Are you looking for a crochet earwarmer pattern that makes a great last-minute gift and is available in both child and adult sizes? Then check out the Desert Meets the Sea Earwarmer, a free crochet pattern by guest contributor Caitlin’s Contagious Creations! This simple crochet earwarmer pattern uses two variations of the half double crochet stitch — the camel stitch and the herringbone crochet stitch — for an easy-to-make texture!

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Desert Meets the Sea Earwarmer

Crochet Pattern by Caitlin’s Contagious Creations

Notes from Underground Crafter

  • The ad-free PDF of this pattern is available for purchase on Etsy | LoveCrafts | Ravelry
  • This pattern uses U.S. pattern abbreviations.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Finished Sizes

  • Adult: 21” (53.5 cm) circumference x 4.5” (11.5 cm) wide
  • Child: 17” (43 cm) circumference x 4” (10 cm) wide

Gauge

  • 14 HDC sts x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) swatch

Materials Needed

  • 100 yds for adult and 60 yrs for child of worsted weight yarn. I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in Vintage Pink (color 255).
  • Size H8/ 5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors and yarn needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • Chain – Ch
  • Half Double Crochet – HDC
  • Foundation Half Double Crochet – FHDC (see Pattern Notes)
  • Herringbone Crochet – HrC (see Special Stitches)
  • Slip Stitch – SS
  • Stitch(es) – st(s)

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is made in the round with joined rows. At the end of each row you will be instructed to join the end of the row to the start of the row with a slip stitch. The placement of the stitch depends on what part of the pattern you are working on.
  • The edging of this cowl is made with the camel stitch. This is a fancy way to say you work half double crochet stitches into the 3rd loop of the half double crochet stitches in the row below. You need to work 2 or more rows of half double crochets to see the effect. When working these rows, you will join with a slip stitch in the 3rd loop (the same location as the first stitch of the row). See the special stitches section for more information.
  • Most of this cowl is made with the herringbone stitch. It is another variation of the half double crochet stitch. I love the amazing texture this stitch provides. It is one of those ones I can’t stop running my hand over. And best of all, it is super easy to make. Check out the special stitches section for more information.
  • As an alternative to working foundation half double crochet stitches, work 77 chains and form a loop, being careful not to twist. Then work one half double crochet into each chain in the ring. Work the pattern from row 2.

Special Stitches

Special Stitch – Herringbone crochet (HrC)

  • The herringbone crochet stitch is a variation of the half double crochet stitch, with one major difference. To complete the stitch:
    • Yarn Over.
    • Insert hook into stitch.
    • Pull a loop up through stitch and through first loop on hook.
    • Yarn over.
    • Pull a loop through remaining 2 loops on hook.

Special Stitch – Camel Stitch

  • The camel crochet stitch is another variation of the half double crochet stitch, but you insert your hook in a different place in the half double crochet below. To complete the stitch:
    • Yarn Over.
    • Insert hook into 3rd loop of half double crochet stitch from the row below. You should be able to find this loop by finding the two loops on top of the stitch and then looking toward the back of the top loops.
    • Pull a loop up through stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook.
    • Yarn over.
    • Pull a loop through all 3 loops on hook.

Adult Earwarmer

  • Join yarn to hook.
  • Row 1. FHDC 76 (see Pattern Notes). Join with FHDC to form ring. (77 sts).
  • Row 2. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), HDC in 3rd loop of stitch below in each stitch around. Join with SS to third loop of first stitch in row (77 sts).
  • Row 3. Repeat row 2.
  • Row 4. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HrC in 3rd loop of row below in first st and in each st around.  Join with SS to top of first st (77 sts).
  • Row 5. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HrC in each st around. Join with SS to first st (77 sts).
  • Row 6. – 10. Repeat row 5.
  • Row 11. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HDC in each st around. Join with SS to first st. (77 sts).
  • Row 12. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), HDC in 3rd loop of stitch below in each stitch around. Join with SS in 3rd loop of first stitch in row (77 sts).
  • Row 13 + 14. Repeat row 12.
  • Tie off and weave in ends.

Child Earwarmer

  • Join yarn to hook.
  • Row 1. FHDC 62. Join with FHDC to form ring (63 sts).
  • Row 2. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), HDC in 3rd loop of stitch below in each stitch around. Join with SS in 3rd loop of first stitch in row (63 sts).
  • Row 3. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HrC in 3rd loop of row below in first st and in each st around.  Join with SS to top of first st (63 sts).
  • Row 4. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HrC in each st around. Join with SS to first st (63 sts).
  • Row 5. – 9. Repeat row 4.
  • Row 10. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st). HDC in each st around. Join with SS to first st. (63 sts).
  • Row 11. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), HDC in 3rd loop of stitch below in each stitch around. Join with SS in 3rd loop of first stitch in row (77 sts).
  • Row 12. Repeat row 13.
  • Tie off and weave in ends.
© 2019 by Caitlin Jenkins (Caitlin’s Contagious Creations) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Caitlin’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2019/12/09/crochet-earwarmer-pattern-by-caitlins-contagious-creations/ Thanks for supporting indie designers!
Desert Meets the Sea Crochet Earwarmer Pattern by Caitlin’s Contagious Creations

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