Flame Ear Warmer

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I released the Flame Ear Warmer over a year ago and now it’s available for free on my blog! This ear warmer was inspired by the colours of flames. I used a crochet stitch called spike stitch. I think this ear warmer is so pretty and it reminds me of Fair Isle knitting. To give the effect of little flames I turned the whole project upside down so that the spike stitches point upwards instead of down.

This pattern has been tech edited and tested.

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Flame Ear Warmer – Free Crochet Pattern

Information

Yarn: Any DK. I used Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic DK in Red and Purple. Other DK in Blue and Yellow.

Hook Size: 5.5 mm/I-9

Other Materials: You can use a smaller crochet hook (4.5mm/7) when joining and weaving in yarn ends at the end of the project, stitch marker, scissors.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished measurements: 23.5” length, 4.1” width.

Sizes: Adult

Gauge: 12 Sc stitches to 20 rows = 4”

Abbreviations: Ch(s) = chain(s), Ss = slip stitch, Sc = single crochet, SPsc = single crochet spike stitch, St = stitch, DK = Double Knit, rep = repeat

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Notes

This pattern is written in US terminology.

This pattern uses Spike Stitch crochet. If you have never used this stitch before familiarize yourself with it first as it can be helpful to see it in action.

For a single crochet spike stitch insert the hook from front to back into the space below the previous single crochet stitch on the row below and then finish a single crochet stitch as normal.

Change colors at the end of the previous row by completing your last stitch by drawing the new color yarn through the last two loops of the single crochet stitch. The chain 1 will be in the new color and when you turn your work you will be ready to start a new row in the new color.

Beginning ch-1 does not count as a st, unless noted.

The number of stitches you make are in brackets at the end of each row.

Color Key: Color A = Red, Color B = Yellow, Color C = Purple, Color D = Blue

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How to make the Ear Warmer

Ch 61 in Color A

Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook, then sc into all chs, at end ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 2: Sc each across. On last st, change to Color B and ch 1 and turn work (60)

Row 3: *1 sc into 1st st, 1 SPsc, rep from* to end of row. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (30 sc, 30 SPsc)

Row 4: Sc each across. On last st, change to Color B and ch 1 and turn work (60)

Row 5: 2 sc, *1 SPsc in next, 1 sc in next, rep from* until last 2 sts. Sc in last 2 sts. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (32 sc, 28 SPsc)

Row 6: Sc each across, ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 7: Sc each across, ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 8: Sc each across. On last st, change to Color C. Ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 9: *1 sc into 1st st, 1 SPsc, rep from* to end of row. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (30 sc, 30 SPsc)

Row 10: Sc each across, ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 11: Sc each across, ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 12: Sc each across. On last st, change to Color D. Ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 13: 2 sc, *1 SPsc in next, 1 sc in next, rep from* until last 2 sts. Sc in last 2 sts. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (32 sc, 28 SPsc)

Row 14: Sc each across. On last st, change to Color D and ch 1 and turn work (60)

Row 15: *1 sc into 1st st, 1 SPsc, rep from* to end of row. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (30 sc, 30 SPsc)

Row 16: Sc each across, ch 1, turn work (60)

Row 17: Sc each across (60)

Place stitch marker in last stitch and then cut yarn leaving a long tail.

 Finishing Instructions

Weave in all the ends made by color changes with a smaller crochet hook into the wrong side of the fabric, leaving the long tail.

Fold your ear warmer in half lengthways so that the short sides are together with the wrong side facing out. Insert the smaller hook (4.5mm/7) into the chain saved by the stitch marker. Using the long tail of yarn, ss the sides together to securely fasten the ends. Fasten off and weave in the last end.

Turn your ear warmer inside out so the slip stitch join is on the inside. Wear and enjoy!

This pattern was published in the January 2021 issue of Happily Hooked Magazine.

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