Tunisian Braided Cable Ear Warmer

IMG_20180803_130414_717Recently I have been trying to figure out the best way to make some simple cables with tunisian crochet. I thought that since you work with “live” stitches in tunisian there has to be an “easier” way to make cables than in traditional crochet.

So I did some google searching and found some videos that showed how to do a simple twisted cable. This was great, accept the cables were always extremely tight and really had more of a look of twisted stitches than it did cables.

Next I watched a bajillion knitting videos about cables to see if I could find a way to make tunisian cables look and feel a little more like knitted cables………..it was the pesky return pass that really had me hitting roadblocks and then…..the light bulb went off.

What if……stay with me now……what if you did not include your cable stitches in your return pass?! Brilliant! And that is how the cozy, thick, stretchy, beautiful cabled ear warmer came to be.

I hope that you enjoy making this as much as I did!

Tunisian Braided Cable Ear Warmer

Skill Level: Intermediate

Gauge: Gauge is not important

Sizes: One size

Finished Measurements: To your head circumference.


          Yarn: Appx 150 yds of worsted weight yarn.

Sample: Vanna’s Choice Grey Marble

Berroco Ultra Wool Cream

Hook: 9mm Tunisian hook

Notions: Scissors, darning needle, stitch markers, cable needle



  • Ch: Chain
  • Tks: Tunisian Knit Stitch

Pattern Notes

  • Pattern is worked over a 10 row repeat to desired length to fit slightly smaller than head.
  • Standard Return Pass: Yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook, *yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * until only 1 loop left on hook.


Chain 12, standard Tunisian set up row. Insert hook in bump of 2nd chain from hook, pull up a loop. Repeat across for remaining chain stitches. Standard return pass.

Row 1: Tks 10, End stitch, Standard return pass.

Row 2 & 3: Repeat row 1


Row 4: Tks 3, move 4 loops from hook to cable needle, (hold to the back of the work), Tks 7, end stitch.

  • Return: Standard return for 8 stitches on hook. Leave stitches on cable needle un worked.

Row 5: Tks 3, Tks 4 from cable needle onto hook, Tks 3, end stitch. Standard return Pass.

Row 6, 7, & 8: Repeat row 1

Row 9: Tks 7, mve 4 loops from hook to cable needle, (hold in front of work), Tks 3, end stitch.

  • Return: Standard return for 8 stitches on hook. Leave stitches on cable unworked.

Row 10: Tks 6, end stitch, Tks 4 from cable needle onto hook. Standard return pass.

Repeat rows 1-10 until piece measures slightly smaller than head circumference. Bind off, cut yarn, leave a long tail for seaming. Seam two ends together in preferred stitch. Weave in ends.


Published by Elizabeth Moran

Crochet lover, artist, mother, wife, survivor. A Boss Babe!

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