Free Crochet Pattern: Teddy Bear Ear Warmer for Dogs

I saw the most adorable photo on Instagram posted by yayoichang of two French bulldogs in some cute headgear.

Screen shot 2013-12-28 at 3.49.57 AMI then knew it was my mission in life to crochet one for Bibi! I tried to leave the pattern pretty flexible so that you cam make one to fit your own pet. I don’t know that Bibi actually NEEDS something like this, as her body temp runs really warm, but you can’t say no to cute photo ops!

bb2bb3I designed the head band to be double layered, because that’s how it looked to me in the photos. So the pattern is basically a tube (which is working both layers at the same time when you squish the tube flat) that you crochet until the length can fit around your pet’s head.  Then you just stick some ears on top. Easy!

bb4p.s. I can’t vouch for whether these will actually stay on your pet’s head for any amount of time. One good shake and Bibi’s ears went flying! I guess I would call these more of a photo prop! I think I made mine too small and they were also jutting into my neck a bit…but they were definitely WARM.

BearHeadBands

What You’ll Need

  • Red Heart Buttercup in Ballet Slipper – 1 1/2 balls (I picked this yarn because it comes in yummy pastel colors and has a fun, nubbly texture, but it IS really hard to see your stitches! Lion Brand Homespun is another, nice nubbly yarn, but you can use any yarn, really, since gauge is not a concern here. You can also work a thinner, regular yarn along with a boucle or eyelash yarn to help see your stitches better.)
  • K10/6.5mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Abbreviations

ch(s): chain(s)
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sk: skip
sl st : slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
( ): work everything in the parentheses into the next st
[ ]: work everything inside the brackets the number of times indicated

Head Band

1.  Start by figuring out how wide you want your head band, work enough chains to reach that length, and then double it. This is for the tube/double layer. I liked the look of 10 chs width on Bibi’s head, so I worked 20 chs.

2.  Sl st to 1st ch to form ring, making sure there are no twists in your chain.

3. Ch 1 and work 1 sc each in next 2 chs, then 1 hdc each in next 2 chs, then dc evenly in remaining chs. Don’t join rounds.

4. Continue to work 1 dc in each st around and around around, until your head band is long enough fit snugly but comfortably around your pet’s head. Bibi’s head, including her ears, measured 20 inches, so I made my tube 19  inches long to account for some stretch in the crochet.

5. To finish off your tube, work work 1 hdc each in the next 3 sts, then 1 sc each in the next 3 sts, then sl st into next st and break off leaving about 24 inches of yarn for sewing.

6. Sew the ends of your tube to each other to make a circle.

Ears (make 2)

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Sk 1st 2 chs and in 3rd ch work 12 dc. Sl st to 1st dc to join. (12)

Rnd 2: Ch 2. [(2 dc), 1 dc] 6 times around. Sl st to 1st dc to join. (18)

Rnd 3: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to 1st dc to join. (18)

Break off leaving about 24 inches of yarn for sewing and sew both ears to top of head band.

The one that I made for myself was 18 chs around and about 25 inches long, but you can just measure your own head as you go! I might make it thinner, though, like 14 or 16 chs, since the head band dug into my throat a little….! Enjoy! Show me photos!

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15 Responses to Free Crochet Pattern: Teddy Bear Ear Warmer for Dogs

  1. Crystal says:

    Really cute.

  2. Ashley B. says:

    My kids saw this and begged me to make them! Lol Thank you for giving me a quick project that my kids love!

    • TwinkieChan says:

      Aw, I hope they have fun!! If you are familiar with crocheting, I would probably suggest tapering the head band by the chin, if you are able, to make it more comfortable :P

  3. This is the cutest, but my doggie would eat it!

  4. Grace says:

    Awwww!! I wish I had a dog…maybe I could make it for my stuffed animal dog! ;)

  5. Kerry Webber says:

    Really admire how you see so,etching you like and then just work out a pattern for it. I hope my skills reach your level one day!

    This pattern is super cute – thank you! Love your blog Twinkie :) xxx

  6. Vief says:

    Ahhhh I love it! I will definitely try it for me and my friend, as I don’t have pets… but that’s okay they’re super adorable for humans too!

  7. Alyceen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this cute pattern. I hope my teddy-addicted friend will like this headband <3

  8. So adorable!
    You ooze creative cuteness! :)

  9. haanck says:

    My first time visiting your blog and I absolutely love it! :)( For this ear warmer, would you say this is easy, intermediate or advanced? Also, how many hours did it take you to finish one? (approximate is fine since everyone is at their own pace)

    • TwinkieChan says:

      Hi! I would say beginner-intermediate, since these are worked in the round, which is fairly basic but might be slightly daunting at first for a super-beginner :). I didn’t clock the time while making these, but I would say definitely within 2 hours?

  10. Rebecca Cole says:

    Ha ha ha, this is funny. I love the dog and how it is dressed. But I see people are shivering in the road. Help them too!

  11. Nancy Pouder says:

    Too STINKIN’ CUTE!!! and you are adorable!! You look like both my daughters and my granddaughter, who is only 10 now, but she is on her way to becoming another Twinkie Chan!!! I would love to send you a picture of her, she is so cute, let me know how. I adore your patterns!!

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