Saturday, December 22, 2007

Last Minute Ear Warmer

I made this with some extra yarn I had left over from my Matrix Mittens. Matching accessories are a good thing! Despite the looks of the pattern below (Merry Christmas! My gift to all my knitter friends! ) it's very quick and simple. It's so so comfy! This is a great stash buster, It didn't even take a whole skein. As always, excuse The Severed Head of Eric Carr.

You will need:

1 ball of #5 worsted weight (bulky) soft yarn, divided so you can use 2 strands at once.

Sz 10.5 (7mm) needles

A tape measure

yarn needle

the ability to do third grade math (I kid, no really, there is some math involved.)


Pattern Notes:

M1- Made by picking up the bar between stitches and then knitting it.


The Math:

Measure around your head in the place where you like to wear your headbands.

This is measurement "A"

After 24 rows measure your work.

This is measurement "B"

Multiply "B" times 2

This is measurement "C"

Subtract "C" from "A"

This is measurement "D"

Subtract 3 from "D"

This is measurement "E"

"E" is the length you want to knit the center section

All of this sound unnecessarily difficult but I assure you, it's no biggy.


The Pattern:

1. Holding 2 strands tog. CO 6

2. K 10 rows in garter

3. K3, M1, K3

4. K3, P1, K3

5. K3, M1, K1, M1, K3

6. K3, P3, K3

7. K9

8-13. Repeat rows 6 and 7 three more times

14. K3, P3, K3

15. K3, M1, K3, M1, K3

16. K3, P5, K3

17. K11

18-23. Repeat rows 16 and 17 three times more.

24. K3, P5, K3

This is where you want to stop a measure for "E"

25. K3, M1, K5, M1, K3

26. K3, P7, K3 (wrong side)

27. K13

28. Repeat rows 26 and 27 until section measures to "E" or work measures "B" + "E". End on a wrong side row.

Last section:

1. K3, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K3

2. K3, P5, K3

3. K11

4-9. Repeat rows 2 and 3 three more times

10. K3, P5, K3

11. K3, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K3

12. K3, P3, K3

13. K9

14-19. Repeat rows 12 and 13 three more times.

20. K3, P3, K3

21. K3, sl 1 as to purl, K2tog, PSSO, K3

22. K3, P1, K3

23. K3, K2tog, K2

24. K 9 rows of garter

The 9 rows of garter are open to adjustment. They will be under your hair. A myriad of length issues can be resolved here. Just knit until you reach your "C+E" length.

Bind off.

Sew ends tog.

Weave in ends.

Enjoy warm ears while wearing a pony tail!

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kitten said...

Very pretty! Almost everything we do has math! LOL!
Merry Christmas!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Very nice. I've got a boat load of yarn that is begging to be something other than a scarf. LOL.

ewedevil said...

fabulous! i was scanning 'new' patterns from and my daughter happened to walk by just as i was viewing your ear warmer. you guessed it, "i want one!". quick and easy and looks great!! took about 45 minutes and now, warmer ears in this house :D
thank you for sharing!! i'll post a pic of hers on my space this afternoon :D

crystal said...

OH! I'm so excited! I'm glad you liked it! Please post a link if you take a picture! I tried to search for "ewedevil" on myspace and your name link didn't take me anywhere. Can't wait to see it!

Renna said...

Hi, I found the link to your pattern on Knitting Pattern Central. I love it!

I have one question, though. You said worsted (bulky). Did you mean to use either worsted or bulky?

Neesie said...

I agree, this is a great pattern & I can't wait to start knitting some of these! I agree with Renna's question, though. What weight of yarn did you use, bulky or worsted? Or, what gauge did you have?

crystal said...

The exact gauge of the yarn should not be really important as you are going to "knit to length" anyway. The yarn I used was a #5. It's slightly heavier than worsted. If you pick something soft and slightly chuncky that feels good against your ears... you can't fail! I'd measure my gauge but it's already been gifted! Soon I'll make another and pay closer attention to what gauge I'm getting, if it matters at all.

Olubunmi said...

I loved your pattern! It is very easy and very well explained. When I did one of the headbands, it came out much thinner than the width that it showed here. It took me a little while for me to create a much wider version (for those thinner yarns). I would like to know if I have your 'okay' to post that on my site. :)

crystal said...

Absolutely!!! Have at it!

Olubunmi said...

Thank you so much. I will definitely give you credit on my site. I will also take pictures so that you can enjoy a version of your handywork.
Please keep in touch on my site which is also my blog. I love keeping in touch with other crafty people with fabulous interests. I will let you know once I have posted it, so that you can admire it. I will also post a link to this post on your blog.

lindsey :) said...

how long did it take ya'll to finish yours? i've been working on one for almost 4 hours and i'm close to being done but i'm also rusty at knitting, but have to finish another one without much time. just wondering if it goes faster once you get the hang of things.

crystal said...

Oh yes,,, it'll go faster eventually!! I can knock one out in under an hour.
Your next one will go much quicker!

lindsey :) said...

did you make this pattern crystal? and if you did, do you mind if people reproduce them to sell or is it strictly for personal use? because my friend requested for me to make her one and one for her friend and i posted up one pic of the one i made, and i added a little flower on the top lol and i have people right and left asking for them.

crystal said...

Yep, it's 100% mine. Go. Go forth and make money with it. Capitalism at it's finest! Enjoy!

crystal said...

OH!! Plus... I WANNA SEE!! (: tell me where I can see it!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I learned to knit last week and made one of these today for a 3 year old. I decreased the size by just using one strand of yarn and adding a few more increase sections. Woohoo.

lindsey :) said...

well thank you. since you said i could sell it i posted it up on my blog. this is my blog. my friend helped me make it so the one ear muff with the band around it is not my pattern but i made a pattern similar to it and use a similar design. the pattern i got from you is the black one, theres a picture of it on a styrofoam head on the right side to show what it would look like on a person. thanks again