Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

Finally, I’ve gotten a chance to work on the ear warmer headband that matches the Angled Clusters Scarf I made a few weeks ago! I’ve been so busy lately, but I managed to find an hour to crochet this little beauty!

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Clusters and Stripes ear warmer headband

 

I got to wear this particular prototype in Caron Simply Soft Pistachio over this past winter and I’m totally smitten! (This is also what the pattern looks like without the single crochet trim around the perimeter.)

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

It was fantastic, you guys. And so warm!

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.

clusters and stripes ear warmer headband

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.

clusters and stripes ear warmer headband

This headband matches one of my previous patterns, the Angled Clusters Scarf that you can find at the link. I do love a beautiful set!

angled clusters scarf

Enjoy!

Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband

Materials Used:

  • One-third of a skein of Caron Simply Soft (2 oz used) – Off White 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” – 1 1/8″ button
  • The Off White Version shown above uses a 1 1/8″ button made from a coconut shell that I bought at Michaels.
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size Approximately:

21”L x 5”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.
  • If you need to adjust the length of the headband, each cluster stitch row and hdc row together equal one inch.
  • For those women with larger heads or very thick hair, I recommend adding one more row each of clusters and hdc for the extra inch. My head is 22.5 when measured with measuring tape and I would need the extra inch.
  • There will be a slight angle to the headband once you finish, but it isn’t noticeable while wearing.
  • 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; turn. (3 sc)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st; sc in next 13 sts; 2 sc in last st; turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Ch 2. 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. Turn. (9 clusters)

Note: For the hdc rows, you can hdc in the ch-1 spaces and the tops of the clusters. It’s faster.

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

Row 11 – Row 39:

*** Repeat Row 9 for each odd number row. (16 total rows of clusters)

*** Repeat Row 10 for each even number row. (15 total rows of hdc)

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

Row 40: Ch 1, sc across; turn. (17 sc)

Row 41: Ch 1, sk first st and sc in next 15 sts; sl st in last st; turn. (15 sc)

Row 42: Ch 1, 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 next st; turn. (13 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 43: Ch 1, 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 next st; turn. (11 sc)

Row 44: Ch 1, 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 next st; turn. (9 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 45: Ch 1, 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 next st; turn. (7 sc)

Row 46: Ch 1, 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 next st; turn. (5 sc) (Button hole was made)

Row 47: Ch 1, sk sl st and sk first sc of previous row; 3 sc in ch-3 sp; sl st in next st. (3 sc)

Trim

Ch 1, sc evenly around the entire headband. 2 sc at each corner. Sl st in the first sc made of the trim.

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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