The perfect beginner crochet pattern: the Baby Ear Warmer
If you have gone over all the material in my Beginner’s Guide to Crochet you are ready for this beginner crochet pattern. This easy and cute baby ear warmer is an amazing way to practice how to crochet the basic stitches you’ve learned so far.
Tired of practicing by making useless squares and rectangles patches of single crochet and double crochet. With this beginner crochet pattern you will finally be able to create your first crochet item, 100% customized.
If you need a quick last minute gift idea, you have found the perfect pattern. Easy and fast to do, this baby ear warmer could be the perfect idea for a unique baby shower gift.
You can adjust the following pattern to adapt it to any size you would like, even adult sizes. As a reference here is a chart for baby head circumference. This pattern is for a 3-6 months old baby: 42-44 cm in length and 6 cm wide.
Newborn – 33-35 cm
1 – 3 months – 38-40 cm
3 – 6 months – 42-44 cm
6 – 9 months – 44-46 cm
9 – 12 months –46-48 cm
12 – 24 months – 48-50 cm
- Yarn: I used a worsted weight yarn (210m/110g). I recommend you use a similar yarn weight or even a thicker one if you are an absolute beginner.
- A 3.5mm hook or any other size that is appropriate for the yarn you chose
- A tapestry needle to weave in the ends
- A pair of sharp scissors
Stitches and abbreviations:
Remember this pattern is written using US terms and abbreviations.
- Chain stitch -> ch
- Single Crochet -> sc
- Half Double Crochet -> hdc
- Double Crochet -> dc
We haven’t talked about the gauge yet. The gauge measures the width and height of your stitches. It is expressed by the number of stitches and rows per centimeter. When crocheting, we all use a different tension and you end up with different finished measurements if your gauge does not match the one on the pattern.
To measure your gauge, crochet a swatch of 5 cm x 5 cm and count the number of stitches per row and the number of rows. Matching the gauge might not be important when crocheting a table mat or basket but if you’re making clothes you should really take the time to make sure your gauge is correct!
For this baby ear warmer it was approximately 10.5 stitches and 9 rows in a 5 cm x 5 cm sc square.
Foundation chain: Chain 14 chain stitches.
Row 1: Skip (sk) the 1st chain from your hook and do a single crochet (sc) in the next one. Sc in each of the next 12 stitches. (13)
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in each stitch. (13)
Row 3: Ch 1, half double crochet in each stitch. (13)
Row 4: Ch 1, HDC in each stitch. (13)
Repeat row 1 to 4 as many times as needed to reach 42 cm
Note: Don’t worry too much about not having absolutely straight edges for now. We will be hiding the imperfections on the last row.
Row 69: Ch 1, SC in each stitch. (13)
Row 70: Ch 2, double crochet in each stitch. (13)
Row 71: Ch 1, SC in each stitch. (13)
Row 72: Ch 2, DC in each stitch. (13)
Row 73: Ch 1, SC in each stitch. Do not turn your work! (13)
We will now start crocheting the edges of this baby ear warmer and create the bow:
1. Without turning your work chain 1 stitch.
2. Sc along the length of the ear warmer, spacing your stitches evenly (I got around 85 sc) until you get to the corner.
3. 3 sc in the first stitch of the next side (the 1st stitch of your foundation chain), sc in next 11 stitches, and 3 sc in last stitch.
4. Sc along the length of the ear warmer, spacing your stitches evenly, until you get about 2/3 of the length.
5. Ch around 60 stitches and wrap the chain around the width of the ear warmer as many time as you like.
6. Continue to sc along the edge starting just after the wrapped part.
7. 3 sc in the first stitch of the next side, sc in next 11 stitches, and 2 sc in last stitch.
To add the finishing touches fasten off your yarn and follow these steps:
1. Insert your crochet hook in the first stitch of the edging, grab the loose end and pull through.
2. Insert your crochet in the Front Loop of the last stitch of the edge, grab the yarn and pull through.
3. Turn your work to the wrong side and insert your hook in the previous stitch, grab the yarn and pull thru.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this beginner crochet pattern.