Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

I call my Styrofoam head The Great Sphinx since her nose is all mashed in! She was delivered to me that way. She also has a very deep gash in the side of her cheek. It must have been a serious battle to get to my house on that delivery truck! I’m not really sure what happened there. It’s funny though and I won’t replace her just yet. I think the battle scars give her character.

Does anyone else give inanimate objects crazy names? Just me? Okay.

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Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

I got to wear this particular prototype over this past winter and I’m totally smitten!

It was fantastic, you guys.

I could put my hair up in a ponytail like I usually do, wrap the headband around my head and fasten it using one of the three buttonholes.

When I was ready to take it off, I just unbuttoned it or slid it off the back of my head. My hair was just as I had it before I put it on!

No hat head. No major static issues. No crazy bangs.

Another thing I loved about this Ear Warmer Headband was that I could easily roll it up or fold it, and it fit perfectly in the pocket of my coat! Easy to find for later, my friend, which is always a bonus.

The reason I mention this is because I was always frustrated that I couldn’t fit my beanie hats in the pocket of my jackets and coats. They were just too big and stuck out of the pocket where they could easily fall out and be lost forever.

My remedy for this was to fold my beanie hats and shove them into the sleeve of my coat. Well, then I would forget it was there and jam my arm in the sleeve only to find it blocked up.

It’s not a serious hardship, I know, but it was annoying nonetheless. And that’s why I prefer the headbands.

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I’m in love with the cluster stitch. It’s one of my absolute favorites! Once you get the pattern for the stitch down (there are detailed written instructions below), it becomes super easy and you could definitely crochet one of these wonderful little headbands in an hour or two!

I created a photo tutorial for the cluster stitch if you’ve never worked it before or if you would just like a refresher. You can find that post here.

Enjoy!

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

Materials Used:

  • One-third of a skein of Caron Simply Soft (2 oz used) – Pistachio 6 oz / 170.1 g; 315 yds / 288 m
    Or any medium weight yarn
  • 5.00 mm (H/8) hook
    Adjust your hook size if needed to obtain the required gauge.
  • 1” button
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size Approximately:

20”L x 4 ½”W

Gauge:

6 clusters and 2 dcs of a cluster by 8 rows (cluster to hdc) in a 4” (10cm) square.

Special Stitches:

Cluster Stitch

YO, insert hook in st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook, (YO, insert hook back into same st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sk – skip
dc – double crochet
YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain

Notes:

  • Pattern has 3 button holes to make it adjustable.
  • When making the first cluster stitch of a round, the ch 2 counts as the first stage of the cluster. So, ch 2, (YO, insert hook back into same st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1. This will be indicated by “complete cluster” after instructions to ch 2.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

FC: Ch 4

Row 1: In 2nd chain from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (3 sc)

Row 2: 2 sc in first st; sc in next st; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (5 sc)

Row 3: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 3 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 5 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 7 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 6: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 9 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 7: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 11 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Row 8: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 13 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 2, turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Complete cluster st (Don’t forget the ch 1 to complete every cluster); *sk next st; cluster st in next st* Repeat from * to * across. Ch 2, turn. (9 clusters)

Row 10: Hdc across; ch 2, turn. (17 hdc)

Row 11 – Row 40:

*** Repeat Row 9 for each odd number row. (17 total rows of clusters – including Row 41)

*** Repeat Row 10 for each even number row. (16 total rows of hdc)

Row 41: Complete cluster st; *sk next st; cluster st in next st* Repeat from * to * across. Ch 1, turn. (9 clusters)

Note: You will now begin the decreases with 3 button holes.

Row 42: Sc across; ch 1, turn. (17 sc)

Row 43: Sk first st and sc in next 15 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Row 44: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; sc in next 5 sts; ch 3; sk 3 sts of previous row; sc in next 5 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (13 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 45: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; sc in next 4 sts; 3 sc in ch-3 sp; sc in next 4 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 46: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; sc in next 3 sts; ch 3; sk 3 sts of previous row; sc in next 3 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (9 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 47: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; sc in next 2 sts; 3 sc in ch-3 sp; sc in next 2 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 48: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; sc in next st; ch 3; sk next 3 sts of previous row; sc in next st; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (5 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 49: Sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; 3 sc in ch-3 sp; sl st in last st. (3 sc)

Finish off. Weave in ends.

With yarn needle, sew button on the solid end without button holes, centering it on Rows 4 and 5. You can decide which side of the headband you prefer as the stitch looks different on either side. Sew the button onto the side you like best.

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