Making crocheted earmuffs for winter, Part Three

Making crochet earmuffs for the winter chill

Welcome to Part Three of my crochet earmuff tutorial! In Part One, I wrote about creating the crochet body, which the crochet petals are worked onto. In Part Two, I discussed how to go about making those petals. Part Three is about bringing it all together, to create a pair of crocheted floral earmuffs that will keep the winter chill outside of your head.

You should have something that looks like this currently:

crocheted earmuff flower petals

And the back of the work should look like this, when the earmuff piece is inside it:

crochet earmuff work in progress

The stitch list

Chain stitch (ch)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Single crochet (sc)

Single crochet two together (sc2tog)

Double crochet (dc)

You will also need a large wool needle, and the plastic Alice band for the final sewing stage.

Finishing the earmuff

Add an earmuff piece to the inside of your crocheted piece. Cut the stockings so they resemble thigh highs, and roll them tightly into nylon doughnut shapes. Work one of these doughnuts into the inside of your crochet, as these will create a concave area that your ear will fit into while you are wearing your new earmuffs. Reattach wool to the original body of the earmuff, as you will now begin crocheting around the padding and nylon stocking.

crochet wool earmuff tutorial images

1: 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, repeat from * until the end of the row.

2: 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, repeat from * until the end of the row.

3: 1 sc, 1 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc, repeat from * until the end of the row.

4: 1 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc, repeat from * until the end of the row.

earmuff crochet tutorial images

5: 1 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc, repeat from * until there is approximately 8mm gap left (approximately 3-5 stitches). Fasten off, cut thread with 10cm to spare, weave end thread through the last few stitches, pull tight to close the gap. Knot left of the wool and weave the end under the crochet body.

completed crochet wool earmuff

Repeat this pattern to create another earmuff flower. This is where the Alice band comes into play.

Crocheted Alice band strip for your earmuffs

You now need to crochet a band to cover the plastic Alice band.

1: Ch 31, turn the work. Skip 2 ch, work 1 dc into each of the stitches in the chain row.

2: Ch 2, work 1 dc into each of the stitches in the chain row.

3-5: Repeat row 2, finish off the work.

Wrap the crocheted strip you just created around the Alice band (fixed with safety pins if needed), thread your large wool needle with 30cm (12″) of the same wool you just used and sew up the crocheted piece around the Alice band.

Sew each end of the Alice band onto the earmuff pieces, and voilà! You should have a functional pair of earmuffs to wear while you are outside in winter.

kelly marie wearing crochet earmuffs

It was cold outside.

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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