Where we live, fall isn’t always quite cold enough to warrant an entire lined hat or knitted toque but we just can’t resist knitting some kind of yarn wear accessory to ward of what little chill does rise up! That’s why we’ve been so obsessed with knitting ourselves and our loved ones wool headbands and ear warmers, keeping our eyes peeled for lots of different patterns to try.
Just in case you love the idea of knitting some lovely ear warmers this fall just as much as we did, if not more, here are the prettiest and most unique looking designs and patterns we’ve come across so far!
1. Morning walk ear warmer
Have you always found that the ear warmers that stay equally thick all the way around sit funny on the back of your head? Then we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with this design from Knitting Patterns Galore that gets thinner towards the back so it sits more comfortably on your head and doesn’t slide. We love the addition of a pretty knitted flower on the side too!
2. Knit diamonds ear warmer
Are you actually still very interested in the idea of creating cute visual interest with simple stitch patterns but the idea we showed you earlier on our list was a little too complicated for your beginner’s skills? In that case, we’d encourage you to take a look at how Woman on The Water made these stockinette and seed stitch diamonds across their headband instead!
3. Cinched simple garter ear warmer
Would you actually prefer to keep the stitch patterns simple rather than getting complicated to create texture, but you’re still intent on giving it some kind of unique element, embellishment, or structure? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Knitting Space made this lovely garter stitch headband that’s pinched in the centre and fastened with a matching garter band to keep it cinched.
4. Criss Cross Cable headband
Have you always been obsessed with knitting cables but you can’t help wondering whether you’re ready to tackle a different kind of cable for a slightly different aesthetic? In that case, we have a feeling this fantastic design from Wistful Plying that features cables criss-crossing all across its surface will be right up your alley!
5. Cable rib ear warmer
Are you very into the idea of knitting some cables into your ear warmer but you’d also love to alternate them with another element for balance? In that case, we’d encourage you to take a look at the way this pattern from Kate Morgan created a lovely ribbing pattern that includes vertical cables in between stockinette bars.
6. Chevron lace headband
Have you actually been looking for a simple project to try some beginner lace knitting on because you want to start practicing but you’re intimidating by larger pieces that require lots of lace? In that case, we think we just might have found the perfect project for you! Check out how Richmond Hill Knits used lace techniques to create a delicate chevron pattern for the whole length.
7. Chunky knit turban ear warmer
Were you quite intrigued by the idea of making a headband that gathers in some manner at the middle but you’d prefer not to make another separate piece like the cinched garter idea calls for? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Knits for Life made this beautiful chunky band that has a twist in the middle.
8. Chunky braid cable
Were you actually so enamoured with the idea of criss-crossing cables that you’d love to take the idea even further and try a design that has even more cables? Then perhaps you’d get along a little better with something like this chunky braided cable style ear warmer featured on Weddbook!
9. Quinoa headband
Just in case you’re actually still looking for something a little simpler than some of these twisting cables and stitched lace ideas we’ve shown you so far, here’s a design from Berroco that might give you just what you’re looking for! We love the way They used garter ridges as an accent to create horizontal contrast.
10. Pretty girl chic headband
Were you almost tempted to give the cinched garter headband a try because you liked the texture and the gathering in the middle but you can’t help wondering whether there’s a version you can make with a different kind of stitch or an extra embellishment? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Pearls & Scissors used seed stitch and made an extra piece to make a lovely bow!
11. Easy smocked ear warmer
Have you been scrolling through our list wondering if there’s another raised stitching pattern you can make that’s just as impressive as cables but that will be an alternative? In that case, we think this wonderful smocked pattern outlined step by step on Copper Llama Studios might be a little more up your alley!
12. The Emma cabled ear warmer
Did we really catch your attention when we mentioned a cabled pattern that’s designed to look like a braid but you were actually picturing more of a classic three strand braid rather than the multi-strand design you saw above? Well, if you’ve ever enjoyed knitting with chunkier yarn, then we think you just might be the ideal person to give this pattern from Vanessa Knits a try!
13. Textured headband
Just in case you adored the cinching and the seed stitch that you saw in combination above but you aren’t feeling that enthused by the bow design we showed you above, here’s an alternative that’s a little less fancy looking and slightly more simple! Check out how Cotton Gin Studios made this wonderfully textured pattern in surprisingly little time.
14. Knotted wrap ear warmer
We’ve talked a lot about knitted ear warmers and and headbands that look like head wraps, but what if we made you one that actually does wrap in a slightly more classic way? Then we think you’ll really appreciate this fantastic wrapping headband that knots in the front and centre. Get the full details on Luulla!