Quick free crochet ear warmer pattern: Learn the floret stitch

Quick free crochet ear warmer pattern: Learn the floret stitch
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Are you looking for an easy and quick crochet ear warmer pattern? Look no further! In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make a beautiful ear warmer with the floret stitch – the perfect way to add texture and warmth.

Not only is it fun and creative, but it’s also free and super simple. So get those hooks ready, because by the end of this blog post you’ll be proud owners of a beautiful crochet ear warmer that you can wear all season long!

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Inspiration behind this crochet ear warmer pattern

Are you tired of working on swatches and not feeling a sense of accomplishment? Me too! That’s why I love making practical projects that I can actually use or gift to someone special.

One of my go-to projects is the ear warmer – it’s easy to make, practical, and makes for a great stocking stuffer or donation item. And with the colder weather setting in, it’s the perfect time to whip up a few ear warmers. Plus, it’s an awesome stash buster!

If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of yarn lying around that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Well, look no further! With a quick crochet ear warmer pattern, you’ll have a project that’s not only fun to make but also practical and stylish.

My sister, who’s an avid runner, is always in need of ear warmers because regular hats just don’t cut it for her when she’s out pounding the pavement.

So, why not make some for yourself or your loved ones? You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and be able to keep those ears nice and toasty in the cooler months.

Have you noticed that my Highland Ear Warmer crochet pattern has had a bit of a facelift?

For a wee while now I have been wanting to remake this one and get some new photos.

In fact I have taken the opportunity to re work this particular crochet ear warmer pattern completely and add grading for 3 adult sizes PLUS a twisted version option!

What do you think?

I am very happy with how it has turned out. I hope you love it too!

Construction of the design

The straight ear warmer is made in the round so there is no seaming to do and only 2 ends to sew in. But be careful – you do need to turn at the end of each row of the floret stitch so that the texture looks right!

The twisted version of the Highland Ear Warmer is made in rows with a little bit of seaming at the end to join it together and create the twist.

The Yarn

For this particular crochet ear warmer project you will need to use approx 60yds of 5 weight (chunky) yarn and a 5mm hook per ear warmer.

For the pink version I used Stylecraft Special Chunky. This one comes in 100g balls with 144m / 157 yds per skein. It is 100% acrylic. I enjoy working with this yarn – it is easy to crochet with, doesn’t tend to split, very rarely has knots in the middle of the skein and has a good stitch definition. It is also cost effective at around £2.20 per skein.

For the red version I used Paintbox Simply Chunky. This also comes in 100g skeins and is 100% acrylic with 136m / 149 yards per skein. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Paintbox yarns!

However, one of my favourite yarns for this pattern has to be the Cotswold Chunky from King Cole! The colours in this yarn are just gorgeous and it works up really nicely with a lovely feel to it. This one is 80% acrylic and 20% wool with 142 yds / 130m per 100g. It is a little more expensive at about £4.20 per skein, but absolutely worth it in my book!

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The Highland Ear Warmer crochet pattern specifics:


·      Approx. 60 yards #5 weight yarn of your choosing per ear warmer. I used Stylecraft Special Chunky
·      5 mm (H) hook
·      Stitch markers (optional)
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry needle


6 sts and 5 rows of floret st in 2”


Pattern is written for several sizes –  teen/women’s small, medium and large.

The length of your foundation row will be 18’’/19’’/20’’ 


Abbreviations used:

·       Ch(s)–chain(s) 
·       St(s)–stitch(es) 
·       rep–repeat 
·       dc–double crochet 
·       hdc—half double crochet 
·       ss–slip stitch 
·       BLO – Back loop only
·       sk—skip 
·       Fhdc – foundation half double crochet 
·       FO – fasten off 

Other notes:

·      Written in US terms.
·      Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
·      Please ensure that you note how the sizes are differentiated as per the sizing information above. 
·      Leave a tail of 4-5 inches to start as you can use this to sew the foundation stitches together and close the gap.
·      In order for the floret stitch to have good definition you do need to turn your work on each row as indicated

Special Stitches:

Foundation Half Double crochet:

Camel Stitch:

This is also known as “third loop” hdc. To do this:  

YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. If working in the round, it will be on the INSIDE of your work). Pull up a loop, YO and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. 

You can find our video tutorial on how to do this here : 

Floret Stitch:

This is worked over a two row repeat. 

Row 1: dc in each st across
Row 2: ch1, *dc in next st, ss in next st* around. 

The Pattern :

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For the straight crochet ear warmer:

Round 1:         Fhdc 54/58/62  OR Ch56/60/64, hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across. 

                                                Making sure not to twist the chain, ss to the first st to join and create a circle.

Round 2:         Ch1, camel st in each st around. SS to join. (54/58/62)

Round 3:         Ch1, turn

Note, you will be working on the wrong side of your work for this round

Dc into first st, ss into next st, *dc into next st, ss in the next st. Rep from * around.
SS to join. (54/58/62)

Round 4:         Turn your work (so you are working on the right side again.) 

Ch3 (counts as a st) dc in each st around.
SS to join.  (54/58/62)

Rounds 5-8:    Repeat rounds 3 and 4 twice more.

Round 9:         Rep round 3.

Round 10:       Turn, Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st and each st around. SS to join. (54/58/62)

Round 11:       Ch2 (counts as a st), camel st in each st around. (54/58/62)

FO and weave in ends.

Pattern for the twisted ear warmer

Row 1:             Fhdc 55/59/63 OR Ch 57/61/65, hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across. 

Row 2:             Ch1, turn, hdc BLO in each st along. (55/59/63)

Row 3:             Turn, ch3 (counts as a dc)*ss into next st, dc into next st* 

Rep from * across. (55/59/63)

Row 4:             Turn, Ch3 (counts as a st) DC in each st across.

Rows 5-8:        Repeat rows 3 and 4 twice more.

Rows 9:           Rep row 3.

Row 10:           Turn, Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st and each st across. (55/59/63)

Row 11:           Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc BLO in each st. (55/59/63)

FO leaving a long tail, but do not weave in ends. You can use the tail to sew the twist in.

To sew the twist:

Step 1: With right side facing you (this is the side with the camel stitch ridge facing you) lay the ear warmer flat.

Step 2: Fold the ear warmer in half so that right sides are together

Step 3: Holding the ear warmer with the open edges at the top, separate the ends a little and fold each end in half creating 2 V shapes

Step 4: Interlock the V shapes together.

A close up of a hand showing you how to interlock the V's to create the twist in your ear warmer

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Step 5: Sew the four layers together. FO and weave in ends

Step 6: Turn so that right sides are facing outwards.