Simply Chic Plaid Ear Warmer

Date
Jan, 05, 2019

Today I am sharing my first ever plaid stitch pattern. The Simply Chic Crochet Plaid Ear Warmer!

I just discovered the plaid stitch a month or so ago and I have to say… I am in LOVE!

I honestly can’t seem to stop designing projects based on the plaid stitch. 🙂

Simply  Chic Plaid Headband by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
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Now, this plaid head warmer pattern is a bit more advanced than those I usually share with you.

But that’s not because the plaid stitch itself is difficult. Not at all!

Simply  Chic Plaid Ear Warmer by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

It’s because you have to coordinate three different colors at once, which can be quite challenging for many crocheters, both beginners and experienced alike.


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But, I am giving you tons of resources, to include a video to guide you along.

So, check out all the resources, practice, give it a little time, and a little patience and I know you’ll be rockin’ the plaid stitch soon!

Simply  Chic Plaid Head Warmer by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

To get started, if you have never done the plaid stitch, I encourage you to take a look at this video tutorial:  How to Work the Plaid Stitch before you attempt this pattern.

Folks, trust me, you’ll never regret learning this fun and classy stitch!


Guess what?

This pattern is featured in the Christmas Pattern Giveaway hosted by Blue Star Crochet. That means for an entire week from November 18 – November 25, 2020 until 11:59pm GMT, the PDF of this pattern will be FREE!

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To get started, click on the image below to go to the roundup post, get the coupon code, and take a look at all of the other amazing patterns in this event.

NOTE: This link will not be live until November 18, 2020.

Also remember to click on the photo of this pattern to come back here. Then scroll down and click on the download button to grab this pattern!


UPDATE: I made a matching cowl to go with this head warmer and guess what? It was published in a magazine!

You can read all about it by clicking on the photo below. 🙂

Crochet Buffalo Plaid Cowl Pattern by itchinforsomestitchin.com

Check Out These Other Patterns I LOVE!

1.  Boho Goddess Kimono Cardigan /  2. Seed Stitch Baby Blanket  / 3.  Easy Ribbed Baby Beanie


Plaid Ear Warmer Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Image via Katherine McLean of Katherine’s Creations

Note:   The ear warmer pictured above were crocheted by one of my wonderful pattern testers, Katherine McLean of Katherine’s Creations.



How to Crochet a Plaid Head Band

Plaid Headband Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

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Simply Chic Plaid Ear Warmer by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Summary:

This simply chic ear warmer is smart and stylish! Crocheted using the plaid stitch this headband is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. Plus, it’s highly customizable. just use the chart provided to create a head warmer that fits you uniquely. Chang your color scheme and it’s great for any season!

Difficulty level:  Level 4 – Advanced

Finished Dimensions:

The ear warmer can be easily made to any of the following dimensions according to your needs.  See pattern for details.

Ear Warmer Size Chart by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com


Gauge:   15 stitches and 6 rows = 4-inches in plaid stitch

Materials:

  • 3 shades of medium 4 worsted weight yarn – one light, one medium, & one dark.

NOTE:   The medium shade of yarn should be a blending of the dark & light shades.

~In this pattern I used Red Heart medium 4 worsted weight yarn:  Holly Berry (light) Claret (medium), and black (dark)

  • Crochet Hook size I/9 5.5mm (I use a hook made by Nelsonwood)

~ Total yardage: 75 to 100 yards

  • 2 buttons of your choice, size  1 ⅛ inches (28mm)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

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Abbreviations:

The pattern is written in US terms.

Chain stitch (ch/chs)

Slip-stitch (slp-st)

Single crochet (sc)

Double crochet (dc)

Stitch(es) (st/s)

Additional Notes:

  • At the end of each row when the pattern states “turn work, ch3, dc in the first st”, you can alternatively use the chainless standing dc here.

In fact, this is actually what I did for the pattern, however, I consider the chainless standing dc to be an advanced technique.  Thus, to make it easier for beginners/advanced beginners, I wrote the pattern in the standard way.

Resources

Chainless Standing Double Crochet

Starting and Standing Stitches (scroll to the section on standing stitches)

  • You can cut your yarn every time you change colors and then later weave in the loose ends.  However, you can significantly reduce the number of ends to weave in if you carry your yarn horizontally through your work – crocheting over it as you go – and/or vertically up the sides of your work.

I actually never cut my yarn during any color changes in this project except at the very end.  So I only had a few ends to weave in.

Resources

Carry the yarn horizontally through project

Carry the yarn vertically up the sides of the projec

This is the technique I used when designing this pattern.

Instructions:

This pattern uses the plaid stitch.   

The Plaid Stitch Diagram by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

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With Black (DARK shade), Ch 14

Row 1:  Dc in 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across (12dc)

Rows 2-3:  Turn work,  ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in each stitch across (12dc)

Row 4:  Turn work,  ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in the next 2 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) -Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Black (DARK shade) -Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) – Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

NOTE:  You should be alternating Black (DARK shade) and Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) every 3 double crochet stitches.

How to Crochet the Plaid Stitch by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Row 5:  Change to Red (LIGHT shade) – turn work, ch3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in the next 2 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade)- Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Red (LIGHT shade) – Dc in the next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade)- Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

NOTE:  You should be alternating Red (LIGHT shade) and BURGUNDY (MEDIUM shade) every 3 double crochet stitches.

How to Crochet the Plaid Stitch by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

NOTE:  The Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) sits should be on top of the Black (DARK shade) stitches from the previous row and the Red (LIGHT shade) stitches should be on top of the Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) stitches from the previous row.

Row 6:  Change to Black (DARK shade)- turn work, ch3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in the next 2 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) – Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Black (DARK shade)- Dc in the next 3 stitches (3dc)

Change to Burgundy (MEDIUM shade)- Dc in the  next 3 stitches (3dc)

NOTE:  You should be alternating Black (DARK  shade) and BURGUNDY (MEDIUM shade) every 3 double crochet stitches.

NOTE:  The Black (DARK shade) stitches should be on top of the Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) stitches from the previous row and the Burgundy (MEDIUM shade) stitches should be on top of the Red (LIGHT shade) stitches from the previous row.

How to Crochet the Plaid Stitch by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

For 18.5” final dimensions

~suitable for 4-12yrs and Teen

Rows 7-23:  Repeat rows 5 and 6

For dimensions suitable for Teen to Sm adult

Add 1 to 3 rows of row 5 & 6 repeats  (approx. 19-20” final dimensions)

For dimensions suitable for Sm adult to M adult

Add 3 to 5 rows of row 5 & 6 repeats  (approx. 20-21” final dimensions)

For dimensions suitable for Lg adult

~suitable for Lg adult

Add 5 to 7 rows of row 5 & 6 repeats  (approx. 21-22” final dimensions)

NOTE:  It is here (between rows 7-23 that you can also reduce the number of rows to create ear warmers that will fit sizes smaller than 4-12yrs according to the chart provided above.

Next Row (Row 24 for 18.5”):  Change to Black -Turn work,  ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in each stitch across (12dc)

Next 2 (Rows 25-26 for 18.5”):  Turn work, ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in each stitch across (12dc)

Next Row (Row 27 for 18.5”):  Turn work,  ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in the next st, ch1, skip the next st, dc in the next 6 sts, ch 1, skip the next st,  dc in the last 2 sts (12dc)

NOTE:  What you are doing here by chaining 1 and skipping stitches (called a ch1-space)  is creating a the buttonholes.

Final Row (Row 28 for 18.5”):  Turn work,  ch 3, dc in the first stitch (or work a standing DC) and in each stitch across, including the ch1-spaces (12dc)

Bind Off & Weave in ends.


Finishing:

  • Using Black, sc around the horizontal edges of the  ear warmer

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

  • Sew buttons  to solid black end with no buttonholes.   Make sure you sew the buttons where they will correspond to the buttonholes on the opposite end.

All done!

I know that coordinating all the colors and learning to carry the yarn throughout the project can be a bit challenging, but it’s definitely a challenge worth accepting!

The plaid stitch is a really fun and unique stitch that you can do so much with. Hats, gloves, blankets… you name it.

I think what most people will struggle with more than anything is getting the correct color combination so that the colors blend together properly.

Hopefully, the chart provided above helps with that.

Even if you struggle with placing the colors in the proper sequence, don’t give up. You can still create a lovely “non-traditional” plaid stitch head warmer just like one of my crochet testers, Katherine McLean, did in the photo above. 🙂


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    KHRISTIE WELCH

    September 28, 2020

    I was looking for the pattern for your cowl it is beautiful the one that matches the head warmer buffalo pattern I look for free patterns really would like to hear from u thanks

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      Itchin4Stitchin

      September 29, 2020

      Hi Khristie,

      The cowl that matches this head warmer can be found here: https://itchinforsomestitchin.com/crochet-buffalo-plaid-cowl/

      However, the cowl is one I did for Happily Hooked magazine and I have not yet update the post (it is on my to do list). As of right now it is not offered as a free pattern and I have not put it out for individual sale. I am in the middle of preparing a large Christmas blog hop event where you can get 32 free Christmas patterns (https://itchinforsomestitchin.com/christmas-crochet-patterns/) so I have not had time to put it up. If you are interested in purchasing it, please let me know and I’ll be happy to put it in my shop for you ASAP.

      Sincere thanks,

      RaeLynn

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