Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bow Ear Warmer Tutorial

Being up here in the cold Canada weather I have learned a lesson...always cover your ears and hands when going outside. Haha. I have a hat to wear, but I often wear my hair up, so I made myself an ear warmer. 
I decided to turn it into a tutorial, my first tutorial! 


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To start off I checked my gauge. I used a worsted weight yarn on size 4 double pointed needles. The gauge is 5 sts per inch, and  9 rows per inch. I decided I wanted the ear warmer to measure 21" in length, and be 3 3/4" wide

*Note: I found the ear warmer could have been slightly tighter fitting, so if you find that your head is on the smallish size I suggest only knitting the band 18-20" in length. 

Cast on 20 sts(stitches) 

Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures desired length. 

For connecting the two ends, instead of casting off, I picked up 20 sts on the cast on edge(a equal number of stitches that are on your current needle;cast off edge). 
Graft the ends together using the Kitchener Stitch Method. I find this pictorial to be very helpful when using the kitchener stitch.

Small Band to Create Bow:

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I used size 3 double pointed needles to get a tighter gauge. You can just as easily use the same needle size you used to make the ear warmer. 

Cast on 10 sts

Knit in Garter Stitch for 38 rows.

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Cast off, leaving enough of a tail to sew with it. Thread your tail with a tapestry needle. 

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Take the ear warmer and find a spot where you would like to make the bow. I chose the area where I grafted the two ends together. Pinch and flip over(so that the under side is facing you), making sure the 3 layers are evenly lined up together. 

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Taking your small band, wrap around the pinched area(under side facing you), still making sure the folds are evenly lined up. 

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Sew band together. Weave in all ends. 

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Now your ready to go out and brave the cold...and look cute! :) 


  1. Looks great!

    Are you really not going to post a pic of you modeling it? lol!