As the weather cools down out come my yarn stash….
When I moved to Los Angeles I packed up my car. If it didn’t fit, it didn’t come with me. What did fit was an entire suitcase full of… yep, you guessed it. YARN. I learnt to crochet as a kid and it’s been one of my favorite ways to make handmade gifts as well as to calm down after a crazy week. I’m pretty much in love with all yarn work and I honestly feel like it is something anyone can do in some way shape or form. This cinched Crochet Ear Warmer uses only 2 stitches and is a wonderful beginner project just in time for the cooler weather. Even better…. they’re in Hogwarts house colors so I’m super excited to wear these babies all around Universal Studios this winter and feel like a real Hogwarts alumni!
Time: 1-2 Hours
Cost: $10 makes a lot of them
School Spirit Level: 20!!!
Hogwarts House Crochet Ear Warmer
Size I crochet hook
2 colors Yarn in chosen house colors – I used red heart
Crochet Ear Warmer band
Round 1: With main color – Chain 65 (or until it measures the circumfrence of your head). Join with slip stitch
Round 2: ch 2, HDC in each chain stitch being careful not to twist. Join with a slip stitch.
Round 3: Repeat Round 2
Without cutting off ends, add color 2. To do this, simply begin crocheting with your new color, leaving the end of the main color where you left it. If you want to easily weave in the end of the new yarn, crochet over it as you continue the round. It will be securly inside the work with a minimal footprint.
Round 4: Repeat round 2.
Round 5: Without cutting the ends, pick up main color yarn and ch 2. HDC around. Join with a slip stitch.
Round 6: The same way you switched color in row 5, switch back to color 2. HDC around and join with a slip stitch.
Rounds 7&8: Repeat rounds 4 and 5 including the color change.
At this point, you should have a total of 3 accent color bands and 4 main color bands.
Cut your yarn, leaving about a 12″ tail, and finish off but don’t weave in the tail. Use your yarn needle to sew up the first round of chain stitches and color changes, then weave in those tails and cut. Since you continued the yarn though the color changes you should only have to sew in about 3 ends.
1. Using your tail from the previous step and a yarn needle, gather the seamed section of the headband, and fold in half so that the fold is facing you.
2. In one hand, hold the folds and stitch your yarn needle through each section. Wrap the extra yarn around the center 2-3 times then secure with a knot on the inside.
3. With accent color, ch 27 and slip stitch into ch back to beginning.
4. Wrap the cord you just made around the crochet earwarmer twice and secure in the back/inside of the headband.
5. Weave in ends and wear with pride!