Many of the fiber artists I’ve encountered over the years have a favorite type of yarn, either weight or brand or color, that they use in multiple projects. It’s like finding that perfect jacket that goes with everything – you may have to get a little creative and expand your horizons, but you want to keep wearing it until it absolutely falls apart.
That’s how some people feel about Red Heart Super Saver Stripes. Loops and Love Crochet, for example, has several free patterns available that utilize this yarn to create gorgeous shading and of course, stripes, on every project. There are a few with a cross cross stitch that showcase just how beautiful the Red Heart Super Saver line is, including this free ear warmer pattern.
To make an ear warmer, you’ll need to gather the following tools and materials:
- Worsted weight yarn (Loops & Love Crochet recommends using a heavier worsted weight yarn, such as the Red Heart Super Saver Stripes)
- A crochet hook (5.5mm, though of course it depends on how tight your crochet stitches are)
- Tapestry needle
That’s it – just four items to create your own unique ear warmer that will keep your ears toasty and fashionable. You’ll also need to know the following stitches:
- Chain (Ch)
- Slip Stitch (Sl st)
- Single Crochet (Sc)
- Double Crochet (Dc)
- FPSC (Front Post Single Crochet)
- FPDC (Front Post Double Crochet)
- BPDC (Back Post Double Crochet)
- FDC (Foundation Double Crochet)
Most of these stitches are known to beginner crocheters, but you may want to look up and familiarize yourself with the front and back post and foundation stitches, as they can be a big confusing at first.
These beautiful ear warmers are available in every size from toddler to adult, with both written and photo tutorials at your disposal, for free. If you enjoy the pattern, you can check out a few more patterns that incorporate the criss cross stitch as well as Red Heart Super Saver Stripes, as well as advertising-free written instructions that can be purchased for a small fee. You can check it all out over at Love & Loops Crochet.