This is a quick and easy pattern that you will really love making. It can be made into a baby ear warmer (as pictured below), or additional rows can easily be added for a cute adult-size ear warmer! In fact, I just might be making myself a matching one so that Emma and I can look cool together. ;)
In order to embark on this ear warmer pattern, you must first learn about the bobble stitch--my new crochet love. In fact, I had so much fun using this stitch that I've even started a bobble baby blanket for Emma, courtesy of this inspiring post from Maybe Matilda and the wonderful pattern and tips provided by Tales from Cuckoo Land.
You can see that little hand already trying to play with her new blankie! This is the perfect stitch for wee ones as it completely fascinates them. These bobbles will keep those little hands busy for quite a while!
Bobble Stitch How-To
Work a double crochet as usual until the final step, when 2 loops remain on the hook.
Insert the hook back into the same stitch and work another double crochet to the same point. There should now be 3 loops on your hook.
Repeat this process twice more, until 5 loops remain on the hook.
Now yarn over...
... and pull through all 5 loops.
Chain 1 to complete the bobble stitch!
The typical next step in any pattern is to then complete a single crochet in the following stitch, like so:
It is important to note that, when working into the tops of bobble stitches, it looks like there are 2 stitches to work into. Always skip the chain 1 from the top of the bobble (to the right of the hook in the picture below), and work into the next stitch (where my hook is placed below). This stitch will appear noticeably longer than the smaller chain 1 stitch.
You're now ready for the pattern!
Bobble Baby Ear Warmer
Yarn: Worsted Weight (4)
Hook Size: I
Sizing: This ear warmer fits a little one with a head size of approximately 18" around. Rows can be added/subtracted to easily adjust the size for larger/smaller heads. A good rule of thumb is to make the length of your ear warmer roughly 1" smaller than the size of the head that will be wearing it.
Row 1: Work 1 sc into the second chain from the hook and in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Work 1 sc into the first stitch. *Work 1 sc into the next stitch; work 1 bobble into the next stitch.* Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains. Work 1 sc into the last stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: Work 1 sc into each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 4: Work 1 sc into the first stitch. *Work 1 bobble into the next stitch; work 1 sc into the next stitch.* Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains. Work 1 sc into the last stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: Repeat row 3.
Repeat rows 2-5 until the length of your ear warmer is 17". Fasten off, leaving a tail several inches long for sewing your ear warmer together.
Sew the two ends of your ear warmer together. This seam will be the back of your ear warmer.
The beauty of this adorable stitch pattern is that it doesn't need anything else--no flowers, no bows, no nothing. The texture from the stitch itself is so fun and playful that anything else would just be too much.
Speaking of too much, isn't my little model the cutest!?!?!
I hope you'll enjoy making this pattern as much as I did. As always, contact me with any question you may have! ;)