Nearly a year ago I had an idea. It was a simple idea for spreading some crochet love and cheer around during the cold winter months. I shared it on my blog, but my blog was relatively small at this time last year. So now I want to introduce the project again, and I hope that many of you will be game to play along! I have a free Basic Bulky Ear Warmer pattern below to get you started too so keep reading ;)
This project is something that I call #yarnitforward, and the idea behind it is simple. As crocheters, many of us make things just for the enjoyment of making them and not always with a specific recipient in mind. When we are out in public, strangers complement our work and say how much they like it. Why not give a few people a chance to find a random crocheted gift while they are out and about?
Last winter, I placed crocheted pieces around my community with a tag reading:
"Brr, it's cold out there!
Perhaps you need something warm to wear?
If I fit and you like me, please take me along
if not leave me here for the next to try on.
It was so much fun! I never had any idea who ended up with the projects, but sometimes I would place them at the entrance of a store when I was walking in and it brought me so much joy to see it gone by the time I was leaving again. It's a simple, random act of kindness that I had a lot of fun with. I have been on both the giving and receiving end of random acts of kindness multiple times, and every time it always puts me in a good mood!
Want to join me? Download your own free tags here to attach to your projects when you leave them around town!
So the pattern I am sharing with you today it a pattern you will be able to whip up in no time if you'd like to join me. Of course this Basic Bulky Ear Warmer will also be a perfect charity project or quick gift. You can use it for anything you'd like! Just grab some Bulky 5 yarn, your hook and get going with this pattern!
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
- ch: chain
- SC: single crochet
- HDC: half double crochet
- HDC2Tog: half double crochet two together
5 sts x 3 rows = 2” square in HDC
- ch stitches at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch
- to adjust the length of the ear warmer, add or subtract rows between Rows 8-28
Row 1: HDC in the second ch from the hook and HDC across (6) Turn.
Row 2: ch 1, HDC in next two sts, ch 2, skip 2, HDC in last two sts (6) Turn.
Row 3-4: ch 1, HDC across (6) Turn.
Row 5: ch 1, 2 HDC in first st, HDC in next 4, 2 HDC in last st (8) Turn.
Row 6: ch 1, HDC across (8) Turn.
Row 7: ch 1, 2 HDC in first st, HDC in next 6, 2 HDC in last st (10) Turn.
Row 8-28: ch 1, HDC across (10) Turn.
Row 29: ch 1, HDC2Tog, HDC in next 6, HDC2Tog (8) Turn.
Row 30: ch 1, HDC across (8) Turn.
Row 31: ch 1, HDC2Tog, HDC in next 4, HDC2Tog (6) Turn.
Row 32-35: ch 1, HDC across (6) Turn.
Do not tie off at the end of Row 35. Ch 1 and SC around the outside edge of the ear warmer. When you reach the first SC of the border, attach with a slip stitch, tie off and weave in ends.
Sew a button on the ear warmer in desired location between Rows 32-35.
Are you going to #yarnitforward with me? Use the hashtag on Instagram or share your photos in my Facebook community to let me know how it's going! I will also share photos throughout the winter! Here are some places I left my projects last year...just to give you ideas to get you started:
- Outside of a senior center
- Outside of a daycare center
- Grocery store (or any store) entrances
- The Mall
I can't wait to hear what you think of this project! Have fun spreading some yarn love out there!
Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer. Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically. The photos on this webpage belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings. You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern. Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
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