Floral Ear Muffs: Free Crochet Pattern

If you prefer to keep your ears warm but at the same time want to look special - then Floral Ear Muffs is right project for you. You can use scraps of yarn in different colors to make them. You can give a new life to your headphones. You can wear these ear muffs in winter and also in spring or summer (to protect ears from noise and strong wind). And you will always look unique :)

You will need: 

  • Yarn in 4 shades. I used Stone Washed* by Scheepjes in shades 801, 805, 809 and 813. (Read my review about this yarn HERE). You can choose and purchase your shades in local Scheepjes shops (NL), or Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping).
  • Crochet hook Clover Soft Touch* 3.25mm (D)
  • Scissors and tapestry needle to put ear muffs together.
  • Ready form for ear muffs, OR ordinary head band, OR headphones :) Update: I've been just given a tip where to find ready forms for earmuffs. Please, check THIS shop on Etsy...
  • Stuffing

Stitch guide and Abbreviations

 

US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. But if you are used to other terms, please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your native language.

rnd - round
st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
sp(s) - space(s)
yo - yarn over
lp(s) - loop(s)
BL - back loop(s)
FL - front loop(s)
NJ - needle join 
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated 
sl st (slip stitch) – insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull 2nd lp through the 1st lp on hook.
sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
hdc (half double crochet) - yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, yo, pull through all three lps.
dc (double crochet) – yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice.
tr (treble crochet) - yo twice, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* three times.
sc inc (single crochet increase)  - make 2 sc in one st
dc inc (single crochet increase)  - make 2 dc in one st

Important notes


These ear muffs are made in overlay crochet. If this is your first experience with this amazing technique, please, be sure to check THIS SECTION with all necessary information about it.
  • Attaching new yarn. New yarn is attached by simply pulling a loop of new color in the indicated st and making a ch, which will count as the first sc of the round (unless otherwise stated in the pattern). Read more HERE.
  • Working in back or front loops. The stitches of the background are always crocheted in back loops only (unless otherwise stated in the pattern) while the overlaid long stitches are added (“anchored”) in the front loops of sts of previous rounds. If you crochet the background sts through the FL you won’t be able to place long stitches. Read more HERE.
  • Skipping stitches. Overlaid stitches “hide” the stitches of background and this is the reason, why sc of the working round should be skipped. Read more HERE.
  • Needle join. The rounds are finished with a needle join (NJ) in the first st of the round (unless otherwise stated in the pattern). I use a hook instead of a needle to join, it saves a lot of time. (I also use a hook to weave in all yarn tails). Read more HERE.

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INSTRUCTIONS

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Colour key: C1 - shade 805, C2 - shade 801, C3 - shade 809, C4 - shade 813


Step 1: crochet around the band


This step is optional and you don’t need to crochet about the band if you don’t wish to. I just thought it might be nice to make the band in matching colour with ear muffs.

Work with C4. To start make as many chains as you need to fit around your band. I made ch4, joined with sl st in 1st ch (around the band) and continued to crochet around with sc. I found it easier to insert the hook into FL.

When you finish crocheting around the band, make 1 sl st and fasten off.

Step 2: Ear Muffs


a. Front (make two)


Rnd 1. Start with yarn C1. Make magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as 1st sc) and 6 sc in magic ring; join with a sl st in the 1st sc after ch1; don’t fasten off. (6)
Rnd 2. Continue with yarn C1. Work this rnd through both lps.

ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), *1 sc inc in next st* 6 times, NJ in 2nd sc of the rnd after ch1. (12)
Rnd 3. Change to yarn C2. Attach yarn in 2nd sc (BL) of any inc of rnd 2. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc (1st sc of the rnd will be ch1), 1 sc inc in next st* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (18)
Rnd 4. Change to yarn C3. Attach yarn in 2nd sc (BL) of any inc of rnd 3. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc in each of next 3 sts (1st sc of the rnd will be a ch), 1 dc (FL) in directly underlying st of rnd 1, sk no sts on rnd 3* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (24)
Rnd 5. Change to yarn C2. Attach yarn in 1st sc before any dc (BL) of rnd 4. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc (1st sc of the rnd will be a ch), 1 sc inc in next st, 1sc in next st, 1tr (FL) in a st of rnd 2 visible between two dc of rnd 3, sk 1 st on rnd 4* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (30)
Rnd 6. Change to yarn C1. Attach yarn in any tr (BL) of rnd 5. Work this rnd in BL!
NOTE: 1st sc inc will be ch1+sc in same st where yarn was attached.

*1sc inc, 1sc in each of next 4 sts* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (36)
Rnd 7. Change to yarn C4. Attach yarn in 2nd sc (FL) of any inc of rnd 6. Work this rnd in FL!! You will get 6 petals after this rnd.

*1 sl st (1st sl st of the rnd will be ch1), (1hdc, 1dc) in next st, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, (1dc, 1hdc) in next st, 1 sl st in next st* 6 times, NJ in the 1st hdc of the rnd after ch1. (54) Pull both yarn tails to the wrong side and secure with a knot.
Rnd 8. Change to yarn C3. Work this rnd in BL of rnd 6!! Attach yarn in 1st sc (BL) of any inc of rnd 6.

*1dc in each of next 2 sts (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 1 dc inc in next st* 12 times, NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (48)
Rnd 9. Change to yarn C1. Attach yarn in 1st dc (BL) after any inc of rnd 8 – behind any petal’s top. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc in each of next 4 sts (1st sc of the rnd will be ch1), 1 sc inc in next st, 1sc in each of next 3 sts* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (54)
Rnd 10. Change to yarn C2. Attach yarn in 2nd sc (BL) of any inc of rnd 9. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc in each of next 5 sts (1st sc of the rnd will be ch1), 1 dc (BL) in 2nd tr on the top of underlying petal, sk no sts on rnd 9, 1sc in each of next 4 sts on rnd 9* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (60)
Rnd 11. Change to yarn C3. Attach yarn in any dc (BL) of rnd 10. Work this rnd in BL!

*1sc in each of next 7 sts (1st sc of the rnd will be ch1), 1 sc inc, 1sc in each of next 2 sts* 6 times, NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (66)

b. Back (make two)

Work with yarn C2. Back part is crocheted in one continuous spiral, so do not join rounds.
Rnd 1. Make magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) and 6sc in magic ring. (6)
Rnd 2. sk ch1 and make 2sc in every st of rnd 1. (12)
Mark the last st of the rnd with yarn tail of contrasting color and move it to the last st of every next rnd as you progress.
Rnd 3. *1sc, 1 sc inc* 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4. *1 sc inc, 2sc* 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5. *3sc, 1 sc inc* 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6. *1sc, 1 sc inc, 3sc* 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7. *2sc, 1 sc inc, 3sc* 6 times. (42)
Rnd 8. *6sc, 1sc inc* 6 times. (48)
Rnd 9. *4sc, 1 sc inc, 3sc* 6 times. (54)
Rnd 10. *8sc, 1 sc inc* 6 times. (60)
Rnd 11. *4sc, 1 sc inc, 5sc* 6 times. (66) Don’t fasten off.


Step 3: Joining and Finishing


Try front part of the ear muff on your band centering any dc on the top of the petal with the center of the band. Mark sts on the sides of the band which will be covered with joining round.

Take back part and place it together with front (wrong side of front part will face right side of the back part), bring a loop of back part on the hook. Now insert the hook in BL of the marked st on the front part, yo, draw up a loop and make ch1. That will be 1st sc of the joining round.
Continue crocheting with sc around the muff through both layers – inserting the hook in BL on front part and both loops of the back part. Here is how joining rnd looks on front and back:
When you are done with approx. ¾ of the muff, pull it onto your band, stuff (according to your preferences) and continue joining. When you come to the band, continue to crochet on the front part only (in BL) till you come to the beginning of the round. Cut yarn leaving approx 30cm (12 inches) tail and join with NJ.
Using tapestry needle and yarn tail – close the opening around the band as pictured below, secure the tail with several small stitches and pull the tail inside the muff.
Repeat this step for second muff.

Congratulations!!! Your new Floral Ear Muffs are now finished. And you are ready to show them to your friends and relatives.
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7 comments

  1. Where did you purchase a ready form for ear muffs?

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    1. I found it in my local yarn shop. I am not satisfied with it as the band is not adjustable... I think simple head band will work better for this project (metal or wooden as plastic can easily break in cold). you will not have "ears" on the head band, but can attach crocheted muffs in exactly the same way as I did. And you can also control the band's size (but pulling muffs higher or lower onto the band).

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  2. I have tried ear muffs without the ready-made form for ear muffs and it is hard to get the muffs to lay flat! So I would love to be able to find the ready-made form!! Love your colors and your pattern. Thanks!

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    1. It doesn't lay flat even if you take a wide band?..

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  3. thank you for the free pattern and the photo tutorial. Have a great weekend.

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  4. These are beautiful, and will be my next project! Thank you! I tried to follow the link to etsy for the forms but they are no longer available. Any idea where they could be found these days? Or what the brand is?

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    1. hi Laura, I believe there are lots of other different store on Etsy selling them. Try to search with the key words...

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