a pictured step-by-step on how to complete the seed stitch, see my blog post on how to complete the seed stitch here
Row 80: *sc into the dc from previous row, dc into sc or previous row*, repeat from * to end. fasten off leaving a long tail. The finished piece should measure about 20 inches to fit a female adult head. Adjust rows accordingly based on how your gauge measures.
Pattern for the Tie:
Row 1: chain 7, turn.
Row 2: Dc into 2nd chain from hook, *sc, dc* repeat from * across. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 3-13: *dc into sc from previous row, sc into dc from previous row* repeat from *across.
Row 14: *dc into sc from previous row, sc into dc from previous row*, repeat from * across. Fasten off leaving long tail.
Step 1: Whip stitch the headband ends together using the long tail.
Step 2: Gather the section of the headband you just stitched together to make three humps on each side.
Step 3: Use the remaining of the tail from the whip stitch to hold your gathering in place.
Step 4: Take the tie and wrap around the gathered section of the headband. Whip stitch the ends of the tie together around the headband using the long tail from the tie.