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Free Pattern Friday: Zig-Zag Puff Ear Warmer (2 sizes)!

I am so excited to share this new pattern with you guys! I saw a swatch of this zig-zag puff stitch from Crochet-News on Pinterest and l was instantly drawn to it. It may look intimidating and complex at first, but trust me- this pattern is easy once you get the hang of it. This stitch is also fantastic when needing something soft with a little cushion and stretch, but also keeping it's density and warmth.

This project probably took me around an hour- maybe an hour and a half to complete (I admit it did take me a couple tries to get the number of chains perfect), but once you've started, it will be a breeze to finish.

This pattern consists of only 3 types of stitches: single crochets, double crochets and the puff stitch. Don't worry if you're not really familiar with this stitch, I've included written instructions to help you along.

I've also included sizing instructions if you would rather a thicker, softer yarn (I used Lion Brand Thick & Quick). The only difference between the regular weight yarn ear warmer and the bulky yarn is the puffs will make the middle of the band feel a little stretchier than the edges. However, since the puffs do have much more volume to them than with the regular yarn, the band will still fit flush against your head while wearing.

Be sure to scroll down for the free pattern!


Zig Zag Puff Ear Warmer


1 skein - any weight yarn (I used weight 4- Red Heart Super Saver)



I - 5.5mm / N - 9mm (or recommended hook for weight yarn)


(Weight 4 yarn)

1 row = 3/4 inch

1 puff = 3 1/2 inches

(Weight 6 yarn)

1 row = 1 inch

1 puff = 1 inch


ch = chain

slst = slip stitch

dc = double crochet

F/O = finish off (ch1, cut yarn and pull tail through to create a knot)

Puff Stitch Instructions

This pattern uses a “puff stitch”, which is angled to form a zig-zag design. The written instruction on how to complete this stitch is as follows:

Yarn over and insert hook into stitch (or space) where puff stitch will connect. Yarn over again and pull loop through stitch, bringing your hook up to the same height as your previous stitch (will need to pull loops up high to achieve “puffy” look).Repeat this action 4 more times through the same stitch/space until there are 11 loops in total on hook.Yarn over and pull through all 11 loops, then ch 1 to lock in loops.

Ear Warmer Pattern- Weight 4 Yarn (Regular)

Ch 54 (or in multiples of 3). Slst into 1st chain to create a round

Ch 1 & 1sc in each stitch (starting in same stitch as chain). Join w/ slst in ch 1

Ch 2, *skip 1st stitch & 1dc in next. In skipped stitch, create puff stitch (puff will go around dc post). Skip next stitch (to left of puff) & 1dc in next. Create puff stitch in skipped stitch* Repeat until end of row & join w/ slst in 2nd ch

Ch2 & TURN (this will create zig zag design). Create 1dc in stitch directly on top of puff from previous row & create puff in empty space from row below (skipped stitch- I gently pull apart the two puffs right below and empty space is the finger-sized hole in-between). Repeat until end of row & join w/ 2nd ch

Continue to turn work each round and repeat pattern until desired width (I made 5 rows of puff stitches).Once puff stitch rows are completed, ch 1 & 1sc in each stitch. Join w/ slst in ch1, F/O & weave tail.

Ear Warmer Pattern- Weight 6 Yarn (Bulky)

(Using size N-9mm hook) Repeat the exact same pattern as written above, starting with 39 chains & complete 3 rows of puff stitches.

Ch1, 1sc on top of each puff stitch & stitch in-between (will help prevent top from stretching outwards while wearing). Join w/ slst in ch1, F/O & weave in tail.

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