Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern with Hearts in FPdc!

Feb 3, 2024 | Crochet patterns

A free crochet ear warmer pattern featuring hearts in a row free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

This crochet headband displays a series of charming hearts in a row, each one a delightful gradient of color transitioning smoothly from one shade to another. 

free crochet ear warmer pattern

This crochet ear warmer is a great way to keep warm all winter long – makes great quick and easy gifts, too!

Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern Details

The heart handband pattern is really quite easy as it is made with primarily double crochet and front post double crochet stitches for the main portion of the head band and then a round of single crochet stitches are added to the top and bottom as a simple edging.

The hearts are made by following a color work chart – changing colors as you go. I don’t like a ton of ends to weave in so because these ear warmers are not reversible I am simply carrying the colors to the wrong side of my work. Since you are working front post double crochet stitches you can’t easily work over the carried yarn, I simply float the non-working yarn to the next stitch that I need it. This color work technique would be very similar to working stranded color work or fair isle color work. 

It may be easier for you to measure out enough yarn for each heart instead of carrying from heart to heart as I did for mine. Each heart used approximately 170 inches of contrasting color. I measured out the yarn and made little balls of yarn – you could also add the yarn to a bobbin which will help from getting yarn tangles.

Heart earwarmer process

I have put together a complete video tutorial to help you each step of the way – you will learn how to read a graph, how to change colors as well as how to “carry” or float your yarn carries to minimize ends. As an added bonus, the video has all the instructions for how to adapt the base pattern to make a cup cozy as well! For the video I am cutting enough yarn for each heart but you could certainly carry your non-working yarn across by floating it behind your work. Completely up to you!

The video walks through a heart cup cozy size for an added bonus! I have all the round’s color changes listed in the description of the video if you are interested in making some cup cozies for Valentine’s Day! Complete video tutorial + cup cozy directions in description of the video.

For my heart ear warmer pattern I am using Red Heart Super Saver* which is a medium worsted weight acrylic yarn.  Very economical and with plentiful color options! You can certainly substitute your favorite worsted weight yarn – Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn!, Red Heart With Love, Paintbox Simply Aran, Vanna’s Choice, Big Twist Value, Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound and so many more!  Raid your yarn stash – even mix and match.

For the main portion of the ear warmer I am using white and for the hearts I had a skein of really fun Super Saver Stripes in Retro Stripes. So fun, bright and cheerful!

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To easy resize your ear warmers simply change up the hook size or even the yarn weight! For the free pattern below I have the graph for the Adult sizes and the ad-free PDF includes a bonus graph for a child/toddler size!

Heart crochet ear warmer toddler size

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Pattern written in US crochet terminology


Red Heart Super Saver, Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic)     

Size Adult: Crochet hook size I (5.5 mm)
Size Teen: Crochet hook size H (5.0 mm)
Tapestry Needle

Approximate finished size: 

Adult: Approximately 21” circumference x 4 1/2” width
Teen: Approximately 20” circumference x 4 1/4” width


Adult with size I hook: 13 FPdc sts x 10 rows = 4” x 4”    
Adult with size H hook: 14 FPdc sts x 11 rows = 4” x 4”


  • MC = main color
  • CC = contrasting color
  • RS = right side
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • yo = yarn over
  • FPdc = front post double crochet (see special stitches section below)
  • sc = single crochet

Special Stitches:

FPdc (front post double crochet stitch): yo and insert your hook from front to back to front around the dc stitch post from the row below, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops.

Pattern Notes:

  • Ear warmer can be easily resized by simply changing up hook size.
  • Graph is worked as FPdc around the stitch in the round directly below, with the exception of the first round which is a round of double crochet.
  • Each pixel of the graph corresponds to 1 FPdc (rounds 2 – 10) or dc (round 1) stitch.
  • Ear warmer is worked in the round without turning. Slip stitch join at the end of each round into the top of the first FPdc, not the beginning ch-2.
  • To work color changes, work last dc stitch before new color until there are two loops on the hook, pull in new color with last yo. 
  • To reduce ends to weave in, I carried the non-working yarn as yarn “floats” on the wrong side of the ear warmer.
  • Ch-2 at beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.

Recommended Tutorial:

Heart Cup Cozy – FPdc color changes, how to read a graph and carry yarn tutorial

Pattern Instructions

With MC, ch 70, without twisting ch, sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in same st and in each ch to end, sl st in top of first dc st. (70)

Round 2: Ch 2, FPdc in st below ch-2 (first dc st), FPdc in each st around, sl st in first st.

Rounds 3-10: Repeat as for Round 2 with the following color changes:

How to change colors for heart earwarmer

Round 3: MC 4, CC 1, [MC 9, CC 1] 6 times, MC 5.

Round 4: MC 3, CC 3, [MC 7, CC 3] 6 times, MC 4.

Round 5: MC 2, CC 5, [MC 5, CC 5] 6 times, MC 3.

Round 6: MC 1, CC 7, [MC 3, CC 7] 6 times, MC 2.

Round 7: MC 1, CC 7, [MC 3, CC 7] 6 times, MC 2.

Round 8: MC 2, [CC 2, MC 1, CC 2, MC 5] 6 times, CC 2, MC 1, CC 2, MC 3.

Rounds 9 – 10: With MC, repeat round 2.

Change to CC with sl st join after round 10, fasten off MC.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first st.

Fasten off.

Join CC to bottom edge of ear warmer in unused loop of foundation ch, ch 1, sc in each unused loop around, sl st in first st. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!