Friday, January 13, 2012

Free Pattern-Cozy Soft Earwarmer

A few weeks ago I was trying to find a hat that looked good on my little pointy head & would keep my ears warm. Nada. Zip. I look awful in caps & hats. I think it's because of my short hair & my angular face. Anyway, after searching the net for an earwarmer I decided to design my own. I like it & it was a great use for that single skein of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran that I've had marinating for about 4 years. I'm pleased with the results & thought I'd offer the pattern to anyone else that needs such a thing. Please let me know if you make it & if there are any errors. UPDATE: There was an error on row 1 which I have now corrected. It said c3b & should have been c3b. I'm so sorry!!

Also, here's the link to a downloadable pattern. Earwarmer





Earwarmer
Copyright Beverly Shipley 2012


Skills:
Advancing beginner
Easy cable stitch
Seaming ends or 3 needle bind off (optional)
Provisional Cast on (optional)

Materials:
 5.5 mm (US 9) needles
1 skein of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk
1 cable needle
1 darning needle

Gauge:
About 17 sts=4 inches. Not critical.



Abbreviations:
k= knit
p=purl
sts=stitches
c2b=slip next stitch onto cable needle, hold to back of work and knit the next stitch, k the stitch from the cable needle.
c2f=slip the next stitch onto cable needle, hold cable needle to front of work and knit the next stitch, knit the stitch from the cable needle.

Note: You may prefer to use a provisional cast on & then finish the earwarmer with a three needle bind off rather than sewing the ends together.

Pattern:
Row 1: k4, p3, c2b, p1, c2b, p3, k4
Row 2: k4, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, k4
Row 3: k4, p3, c2f, p1, c2f, p3, k4
Row 4: k4, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, k4

Directions:
Cast on 19 sts. Pattern is worked keeping the first & last 4 sts on each row in garter stitch. Odd rows are right side, even rows are wrong side. On even rows, knit the knits & purl the purls, except for the 1st & last 4 sts which are knit on every row.

Begin pattern & work until it is long enough to fit snugly around the head. Cast off & seam ends together or use 3 needle bind off if you began with a provisional cast on.





2 comments:

Merry Karma said...

Cute!

Always Alice said...

Made a copy of the earwarmers and Angela will soon be sporting one as well.....Thanks Beverly!!!