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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.

picture of woman in red wearing cream chunky knit ear warmer

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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.

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

Materials

  • 37yd/34m of #6 super bulky weight yarn, I use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick* (80% Acrylic; 20% Wool, 87 yd/80m, 5 oz/140 g); color: Fisherman; 1 ball.
  • 9mm (US Size 13) needles; this ear warmer is knit flat so you can use 9″ straight needles, or if you use circular needles, then 16″ cables are long enough.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

I love my Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Needle Set which I use all the time. It’s definitely worth the investment if you’re an avid knitter! If you’re new to knitter, I love Clover Takumi needles for beginners.

Notes

  1. Worked flat, turn after each row.
  2. Ear warmer is 5” wide.
  3. Length has 2” of negative ease. 

Stitches/Abbreviations

CO-cast on

K-Knit

P-purl

BO-bind off

rep-repeat

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

Easy

Gauge

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 8 sts x 14 rows in the pattern

Finished Dimensions

Ear warmer is 5”/12.5cm wide.

Length has 2” of negative ease. 

Finished lengths: Toddler = 16″/40.5cm, Child = 18″/46cm, Tween/Sm Adult = 20″/51cm, Md/Lg Adult = 21″/53cm

Fit

Pattern has negative ease of 2″/5cm where the finished ear warmer is smaller than the head circumference and stretches to fit. 

To fit age (head circumference): Toddler (18″/46cm), Child (20″/51cm), Teen/Sm Adult (22″/56cm), M/L Adult (23″/58.5cm).

Adjustments

To knit a wider or narrower ear warmer cast on an even number of stitches. Changing the length is easy to do by adjusting the number of rows you knit.

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Pattern

Easy knit ear warmer pattern in chunky cream yarn with Christmas bell

Chunky Knit Ear Warmer Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Free knit ear warmer pattern that's a quick and easy, beginner knitting pattern. These ear warmers knit up so cozy in Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn!

Materials

  • 37yd/34m of #6 super bulky weight yarn, I use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick* (80% Acrylic; 20% Wool, 87 yd/80m, 5 oz/140 g); color: Fisherman; 1 ball.

Tools

  • 9mm (US Size 13) needles; this ear warmer is knit flat so you can use 9″ straight needles, or if you use circular needles, then 16″ cables are long enough.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. CO 10

    Row 1. *K1, P1 rep from * across row. (10 sts)
  2. Row 2. *P1, K1 rep from * across row.
  3. Rep Rows 1-2 until desired length for your size. See suggested lengths by age below.

    Toddler = 16"/40.5cm
    Child = 18"/46cm
    Tween/Sm Adult = 20"/51cm
    Md/Lg Adult = 21"/53cm
  4. Stretches to fit age (head circumference): Toddler (18″/46cm)Child (20″/51cm), Teen/Sm Adult (22″/56cm), M/L Adult (23″/58.5cm).
  5. Once you’ve reached the desired length of your ear warmer, BO. Be sure to leave a long tail for seaming. Flat rectangle for knit ear warmer pattern on wood background.
  6. Seam
  7. Match short ends together.Fold knit ear warmer ends together for seaming.
  8. Fold in half, matching short ends together.Use yarn needle to seam knit ear warmer to create twist.
  9. 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.Seamed knit ear warmer on wrong side of seed stitch.
  10. After seaming, here is the wrong side. Turn right side out. Weave in ends and Eccola!Easy knit ear warmer pattern in chunky cream yarn with Christmas bell

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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.

Christa18

Saturday 21st of March 2020

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

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