Textured Crochet Ear Warmer For DK Yarn

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The Lena ear warmer is a lovey lightweight design featuring contrasting colors in DK yarn. This beautiful crochet headband works well for the cool spring mornings and crisp fall afternoons.

I love a great stash busting pattern. Since crochet ear warmers don’t use up too much yarn they’re a great way to put that leftover yarn to work!

The Lena features mostly double crochet stitches so it works up quickly. The ribbing is nice and stretch giving you a great fit. With 11 sizes you can easily go up or down a size too without having to do the crochet math!

Woman wearing teal and blue crochet ear warmer smelling at camera.

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The Yarn

The Swish yarn* for this ear warmer crochet pattern is a #3 lightweight or DK weight yarn. This super wash merino wool is such a soft yarn. The color selection is gorgeous which means you can choose a different color and make this quick project perfect!

You can, of course, substitute any brand and fiber of yarn. Just be sure to use a #3 yarn weight.

Important: Be sure to check gauge with your chosen yarn and hook! This is a wool yarn which responds differently than acrylic yarn to blocking so be sure to swatch your yarn.


  • WeCrochet’s Swish* a #3 DK yarn (100% superwash merino wool, 123 yd / 50 g) in shades: Color A – Marina (1 skein) + Color B – Wonderland Heather (1 skein). See sizes + yarn below.
  • 4.5 mm hook (US size 7), or size needed to meet gauge. I’m using my Furls Ergonomic hook* here.
  • Scissors, yarn needle, measuring tape, stitch marker.

Sizes + Yarn

You can make this ear warmer headband pattern in 11 different sizes from baby to adult size. Using a tape measure to measure your head circumference is the best way to select your head size, but there are also age guidelines to help you choose.

To fit age (head circumference): 

Baby 0 – 3 mos (14” / 35.5 cm) 30 yd in Color A, 15 yd in Color B.

Baby 3 – 6 mos (15” / 38 cm ) 33 yd in Color A, 17 yd in Color B.

Baby 6 – 12 mos (16” / 40.5 cm) 36 yd in Color A, 19 yd in Color B.

12 – 24 mos (17” / 43 cm) 40 yd in Color A, 21 yd in Color B.

Toddler (18” / 45.5 cm) 44 yd in Color A, 23 yd in Color B.

Preschool (19” / 48.5 cm) 48 yd in Color A, 25 yd in Color B.

Child (20” / 51 cm) yarn 53 yd in Color A, 28 yd in Color B.

Teen (21” / 53.5 cm) 58 yd in Color A, 31 yd in Color B.

Sm Adult (22” / 56 cm) yarn 64 yd in Color A, 34 yd in Color B.

Med Adult (23” / 58.5 cm) 70 yd in Color A, 37 yd in Color B.

Lg Adult (24” / 61 cm) 77 yd in Color A, 41 yd in Color B.

Stitches / Abbreviations

(US Terms)

ch (s) – chain(s)

dc (s) – double crochet stitches

FPdc – front post double crochet

rep – repeat

rnd – round

sl st (s) – slip stitch (es)

st (s) – stitch(es)

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Ch 3 counts as the first dc. I prefer to use a ch 3 alternative, this is my favorite one.


2” / 5 cm x 2” / 5 cm = 8 dc x 5 rnds of dc

Gauge is after blocking. Please check gauge carefully or you risk your ear warmer not fitting well. Learn more about making a gauge swatch here.

Dark haired women in crochet ear warmer in contrasting blues with head to side.

Skill Level


While most of this free crochet pattern uses basic stitches the ribbing requires post stitches which are considered intermediate stitches, but other than those this is an easy pattern.


Hat band has a negative ease of 2″ (5 cm) and stretches to fit. See Yarn + Sizes above for more.

Finished height is 3” for baby sizes 0 – 3 mos through 12 – 24 mos, and 3.5” for all others.


The stitch multiple is 2 for this pattern. You can adjust the stitch counts by adding or subtracting in 2s. 

You can adjust the height by adding or subtracting rounds to the brim or body.

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Pattern Instructions

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How To Textured Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern In DK Yarn

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $7

Crochet this pretty textured earwarmer in lightweight #3 yarn!


  • WeCrochet’s Swish a #3 DK yarn (100% superwash merino wool, 123 yd / 50 g) in shades: Color A - Marina (1 skein) + Color B - Wonderland Heather (1 skein). See yarn + sizes below.


  • 4.5 mm crochet hook (US size G+), or hook size needed to meet gauge.
  • Scissors, tapestry needle, measuring tape, stitch marker.


    0 - 3 mos [3 - 6 mos, 6 - 12 mos, 12 - 24 mos, Toddler, Preschool, Child, Teen, Sm Adult, Med Adult, Lg Adult]

    In Color A

    Rnd 1. Fdc 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88] Teal foundation row on sliver hook.being careful not to twist it, sl st to the first st to join in a circle. (48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88 sts)Joined to work in the round with a slip stitch.

    Rnd 2. Ch 3, FPdc in next st, *BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * around,Front post and back post double crochet ribbing. join with sl st to top of first st.

    Rnds 3-4. Rep rnd 2. Baby sizes 0 - 3 mos through 12 - 24 mos stop here & go to body.

    Rnds 5-6. Rep rnd 2. All other sizes stop here & go to body. 2 inches of ribbing in teal yarn.

    Change to Color B.

    Rnd 1. Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, sk next st, *3 dc in next st, sk next st, rep * around, sl st to first st to join. (72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132 sts)

    Rnd 2. Sl st over to 2nd dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same st, sk 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, rep from * around, First few pairs of double crochets on round 2.sl st to first st to join. (48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88 sts)End of round 2 ready to join.

    Rnd 3. Rep rnd 1.First few clusters of 3 double crochets.End of round ready to join.
    Rnd 4. Rep rnd 2.Finished headband in blues.


You might finish off with a round of single crochet!

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