Winter Cable Knit Ear Warmer

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This cable knit ear warmer is giving all the cozy winter vibes. Perfect knit headband to keep your ears warm during the cold winter months, especially if you prefer to wear your hair up.

The ear warmer is quick to knit, making it a fun project to create. You will be making one in every colour!

This is an intermediate knitting pattern. Although an advanced beginner could probably knit this with ease with the help of the video instructions shown for this pattern. Knowledge of knitting cables is beneficial for making this headband.

Winter Cable knit ear warmer


  • 8mm (US 11) knitting needles
  • Cable needle
  • Two of Wand Hue and Me yarn or a similar bulky lvl 5 yarn.


  • 4 sts x 4 rows = 1″x 1″ stockinet square


  • ~ 47 yards


  • Pattern is written for an adult ear warmer
  • Ear warmer measures about 4.25 inches wide
  • Fits a head circumference of 20-22″
  • You can use any lv 5 bulky yarn for this project.


  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • sl st: slip stitch * For this pattern; slip the stich purl wise, making sure to hold the yarn to the back
  • sts: stitches
  • RKC: right knit cable
  • LKC: left knit cable

**Right Knit cable**

  • slip 3 stitches onto your cable needle and hold to the back of your work. Knit the next three stitches. Then knit the 3 stitches off your cable needle

**Left Knit Cable**

  • Slip 3 stiches onto your cable needle and hold at the front of your work. Knit the next three stitches. Then knit the 3 stitches off your cable needle.


Using 8mm knitting needles cast on 18 stitches.

Row 1: sl st , p2, k12, p2, k1

Row 2: sl st, k2, p12, k3

Row 3: sl st, p2, k12, p2, k1

Row 4: sl st, k2, p12, k3

Row 5: sl st, p2, 6-RKC, 6-LKC,p2, k1

Row 6-73: repeat rows 2-5 (repeat the sequence 17 times, or until your work measures about 18.5 inches long) 

Row 74: sl st, k2, p12, k3

Cast off. Leave a long enough tail to seam the ends closed. 

Seam ends together using the mattress stitch. Weave in ends. 


This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of for your own personal use but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me Meg Hardison and link back to The Northern Moose Blog. Permission is not granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

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