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Topic: earwarmer? forget that, I've got earwarmEST! [PATTERN ADDED]  (Read 3021 times)
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« on: December 09, 2006 12:33:13 PM »

EDIT: Pattern at the bottom of the first page, scroll down!

I saw an earwarmer like this in a store, and realized I could make a far better one from materials I had lying around the house.  I thought about using Knitty's calorimetry as a basis, but I liked the way the pattern of the one I saw goes up over the head instead of across it...so I just kind of made something up.  Cast on, and an hour later I was ready to go out to lunch in style!

This kind of shows the shaping...I don't know why it looks so angular in these photos, I think the edge was just folded weird:


The inside:


Action shot:


I went back later and added a lining inside for extra warmness and to help keep its shape.  Soooo cozy!  This is my new favorite for winter.
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006 12:34:16 PM »

that looks like a panta, sort of. Nice job Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006 07:52:18 PM »

haha...earwarnest! that's a clever name.
it looks really warm and cozy. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2006 10:43:46 PM »

Your earwarmer is great! It definitely looks extra warm.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006 09:32:23 AM »

yay, finally SOMEONE responded to my post.  I was bummed that I spent 3+ hours hand sewing in the damn lining and then nobody thought it was cool.  I'm really kind of pattern-challenged, so I was super proud of myself for coming up with this on the fly.  two of my friends have since begged me to make one for them...including my too-ridiculously-hip-to-live friend who only wears marc jacobs, so I figure it must have turned out pretty well!
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006 10:24:21 AM »

It definitely turned out well! Don't you love when your friends want something you've made?! Smiley

What did you use for the lining?
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2006 12:28:59 PM »

It definitely turned out well! Don't you love when your friends want something you've made?! Smiley

What did you use for the lining?

It's a double-knit fabric...just something I had lying around.  it would be even better with fleece.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2006 04:45:50 PM »

I think this is fantastic!  I've made both Panta and Calorimetry and, while they're okay, I'm not in love with either one.  I'd love to try yours... did you write down what you did?  And are you willing to share? Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2006 08:46:07 PM »

I think this is fantastic!  I've made both Panta and Calorimetry and, while they're okay, I'm not in love with either one.  I'd love to try yours... did you write down what you did?  And are you willing to share? Grin

Absolutely!  I've made two by now, so I know it offhand.

Yarn: Rowan bulky (I forget the exact name...the chunky one)
Needles: US11
Also: One button (about 1.5" diameter) and fabric for lining.

Measure your head and figure out approximately how big your earwarmest has to be.  The finished dimensions on mine are 23" long, 4.5" wide.  Each increase/decrease section takes approximately 6", so subtract 12" from your total length to figure out how long the middle section is.

Cast on 5 stitches and work in St st for about 6 rows.  Now start your first set of increases:

Starting on RS:
Row 1: K1, M1, K until you have one stitch left on the needle, M1, K1.
Row 2: P all
Row 3: K all
Row 4: P all
Repeat until earwarmest is 4.5" wide.

Now work in St st for however long you figured out your middle has to be.  To get 23", I worked 18 rows.  Now start decreases:

Starting on RS:
Row 1: K1, K2tog, K until you have three stitches left on the needle, K2tog, K1
Row 2: P all
Row 3: K all
Row 4: P all
Repeat until you have five stitches left.

Now you're going to make your button flap.
Work 2 rows in St st.
Next row: K1, K2tog, K2
Next row: K1, yo, K2
Work another 2 rows in St st and bind off.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends and block.  If you want a lining, place your earwarmest on a piece of paper and trace it.  Use this pattern to cut out two pieces of fabric.  Place wrong sides facing and sew around edges, leaving ends open.  Turn inside out (so right side is facing outward) and sew ends close.  Press and sew into your earwarmest.  Sew button on flap so that it matches up with your buttonhole on the other side.

Making one earwarmest (sans lining) takes me a little over an hour, and I'm not the world's fastest knitter!  Let me know if you have any problems with the pattern!
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006 07:04:25 AM »

Thanks!  I'll give this a try soon.  I'll be using Red Heart Cozy Wool (5=Chunky),which I hope is about the same.  I made my mittens and Calorimetry with it, using 4.5 mm needles (US 7).  I like the tightness of the knitting... I'm hoping I can figure out how to make this pattern work with my own guage.  I'll let you know how it goes...
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