This season's must-have ear warming makes

Published on 12 November 2021 4 min read

The knitted hood has been spotted gracing the catwalks from Miu Miu to Marc Jacobs this winter. This can only mean one thing: cosy unconventional crochet and knitwear is making a comeback! To celebrate the new balaclava trend we've rounded up 20 ear-warming knitting and crochet patterns that go beyond the humble knitted hat. Think fashionable berets, stylish headbands and all-in-one coverups that keep head, ears and neck toasty. Which look will you be channeling this season?

1. RidingHood 

This fashionable hood fuses a balaclava and bonnet, for a fuss free, sleek, buttoned alternative to the standard beanie. We love this bright block shade of rouge, which will give your winter wardrobe a pop! A wonderful stash busting project with maximum impact.

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RidingHood

By justtheworsted

2. Headband ear warmer for messy hair 

This cool open-hat-cum-headband is a godsend for those messy hair days when you just want to pin back the flyaways yet stay stylish at the same time. A great loom knitting project for beginners looking for a step up!

Headband Ear warmer for Messy Hair
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Headband Ear warmer for Messy Hair

By Denise Canela

3. Balaclava La Dolce Vita 

Whether you're cycling through the city, taking a hike on a winters day, or just on the look out for a fashionably warm accessory to keep your neck, head and face warm. This La Dolce Vita balaclava beginner knitting pattern is your go-to make this season!

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Balaclava La Dolce Vita

By Dana Kikic Nemmert

4. Easy crochet headband 

This easy headband is so quick and stylish you can make one in every shade! Brilliant for gifting to friends or just making one to suit every outfit.

Easy Crochet Headband
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Easy Crochet Headband

By KnitcroAddict

5. Sharav 

Inspired by the eastern wind sweeping across the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, this beautiful balaclava will keep you stylish and snug this winter. The mesmerising Fair Isle pattern is influenced by middle eastern geometric design, and knits up in one piece for unforgettable make.

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Sharav

By Ranée Mueller

6. Patrick's balaclava

This vintage inspired cape with knitting hood is great for giving your wardrobe a modern unconventional sensibility with an ethereal twist.

Patrick's Balaclava
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Patrick's Balaclava

By Laurinda Reddig

7. Parisienne puff beret 

Oh la la! This Parisienne puff beret is fashionable in every way. The perfect accompaniment for crisp winter walks, this crochet pattern is great for intermediate makers wanting to add a little va va voom to their wardrobe!

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Parisienne Puff Beret

By Rose Obom

8. Icicle balaclava

This hat, snood and scarf combination is an understated cool wardrobe essential you'll love wearing daily. Knit up in your favourite natural shades of Rowan Felted Tweed DK yarn, for a slouchy just-thew-this-on-but-look-utterly-rock-and-roll look!

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Icicle Balaclava

By Kari-Helene Rane

9. Dahlia ear warmer 

Plump kitten-soft super chunky yarn knit into a sumptuous beginner headband that will keep your ears nice and toasty. Need we say more?

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Dahlia Ear Warmer

By Ragline Knits

10. Bobblelicious ear warmer 

We adore the pops of contrast colour featured in this uber stylish bobbly ear-warmer crochet design. Make yours in your favourite tones, and why not complete the set by making the matching cowl after!

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Bobblelicious Ear Warmer

By Noorain Nizami

11. I Love Cables headband 

This cabled headband is ready to accompany you on any adventure this season! Whether you're climbing snowy peaks or strolling the Christmas markets, this satisfying ear-warmer can be stitched in a couple of hours.

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I Love Cables Headband

By Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne K

12. Hooded scarf

For an effortlessly chic hooded scarf with the dreamiest drape, look no further than this beautiful free knitting pattern by Schachenmayr.

Hooded scarf in Schachenmayr Fabienne - Downloadable PDF
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Hooded scarf in Schachenmayr Fabienne - Downloadable PDF

By Schachenmayr

13. "The Huggle" hooded cowl 

Imagine been hugged by a soft yarny-cloud. That's pretty much the experience of wearing The Huggle. This snug hooded cowl can even be knit by a beginner! True story. So what are you waiting for...

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"The Huggle" Hooded Cowl

By Jess Coppom Make & Do Crew

14. Tunisian balaclava

This two-tone classic balaclava can be worn as a cowl or slung effortlessly over the head as a hood too. The soft drape makes this multi-purpose design stitch-perfect! A masterful make for experienced crocheters, especially when teamed with rustic Icelandic wool.

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Tunisian Balaclava

By Patrick Zein

15. Hooded cowl

Take a wander off the beaten track with this beautiful hooded cowl. With ribbed neck and border design detail, this is a fantastically warm knit. Choose camel or coffee shades of yarn for a classic twist, or opt for bright zingy tones for a pop!

Hooded Cowl in Schachenmayr Northern - 8932 - Downloadable PDF
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Hooded Cowl in Schachenmayr Northern - 8932 - Downloadable PDF

By Schachenmayr

16. City Walks beret

Nothing says Parisian chic like a classic red beret. This beautiful pattern means you can stitch your own! Crocheted from the crown down, make yours to measure with this divine vintage design.

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City Walks Beret

By Susan Crawford Vintage

17. Insvept hood and scarf

This Scandi-inspired hood and scarf is epitome of hygge! Designed in kitten-soft MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino, it will be like wrapping yourself up in a cloud of yarny goodness.

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"Insvept Hood And Scarf" - Scarf Knitting Pattern For Women in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino

By MillaMia

18. Art nouveau Fair Isle headband

Knitted in stockinette, this beautiful Fair Isle headband will bring a zap of colour to your winter wardrobe. Make the headband as a stand alone accessory or whip up the matching jumper too. If you're new to this knitting technique, our guide to knitting Fair Isle is here to help!

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Art nouveau fairisle headband

By Colorway Knits

19. Twisted headband ear warmers 

This beginner twisted headband is fashionable and will keep your ears toasty this winter. Simple and understated, the twist gives this accessory a pretty design feature you can dress up or down. You'll want to make one in every colour!

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Twisted Headband Ear warmers

By Littlejohn's Yarn

20. Tornado beret 

If you love berets, you'll love this raspberry shaded Tornado edition. Crammed with beautiful detail, the soft MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran will give your stitches a gorgeous definition. A great make for intermediate makers who are looking for a fashionable alternative to a beanie!

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Tornado Beret

By Soft Audrey

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