How to knit trendy ear warmers

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How to knit trendy ear warmers
start by choosing your favourite colour. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

With glam yarns and patterns available in local craft stores, knitwear isn't just for your grandma anymore. Ear warmers come in a variety of options, but the chicest way to stay cosy during winter months is with a trendy headband style. These wide headbands are simple knitting projects to complete using an 20 cm (8 inch) circle loom and the one-over-one method with chunky wool yarn and a loom tool.

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Things you need

  • Circular knit loom
  • Yarn
  • Loom tool
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Create a slip knot with the yarn end and loop it onto the anchor peg on the side of the circle loom. Leave a 15 cm (6 inch) tail for the yarn end.

  2. 2

    Grasp the other yarn strand attached to the anchor peg and wrap it behind the closest peg to the right. Wrap the yarn clockwise around the same peg once.

  3. 3

    Wrap the yarn strand clockwise around the next peg to the right. Repeat the process until each peg in the loom has one clockwise wrap.

  4. 4

    Temporarily loop the yarn around the anchor post to hold the strand until knitting the stitch rows.

    Create a tube

  1. 1

    Unloop the temporary strand hold, and continue wrapping each peg clockwise until each peg on the loom has two yarn wraps.

  2. 2

    Loop the yarn strand to the anchor post again to temporarily hold the strand during the knitting stitch process.

  3. 3

    Using the loom tool, scoop underneath the bottom wrap and pull it over the top wrap and peg into the centre of the loom. Repeat the one-over-one stitch over each of the pegs in the loom.

  4. 4

    Unloop the temporary hold and repeat the wrapping and stitching process until the loom holds twice the width of your desired headband size.


  1. 1

    At this point the knitting will resemble a wide tube with an open centre. Fold the tube in half, pushing the bottom of the tube up, toward the centre of the loom. Matching the bottom stitch of the knit to a corresponding peg in the loom, place one knitted stitch over each peg.

  2. 2

    Using the knitting tool, complete a final row of one-over-one stitches with each peg of the loom, connecting the top and bottom knit rows. The knit tube now resembles a thick circular headband.

  3. 3

    Cut the yarn, leaving a 60 cm (2 foot) tail. Thread the long yarn strand through the yarn needle.

  4. 4

    Use the needle to lift the yarn wrapped around each peg, scoop underneath the string to thread the needle through the loop and pull the loop off of the peg.

  5. 5

    Repeat this threading process until the loom is empty. Knot the 15 cm (6 inch) tail from step 1 to the threaded end and use the scissors to trim the ends.

Tips and warnings

  • Wool blend yarns provide the most warmth and a super bulky weight will give you the chunky knit you're looking for with this project. The headband should require less than half a skein.
  • Headbands can be glammed up by attaching knit flowers that are made from the same method and tools.

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