Friday, October 4, 2013

Fourth Day Earwarmer Recipe

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The Fourth Day Earwarmer is a quick knit to keep your head toasty warm this season. I named it "Fourth Day" because it will become that favorite accessory that will help you squeeze a fourth day out of your blowout. I love anything that keeps me from having to wash my hair!

It's not really a pattern design, just a quick little project to use up some last bits of yarn and to brighten your wintery spirits.

Not a knitter? You may purchase this cozy earwarmer in my ETSY SHOP!


40 yards super bulky yarn (I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool, my fav)
sz 13 needles
tapestry needle

Crossed Stitch:
R1: k1, *sl 1 st purlwise (with yarn at the back), k1, yo, psso (pass slipped stitch over both), repeat from * to last stitch, k1
R2: k1, purl to last stitch, k1
*See notes at the end for help with stitch pattern

CO 14 stitches.
R1: Begin with R1 of Crossed Stitch pattern.
R2: Every WS row will be R2 of Crossed Stitch pattern.
Repeat R1 and R2 for 19 inches, or a length that fits your head size.
Bind off.
Weave in ends and block.
Seam ends of work together using mattress stitch. Note: the stitch pattern creates diagonal ends of the work, so the seam will run diagonally as well.

Now throw on your earwarmer and put your blow dryer away!

Please post your cute earwarmers on the RAVELRY PROJECT PAGE to show your Fourth Day love!

Extra help:
Slipping a stitch purlwise
Slipping a stitch purlwise with yarn at the back
Passing a slipped stitch over

Text © Emily Blue 2013
Photographs © Emily Blue 2013
This pattern is intended for personal use only and not for retail sale. All rights reserved. No portion may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without prior permission of the author.


  1. How do you seam up your ends? Would mattress stitch work on this?

  2. Yes I use mattress stitch as well! The seam ends up running diagonally down the back of the work because of the stitch pattern :)

  3. The headband looks so cute! I'm having a little trouble understanding the pattern though. Is there any way you could post a quick video of the first few rows? Thanks!

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      I'm assuming it's the stitch pattern that might be confusing--I edited the post to include some tutorial videos and discussion on how to complete each part of the crossed stitch pattern. I hope that helps! Please let me know if there is something more specific that is holding you up:)

  4. Thanks for the free pattern! Just made 2 and they are super cute!

  5. Sorry, a little confused. And new at knitting. I watched the video for psso, and I'm not sure which (the dbl decrease or sgl decrease) is in this pattern?

    1. Hi Elise, I've (hopefully) answered your question in my answer to Sarah below:)

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  7. I have the same question as Elise, about the psso. So far my 6 inches or so of knitting do not look anything like your pictures. I tried the psso both ways, but only the single decrease comes out to the right number of stitches so that is what I have been doing. I'm still not sure what "pass slipped stitch over both" means though, so I'm thinking something there might be the cause of my confusion. Could you clarify? Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your questions! I'm referring to a single decrease in the psso of this pattern. To clarify: slip the stitch onto your next needle as if you were going to purl a stitch. Knit the next stitch. Make a yarn over. Then grab the slipped stitch with your needle and pull it over the knitted stitch and the yarn over, and off your needle. I hope that helps clarify! Please let me know if that is still confusing:)