Friday, December 11, 2009

Bike Helmet Ear Warmers

Brr! Biking in winter needs some special gear. You usually can't wear hats under a bike helmet, and cold ears are a pain in the...ear. I've seen some patterns for similar things around, but they are all knit. I tried making some, but I think my aluminum dpns were covered in grease or something because I would just settle in to a row and all of a sudden I'd feel the plunk of a dpn falling out of all of the stitches and onto my lap.

After turning those dpns into pointed projectiles, I pulled out a crochet hook. Here's what I came up with:

Ear Warmers (Make 2)
Change colors as you wish. Since gauge is a little bit important here, go with 4 dc per inch.
Rnd 1: ch 12. join into first ch, ch 1. Sc into each ch. Join. (6 st)
Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc). 11 dc. Join. (12 st)
Rnd 3: ch 3. dc in same st. Dc inc, 4 dc, 2 dc inc, 4 dc. Join. (16 st)
Rnd 4: ch 3. 2 dc inc, 6 dc, 2 dc inc, 5 dc. Join. (20 st)
Rnd 5: ch 3. dc, 2 dc inc, 8 dc, 2 dc inc, 6 dc. Join. (24 st)
Rnd 6: ch 3. 2 dc, 2 dc inc, 10 dc, 2 dc inc, 7 dc. Join. (28 st)
Rnd 7: ch 3. 3 dc, 2 dc inc, 12 dc, 2 dc inc, 8 dc. Join. (32 st)
Rnd 8: ch 3. 4 dc, 2 dc inc, 14 dc, 2 dc inc, 9 dc. Join. (36 st)
Rnd 9: ch 4. 2 dc, 2 hdc, sc, 2 sc inc, sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 6 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, sc, 2 sc inc, sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 5 tr. Join. (40 st)
Rnd 10: ch 1. 18 sc, ch 4. starting in next st, 22 sc. Join, fasten off.
Make 2 monk's cords and thread them through the back of each ear warmer at the top center. This will make ties that you can use to attach to your helmet. After securing, thread one end through the front loop and tie the two ends together.

If you need extra rows, or if you don't feel like counting your stitches, make your increases into the 2 center stitches of the increases below. Dc everywhere else.

Happy (warm) riding!


  1. How CLEVER is that!!!!! Thank you! This pattern, on your blog was featured on our yahoo group cro_chat.

  2. That is clever, I agree! This will come in handy come next cold season; think I will make some for my entire derby team.
    Thanks for this post!

  3. what size crochet hook? need to make some of these

  4. ever figure out what size crochet hook?

  5. I'm confused, how can there be 6 stitches when you chain 12?

  6. Re: Knitting with double-pointed needles

    Wooden or bamboo dpns are less slippery than metal--apparently tho polished, needles made of semi-porous materials have a little more texture on surface which gives you a little bit more "grip".

    Possibly natural fiber YARN (wool, cotton, etc) might be less slippery than acrylic. Anybody experimented, have opinion on that?