How To Crochet Round Headphone Covers / Ear Pads

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Crochet Headphone Covers for any Size

Do you have round headphones that have ear covers / pads which are starting to peel and shed their synthetic material? I have the perfect crochet pattern for you to help you fix them up and avoid needing to throw your headsets out or buy new synthetic ear pads.

I made these for myself in order to save my headphones from landfill and I absolutely love them and wanted to share the idea with you.

This pattern is for any size of round headphones. My size is quite small so I will also show you how to make them bigger to suit the size of ear pads that you have.

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A pair of black headphones with the ear pieces covered in yellow crochet covers. The background is off white.

What to do With the Original Covers?

Is it just me or do these synthetic headphone covers never last? They always seem to begin disintegrating and I wish that more were made of something more eco friendly or biodegradable so we could replace them easily without damaging the environment.

Unfortunately, ear pads / cushions are usually made of synthetic leather, real leather, velour or synthetic foam and the reasons are for comfort, sound quality and noise isolation.

If yours are made of real leather, then you can just pop the original covers in your home compost; be sure that there is no synthetic on the inside before you do this. Only the real leather can be composted.

Any that are made of synthetic material like mine were (mine were synthetic foam which is porous and wears away quickly) unfortunately there is nothing else to do but send them to landfill.

You don’t want any of the micro plastics entering any water systems or spreading around the atmosphere so I would put them in a used bag to contain the shedding and put them in the bin.

Once you have dealt with your shedding covers, you can now make some new fresh ear pads with this easy crochet pattern and a sustainable yarn, see my recommendations below.

Then, if needed in the future, you will be able to replace them again easily and without guilt by simply composting them and making a new set.

Let’s get to the pattern!

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Getting Started With The Pattern

What Size Headphones is This Pattern for?

Mine are Sennheiser travel headphones that fold away easily into a small case. The ear pads themselves measure about 5cm in diameter without the cushion. They are also an exact circle which makes the pattern really easy and I will show you how to make them larger if you need them to be.

Watch the Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial below or continue scrolling for the written pattern.

What you Will Need

Hook: 4.5mm

Yarn: You will need a really soft, worsted weight yarn. I used Paintbox Yarns Recycled Cotton Worsted in honey and steel blue but you could use any other sustainable, worsted yarn you like that matches the gauge and is soft enough to feel comfortable to wear for a long time. I suggest something natural like organic cotton so they are breathable.

Here are some sustainable recommendations that I think could work really well:

Scissors

A Stitch Marker

Elastic Band (optional)

Abbreviations

Mr = Magic Ring (see my video tutorial for a recap)
St = Stitch
Ss = Slip Stitch (recap how to slip stitch)
Sc = Single Crochet (U.K. Double Crochet - recap how to single crochet)
Blo = Back Loop Only
(10) = Numbers in brackets at the end of rows show how many stitches you should have at that point. 
** = Repeat instructions between the asterisks as many times as it states after the x or until the end of the round. 

Gauge

16 sc and 20 rows over 10cm (4”).

Notes

  • Skill level: Easy.

  • The pattern is written in US crochet terms. Please see the abbreviations section above for conversions to UK terms.

  • The first stitch of each round is made into the stitch after the join.

  • The last stitch of each round is made into the marked stitch.

  • When counting your stitches, be sure to include the marked stitch.

  • To make the cushion hold onto the earpiece you can crochet the last round tighter than usual, use a smaller hook or crochet the last round over an elastic band. I simply crochet the last round a bit tighter than usual.

  • We don’t need to weave in any ends as we can just tuck them in underneath the cover.

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The Pattern

Begin with mr. (See my Magic Ring tutorial)

Round 1: 6 sc into mr. Pull mr closed and ss into first sc to join. Mark the join. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc into first st from join. 2 sc into each st including the marked st. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (12)

Round 3: * 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next * repeat til end. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (18)

Round 4: * 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next two * repeat til end. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (24)

To Make a Larger Cover

If you need to make a larger cover, add more rounds here. Be sure to increase by 6 stitches for each additional round you add and alternate where you add the increases like in the previous rounds, to keep the shape circular.

For example:

Round 4.1: * 1 sc in next three, 2 sc in next * repeat til end. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (30)

Round 4.2: * 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next four * repeat til end. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (36)

… and so on.

Shaping the Edges

Measure the cover against your earpiece to check the size. Once the size of your cover matches the diameter of your earpiece, stop increasing and continue as follows to shape the edges.

Round 5: Working into the blo, sc into each st. Ss into blo of first st to join. Mark the join. (24)

Round 6: Sc into each st. Ss into first st to join. Mark the join. (24)

Round 7: Repeat round 6.

My covers end here but if you have deeper edges, then continue repeating round 6 until you have enough edge to cover the sides of your earpieces.

Cut the end and pull the loop up, so that the end of the yarn is pulled through the st, and tighten. Fold the ends into the inside of the cover before putting it onto your ear piece and you’ve finished your first headphone cover! Now make another for the second side.

I really hope you enjoyed making this pattern to save your existing headphones instead of buying new ones. Tag me on instagram @by.goldenberry with your makes, I would love to see how they turned out.

 

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Tina Rinaudo

Tina is a passionate zero waster and crocheter who aims to live and crochet as sustainably as possible. She has been crocheting since 2016 and specialises in using sustainable yarns to design zero waste crochet patterns to make easy swaps for yourselves and your homes. She has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, PatternCenter.com and many other websites for her eco friendly crochet patterns.

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