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Twisted Crochet Ear Warmer Headband – Free Pattern

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Learn how to crochet a cute and cozy ear warmer headband with a 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

Crochet Ear Warmer 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.

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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

Jenn

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

I made this :) Was easier than I thought and turned out nice. The back loop thing seemed confusing at first but it wasn't too bad. Great instructions!

Mary Ellen Millbranth

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I made this in a few hours. Perfect project while I was waiting for my daughter in law in a doctor's waiting room. So easy I didn't have to labor over complicated instructions and it turned out perfectly just as written. I used bulky yarn and a K hook as instructed. Even the twisting was super simple. Thanks so much for generously sharing this pattern.

Nancy M

Saturday 16th of September 2023

I didnt have bulky yarn, so I used worsted. I wound up using a 7.0 mm hook and I think chain 67 for my big 23" head. Took 17 rows to get 4" width. Came out great though. Cute and super comfortable. Thanks for the pattern! Pro tip... make the slip stitches super loose otherwise its tough to get the hook in them.

Angelia

Saturday 11th of March 2023

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! It was so easy to follow and worked up really quickly. I will definitely be making more of these :)

Hannah

Sunday 25th of December 2022

I made this tonight. The final steps were confusing so I finished it my own way - turn over one short end to be 180°/wrong side facing right side, blanket stitch these ends together, then tie off yarn and tightly wrap extra yarn over the seam ~10 times to form a knot and again tie off, weave in ends. The final product will have cute pleated effect each side of the knot.

Sarah Stearns

Thursday 29th of December 2022

Awesome, thanks for sharing how you made this pattern.

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