Making earmuffs using crochet, Part Two

Making crochet earmuffs how-to, Part Two

To save my sanity (pattern writing gets very tedious) I have broken up this post into three parts. Part One (making earmuffs for the winter chill) which includes the ingredients, can be found by following this link.

The stitch list

Chain stitch (ch)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Single crochet (sc)

Single crochet two together (sc2tog)

Half crochet (hcr)

Double crochet (dc)

So, after 3/4 of the body has been crocheted, the petals will need to be crocheted onto the outside of the work.

crochet petals on handmade earmuffs

Like so.

How to crochet the petals:

1: Start in the middle. Onto the second row you crocheted, fasten the wool and work 3 ch, *miss a stitch, sc into second stitch, 3ch, repeat from * four more times, sl st into the beginning of the first chain stitch. Into the chain loop, work 1 sc, 3 hcr, 1 sc; into second chain loop, *1 sc, 3 hcr, 1 sc, repeat from * until five small ‘petals’ are formed. Fasten off with a sl st.

2: Sl st into fifth row of crocheted body. 3 ch, *1 sc into 4th st, 3 ch, repeat from * until five chain loops are created, finish off with a sl st into the start of the first chain. *1 sc, 4 hcr, 1 sc into the first chain loop, repeat from * finish off with a sl st at completion of another five petals.

3: Sl st into the seventh row of the crochet body. 4 ch, *1 sc into 6th stitch, 4 ch, repeat from *, until there are five chain loops, finish with 1 sl st into the first ch. *1 sc, 5 hcr, 1 sc into each chain loop, fasten off with a final sl st after the creation of another five ‘petals.’

Making earmuffs winter textile design

4: Sl st into the eighth row of crochet body. 5 ch, *1 sc into the 7th stitch, 5 ch, repeat from * until five chain loops are created, finish with 1 sl st into the first chain in the row. *1 sc, 1 hcr, 5 dc, 1 hcr, 1 sc, repeat from * into each chain loop for a fourth row of petals. Fasten with 1 sl st into the end of row 4.

5: Sl st into the tenth row of crochet body, 5 ch, *1 sc into every 7th stitch, 5 ch, repeat from * until five chain loops are created, finish with 1 sl st into the first chain in the row. *1 sc, 1 hcr, 5 dc, 1 hcr, 1 sc, repeat from * into each chain loop for a fourth row of petals. Fasten with 1 sl st into the end of row 4.

6: Sl st into the eleventh row of crochet body. 6ch, *1 sc into every 7th stitch, 5 ch, repeat from * until five chain loops are created, finish with 1 sl st into the first chain in the row. Into each chain loop work: 1 sc, 1 hcr, 1 dc, 5 tr, 1 dc, 1 hcr, 1 sc. Fasten off with a sl st and cut wool – this is the first flower of your earmuffs finished!

crocheted earmuff flower petals

The petals on your first earmuff are now complete!

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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