This is a crochet pattern review of the Coffee Bean Ear Warmer pattern by Megan of Left in Knots. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you checking out the assessment of the Coffee Bean Ear Warmer.
This pattern is hands down, one of the easiest things you will ever make!
Welcome back, Dear Readers! Some of you may get the reference and if you do, I am also sad that we must wait until 2024. Until that time comes, let’s talk about yarn and this FABULOUS pattern. Most of us are now in the season of cold and wet. Or at least most of us can agree – cold and chilly the majority of the time. Well, maybe that’s not entirely accurate as Mother Nature has been racking up curve balls in the last few weeks. Frost enough to kill your plants and the next day, warm enough for a t-shirt and shorts. Makes it a little difficult to ‘pack’ away the summer clothes to prep for fall and winter. Unless you are reading this post from the sunny temps of the south, such as Georgia or Florida, you know what I’m talking about. If you are a southern reader, you are the envy of most of us who love some vitamin D.
We’ve all heard of Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn. Maybe you snagged some at your favorite local chain store. Maybe you’ve avoided it, as honestly, it’s a little pricier than some of the alternatives on the shelf. But, don’t dismiss this yarn because of the price. When you purchase this pattern, you’ll be able to make three or four ear warmers from one skein of yarn. How many patterns do you have where that is the case? I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how little yarn it takes to make ONE ear warmer, knowing how much yarn I had left over to work up additional gifts or stock for a market.
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet a Cozy Ear Warmer?
- 65 Yards of a comparable Worsted Weight #4/Chunky weight #5 Yarn, or one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn
- Size J10/6mm Crochet Hook
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Tape Measure (my personal recommendation)
- Coffee Bean Ear Warmer by Left in Knots – Free Pattern via her blog, or Paid PDF via Etsy
- 3/4″ button
While I love this make in the Scarfie yarn, for some reason, this pattern screams TWEED to me. You could easily use your favorite size 4 yarn for this pattern. I would suggest using a tape measure since this item fits on the head. Note that Scarfie is actually listed as a Chunky Weight #5 Yarn, though it’s very lightweight and feels a lot closer to a worsted weight.
I used the tape measure to figure out where to place the button. The pattern gives instructions on where to place the button, but I used the tape measure to help get it just right. If you plan to work up a few of these for a market, it would pay to set the button based on specific measurements and label your sizes accordingly. The pattern fits 19-20″ circumference. You could easily make that more specific given button placement as well as stretch it out to 21″ circumference.
If using Scarfie yarn, there will be enough yarn to make at least two or three more ear warmers. Personally, I’ll be working up a few more in my favorite tweed line and colors. I was able to raid my stash of buttons to find something that matched.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Coffee Bean Ear Warmer?
I timed myself on the second one. I knew the first ear warmer worked up quickly. I was able to complete my second ear warmer in 40 minutes, minus attaching the button. If you participate in markets, this should be encouraging and on your list of things to make.
The gauge for this pattern suggests working up 5 rows at 7 stitches per row, for a 2″ square. This is easily achievable. You can adjust your hook size based on your gauge result.
The finished make should be around 4″ wide. The pattern states 19″ long but I interpret that as the distance from button to buttonhole so that you have the circumference you need to fit an adult. Though not stated, this will also fit a child.
I made only one change in this pattern. To create a space for the button, the pattern instructs to skip three stitches, chaining 3. I found that when I used that method, there was a large gap even when the ear warmer was closed, using the button. On my second make, I skipped only one and chained one and that issue was easily resolved. You may not have this issue, as it could be my tension that is the culprit!
The stitches used to work this ear warmer should be easy for any skill level. Half double crochet (HDC), Bean, and HDC2 together are basic stitches. If you aren’t familiar with the bean stitch, there are written instructions in the pattern as well as many videos on YouTube that would help if you are not familiar with this stitch. All in all, I give this pattern FIVE STARS. Many great qualities about this one, most of which I’ve shared here. If you choose to make this ear warmer, I’m sure Megan from Left in Knots would love to see your finished makes on social media (Instagram, Facebook), if you are comfortable sharing. Good luck Dear Readers!
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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