Materials: One 2-ounce skein of four-ply knitting worsted is sufficient to make this pair of ear muffs; use a size 6 crochet hook. The directions are for a head size 21. For added decoration, a snow man is fastened to center of each muff.
Abbreviations: Ch (chain); sts (stitches); sl st (slip stitch); sc (single crochet); lp (loop); hdc (half double crochet)-thread over as for a dc, insert hook in st and pull lp through, thread over and pull through all lps at once; rnd (round).
Gauge: 4 sts equal one inch. 2 rows make one inch.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 5 sc in first ch, join to first sc with sl st.
Rnd 2: Draw out one fourth inch lp on hook, (thread over and in same sc as sl st take up another lp) twice, thread over and draw through all lps on hook-thus a hdc cluster is made. Make a second hdc cluster in same st. Make 2 hdc clusters in each of the next 4 sts, join with sl st to first hdc cluster made.
Rnds 2, 3: Draw out one-fourth inch lp on hook, make 2 hdc clusters in same st as sl st, make 2 hdc clusters in each St around, join as before.
Rnd 4: 2 hdc clusters in every fourth st. Sl st all around, fasten off. Make 2.
Headband-Headband-Ch 84 (for a large size, make a longer ch), draw out lp on hook, make a hdc cluster in each st of ch, sl st in ch at end, draw out lp and make hdc clusters across other side of ch. Sl st in each st all around, fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn to sew band together. Place ear muffs in proper position and sew to 8 sts of edge of band.
Ties-Ties-Ch 2, 4 hdc clusters in last ch made, join with sl st. Now place hook all the way through the center of sts and make 1 sc, then (sc under the 2 threads on left side of sc) repeat until cord is about 12 inches long. Make 2. Join cords to ear muffs by pulling end of cord through the center of last row of sl sts, fold over and sew.
Snow Man-Use white yarn. Cut 2 cards, one 1 1/2 inches wide for arms, and the other 2 1/2 inches for body. Make arms first-cut 2 pieces of yarn 24 inches long, lay the 2 ends of yarn in center of the 1 1/2-inch card, hold with thumb and forefinger; wind a single strand of yarn 15 times around the card and over the 2 pieces of yarn. Cut yarn. Pull the ends of yarn until both ends are even. Separate the two strands, slipping one to each end of card. Tie each tightly at end of card. Slip off cardboard. Now bring both double strands of yarn evenly across to the middle and tie one knot. Wrap each piece 2 or 3 times (in opposite direction) around each arm and tie again. Place the top of arms about one-half inch down from top of 2 1/2-inch card, wrap the remaining yarn tightly 2 or 3 times around card and tie securely. Place two short lengths of yam (about 6 inches long) under yarn at each end of card. Tie end of yarn from skein to center of arms and wind the yarn 60 times around card over the center of arms. Cut yarn. Tie each end but do not cut off-pull these ends up to waist. With short lengths of yarn, wrap 2 or 3 times around for the head and tie tightly, then wrap the waist and tie rather loosely. Cut off end coming from head, but draw up the ends from bottom and tie with the 2 ends at waist. Make two.
Split a short length of colored yarn, make French knots for buttons and eyes and running stitches for mouth. Attach the snowmen to ear muffs by pulling the ends at waist through the hole in center of ear muff, pull the neck cord through the second row of hdc.