Once in awhile a pattern comes along that has all the things: it’s fun, it’s pretty, it’s cozy, it’s quick, affordable and well.. I just want to make one for every relative! And I have a feeling your next favorite make is seconds away from jumping onto your hook! Introducing the Michigan Mountain Crochet Ear Warmer.
If you’ve been with me for a bit, you know I love to name my patterns meaningful names. This one reminded me of mountains and valleys and so ‘Michigan Mountain’ seemed so appropriate. Only there’s no mountains here. At least not where we live.
For those not familiar with our state, let me bring you up to speed. Our state has two peninsulas. The lower peninsula (where I live) is shaped like a mitten (and this time of year, that seems SO appropriate because it’s cold here). The state is surrounded by 5 Great Lakes and really…. you can pretty much drive in any direction for an hour and run smack dab into some sort of body of water. I love that. Some of my happiest days in life are spent buzzing around a lake on a boat!
The upper peninsula is like whole different planet. When you drive “up north” everything changes. The trees get bigger and more dense and closer to the road. Civilization melts away. And there are hidden gems everywhere. Lighthouses. Waterfalls (so many, many waterfalls). And yes.. some mountains. And so there you go.. the Michigan Mountain Crochet Earwarmer.. a tribute to my beautiful home state.
Let’s talk a bit about this fun crochet ear warmer, or, if you will, the crochet headband. It’s made with Lion Brand’s Color Made Easy yarn a chunky weight #5 yarn that’s just a delight to crochet. They can just make this yarn in every color because it’s my new love. I used a larger hook and it makes a stretchy and very cozy piece. And so fast. I’m not kidding at all when I tell you they are top on my gift giving list! Sigh.
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If you love the Michigan Mountain Crochet Ear Warmer pattern, you might also like to check out these other patterns to keep your noggin warm this winter! You can find all our hat patterns here.
The texture on the crochet ear warmer is achieved by working in the back loops for the background stitches and then working a double crochet 2 rows down in the front loop for the front stitches that “pop”. After sketching out my “genius” design, I realized that my good friend Jenn over at A Crocheted Simplicity has a worsted weight hat with a similar design. You can check out her Chevron Peaks hat here. She also has some other makes worked in the front loop that are fun to check out too.
But let’s get back to this delightful fun make. This cutie pie crochet ear warmer. Pull out your hook and your favorite chunky yarn and get ready for some crochet goodness!
Michigan Mountain Crochet Ear Warmer
Here is what you will need:
- US K10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook
- 58 Yards Bulky Weight Yarn (#5), I used Lion Brand Color Made Easy in Kingfisher (blue) and Shade (gray)
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Finished headband is approximately 20″ around and 3-3/4″ wide. It is very stretchy.
Crochet Ear Warmer
Ch 54, making sure that you work the chain loosely so that finished headband will be stretchy and not too tight. Slip stitch to 1st stitch being careful not to twist stitches.
Row 1: ch1 and sc into same stitch as joining. Sc into each chain across. Join with sl st to top of 1st single crochet (54 st)
NOTE: For the remainder of the headband the “background” stitches are single crochets worked in the back loop only (BLO) and the raised stitches are double crochet stitches worked in the front loop only (FLO) of the stitch 2 rows down.
Row 2: ch 1, sc (BLO) in each st across. Join with slip stitch to top of 1st single crochet. (54 st)
Row 3: ch 1, *dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next 5 st. Repeat from * across. Join with sl st to top of dc at the start of the row. (54 st)
Row 4: ch 1, *sc (BLO) in next st, dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next 3 st, dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below. Repeat from * across. Join with sl st to top of 1st sc at the start of the row. (54 st)
Row 5: ch 1, *sc (BLO) in next 2 st, dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next st, dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next st,. Repeat from * across. Join with sl st to top of 1st sc at the start of the row. (54 st)
Row 6: ch 1, *dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next 2 st. Repeat from * across. Join with sl st to top of 1st dc at the start of the row. (54 st)
Row 7: Repeat row 4
Row 8: Repeat row 5
Row 9: ch 1, *sc (BLO) in next 3 st, dc (FLO) in next stitch 2 rows below, sc (BLO) in next 2 st. Repeat from * across. Join with sl st to top of 1st sc at the start of the row. (54 st)
Row 10: ch1, sc (BLO) across row. Join with sl st to top of 1st sc at the start of the row (54 st). Fasten off and weave in ends.
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