Crochet Chunky Ear Warmer – Free Pattern

This free crochet chunky ear warmer pattern features stretchy knit and purl-like rows. Made with super bulky yarn, this makes a nice, warm winter accessory.

Chunky Crochet Ear Warmer Free Pattern

Crochet Chunky Ear Warmer Pattern

I live in the north where winters are long and cold. Wearing proper winter accessories is a must. And since I basically live outside (I live in a bell tent), I find myself needing more winter clothing than most LOL.

Of course, as a crocheter, I’ve made myself a plethora of crochet ear warmers over the years. But recently, I’ve found myself wanting something thick and wide to keep my ear extra warm.

Since my hair is so long, I always wear it up. So I generally prefer to wear ear warmers. I made sure to make this crochet chunky ear warmer extra wide so that it would cover as much of my head as possible all while allowing me to continue to wear my hair up.


Knit-Like Crochet Ear Warmer

When it comes to knit-like crochet stitches, there are several options out there. However, I designed this ear warmer with my favorite knit-like stitch: the slip stitch in the back loop only.

Using all slip stitches (in the back loop only) gives me two things in a crochet project: a thick, solid fabric and amazingly stretchy rows that mimic knit and purl rows more than any other crochet stitch.

Now, I’m sure you must be thinking, “ALL slip stitches???” I understand that working into slip stitches seems tedious and probably daunting, but there are a few things that make this pattern easy.

Chunky Crochet Ear Warmer

Working Into Slip Stitches Easily

If you have tight tension, you will need to either adjust your tension to make it looser or you can simply use a bigger hook.

Luckily, you are already working with super bulky yarn for this pattern which forces you to use a rather large hook in the first place. Honestly, I find it far easier to work into slip stitches when I am using bulkier yarn.

You will also only be working in the back loops which naturally makes it easier to deal with as well.

More cold weather patterns

Here are a couple more cold weather patterns for you to enjoy:

How to make the Crochet Chunky Ear Warmer:

Materials needed:

Skill level:


Pattern notes:

  • This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Loose tension is very important for this particular design! You may need to go up a hook size or two if you have very tight tension.


2 sl sts x 4 rows equals 1″

Stitches used and abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sl st blo = slip stitch in the back loop only

Finished Measurements:

Length (laying flat, before sewing together): approx. 18.5″ 

Width: approx. 6″

Written Instructions for the Chunky Ear Warmer:

*I cannot stress enough that loose tension is a must for this pattern. Slip stitches can easily become frustrating to work into if you have tight tension. The super bulky yarn does help, but you will need to be conscious of your tension as well. Don’t be afraid to go up a hook size if needed.

ch 42

Row 1: sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (41 sl sts)

Row 2: Sl st blo in the first st and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (41 sl sts)

Rows 3 and beyond: Repeat row 2 until your ear warmer reaches 6″ in width.

Measure the width of the crochet ear warmer

Sewing your ear warmer together:

Start by folding each end in the shape of a U and then interlock them together.

Sew the crochet ear warmer together

Now, making sure to go through all four layers, sew all the way across. Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Sew the ends of the crochet ear warmer

Flip your ear warmer around out so that the seam is on the inside. Your ear warmer is now ready to wear!

Crochet Chunky Ear Warmer

Now your crochet chunky ear warmer is all finished and ready to wear!

So what did you think of slip stitch crochet? It’s not so bad with thick yarn, is it? I’d love to know what you think!

If you love this pattern, please take a photo and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I’d love to see what colors you used and what you thought of this pattern. Plus, I absolutely love seeing your makes 🙂


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