Alternating Crunch Stitch Twist Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

This twist crochet ear warmer pattern is just what you need to keep your ears and forehead cozy in the cold winter months. It’s an alternative to a hat and fits nicely inside a hood on cold and windy days.

My favorite thing about this crochet ear warmer pattern is that it is nice and stretchy! Both the yarn and stitch pattern help to contribute to the stretch. And stretch means that you’ll be comfortable wearing it.

The Size

The finished measurements are approximately 20.5 inches in circumference by 3 inches wide. It will fit an adult medium. However, in a simple multiple of two for the starting chains, this crochet ear warmer can be adjusted to any size that you need from child to adult. See this crochet ear warmer size chart.

Ear Warmer Size Chart

The Yarn

I used Vanna’s Choice, a medium worsted weight yarn. I love this yarn because it gives you a lot of stretch, which is always ideal for ear warmers and headbands.

I used two colors and changed color after each row. And while the texture and color design is the same on both sides, each side has its own dominant color!

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The Stitch Pattern

The stitch pattern is a modified version of the crunch stitch. The crunch stitch is made with the half double crochet in one stitch, followed by the slip stitch in the next. Then for the next row, the slip stitches are worked into the half double stitches and vice versa.

While I followed that pattern, I took it one step further and worked my slip stitches into the back loops only, and the half double crochet stitches into the front loops only. This then gives you a whole new texture to enjoy!

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Alternating Crunch Stitch Twist Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

Crochet this twisted ear warmer pattern to any size that you need from child to adult. It is easy to modify both the circumference and the width.
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  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% acrylic; 3.5oz/100g; 170 yds/156 m) – Two colors.
  • Crochet Hook: J 6.00mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 10 sts = 3".
  • Finished Size: 20.5" circumference by 3" wide.



  • The stitches are alternated with the half double crochet worked into the front loop only of the slip stitch, and the slip stitch is worked into the back loop only of the half double crochet.
  • Be mindful to keep your stitches loose, especially the slip stitches.
  • Changing Colors: Colors are changed at the last stitch made in the previous row.
  • To Change Color in the Half Double Crochet: Work the stitch as normal until the last step and you have two loops left on hook; drop the old color, pick up the new color and draw through both loops to complete the stitch.
  • To Change Color in the Slip Stitch: Drop the old color and pick up the new color. Work the slip stitch as normal.


  • With CA, loosely Ch 76, or any multiple of 2.
  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, *slst in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across changing to CB in the last hdc. Turn. [75 sts]
  • Row 2: With CB, ch 1, blslst in first hdc, *flhdc in next slst, blslst in next hdc; rep from * across changing to CA in the last slst. Turn. [75 sts]
  • Row 3: With CA, ch 1, flhdc in first slst, *blslst in next hdc, flhdc in next slst; rep from * across changing to CB in last hdc. Turn. [75 sts]
  • Rows 4-11: Rep rows 2 and 3. Fasten off leaving a 10" tail for sewing.
  • Note: If you need a wider band, continue with a few more repeats.

How Do You Sew A Twisted Headband Together?

Step 1. To sew the twist, fold the band lengthwise with the Right Sides together and the Wrong Sides facing the outside.

Step 2. Layer the band as shown so that the edges overlap from the center. You can place your stitch markers in the middle if you like. I just eyeballed it, because you can adjust it in Step 5 as needed.

Step 3. Then fold one end over the other as shown below.

Step 4. Next, fold the second end over so that the ends interlock.

Step. 5. You should have four layers. Make adjustments as needed to make sure everything is centered evenly.

Step 6. With your tail end of the yarn, and using a tapestry needle, sew across making sure to go through all four layers.

Step 7. Turn right side out to hide the seam. Easy Peasy!!!

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