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Chunky Knit Ear Warmer a Free Knitting Pattern

This Chunky Knit Ear Warmer is a winter wonder. It keeps you warm while accessorizing as well. The easy pattern is perfect for beginning knitters and works up quickly in super bulky weight yarn.

They make gorgeous handmade gifts for everyone on your list! I worked up a whole set of chunky knit ear warmers for teachers’ Christmas gifts. I love gifting handmade creations that are also useful.

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick is one of my favorite yarns to work with-especially knitting. It’s just so squishy and fluffy. The bit of wool in it adds some much needed warmth for those winter months.

picture of woman in red wearing cream chunky knit ear warmer

The chunky knit ear warmer is worked flat and then seamed together. You could simply sew the short ends together for a simplified look. I included pictures of how I folded and seamed the ends for the cinched look.

This little ear warmer is such a fun, fast knitting project. You might also like the Bianca Bookmark knitting pattern a free beginner friendly make that only uses a little yarn and time.

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2.1oz #6 superbulky weight yarn, I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman.

9mm needles, Yarn needle, Measuring tape, Scissors

*I used my 16″ cables because I only have circulars, but 9″+ straight needles will work. I was generously gifted my Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Needle Set which I love. It’s definitely worth the investment if you’re an avid knitter! If you’re new to knitter, I love Clover Takumi needles.


Worked flat, turn after each row.

Ear warmer is 5” wide.

Length has 2” of negative ease. 


CO-cast on



BO-bind off


Helpful Knitting Tutorials

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to join a new ball of yarn, the magic knot is one way.

Skill Level



4” x 4” = 8 sts x 14 rows in the pattern

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 CO 10

Row 1. *K1, P1 rep from * across row. (10 sts)

Row 2. *P1, K1 rep from * across row.

Rep Rows 1-2 until desired length. See suggested lengths by age below.

To Fit Age# of rowslength in “
Tween/Sm Adult6419
Md/Lg Adult6820

Once you’ve reached the desired length of your ear warmer, BO. Be sure to leave a long tail for seaming.

picture of knit ear warmer worked to length flat needle


picture of matching ends knit ear warmer tutorial

Fold in half, matching short ends together.

picture of folding knit ear warmer tutorial

Fold ends in half so all four layers are pinched together. Use yarn needle and long tail to seam together, making sure to catch all four layers.

picture of tutorial seaming knit ear warmer

After seaming, here is the wrong side. Turn right side out. Weave in ends and Eccola!

picture of chunky knit ear warmer in cream flat with Christmas bell and needles

I’d love to see your #chunkyknitearwarmer tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work.

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Deborah Cassese

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Thanks so much for this simple pattern. I'm teaching my granddaughter to knit and I believe she'll be able to do this one all by herself. All of your patterns are beautiful. Thank you.


Saturday 21st of March 2020

How special! Thank you and I hope you both enjoy it!

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