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Fleece Earwarmer.

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Keep Your Ears Cozy:

Some people are just not hat people. There's nothing wrong with that, but when it gets cold they can sure get uncomfortable even though they refuse to put on a hat.

An earwarmer is a good compromise, because it keeps the parts most likely to get cold warmer without messing up all your hair. For women, it also serves as a headband to keep hair away from your face in the wind. I love wearing one of these on walks when it's cold, but they're the perfect choice for any outdoor activity in the winter months.

Best yet, because this yarn is the same stuff they make Polartec sweatshirts from, you'll be extra cozy.

Materials:

  • one skein each of PolarKnit in Deep Red and Carrot, or colors of your choice (project uses about 25 yards total)
  • one pair size 11 US knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

About 11 stitches and 12 rows per 4 inches (2.75 stitches and 3 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished size is 3 inches wide and 20 inches 23 inches around. To fit an average sized adult.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 8 stitches in red, or whatever your main color is.
  2. Purl 1 row.
  3. Begin color pattern in Stockinette Stitch: for two rows, work three stitches in red, two in orange and three in red. On the next two rows, work 1 stitch in red, 2 in orange, 2 in red, 2 in orange and 1 in red.
  4. Continue in pattern until piece measures 23 inches, or about the measurement of the recipient's head across the forehead, down over the ears and around the back of the head. Piece will stretch, so it doesn't have to be a perfect measurement.
  5. Bind off in red. Cut yarn, sew cast on edge to bind off edge, and weave in ends.

Make It Your Own/ Tips:

Instead of the basic checkerboard pattern shown here, you could knit the two colors in stripes or any other basic colorwork pattern you like. Using a bit of stranded colorwork here is nice because it gives you a double layer of fleecy warmth, but you can stitch whatever you like.

If knitting this for a man, you might want to add an extra stitch or two on each side to ensure that the ears will be fully covered when worn.

Also remember if you're new to two-color knitting to twist the yarns together or pull the new yarn up from underneath the old when you change colors to avoid holes.

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