“The Bean” Earwarmer/Headband (free!) pattern

Here it is! My very first “more than a single crochet scarf” crochet invention created on my very own! Okay, actually, that’s not true. My first was a elf-ish newborn hat I made for Chrissie, but I sent it to her before I could write the pattern down, so we’ll just pretend like this is the first one. Sshh!

"The Bean" Crochet Earwarmer/Headband | free pattern || the batter's box.

Don’t you just love it?! Initially I began this just as a way to learn a new stitch. I had tried a few different stitches that were new to me that night but then landed on this stitch – the bean stitch – and loved it! I liked the look so much I just kept crocheting then realized it would make a really neat earwarmer/headband, so I finished it fairly quickly, sewed on a button and that’s it!

Of course, I didn’t write down what I was doing while I was crocheting, so I had to go back and try to write it down while counting stitches and such. I followed my written pattern and tried to iron out the kinks while making a new earwarmer (in white).

No more rambling. Here is the pattern!

“The Bean” Earwarmer/Headband
Yarn: Choose your own (I have been using yarn that I got from a rummage sale for $1 (two huge trash bags for $1. Aw yeah!), so I’m really not sure what kind of yarn all of this is. 🙁 Not even sure what it’s made of but the yellow is a softer, thinner, more cotton-y style yarn, while the white feels just like Red Heart, worsted weight, in white.)
Hook: G, 4mm
Size: Yellow one is 19.5” x 4.25”, white one is 21.5” x 4.5”
Ch: chain
HDC: Half double crochet
HDC dec: Half double crochet decrease
Bean stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up through stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook and pull up through same stitch (four loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook and pull up through same stitch (six loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all six loops
Ch 11
Row 1: HDC in 2nd chain from hook, 9 HDC, ch 2, turn
Row 2: 10 HDC, ch 2, turn
Row 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, 8 HDC, 2 HDC in last stitch, ch 2, turn
Row 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, 10 HDC, 2 HDC in last stitch, ch 2, turn
Row 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, 12 HDC, 2 HDC in last stitch, ch 2, turn
Row 6: 16 HDC, ch 2, turn
Row 7: 16 HDC, ch 2, turn
Row 8: 16 HDC, ch 2, turn
Row 9: *skip 1 stitch, 1 bean stitch, ch 1,* repeat from * 7 times (8 total beans), turn
Row 10: Make bean stitch in ch 1 space of bean stitch in previous row, ch 1, turn (8 total beans)
Row 11-53: Repeat row 10, ch 2 after last round
Row 54: *HDC in ch 1 space of bean in previous row, HDC in top of bean* repeat from * 6 times, HDC in ch 1 of last bean (15 HDC), ch 2, turn
Row 55: HDC dec in first stich, 11 HDC, HDC dec in last two stitches, ch 2, turn
Row 56: HDC dec in first stitch, 9 HDC, HDC dec, ch 2, turn
Row 57: HDC dec, 7 HDC, HDC dec, ch 2, turn
Row 58: HDC dec, 5 HDC, HDC dec, ch 2, turn
Row 59: HDC in first stitch, HDC, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, 3 HDC, ch 2, turn (Creates button hole)
Row 60: HDC in first stitch, 6 HDC Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew a button in the middle of the first few rows where you’d like it to be.

To clarify where you will be making the bean stitches after making the initial row of bean stitches, see this picture:

"The Bean" Crochet Earwarmer/Headband | free pattern || the batter's box.

Make sure not to miss that last one in the row! It’s hidden.

And here is the white one I made after ironing out some kinks in the pattern:

"The Bean" Crochet Earwarmer/Headband | free pattern || the batter's box.
No, I didn’t actually attach the button yet, okay?!


Hope you all enjoy the pattern. I’d love to know if anyone makes anything from this! And I also would love to know if you find any errors in the pattern. I can always use a proofreader! 🙂

Happy crocheting! 🙂

UPDATE 01/26/13: Someone pointed out to me that I had written “half double chain” instead of “half double crochet.” I have corrected this mistake in the post and the PDF pattern.


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20 Responses to “The Bean” Earwarmer/Headband (free!) pattern

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi! I made a red ear warmer and I get a lot of compliments and now my friends want me to make one for them! Thanks for the pattern!

  2. tabatha says:

    Hi, can you tell me how long the finished product should be?
    When I made one, it was really too long. i need to decrease my bean rows….but dont know when to start to decrease for the button flap part.

    • Hilary Hilary says:

      Hi Tabatha! It depends on what type of yarn you are using. If you use cotton yarn, it should be about 19″, but if you use Red Heart or something similar that’s thicker, it should be about 21.5″ if you follow the pattern exactly.

      If you are making this for yourself, I would just put it up to your head to see when the bean rows are long enough. I made mine so that the beans start and end at my ears.

  3. sharon mckay says:

    Should I count the chain 2 as a stitch? I keep getting an uneven edge in my first 5 rows. If I am adding stitches at both ends, I dont end up with 8, 10 and 11 to H.D.C.
    What am I doing wrong?

    • Hilary Hilary says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I just realized that Row 5 had an error. It should be 2 HDC in the first stitch, 12 HDC across, and 2 HDC in last stitch. That will make 16 HDC for that row (not counting the ch 2).

      Rows 3-5 are adding stitches, so the rows will not be even. They should be getting longer. How many stitches are in each of rows 3-5 for you?

  4. Patti says:

    Wondering about the HDC you have listed for the half double as well as the decrease…am I missing something or how to clarify which is which? Haven’t started it yet, but would like to! 🙂

    • Hilary Hilary says:

      Hi Patti! I am not sure I understand your question. In the pattern, the regular half double crochet is listed as “HDC” and the half double crochet decrease is listed as “HDC dec.” You will only use the decrease in the last few rows in order to decrease the number of stitches to make the rows shorter at the end. Does this help you?

      • Patti says:

        Yes and thanks!! I think I must of been half asleep this morning as all I seemed to read was “HDC”…missed that “dec” completely!! Sorry for the confusion! 🙂

  5. Bern says:

    Hello I just made my first ear warmer and it turned out great. Thank you for shareing the bean pattern looks great.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    I would like to make this narrower…shall I just decrease beginning chain in even numbers?

  7. Rebecca says:

    On row 10 do I need to chain 1 between each bean stitch?

  8. Mansi says:

    I made it today. N it feels warm, smooth n covers my ears properly n everyone loves it……I have some orders now…thanks to you.

  9. Karen says:

    I’m making this earwarmer and it’s absolutely beautiful. One quick question. What size button should I use?

  10. Diana Scott says:

    Hi Hillary… At the end of row 9 you are not chaining up any after you turn. Is this correct?

  11. Nettie says:

    Shouldn’t Row 1 be 10 HDCs instead of 9? 🙂

  12. Jo Schreibeis says:

    I’ve loved the bean stitch for a long time…and you’ve done a great job with your headwarmer pattern!!! I’ll be making this for sure! Thank you!!
    Mama Jo’s Inspired by Love

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