How to Knit
Bee in the Bonnet
I recently realized that I needed another ear warmer in my life. It’s been an unusually cold winter here in Ventura, but I also like to wear my hair up a lot. I decided to knit an ear warmer so that I could keep my ears cozy but still have my hair up in a bun if I wanted.
I fooled around with a few ideas. I looked at some designs already out there, looked at my own pile of socks, and had a lightbulb moment. I could use somebody else’s pattern, or I could make something that is a little more personalized. You know me. I went with the latter.
To knit an ear warmer, first choose your yarn
Because you are going to be wearing this close to some pretty delicate skin, you want to choose a yarn that is nice and soft. I wouldn’t recommend a really rustic wool for this project.
After you choose your yarn, choose a pattern
Your next step is to choose a pattern. If you only have one sock pattern, the choice is easy. For my ear warmer, I used the stitch pattern for my Crème Brûlée Socks, which I also used on the Arroyo Verde Mitts. What can I say? I like a matching set.
Now the fun part: knit a long tube
To start, cast on the same number of stitches that the sock pattern recommends. Most of my sock patterns have a range of sizes, so you can make your ear warmer wider or narrower. I did mine with 60 stitches, which comes out to about 7.5 inches wide.