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Twisted Crochet Ear Warmer Headband – Free Pattern

Learn how to crochet a cute and cozy ear warmer headband with twist front and a knit-look stitch pattern. I love this crochet headband pattern because it’s beautiful and functional! The bulky weight yarn is super warm and will keep your ears nice and toasty this fall and winter.

crochet headband with a twist front and a knit stitch look

Crochet Ear Warmer with a Twist

I love making crochet headbands to keep my ears warm in the winter. They are easy to wear with lots of different hairstyles, like ponytails or messy buns.

Though the front twist may look complicated, I promise that it’s really easy to do. The headband itself is worked flat in rows. It’s joined into a loop with one simple seam. And, the clever design of the seam creates the look of a twist.

I really like this slip stitch/single crochet ribbing pattern because it mimics the look of knitted ribbing.

So, if you know how to crochet a rectangle, you can definitely make this ear warmer. Let’s get to it.

crochet headband with a twist

Twist-Front Crochet Headband Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: 21” diameter
To make it bigger or smaller in diameter, you can add or subtract starting chains. See more information under “Sizing Notes”

Materials

Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Color Made Easy

Yarn Weight: Bulky, Category 5

Hook Size: K 10.5 (6.5 mm)

Gauge: 12 sts/15 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch

You’ll Also Need

  • blunt tapestry needle to sew the seam
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired
needle with yarn to seam the ear warmer

Stitch Reference and Abbreviations

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

  • blo (back loop only): To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make the stitch as indicated in the pattern.
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st/sts: stitch/stitches

Pattern Notes

  • When working in rows, the turning chain does not count as a stitch.
  • Adjust the number of starting chains in Row 1 for a larger or smaller size head.

Sizing Notes

To account for the stretchiness of the crochet fabric, you’ll want to make a headband that measures 1″-2″ less than your head circumference.

For example, if you are making this headband for a medium-sized adult with a head circumference of 22″, you’ll want to chain enough stitches to make an ear warmer that measures 21″.

The following list gives the sizes of the finished ear warmers.

  • Toddler: 17″, chain 52.
  • Child: 18″, chain 55.
  • Teen or Adult Small: 20″, chain 61.
  • Adult Medium: 21″, chain 64.
  • Adult Large: 22″, chain 67.

Note: This headband isn’t quite as stretchy along its length as, let’s say, the brim of crocheted beanies. As such, you won’t want the same amount of negative ease. (Negative ease, in this instance, refers to the difference between the finished size of the headband and the actual size of the head.)

crocheting the headband

Method

Row 1: Ch 64 (or the number of chains determined in the size chart above). Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)

Row 2: Sl st blo in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)

Row 3: Sc blo in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)

Repeat, alternating Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 15 rows, ending on a sc row, or until the headband measures 4” in width.

End yarn, and leave a long tail for seaming,

Finishing

Lay the headband horizontally with the “right side” facing up. Fold the headband in half lengthwise, right sides together.

Hold each of the two short folded sides, one in each hand. Bring the two short, folded sides up to meet one another.

folded the edges of the headband to prepare for seaming

Insert one folded side into the other, overlapping the folded halves. See the photo above. Think of the two ends and two interlocking “C” shapes.

To Seam:

You should have 4 layers to stitch through. With a tapestry needle and the yarn tail, sew the edges together. The seam will be hidden inside the twist.

Weave in loose ends and turn the headband right-side out.

You may sell finished items made from this pattern, but please reference this post and link to my website: sarahmaker.com.

What’s Next?

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Twist-Front Crochet Ear Warmer

Twist-Front Crochet Ear Warmer

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 5

A super cozy headband design with a knitted look and a front twist.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Color Made Easy yarn, or another bulky weight yarn (category 5)

Tools

  • Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook
  • a blunt-tipped tapestry needle to sew the seam
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired

Instructions

  1. Row 1: Ch 64 (or the number of chains determined in the size chart above). Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)
  2. Row 2: Sl st blo in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)
  3. Row 3: Sc blo in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (63)
  4. Repeat, alternating Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 15 rows, ending on a sc row, or until the headband measures 4” in width.
  5. End yarn, and leave a long tail for seaming,

Finishing

  1. Lie the band horizontally with the “right side” facing up. Fold the band in half lengthwise, right sides together.
  2. Bring the two short, folded sides up to meet one another. Insert one edge into the other, overlapping the sides.
  3. Seam through all 4 layers with a tapestry needle and the yarn tail. Weave in loose ends and turn the headband right-side out.

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Twisted Crochet Ear Warmer Headband Free Pattern

Mercedes Davis

Friday 8th of October 2021

First of all, thanks for the free pattern WITH the option to print! Second, this was SO easy to make, came out PERFECT and I'm so excited to make more!! This pattern was super easy to read as well!

Linda

Monday 4th of October 2021

I’m crocheting the Twisted Ear Warmer. I carefully measured my chain 21 inches long, then started in the 2nd chain and single crocheted across the chain. But now my project measures 23 1/2inches long. What did I do wrong? Please help! :

Hailey

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Wow, loved that crochet pattern it helped me a lot. Got the headbands perfect the first try!

Marci Miller

Monday 26th of April 2021

The twist can also be worn in the back or side front( a little off center in front).

Danielle

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi Sarah, I've tried using the pattern instructions to work up a gauge, but I keep running into an issue with the sides of my project. Within about three to four rows, the edges seem to travel over, making it look like a long parallelogram. I've tried marking stitches and counting carefully, and each time I have the right number of stitches for the row, but I've worked up the swatch 4 times with the same resulting travelling edges. I am not counting the turning chain as a stich per the pattern and I am not crocheting my single crochet or slip stitch into the chain stitch from the row below. Is the pattern supposed to be like this or should the edges be straight (ie. 90 degree angle)? Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? Thanks, Danielle

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