Forest Ear Warmer

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This is my pattern for a cute, forest inspired ear warmer. This ear warmer is made using spike stitch in four different colours to create a really pretty effect. It reminds me of the colours of the leaves in a forest when the sun streams through them.

It’s perfect for Autumn hikes through the woods when the air gets chillier. I first published this pattern in September 2020 and now I have it up for free on my blog!

This pattern has been tech edited and tested.

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Forest Ear Warmer – Free Crochet Pattern


Yarn: Any DK. I usedWomen’s Institute Premium Acrylic DK in Brown, Dark Green, and Medium Green, and Marriner’s Acrylic DK in Neon Green.

Hook Size: 5.5mm/I-9 US

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

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished measurements: 20.1” length, 3.4” width.

Sizes: Adult only

Gauge:  12 sc and 16 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


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 you 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 sc.  The ch 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 stitch unless noted.

To adjust size add or subtract stitches keeping starting chain an odd number.

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

Color Key: Color A = Brown, Color B = Dark Green, Color C = Medium Green, Color D = Neon Green

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How to make the Ear Warmer

Ch 60 in Color A

Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across, ch 1, turn work (59 sc)

Row 2: Sc all to end from 1st st. On last st, change to Color B, ch 1, turn work (59 sc)

Row 3: 2 sc, *1 SPsc into space beneath next ch, one row below, 4 sc, rep from* until last 2 sts. 2 sc. On last st, change back to Color A, ch 1, turn work (47 sc, 12 SPsc)

Row 4: Sc all to end.  On last st, change to Color C, ch 1, turn work (59 sc)

Row 5: Rep Row 3

Row 6: Rep Row 4. On last st, change to Color D, ch 1, turn work (59 sc)

Row 7: Rep Row 3

Rows 8-13: Repeat Rows 2-7

Row 14: Sc all to end. Ch 1, turn work (59)

Row 15: Sc all to end (59)

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 US) into the ch 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 October 2021 issue of Happily Hooked Magazine.

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