The Madison Ear Warmer

Madison Knit Ear Warmer Pattern

The Madison Ear Warmer uses the Chunky Twist Technique by Nina Ruth I have used the twist technique that I learned from her Chunky Twist Pattern but knit a completely different body and used a super bulky yarn. This is not the same pattern as the Chunky Twist, it uses the twist and I felt I should credit the author as that is where I learned that technique for this pattern.

I have combined one of my ear warmer patterns (Knit Ear Warmer Pattern) and changed the finishing technique to use the twist that I learned from the Chunky Twist Pattern and knit it using a super bulky yarn. The stitch used is the seed stitch, which is one of my favorite stitches and I absolutely love the way it came out. I prefer knitting with heavier weight yarns and love the texture that this stitch gives to this ear warmer.

I wanted to share with you how this was made, I hope you like it.

Madison Ear Warmer

The Madison Ear Warmer

This is a modified version of my Knit Ear Warmer Pattern, made using a bulky yarn and finished with a twist.

Supplies Needed

Super Bulky Yarn (I used Lion Brand Hometown USA and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick)

Size US 13 or 15 straight knitting needles depending on how tight you want the stitch to be. I like using a size 15 with the Hometown USA Yarn and a size 13 with the Wool-Ease Yarn

Measuring Tape

Darning or Tapestry Needle

Optional: Vegan Leather Tag

You can also purchase the PDF version of this pattern in my shop.

PDF version of the Madison Ear Warmer Pattern


bo = bind off,    co = cast on,    k = knit,    p = purl,     sl1wyif = slip one stitch with yarn in front,   st = stitch

Let's Get Started

Cast On 15 sts for the Large Ear Warmer, 11 sts for a Small or Child Sized Ear Warmer

When starting each row you will slip the first stitch with your yarn IN FRONT as if you are going to purl the stitch, it is very important to always slip this stitch the same way each tim.

Row 1: sl1wyif, *k1, p1. Repeat from the * until you get to the last 2 stitches. knit the last 2 stitches.

Repeat Row 1 until work measures desired length. I stopped at 19.5 inches for the Large/Adult Ear Warmer and 17.5 inches for the Child Sized Ear Warmer.

Bind off using any method.

See photo tutorial images below for finishing technique.

Photo Tutorial

Slipping the first stitch to create a clean edge

Slip the first stitch by inserting the needle as if you are going to purl the stitch.
Slip stitch from the left hand needle to the right hand needle.

Slipping the first stitch purlwise with the yarn in front and knitting the last stitch of each row is what keeps the edge of your work looking neat. This makes this flat work have a clean edge that looks really nice once you wear the ear warmer.


Finishing technique, The Twist:

Madison Beanie Twist Finish
Fold both ends of the headband and insert in a zigzag manner. Stitch across the 4 edges. Once stitched across you can inside out to reveal the twist.

Finishing Touches

I have created some really cool Ear Warmer tags that can be used with Knit and Crochet Ear Warmers. The tags really give a finished look to your items you are gifting and selling. I have had customers tell me that when they use product tags and labels it gives there work a look of professionalism that helps them sell more items.

Madison Earwarmer by Savlabot

Knit Ear Warmer Printables on Etsy

Since writing this pattern in 2019, I have started selling vegan suede tags. Adding a tag is the perfect finishing touch to your handknit ear warmers. You can find a variety of tags in my Etsy shop.

Yarn Heart Vegan Suede Tags Mushroom Vegan Suede Tags

Hello there! That’s me filling in as an Ear Warmer Model 🙂

Thank you for making it this far

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. If you knit one please share with me on social media, I love seeing what people make using ideas they found on my blog. You can share by tagging me @savlabot or using #Savlabot

If you have the time I would appreciate it if you would visit my Etsy Shop, sales on tags, patterns, printables and other items such as the PDF version of this pattern or the printable set and vegan suede tags in this post help me out a lot so that I can keep adding freebies like these on my blog. I choose to not have pop up ads, I love not having ads all over my site, I don’t want to add ads other than a few affiliate links here and there to my posts as I think ads really ruin the viewing experience. I am hoping if I can continue to make sales in my Etsy Shop to help me with my finances I can continue to add freebies to my site.

PDF version of the Madison Ear Warmer Pattern

This pattern and the pictures are property of Savlabot and may not be shared or sold. You are welcome to sell finished products that are made using this pattern, but please link pattern/blog post to Savlabot as the author or the pattern link in your description and use pictures you have taken yourself if posting in an online marketplace such as Etsy. If you share on social media please tag me with @savlabot and use #TheMadisonEarWarmer. Thank you.

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