Bandless Ear Caps

Well, it’s that time of year again, which means quick and easy stocking stuffer patterns! This week it’s my Bandless Ear Caps! This was such a fun little pattern to write up. Just needed a couple (unstretched) hair elastics and some scrap yarn, and you’re off to the races!  These quick little ear caps work up in no time, and there’s both Worsted Weight and a Bulky yarn options, for all your scrap yarn needs!

The idea for these ear caps came from a Facebook request, and when I realized I couldn’t find any free patterns, I just knew I had to make one! They’re super simple, and a great beginner pattern for someone just starting out!

 Supplies 

2 unstretched Hair Elastics 

Scrap #4 yarn and 4mm hook 

Scrap #5 yarn and 6.5mm hook 

Use WOOL if felting! 

Stitches: 

Ch: chain 

Dc: double crochet 

Dc2tog: double crochet two together 

Hdc: half double crochet 

Hdc2tog: half double crochet two together 

Sl st: slip stitch 

FO: finish off 

For #4 yarn: 

Secure yarn to hair elastic using a simple knot. Using 4mm hook: 

1. Ch2. 36 dc around hair elastic. Sl st to first st. (36) 

2. Ch2. *Dc. 2Dc.* around. Sl st to first st. (54) 

3. Ch2. *Dc. Dc2tog.* around. Sl st to first st. (36) 

4. Ch2. Dc2tog around. Sl st to first st. (18) 

5. Ch2. Dc2tog around. Sl st to first st. FO. (9) 

Close the hole with the remaining length of yarn. Weave in ends. If felting, I prefer to felt by hand, since there is more control over shrinkage. I made a post about felting a while ago, you can find it HERE!

For #5 or #6 yarn: 

Secure yarn to hair elastic using a simple knot. Using 6.5mm hook: 

1. Ch2. 24 dc around hair elastic. Sl st to first st. (24) 

2. Ch2. Sc around. Sl st to first st. (24) 

3. Ch2. Dc2tog around. Sl st to first st. (12) 

4. Ch1. Hdc2tog around. Sl st to first st. (6) 

Close the hole with the remaining length of yarn. Weave in ends. If felting, I prefer to felt by hand, since there is more control over shrinkage. I made a post about felting a while ago, you can find it HERE!

And that’s it! Enjoy your new Bandless Ear Caps!

If you have any questions regarding this or any pattern, please don’t hesitate to email springintofalldesigns@gmail.com. We’d also love to see your finished work! Please tag @springintofalldesigns on your Instagram posts and tag us on Ravelry at Springintofall! You can also stay up to date by following our blog: springintofall.design.blog! 

This pattern is the property of Kaila Osborn of Spring into Fall Designs. Please do not share or publish this pattern in part or in whole; it is for personal use only. If selling finished products made from this pattern, please give proper credit to Spring into Fall Designs as the pattern designer. 

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