How to Knit a Rib Stitch Ear Warmer

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How to Knit a Rib Stitch Ear Warmer
Always knit a sample swatch before you start a project. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

To knit a rib stitch ear warmer, which looks like a headband, you need your head's measurement for around the ears. If you can knit and purl, you can make either a warm and practical wool ear warmer or a beautiful and delicate ear warmer. Be prepared to make a swatch out of your desired yarn with the size knitting needles you want to use.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Circular knitting needles
  • Soft tape measure

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  1. 1

    Measure around the head and across both ears with a flexible tape measure. Do not use a metal tape measure for this, as it will have sharp edges and will not form to the head.

  2. 2

    Knit a 4-inch by 4-inch swatch in a ribbed pattern of knitting a stitch and purling the next stitch. Divide the total number of stitches by four to determine how many stitches per inch you are getting. You may want to stretch the swatch slightly so that the ear warmer will be of a stretch-to-fit size when completed.

  3. 3

    Multiply the number of stitches per inch by the head measurement. The result is the number of stitches you will cast on. Cast on with either the long-tail method or the knitted cast on so that your ear warmer will have plenty of stretch.

  4. 4

    Join to knit in the round. Make sure the cast on stitches are not twisted. Knit in the ribbed pattern until the ear warmer is the width you desire.

  5. 5

    Bind off loosely. Weave ends in.

Tips and warnings

  • Beads can be added to your yarn or can be knitted in using a carrier thread if desired.
  • Do not leave babies or small children unattended with a circular knit ear warmer. It can become a strangulation hazard.

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