Show your unique personality and transform some plain earmuffs into a crochet masterpiece with this free crochet ear warmer pattern by Lucy Croft. To keep things simple, the pattern uses a single Caron Cake yarn which is separated into individual colours, however you could use a mix of colours of any Aran weight yarn you may have in your stash. This free crochet ear warmer pattern is worked over a pair of plain earmuffs, and would make a fantastic Christmas crochet gift, plus they're perfect for keeping that chilly wind at bay when you're out on your winter walks.


You could also get creative and use this free ear warmer crochet pattern to give your favourite headphones a crochet makeover too - you could easily keep it simple and just use the headband cover section to add some cool stripes to your headphones. You could potentially cover the speaker parts of your headphones too with the cover sections depending on the size of your headphones, however you might need to adapt the inside cover so that it has a circular hole for the sound to come through (for example, you could try starting with 12ch joined into a ring and then carry on from round 2)

You will need

Caron Cake (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 200g/ 350m) or alternative Aran weight yarn, 1 cake of Pistachio Fudge (17046)

A 4.5mm (US 7) hook



Rounds 1-3 to measure 9cm (3½in) in diameter


Ear covers on Earmuffs measure approx 12cm (4¾in) in diameter


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This free ear warmer crochet pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

Fhtr (foundation htr) Ch2 (does not count as a st), *yrh, insert hook in last ch from hook, yrh, pull through loop, yrh, pull through 1 loop on hook (ch-1 will sit at base of fhtr), yrh, pull through all loops on hook; rep from * working each fhtr in ch-1 at base of previous fhtr


The yarn cake is separated into individual colours for this project. The colours have been labelled as beige, green, lime and chocolate.

Earpiece Covers are made first in two pieces and joined around the ear sections on the earmuffs. A Headband Cover is then made and joined over the headband of the earmuffs.

Free crochet ear warmer pattern

free crochet ear warmer pattern square

Earpiece covers (Make 2)

Inside covers

Using beige, make a crochet magic loop.

Round 1 (RS) Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), 11tr into ring, ss to top of beg ch-3 to join. [12 tr]

Fasten off.

Join green in any tr.

Round 2 (RS) Ch3, tr in st at base of ch-3, 2tr in each tr around, ss to top of beg ch-3. [24 sts]

Fasten off.

Join lime in any tr.

Round 3 Ch3, 2tr in next st, (tr in next st, 2tr in next st) 11 times, ss to top of beg ch-3. [36 tr]

Fasten off.

Join brown in any tr.

Round 4 (RS) Ch3, tr in st at base of ch-3, tr in next 2 sts, (2tr in next st, tr in next 2 sts) 11 times, ss to top of beg ch-3. [48 tr]

Fasten off.

Outside covers

Using lime, make a crochet magic loop.

Rounds 1-4 (RS) As Rounds 1-4 of Inside Covers, using beige for Round 2, chocolate for Round 3 and green for Round 4. [48 sts at end of Round 4]

Fasten off.

Join brown in any tr.

Round 5 Ch3, tr in each st around, ss to beg ch-3.

Fasten off.

free crochet ear warmer pattern side

Join inside and outside covers

With WS held together, ss seam around the edge of the Covers, enclosing the earmuff inside the Covers and leaving the last 3 sts unworked for the Headband Cover.

Fasten off.

Headband cover

Row 1 (WS) Using Chocolate, work 40Fhtr, turn. [40 sts]

Row 2 (RS) Ch4 (counts as dtr), dtr in each st across, turn.

Row 3 (WS) Ch2 (counts as htr), htr in each st across.

Fasten off leaving a long tail.

free crochet ear warmer pattern - front


With RS facing and working around the dtr of Row 2, surface crochet 2 stripes in lime and beige. You can use the images as a guide.

Fasten off leaving a long tail.

To make up

Wrap the Headband Cover around the headband of the earmuffs and, using the long tail, whip stitch the final row of Headband Cover to the base of Row 1. Sew each end to the opening of each Earpiece Cover.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet ear warmer pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Lucy CroftCrochet Designer & Technical Editor

Lucy Croft is the designer behind many of Simply Crochet magazine’s most popular designs. As well as being a freelance technical editor, Lucy has designed many of Simply Crochet’s crochet-alongs including our Pick ‘n’ Mix and Hook ‘n’ Learn CAL’s. Lucy has had designs published in Love Crochet, Mollie Makes, Simply Crochet and many more! You can follow Lucy on Instagram at @lucyacroft

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