How to Crochet a Headband

Knit Headband
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Learn how to crochet a headband with this free beginner's crochet pattern. It is a quick, low-commitment project in terms of both the amount of yarn used and the amount of time required to complete the accessory. This crochet pattern is made using only basic stitches that are worked in a simple, repetitive stitch pattern. Whether you are seeking a beginner crochet headband pattern to make your first hair accessory or you simply want to quickly make a cute gift, this free pattern is one to choose.

Skill Level: Beginner

This is a beginner crochet headband pattern that offers newbies a fantastic opportunity to practice crocheting chains and double crochet stitches. It is also good for helping beginner crocheters to get comfortable working with turning chains. Of course, just because it's good for beginners doesn't mean that only people new to the craft will enjoy working it. This is a great pattern to use up scrap yarn or make for a last minute accessory to personalize your wardrobe.

Required Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: It is highly recommended to use wool for this pattern, because wool gives the amount of stretch needed whereas other fibers, like cotton, may not. That said, any worsted weight yarn will do; play around with different options. (Note that if you are skilled at crochet then you can use other yarn weights and adjust your hook size and starting chain size accordingly.)
  • Crochet hook: Start with a size J crochet hook; adapt as needed for a better fit, going with a slightly smaller or larger hook as needed. See gauge information below.
  • 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.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains / chain stitches
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch

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 is approximately 22 inches for an average adult head.

If you crochet this headband using wool as recommended, the headband should be stretchy. With that in mind, it is designed to have negative ease, meaning that it is intended to be a bit smaller than the head of the intended wearer.

Worked as written, the headband measures 1 1/4 inches by approximately 20 inches before finishing; it is about 10 inches after finishing when laid flat (or doubled up on itself). If you want a tighter fit, work a shorter piece by crocheting fewer rows; if you want a looser fit, work a longer piece by crocheting more rows. Adjust accordingly if the head size you're fitting is significantly different than the average adult head size.

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. 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. This is a very flexible design for learning how to crochet a headband.

Pattern Instructions

NOTE: Use a loose, easy tension throughout this project.

  • Ch 7.
  • 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. An estimated 27 rows is a good amount to aim for. Note: 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 that 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. Now you know how to crochet a headband!

Edited and updated by Kathryn Vercillo.