This headband features a stretchy textured rib pattern plus a two-color checkerboard design. It's fun to get creative with color combinations when you choose yarns for working this pattern. I had a hard time settling on colors for my sample headband, but I finally decided to use two different shades of pink -- a light pink and a medium pink.
Skill Level: Intermediate
- Two Colors of Worsted Weight Yarn: Color A and Color B. I used two different colors of Cascade 220 for making the sample headband. Cascade 220 has an extensive color palette; their wide range of colors makes it possible to do tonal color combinations like the one I used in the sample.
- Crochet Hook: I crocheted the sample headband using a size I crochet hook.
- Tapestry Needle or Yarn Needle: You'll crochet the design in one long piece and then stitch the top to the bottom to form a shallow tube. The tapestry needle is used both for stitching, and also for weaving in the loose ends of yarn afterward.
- Safety Pins: These are optional, but the safety pins are helpful for fitting the headband before finishing it.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Gauge / Finished Size:
Measure your head (or the head of the intended wearer; this will be the measurement around the head in the position where the headband will be worn. When I measured this area on my own head, I came up with an approximate measurement of 22 inches.
This headband is designed to be stretchy. Due to the stretchiness, it's OK for your headband to be a bit smaller than the head of the intended wearer.
My headband measures 2 inches by approximately 17 inches (before finishing.)
To check your gauge, crochet the first few rows of the pattern and then measure the width. If the headband is too wide, you might want to consider starting over with a smaller hook; if it's too narrow, you could use a larger hook. That's up to you. If the headband looks like it'll be wearable in the width you have made it, there's no need to start over. The most important dimension is the length, and you will determine that by how many rows you crochet. If you want a tighter fit, work a shorter piece; if you want a looser fit, work a longer piece by crocheting more rows.
Work the color changes using the tapestry crochet technique. You'll crochet overtop of your unused color throughout the piece. When you change colors, you'll want to work as far as the last step of the last stitch in the old color, then pull up a loop of the new color to complete the stitch.
Headband Crochet Instructions:
Ch 10. Note that you'll work the first st into the 2nd ch from hook.
Rows 1-3: 3 sts color A, 3 sts color B, 3 sts color A. ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-6 : 3 sts color B, 3 sts color A, 3 sts color B. ch 1, turn.
Repeat rows 1-6 until the headband measures about 17 inches, or until it is the length you want it to be.
If you would like to do a quick fitting before you seam the sides of the headband, put a safety pin in your active loop and use a few more to pin the sides of the headband closed. Try it on the intended wearer. If it is too big, unravel a bit; if it is too small, crochet another pattern repeat (6 rows).
Finishing the Headband
When you are satisfied that the headband is the size you want it, cut the yarn leaving a very long tail of yarn (perhaps around ten inches long.) Thread your tapestry needle using this end of yarn; with right sides together, use the tapestry needle to stitch the ends of the headband together. I used whip stitch for the seam on the sample headband. Weave in your ends. Turn the headband right side out. The headband is now ready to wear and enjoy, or to give as a gift.