• Dayna Perry

How to Crochet the Cloud 9 Ear Warmer

Updated: 5 days ago

Hi guys! I wasn't going to post a tutorial for this ear warmer until the fall, but who says that we can't make winter accessories in the summer? No matter how high the temperature rises, I am never afraid to work on blankets, sweaters, or winter makes; if you feel the same way, then this ear warmer is the perfect project for you. The Cloud 9 Ear Warmer is designed for comfort and warmth, and feels like a cloud wrapped around your head. Depending on how quickly you crochet, this ear warmer can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour and half, making it the perfect item for craft markets or last minute holiday gifts. One ear warmer uses less than 1 skein of yarn, so it's also a great stash buster project. Grab your favourite skein of yarn, and let's dive into the tutorial!

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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE! This PDF includes the complete pattern, photo tutorials, and step-by-step pictures, so you can follow along on paper, highlight and make notes. It is a total of 10 pages including the cover page.

About this Ear Warmer:

  • This ear warmer will fit a teen/adult with a head circumference of 21" - 23".

  • The pattern calls for 86 yards of any medium 4 worsted weight yarn.

  • The ear warmer is worked flat and seamed together at the end.

  • It is designed with a twist in the center of the headband - instructions and photos are provided for this step.


The Cloud 9 Ear Warmer Styled 3 Ways

Whether you wear your hair down, up in a bun or ponytail, this ear warmer will help you rock any hair style.


Materials:

  • Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd/ 212 m, 5 oz/ 142 g) 1 Skein of French Lilac - approx. 86 yds used in project

  • 6.0 mm crochet hook

  • Scissors

  • Yarn Needle


Abbreviations:

  • Ch - chain

  • Hk - hook

  • Sk - skip

  • Sp(s) - space(s)

  • Ps- Puff Stitch


Gauge: Approximately 7 Ps x 7 rows in 4" x 4"


Pattern Measurements:

Before the headband is seamed together, and is laid flat, it measures 4.5" x 19".

  • Width: 4.5"

  • Length: 19 - 20"


Puff Stitch Tutorial:

I've included a photo tutorial below, to guide you through the steps of making a puff stitch. However, if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to an excellent tutorial by ExpressionsFiberArts.


Step 1: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the stitch.

Step 2: Yarn over and draw up a loop - you should have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2, two more times - you should have 7 loops on your hook.

Step 4: Yarn over and pull through the first 6 loops on your hook- you should have 2 loops remaining on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops to close the stitch.


Pattern:

Notes:

  • After Row 1, the Puff Stitches are worked into the chain-1 spaces of the previous row.

  • *The last Puff Stitch of each row is worked into the space between the Puff Stitch and the Chain 3 of the previous row (Picture 3).

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Ch 18


Row 1: Ps in 4th ch from hk (this counts as a Ch 3 and Ps), [ch 1, Sk one ch, Ps in next ch] 7 times. Turn. (8 Ps)

Row 2: Ch 3, Ps in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 7 times. Turn. (8 Ps)

Row 3 - 13: Repeat Row 2. The headband should measure approximately 7 - 7.25".

1st Half of Twist:

Row 14: Ch 3, Ps in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Leave the last 4 ch-1 sp(s) unworked. Turn. (4 Ps)

Row 15: Ch 3, Ps in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (4 Ps)

Row 16 - 21: Repeat Row 15. Fasten off at the end of Row 21. Your work should measure approximately 11 - 12".


2nd Half of Twist:

Row 14: Starting in the 5th Ch-1 sp of previous row, Ch 3 and Ps; [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (4 Ps)


Row 15: Ch 3, Ps in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (4 Ps)


Row 16 - 21: Repeat Row 15 (do not fasten off).


Connecting the 1st and 2nd Half Twists:

Pull the 1st half of the twist over the 2nd half of twist to create an “X”. Turn your work.


Row 22: You will be working across the two twists to connect them together. Ch 3, Ps in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, ps in next ch-1 sp] 7 times. Turn. (8 Ps)


















Row 23 - 32: Repeat Row 22.

Fasten off. Leave a long tail (approx. 10”) to sew the ends of the headband together. Weave in all ends, except the long tail.



Sewing the Headband:

To sew the headband together, we will be using a technique called the whip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you here.


Line up the edges of the headband, making sure that it is not twisted.

Thread the long tail through your yarn needle, and begin whip stitching along the edges of the headband to join them. You should have a total of 15 whip stitches (8 puff stitches and 7 chain-1's). And you're done!



















End Notes:

Congratulations! You just made your first Cloud 9 Ear Warmer. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.


Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you've made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).



Looking for a New Project?

If you loved this project and want to make more winter accessories, you'll love the Easy Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf. This scarf works up quickly, and is crocheted with simple stitches to highlight the color work in the yarn.

Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!


Love,

Dayna

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