So this seemingly small ball of burnt orange Chilean wool is like the gift that keeps on giving. Even after crocheting a snood and upgrading my gloves, there was still some wool leftover. In an effort to not waste, I decided to make this very practical, fast and easy crochet ear warmer/headband.
Let me sidetrack for a minute. I’m not into head bands, nor am I into hats. It’s not the fear of hat head but my rationale is equally vain. Some people look great in hats – I, sadly am not one of them.
Unlike in past years, sporting warm headgear was essential this winter. You see, I went from having very long (and warm) hair to ‘trying to rock’ a chin-length bob (less warm, cold ears and cold neck), hence the ear warmer/headband.
In the fall I cut and donated 13 inches of my hair in front of an audience of about 150 to 200 people to raise money for breast cancer awareness. My untreated hair was donated to a charity dedicated to making wigs for women and children who had suffered hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. This was the fourth and likely final time I was donating my hair for this cause so it was rather meaningful to me. These organizations typically do not accept treated hair and sadly, I’m starting to go noticeably grey.
(in serious need of a proper stylist to even out the ends and a tad emotional from the cut)
Quick Crochet Ear Warmer
You will need:
3 oz. wool or cotton yarn fit for a 3.5 mm crochet needle
- Chain 75 or until you reach a length that is approximately 20 inches long.
- Using a single crochet ribbed stitch, stitch 18 rows
- Fold the crochet piece in half and sew ends together forming a headband
- Chain 22
- Using a single crochet ribbed stitch, stitch 8 rows
- Wrap the short ends of the knot piece around the seam of the headband and sew ends together
- To secure the knot in place, put a few stitches on the inside of the headband and inside of the knot. This will prevent the knot from sliding from side to side.