This pretty ear warmer with an X-twist is a quick 1-hour project that will keep your head warm this winter. This headband is so easy to make, and it’s simple to adjust to fit women and older kids/teens. Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
This year for Christmas I was looking for something quick and easy to crochet for a few last-minute gifts for some family members. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to crochet this headband up in about 1 hour! Since it was such as fast project I was able to finish several before family arrived for Christmas dinner. The best thing about this crochet project was that they absolutely loved the ear warmers!
How to crochet an easy X-Twist headband
If you are familiar with my Primrose & Proper stitch pattern this will be a super easy headband to master. The most complex part will be creating the twist, but even that is really quite simple. You will essentially be creating two U shapes with the ends of your rectangle and then interlocking them before sewing them together. I have some more detailed instructions with a short picture tutorial further down in the pattern.
I used Red Heart With Love or this crochet pattern because acrylic yarn is easy to care for. This yarn is soft and warm too, so it lends itself well to winter accessories. The ear warmer only takes a small amount of this yarn–about 70-75 yards–so it makes a great stash-busting project! You can use the Aran color shown in the pictures or you can use a different hue. I’ve made it in 4 different colors so far and they all look beautiful!
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ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
Working in the 3rd Loop of hdc – Instructions: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back and you should see another “V” made by the “yarn over”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”. This is called the 3rd loop. When you are working in rows, this 3rd loop will be facing you after you turn!
sp/sps = space/spaces
st/sts = stitch/stitches
prev = previous
sk = skip
14 hdc in 4”
4 1/2” wide (without ruffle), 5 1/4″ (with ruffle) by,
Small/med = 19” in circumference after completion (fits heads 20”-22”)
Large/X-large = 21” in circumference after completion (fits heads 23”-24”)
-Ch-1 does not count as a stitch. Ch-2 and ch-3 do count as stitches.
-You may substitute a real hdc or dc in place of the ch-2 or ch-3 if you prefer. Simply chain 1 to turn in that instance.
This pattern is worked in multiples of 3 +1. Other starting chain numbers that will work are 70, 64, and 61.
Primrose and Proper Twisted Headband Ear Warmer pattern (US Terms):
Ch (67, ),
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chains count as first hdc), hdc in each st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (66 )
Row 2: working in 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in each st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. Note: final hdc of row will be worked in top of ch-2 from prev row. (66 )
Row 3: (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st; repeat from * across, hdc in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row), turn. (22  bumps)
Row 4: 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, *3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across, 2 dc in final ch-2 sp, dc in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 2, turn (counts as first hdc of next row). (66 )
Row 5: hdc in each st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (66 )
Row 6: working in 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in each st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. Note: final hdc of row will be worked in top of ch-2 from prev row. (66 )
Repeat rows 3-5, ch-1, turn at the end of row 5,
Row 10: working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (66 )
The next part is optional, but so very cute! Only add these next two rows if you want a bumpy edge like the Primrose & Proper scarf and cowl have. Omit the “ch-1, turn” at the end of row 10 if you do not wish to add this edging:
Row 11: sl st in first st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st; repeat from * across, sl st into final st of row
Fasten off, leaving 10” tail for sewing the ends together.
Row 12: attach yarn to row 1 on other side of headband, sk st st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st; repeat from * across, sl st into final st of row.
Fasten off, and weave in end.
Assembling your headband:
1. Lay your headband flat, right side (with the texture) facing up, so it is a tall, skinny “I”-shaped rectangle.
2. Fold the “I” in half (bringing the bottom up to the top) so your top and bottom ends line up You will be looking at the “wrong side” of the headband.
3. Fold the end of the band that you brought up to the top in half sideways creating a U. The ridge at row 5 will be your mid-way point. The sideways U should wrap around the right side of the piece.
4. Next, fold the left side of your piece in half, using the ridge at row 5 as a mid-way point. You will now have 2 interlocking sideways U shapes.
5. Use the 10″ tail to sew the ends together securely.
6. Flip your band right-side out so the pretty texture shows.
Ta-da! Less than an hour and you’ve got a stylish present for yourself or someone special.
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