Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern: Twisted Shells Ear Warmer

When the fall and early winter months arrive it’s time to bust out the crochet ear warmers to keep our ears toasty in the cold weather.  My free crochet ear warmer pattern is a quick project that is available in 3 different sizes.  This ear warmer crochet pattern uses only basic crochet stitches and is a great pattern for beginners because this written pattern doesn’t require you to match gauge.  

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When I was designing this free crochet headband pattern, I wanted a simple crochet pattern that would be a quick make that would also be a great gift.  I wanted a bit of texture to give it some interest and decided to pick a little shell stitch and I’m so happy I did.  

The first finished headband was done in an hour and I had 3 more in different colors by the end of the first day.  Plus, they look super cute with messy buns and the little twist I added to the ear warmer makes it look flattering on everyone.

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close up image of a twisted shells ear warmer being worn by a woman with brown hair


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Skill Level:

  • Beginner


  • U.S. Terms


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  • Child (6 – 10 years): 4“ tall x 18” around (4.5” tall x 18” around with optional edging)

  • Teen/Adult Small: 4” x 19” around (4.5” tall x 19” around with optional edging)

  • Adult Size: 4” x 20” around (4.5” tall x 20” around with optional edging)


  • 16 sts across x 10 rows = 4” square in pattern stitch


  • Gauge is not vital for this project however, keep in mind that not matching gauge may result a change in how tall your ear warmer is and the amount of yarn used.

  • You may substitute another yarn weight and hook size for the suggested materials in this project however, please note that any substitutions may affect how much yarn is used and the size of your finished project.

  • The finished size of your ear warmer will be smaller than the head circumference. This is to account for the stretch in the fabric.  You can adjust the size of the ear warmer by adding or subtracting rows to get your preferred fit.

  • This project is worked in turned rows.

  • Loosely do your CH 1 turning chains. If you crochet them too tightly, the fabric will be too tight along the edges.

  • When putting on the ear warmer, place the twist at the front.  If you find the twist cumbersome to put on, you can use your needle and some yarn to add a stitch or two in the place where the ear warmer crosses over itself to keep the twist in the same place.

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Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern:

Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

CH 17.

Row 1 (RS): SC in 2nd CH from the hook and each ST across.  CH 1 and turn. (16)

Row 2 (WS): *(SC, HDC, DC) in the first ST.  SK 2 STs, repeat from * until 3 STs remain, SC in the last ST.  CH 1 and turn. (16)

Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures approximately 18” (child size), 19” (teen/adult small), or 20” (adult) long.

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When the piece reaches the desired length, twist one end once and place the short sides together.  Holding the short sides together and the WS facing you, SL ST the ends together.  You can choose to FO here and weave in your ends or continue on to the option edging.

Optional Edging: Turn the project so the RS of the fabric is facing you and the seam is on the inside, SC around the outside edges of the piece, working 1 SC ST into the end of every row. Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST. FO and weave in your ends.

Check out the Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat free crochet pattern while you’re here too!

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11 thoughts on “Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern: Twisted Shells Ear Warmer”

  1. Thx 4 the earwarmer I’m really liking it
    Anxious to do more research on into additional patterns

    • You’re welcome 🙂

  2. hi. is it ok to translate your pattern to another language and share it on instagram with mentioning your site and page?

    • I would prefer that you didn’t. Thank you for asking 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed using this stitch. It made up quickly and your design is so original. Thanks.

    • You’re welcome 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Hi, thanks for sharing your pattern, I love it.
    Ive tried numerous times to get this to work without success.
    The count is wrong if you crochet 3 stitches when only skipping 2? or am I doing something wrong.

    • Hi Carol,

      I just checked it out and recrocheted it to triple check and the count is correct. You start with a foundation row of 16 SCs then in row two, you place 3 sts in the first ST and skip the next two sts. You’ll do that a total of 5 times and then SC in the last ST. 3 x 15 + 1 = 16. If you look at the repeat, you have 3 sts total (1 worked st and two skipped) which equals the number of sts worked in each stitch. I hope this helps.

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