Messy bun beanies are all the rage right now but what is a girl to do if her hair isn’t long enough for a messy bun? You crochet a wide earwarmer, that’s what. Keep your ears cozy and your hair neat.
I used a new stitch for this project. It’s called the “mixed cluster “. I love the texture of it. You start this stitch in the same stitch you finished the previous cluster. I know it sounds a little intimidating but once you get the hang of it you’ll fly through this project.
Mixed Cluster Stitch Video Tutorial
- Bernat Super Value Yarn. Baby Pink. Or similar #4/worsted yarn. Less than 1 skein.
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Size and Gauge
- Size: When layed flat finished piece measures 10 in x 4 in
- Guage: 6 sc = 2 in.
- Ch: chain
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Sc: single crochet
- St: stitch
- Sk: skip
- Mc: mixed cluster
- Mixed Cluster (mc): yo, insert hook in stitch indicated, pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Sk 1 st. Yo, insert hook in next st, pull up loop ( 4 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same st and pull up another loop. Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.
- Mixed Cluster Photo Tutorial
Rnd 1: Loosely Ch 59. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Join to top of 1st sc using a sl st. Take care not to twist the yarn. Use tail to join bottom of of stitch (58)
Rnd 2: Ch 1. Mixed cluster starting in same sp as ch 1. *Ch 1, mc starting in same st as previous mc, repeat from * ending the last mc in same st as beginning ch 1. Ch 1, Join to top of first mc using sl st.
Rnd 3 : Ch 1, sc in same space as ch 1. Sc in each ch 1 and mc around. Join to top of first sc using a sl st.
Rnd 4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3. On last round finish off and weave in ends.
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Barb Wagenfuhr says
If I would like to make this headband a bit bigger, what is the stitch count repeat? I would like to figure out how many foundation stitches I need to begin the headband. Thank you so much!
If you find out I’d like to make bigger ones too.
Belinda Williams says
So could you keep going up with this pattern and make it a pony tail beanie? Is it worked bottom up or top to bottom? Thanks.
I was really impressed how quick it was, made 2 within an hour, thank you 😊
Charla London says
Just finished this and I have to say wow! Absolutely love it and I made it in about 40 minutes. Will be making several more for a Christmas bazaar next week! Thanks for sharing!
Is there a video tutorial available? Please and thank you!
Sorry cassie I dont have a video tutorial for this pattern.
vivian Walmsley says
Is there any way to avoid the tangle joining together . I know of a way if you didnt have to sc before you join with the slip stitch I am having a horrid time , keeps twisting
Janet full says
Hi after completing round 3 how many sc should you have? Worked this pattern twice and after round 2 I am coming up with 54? Should it be 58 after the mixed cluster?
Elizabeth Scott says
what is yo? I am not familiar with that term. Thanks
I just finished one today. love the pattern, thank you!
New to crocheting, a video tutorial would be so helpful!
I think it would help alot if you did a tutorial and did it step by step.
Hello, I found the pattern easy to follow but the end result is only 8 inches instead of 10. I don’t think it’s big enough to fit anyone but a baby! I used the recommended hook size but perhaps my stitches are tighter than yours. I also used the chain and the skip a stitch in the creation of the mc row. Any suggestions for how to make it bigger? I think I should start with more chains but not sure how many?
You are right, try adding more chains, any odd number will work. You could also try going up a hook size or two.
At the beginning when it says to use the tail to join the bottom of the stitch, is that sewing it together using a tapestry needle? I am pretty new to crochet, but don’t seem to understand how to properly join the row of single crochet since the bottom doesn’t come together when you sl st into the top of the sc.
Sabrina Bacon says
I love this pattern! It works up so beautifully and your instructions are spot on! I completed it doing only 7 rows for my daughter but plan on another one with all 11 😊
Thank you so much for the kind compliment! I’m so glad you enjoyed this ear warmer.
How do I make it for adult female ?
Just make it as written. ☺ It should fit most adult females.
I’m having a problem with round 2. “Chain 1. MC in same space as chain 1”. Where does the MC start? Because a chain is just a loop. Thanks! Love the pattern, just need some clarification.
Start the Mc in the stitch at the base of the ch 1. ☺
Let me first say this stitch is beautiful when done, but a pain in the u know what for at least the first round. After that as you said it because very easy. The lady who received this was thrilled to pieces and j will be incorporating it in my other projects, thank you so much it’s a very beautiful pattern when all done. David
I’m having trouble with this. I’ve got the pattern down good, but it seems that the top part of the ear warmer is looser than the bottom chain part. Am I doing something wrong?
Hi Melissa, be sure you are skipping a stitch when you make the mixed cluster (start in one stitch, skip one and then finish the stitch in the next). It could also just be that your beginning chain is to tight, try going up a hook size for the chain and see if that helps.
Kristina Q says
Just finished this pattern. It was very easy to follow. I have a tight stitch so I used size J hook and only did 8 rows.
I’m so glad you liked it Kristina!
Just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks! With a few days left of winter break, I bet I can get one done!
Rnd 3 : Ch 1, sc in same space as ch 1. Sc in each ch 1 and mc around.
**??is there no join to sc *Or* ch1 ??**
Thank you for catching this Cindy! Yes, you join to the 1st sc. I just updated the pattern.
Shawn Lowe says
This pattern worked up nicely. Iam gonna adjust the beginning chain count for a smaller version. Wish me luck!!
I am doing the messy bun, love the pattern, my problem is it do lay flat it looks bottom is to big for top ruffled. Done it 3 times
Hi Pamela, If it gets ruffled at the top you may need to make your beginning chain looser, try going up a hook size to do the chain and see if that makes a difference. and also be sure that when you make the mixed cluster stitch you are skipping one stitch between where you start the stitch and where you finish it. If you aren’t skipping it, you are adding stitches which could also cause a ruffle.
Would like to know how to do this on a loom..dont know how to knit..
I’m sorry Kristie but I am not sure how to use a loom so I can’t really offer you any suggestions.
Hi Heather, I’m having trouble reading the pattern of the cluster stitch. What do you mean by SK 1 st?
Hi Lois, it means skip 1 stitch. You start the mixed cluster in 1 stitch, skip 1 stitch and then finish in the next.
Love this pattern! It is working up so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing it!
You’re welcome Tammy.
Bridget Poole says
Do you have a video of this pattern.
I’m sorry I don’t have a video of this.
Bridget Poole says
I was wondering how to do the sl st in the bottom.
Thank you so much for this pretty pattern. I’m donating hats and headbands to elementary schools in my area and was tiring of the same old headband patterns. I made this pattern a little smaller for school age (8-12 yrs) by following your hook size but chaining 51 sts. It turned out perfect and l didn’t have any difficulty with pattern at all. Lovely! I heard the little girls are thrilled with their headbands! Thanks from the bottom of my ❤️
I love this stitch!!! I’m trying to figure out how to make a baby blanket using it. Any suggestions?? Thank you for sharing this pattern. I love it.
Hi Trena! Isn’t it fun! Such a great texture. Daisy Farm Crafts has a pattern worked in rows using this stitch. She also gives the multiple needed to mame it longer. http://daisyfarmcrafts.com/scarfie-crocheted-mixed-cluster-stitc/
Moira Stewart says
Round 2 not clear where to make MC. Should it be in each sc, there is no previous MC. Thanks.
Hi Moira! I’m sorry your having trouble. By previous MC, I mean the Mc before it in the same round. Does that help any? So you’ll start the round with a ch 1. then in the same space you’ll start your MC. After you pull through the 2 loops you pulled up, sk 1 stitch (in this case a sc from round 1) then complete the cluster in the next stitch. Your next MC with start in the same stich you completed the last MC in.
Moira Stewart says
Thanks so much for your help. I’m on a roll now. It looks good.