The Fast Track Head Wrap Ear Warmer is a free crochet pattern for a fabulously chic and easy head wrap!
So pretty and fabulous with a faux knit two color “track” appearance. Made with small amounts of Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn. **
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Just a quick note about Vanna’s Choice yarn — so pretty and soft! Vanna’s Choice is a worsted weight 4 and fiber content is a mix of acrylic and rayon. So many color options! Yardage per skein is on the smaller side — 170 yards for the solids and 145 for the prints, mists and heathers — perfect for smaller projects like ear warmers!
This project would also be great to use up any scrap yarn you have lying around! Two skeins of the Vanna’s Choice would make 4 head warmers if you alternate Color A & B in each one.
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Works up really quickly — in less than 1 hour — so you can whip these up for fast gifts!
The button is decorative so is certainly optional but I think it really adds a lot of class and pizzaz to the final piece! Perfect time to use up that 1 lonely beautiful button you have waiting for the perfect project.
This head warmer would also look great in school or team colors. One of my testers made it in the Harry Potter Gryffindor colors and added a really cool gold button with a griffin image on it — too cool!
The color changes in the pattern are easy — no need to cut after each row — just drop and pick back up. The color changes will be invisible so no need to weave in a bunch of ends! A total win. But, if the two color idea isn’t your thing no worries — it also looks great in just one color as well!
If you have never worked the ribhdc (faux knit stitch) which is a hdc worked in a different loop, I have included video for this stitch below. However, a complete video tutorial is coming soon!
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Fast Track Head Wrap Ear Warmer
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Dark Grey Heather 35 yds / .75 oz (Color A)
Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Dusty Rose 30 yds / .6 oz (Color B)
Size J (6 mm) crochet hook
Button black (1”)
Embroidery thread (for sewing on button)
Approximate finished size: approximately 7 1/2” wide x 4” tall
Gauge: 6 rows = 4” / 14 sts = 4”
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ribhdc = faux knit hdc (see special stitches below)
sl st = slip stitch
Notes about pattern:
- Pattern is worked in one piece in the round from a chain. Round 1 is worked across chain and then remaining stitches are worked in the unused bottom loop of the round.
- No need to cut yarn when switching to a new color — just drop and pick back up when needed. Color changes will be invisible on the back so no need to cut and weave in ends every round.
- Button is sewn on through both ends of the ear warmer. If removability is desired, a button hole would need to be added to piece. If adding button hole, I would recommend adding at round 2 or 3 by chaining a multiple of chains and skipping stitches at one end of the ear warmer in the single crochet area.
- To resize ear warmer you can go up a hook size or you can add chains to the beginning chain count. If you add 10 ch to beginning ch — add 10 hdc st to both sides of ear warmer and work the rest of the pattern the same.
ribhdc = The ribhdc is worked the same as a regular hdc just in a different loop than a regular hdc. In order to achieve the knit look in hdc, the hdc stitch is worked in the third loop behind and below the two loops that are generally used for a stitch.
Round 1: (With Color A) ch 60, sc in 2nd ch from hook (place stitch marker in this stitch and move up each round), sc in next 4 ch, hdc next 49 ch, sc next 4 ch, 3 sc in last ch, (now working in unused chain loops), sc in next 4 ch, hdc next 49, sc next 4, 2 sc in last loop, (Switch to Color B) sl st to top of 1st st. (120)
Round 2: (With Color B) ch 1, sc in same st, sc next 4 st, ribhdc next 49, sc next 5, 3 sc in next st, sc next 5, ribhdc next 49, sc next 5, 3 sc in last st, (Switch to color A) sl st top of 1st st. (124)
Round 3: (With Color A) ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc next 4 st, ribhdc next 49, sc next 6, 3 sc next st, sc next 6, ribhdc next 49, sc next 7, 2 sc in last st, (Switch to Color B) sl st top of 1st st. (128)
Round 4: (With Color B) ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc next 5, ribhdc next 49, sc next 7, 3 sc next st, sc next 7 st, ribhdc next 49, sc next 7, 2 sc next st, 1 sc in last st, (Switch to Color A) sl st top of 1st st. (132)
Round 5: (With Color A) ch 1, sc in same st, sc next 6 st, ribhdc next 49, sc next 17 st, ribhdc next 49 st, sc next 10 st, (Switch to Color B), sl st top of 1st st. (132)
Round 6: With Color B Repeat round 5
Weave in ends.
Sew on button through both ends of the ear warmer at desired location. Mine was sewn at approximately 1” from end of ear warmer.
I also did sew the end of the ear warmer down to help it not curl up when wearing.