This headband is a quick, low-commitment crochet project. It's made using basic stitches and an easy, repetitive stitch pattern.
Skill Level: Beginner
This pattern offers beginners a fantastic opportunity to practice crocheting chains and double crochet stitches, and to get comfortable working turning chains. However, I recommend this pattern to everyone, not just beginners.
- Worsted Weight Yarn: I crocheted the sample headband using Cascade 220. I highly recommend using wool for this pattern, because wool gives the amount of stretch needed whereas other fibers may not.
- Crochet Hook: I crocheted the sample headband using a size J crochet hook.
- Tapestry 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.
If you crochet this headband using wool as recommended, the headband should be stretchy. With that in mind, I designed it to have negative ease, meaning it's intended to be a bit smaller than the head of the intended wearer.
My headband measures 1 1/4 inches by approximately 20 inches (before finishing) and about 10 inches (after finishing, laid flat / doubled up on itself.) If you want a tighter fit, work a shorter piece; if you want a looser fit, work a longer piece by crocheting more rows.
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.
Headband Crochet Instructions:
Use a loose, easy tension throughout.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, skip next ch, work 1 dc in each of the last 2 chs.
Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch, work 1 dc in the next dc, work 1 dc in the next stitch. In row 2, this will be a stitch that was worked when crocheting the foundation chain; in subsequent rows it will be the uppermost ch st in the turning chain from the previous row.
Ch 3, turn.
Rows 3 and Up: Repeat row 2 until the headband is the length you want it to be. I crocheted 27 rows total, but you may need to work a different number of rows depending on how tall you make your stitches.
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 row or few rows until it is the correct size.
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. 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.