9 Free Crochet Ear Warmer Patterns

Crocheted ear warmers begin as a simple crocheted square

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Keeping your ears warm will help to keep your whole body warm when it is chilly outside. Why not do it in style? These free crochet patterns include ear warmers, headbands, head wraps, and other designs to suit the different moods you have or outfits you wear.

These crochet accessories also use different yarns, stitches, and crochet techniques to make sure that making more than one of them will keep you interested and engaged. Once you've made enough for yourself, whip up some more of these quick crochet ear warmers as gifts or for donation to charities.

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    Simple Crocheted Ear Warmers

    Handmade crocheted earwarmers worn by a young girl

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    The simplest ear warmer (or headband) design is a rectangle that is either worked in the round or stitched together to wrap around the head. This crochet pattern uses very basic stitches for that simple shape. It's easy enough for a beginner, plus it uses very little yarn and makes a nice accessory that complements any outfit. Work up a bunch of these ear warmers in different colors so that you always have one to wear.

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    Crocheted Bow Ear Warmers

    Crocheted clothing and accessories adds to any wardrobe

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    A basic crochet rectangle can easily be adjusted into a bow with some simple steps. That is what Rescued Paw Designs did here, turning a simple rectangular headband into a crochet bow ear warmer.

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    Crocheted Mock Knot Ear Warmers

    Crocheted shapes on head wraps include knots, flowers, and braids

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    This ear warmer style is also in the shape of a bow. It shows a different way of creating the bow shape, using a mock knot. This pattern by Left in Knots can be used two ways; with the knot out or inside-out so that the knot is inside. This creates different visual impacts and lets you get a two-for-one accessory for your crafting efforts.

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    Crocheted Head Wrap Ear Warmers

    A strip of crocheted material transforming into an earwarmer

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    When we think of ear warmers, we typically think of narrow designs. However, there are also larger, plusher crochet head wraps that keep the ears warm. This one by Indie Fiber Art makes a big statement and keeps you warm even in the winter.

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    Cable Crocheted Ear Warmers

    Advanced crocheting techniques like cabling are easy to master and impressive when finished

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    You can make a small accessory like an ear warmer look complex with advanced techniques like crochet cabling. The single line of cables is easy to execute, so it's a great project for practicing the technique. The thick yarn combined with the stitch detail makes for a great accessory designed by The Snugglery.

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    Braided Crochet Ear Warmers

    A little girl wearing a braided ear warmer variation

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    A technique that slightly resembles crochet cables but doesn't require the post stitches is the use of braids in crochet. Julie Measures offers a written pattern as well as a video tutorial for this braided crochet headband, which she says can function as an ear warmer as well.

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    Crocheted Seashell Ear Warmers With Matching Cowl

    Crocheted accessories to keep the head warm include ear warmers, head wraps, scarves, or cowls

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    Crochet designer Jonna Martinez uses the beautiful crochet shell stitch to create two matching accessories in this free pattern set. The patterns are worked similarly, with the cowl larger than the ear warmer. You can crochet them in the same yarn or in complementary yarns and wear them together or separately.

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    Textured Crocheted Ear Warmers With Matching Scarf

    Crocheted ear warmer and scarf on a mannequin

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    This crochet pattern set includes a crocheted ear warmer with a scarf to match. The design is textured thanks to beautiful post stitches that add ribbing, securing the ear warmer to the head so it serves a function as well as a design purpose. This crochet pattern from By Jenni Designs also uses the unique technique of working in the third loop in half double crochet, which is fun to practice on a small project like this.

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    Crocheted Ear Warmers for Dogs

    Crocheting and creativity turn an adorable dog into an adorable frog

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    Your pooch can get cold ears too. Solve the problem and make him look super cute at the same time with this crochet dog ear warmer. Twinkie Chan designed this teddy bear crochet pattern that makes your puppy even more snuggly than usual.