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Faux Knit Headband -- Free Crochet Pattern


Faux Knit Headband

Faux Knit Headband

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Project Description:

This chic, stylish headband resembles a knitting project. You can achieve this look with a simple crochet stitch known as the Tunisian knit stitch, which is a stockinette stitch lookalike that's part of the Tunisian crochet family.

Skill Level: Easy.

For new crocheters, I think the most challenging part of this project would be keeping an even tension, especially at the ends of the rows.

If you haven't already practiced the Tunisian knit stitch to the point that you can keep an even tension throughout your piece, this headband might not be the ideal starter project; instead I would recommend trying this faux knit dishcloth, which is also an easy and reasonably quick project. If your tension is off a bit, it will matter a whole lot less with the dishcloth than it will with a headband, where any imperfections would be right there on your head for all the world to see.

Once you've practiced working the stitch and you're able to keep an even tension, this headband is super easy to crochet.

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You'll need the following materials to complete this project:

  • Two Colorways of Worsted Weight Yarn: Colorway A and Colorway B.

  • Crochet Hook: I crocheted my sample headbands using a size J Tunisian 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.

To Make Headband Sample #1: This is a multicolored headband in various colors of red, burgundy, green, gray and brown. I used two different colorways of variegated yarn for making my sample headband. The yarn I used is acrylic, and it is a Turkish yarn that (to the best of my knowledge) is not widely available outside of the Middle East. So, I encourage you to substitute the yarns of your choice; please feel free to choose either variegated or solid-colored yarns that look interesting to you.

Headband Sample #2: This sample is crocheted using two different colors of Red Heart Super Saver.

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. This area on my own head measures about 22 inches.

Because this headband stretches, it's ideal to aim for a finished size that's somewhat smaller than the head of the intended wearer.

My headband measures 2.5 inches by approximately 18 inches long (before finishing. After finishing, it measures about 18 inches around.)

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.

You determine the length of the piece by how many rows you crochet; when the headband is finished, you will join the top of the piece to the bottom so that this lengthwise dimension will become the circumference of the headband (the measurement around it.) If you want a tighter fit, work a shorter piece; if you want a looser fit, work a longer piece by crocheting more rows.

Design Notes: Work in Tunisian knit stitch throughout.

In the row counts below, I'm counting one row as being both the forward pass and the corresponding return.

Do not cut the yarns between color changes. Simply drop a color when you're finished with it, and pick it up again when you need it next.

Headband Crochet Instructions:

Using colorway A, ch 9.

Row 1: Work the forward pass in colorway A. When you've completed the forward pass, drop colorway A and begin using colorway B. Work the return in colorway B.

Row 2: Work the forward pass in colorway B. When you've completed the forward pass, drop colorway B and pick up colorway A.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the headband measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 inches, or until it is the length you want it to be.

To finish the last row, work 1 sl st in ea st across.

In headband sample #1, I crocheted 75 rows total. You will probably end up with a different number of rows.

If you would like to do a 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 as many rows as you need to get the desired 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. 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.

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