Big shout out to Laeia of @craftymed on Instagram for the pattern name suggestion. I had many suggestions for “wishbone” but was getting more butterfly vibes whenever I looked at this stitch pattern & absolutely love the name.
While I mostly knit with super bulky yarn, I have been wanting to add a lightweight ear warmer to my patterns and products for quite some time & I’m so happy with how this one turned out. The repeat of the stitch pattern is much easier to knit than it might appear, and it works up quite quickly!
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- Approximately 78 yds Worsted/Aran Weight yarn. I used WeAreKnitters – The Petite Wool. My testers used Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek, Bernat Super Saver, and Malabrigo Rios/Mecha.
- US 9/5.5mm knitting needles & cable needle
- Darning needle
- Row Counter (optional)
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2″ x 2″ = 9 stitches x 11 rows. Gauge was obtained by knitting flat in stockinette stitch.
This ear warmer is knit flat and seamed at the end. Pattern is sized and written for an average adult head (~22.5″). The length of the ear warmer may be adjusted by knitting more or less rows in the pattern repeat.
CO – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
SL1WYIB – slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn held in back
C6F – cable 6 front: slip 3 stitches onto the cable needle & hold in front, knit the next 3 stitches from the left needle, knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle.
C6B – cable 6 back: slip 3 stitches onto the cable needle & hold in back, knit the next 3 stitches from the left needle, knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle.
ST(S) – stitches
BO – bind off
With 5.5mm knitting needles, CO 21 sts using the long tail method.
Row 1: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 2: K9, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, K9
Row 3: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 4: K3, C6F, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, C6B, K3
Row 5: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 6: K9, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, K9
Row 7: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 8: K9, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, K9
Row 9: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 10: K9, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, K9
Row 11: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 12: K3, C6F, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, C6B, K3
Repeat rows 5 – 12 eleven more times – or until ear warmer comfortably wraps around your head – for a total of 100 rows.
Row 101: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 102: K9, P1, SL1WYIB, P1, K9
Row 103: K3, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K3
Row 104: BO all sts, cut yarn leaving a long tail for seaming.
NOTE: If knitting fewer or additional rows, make sure you BO with the right side (front) of your work facing you.
I prefer the mattress stitch for an invisible seam, but you can use whichever seaming technique you prefer.
I hope you enjoyed making this lightweight ear warmer! I would love to see and share your work so use the hashtag #ChrysalisEarWarmer and tag me (@kitzknitz) in your posts!
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