Hello there! My name is Rose; I am the crochet blogger and pattern designer at LoopinglyMade.com. I am so excited to be sharing with you one of my most favorite patterns the Retro Girl HDC Ear warmer, a super-fast, chic and cozy design.
Thanks to Janne of Joy of Motion Crochet for this wonderful opportunity to Guest Blog.
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In this pattern, I combined 2 yarns to create a retro stripe effect. I use a worsted weight medium 4 yarn and sport weight, 2 yarn. Each of these yarns have different weights and you really only need a little of each.
This pattern uses the same brand of yarns, Alize Cotton Gold Plus and Alize Cotton Gold Batik- both have a mixture of cotton and acrylic fibers and have a soft, yet sturdy feel. The fabric is great for clothing and accessories as they do not stretch out of shape.
Notes on combining yarns
- The yarns should at least have similar characteristics in terms of fiber.
- I think it’s best to have one light shade and one dark shade. Either of which can be the base. In this pattern, it is obvious that black is the base tone. But, I could do this again and experiment with 2 dark colours, for instance a yellow or light green and black.
- This pattern can also be made with just one strand of yarn. Refer to the sizing guide on getting the approx. inch for starting chains. Or make your starting chains long enough to wrap around your head with a little stretch (make sure it is not slack, the tighter the chain around your head the better), then carry on with the pattern from there.
A QUICK CROCHET PROJECT
Since I started crocheting almost 4 years ago I’ve been drawn to headbands and earwarmers. Maybe in part because I was a tomboy growing up and now I want to make things that are girly. Maybe it’s also because I’m a boy mom and I tend to wear the jeans/pants more often than not. Whatever! I just love making headbands or ear warmers.
As I mentioned above, the Retro Girl Half Double Crochet Ear warmer is one of my favorites. It is superfast, it is pretty, it is cozy and it blends with almost any outfit- black, yes? Ok, maybe not cocktail outfits, ha! Really though, you can don this with your casual wear, you can also wear it on days you dress down to work.
It also uses simple stitches and is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to make a fashion piece that is budget friendly and also nice.
Did I say you only need a little yarn for this project? In fact, you could use left-over yarn. Let me confess right now- I used left over yarn. I’m always looking for quick meaningful projects for my left over yarns anyway.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CROCHET RETRO GIRL HDC EAR WARMER – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
By clicking this link (picture above) you will end up on the guest designers Etsy store, where you can purchase the pattern.
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
This pattern is SO EASY to customize. I have drawn a table on the number of starting chains needed for each size. I did say it was superfast right? In 3 hours, you can make this.
Seriously, I started this at 9pm and had just 1 more round to do at about 11pm before I called it a night, and it took me that long because I was taking pattern notes as I worked.
Size 5.5 mm / US: H-8 / UK: 6
Alize Cotton Gold Plus – (100gr/3.53oz, 200mt/361yds) Find it here.
Alize Cotton Gold Batik- (100gr/3.53oz, 330mt/361yds) Find it here.
Yarn amount used:
Half a skein of each yarn
- Medium 4 yarn & 2, Sport weight yarn
- 55 % cotton, 45 % acrylic
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
12 rows of Ext HDC and Sl st is about 4 inches
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- This pattern is written for 1 size, however size adjustments are suggested under the heading “Size & Measurements”.
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
Ear warmer is 3.5 inches tall.
|Age||Starting chain||Approx. length of chain (inches) slightly stretched|
|Baby (3-6 mo)||45||13.5”|
|Baby (6-12 mo)||52||15.5”|
SC- single crochet
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
Ext. Hdc = extended half double crochet
Rep = repeat
Sc = single crochet (tutorial)
Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)
St = stitch (es)
STITCHES YOU WILL NEED:
EXTENDED HALF DOUBLE CROCHET:
yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over pull out a loop, yarn over pull through one loop, yarn over pull through 3 loops.
Chain 66, join to 1st chain.
Round 1: Ext HDC around. Ch 1, turn (now working in the opposite direction).
Round 2: In FLO, Sl st in 1st st, Ext HDC in next.*Sl st in next st, Ext HDC in next. Repeat from * around. Join to 1st st. Ch 1, turn.
Tip- in the next round and other Ext HDC rounds, to get that ‘pop’ be sure to make the Ext HDC in the top of the stitch and in the space created by the SL ST.
Round 3: Ext HDC around. Join to 1st st. Ch 1, turn.
Rounds 4-9: repeat rounds 2 and 3.
Snip yarn, weave in tails.
Row 1: HDC across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: In Flo, SC across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-10: Repeat rows 1 and 2. Snip yarn leaving 4 inch tail to sew.
With the ribbing facing out, fold band over ear warmers. Sew closed, weave in all ends, snip yarn.
BY GUEST DESIGNER ROSE/LOOPINGLYMADE.COM
I’m Rose. I find immense pleasure creating with my hands. When I’m not crocheting, I am tending to my family or poking around my blog.
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