Super Easy Chunky Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

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How much do you love crochet projects that combine scrap yarn, easy stitches, little time, and tons of coziness?  These kinds of patterns are some of my favorites and this super easy chunky crochet ear warmer pattern fits the bill!

Plus this is an absolutely beginner-friendly ear warmer pattern. You need to know how to chain, join with a slip stitch, and half double crochet in the back loop (not as scary as it sounds!)

Boy wearing black and gray crochet ear warmer making a funny face

Ear warmers are great stocking stuffers and quick gifts. Since these ear warmers are made by holding three strands of yarn together, they work up so quickly.

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These crochet ear warmers use less than one ounce of each of 3 different colors or strands of yarn. (For one of my samples, only one strand was a different color and two of them were the same color.) In fact, I used about 0.65 ounces of each color for the small adult sized ear warmer and 0.5 ounces each for the child sized one!

Are you a little baffled by figuring out if you have enough yarn for a project?  I find the easiest way to tell if I have enough yarn is to use a simple kitchen scale.

I ordered this one from Amazon and I love it. It is small so it doesn’t take up much room on my desk and best of all… it wasn’t expensive!

If you are a beginner, holding three strands of yarn together may be a new challenge. Twisting the strands gently will help keep them even and may improve your tension. Plus it is a bit easier to work through the loops when the strands are gently twisted.

Child wearing a black and gray chunky crochet ear warmer

You can also use one strand of bulky yarn instead of three separate strands of worsted weight yarn if you don’t like holding the three strands together.

I went extra crazy with one of my ear warmers and used a fake Mohair from Lion Brand that could possibly be older than I am, some unnamed baby yarn in white, and Vanna’s Choice in Linen. I love the mix of textures and colors and the possibilities to cleverly use up your scrap yarn!

Close up of chunky crochet ear warmers showing hdc stitches

I’ve had so much fun weighing my scraps to see which colors I can use up for another ear warmer!

How to Size your Super Easy Chunk Crochet Ear Warmer

One of the other things I love about projects like this is being able to use a tape measure to make sure I’m getting the correct size. If your gauge doesn’t match mine, this isn’t a project where it matters. Simply add or subtract chains until you get the desired length.

To help you know what the correct length is for any size you’d like to make, there is an Ear Warmer Size Chart you can use as a guideline for sizing.

I find it most helpful and accurate to measure the length after chaining and completing the first row and make any necessary adjustments after that.

Don’t forget to save this Super Easy Chunky Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern on Pinterest!

child wearing chunky crochet ear warmer pin image

Super Easy Chunky Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner


  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn
    • At least 1.5 oz total for the smaller sizes and less than 3 oz total for the larger sizes.
    • Child size ear warmer used 0.5 oz of the following:
      • Vanna’s Choice in Black
      • Vanna’s Choice in Silver Heather
      • Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather
  • Hook: Size N/P 10 mm Crochet Hook
  • Accessories:
    • Large Eye Tapestry Needle
    • Soft Measuring Tape

Related: Clover Amour Crochet Hook Review


ch(s): chain(s)
sl st: slip stitch
hdc(s): half double crochet(s)
hdc BLO: half double crochet back loop only
st(s): stitch(es)

Gauge: 4″ x 2″ = 7 hdcs by 3 rows

Finished Size: approx 3.75″ wide by 18″ around

Pattern Notes:

Use the handy Ear Warmer Size Chart  found in the Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern post as a guideline for sizing your crochet ear warmers. (Save the chart to Pinterest if you didn’t already.)

When you join with a sl st to the first hdc of the row, join through both of the loops of the hdc and then hdc in the back loop of that stitch for the first hdc of the round.

close up of crochet stitches showing front loop and back loop of hdc

close up of stitches showing completed half double crochet

Chunky Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern Instructions:

Child Ear Warmer Size 4-12 yrs old (approx 18″ in diameter)

Ch 34, join with sl st to the first chain to form a circle.

R1: ch 1, hdc in each ch around, join with sl st to first hdc. (34)

R2: ch 1, hdc BLO in each st, join with sl st to first hdc. (34)

R3: ch 1, hdc BLO in each st, join with sl st to first hdc. (34)

R4: ch 1, hdc BLO in each st, join with sl st to first hdc. (34)

R5: ch 1, hdc BLO in each st, join with sl st to first hdc. (34)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ready to get started? Grab your materials now:
Ad-free PDF – Ravelry
Ad-free PDF – Etsy
Vanna’s Choice Yarn– Lion Brand Online
Clover Amour Size N/P, 10 mm Crochet Hook – Amazon
Tapestry Needles – Amazon

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