How to crochet a headband

Posted on Published: January 31, 2018 By: Author Melanie

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I’ve got a really cute and simple crochet headband and free pattern to show you how to make today! This is a great beginner crochet headband and you can adjust the width to your liking. My husband and I recently went to Joshua Tree on a getaway weekend to celebrate our 12th Anniversary. When we got out there, I had brought a hat but I realized that a crochet headband, especially a wide one, would be more comfortable on our hike – good thing I brought some yarn with me! I made this crochet headband pretty quickly on the Saturday morning of our trip.

How to crochet a headband

This pattern works for any type of yarn, I used a size 5 yarn and a K crochet hook as recommended on the package.


1 ball of yarn of choice

Coordinating crochet hook

How to crochet a headband

Instructions for your Crochet Headband

Looking for a crochet hat pattern instead? Try THIS ONE.

My crochet headband is 4.5 inches wide, of course you can adjust this.

sc (UK: dc) = insert your hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through the loops on your hook.

Start with a slip knot, create a foundation chain the length appropriate around your head (measure just above your ears and across your forehead)

Carefully connect the 2 ends without twisting the chain to create a circle.

ch 1, sc in each chain all the way around. Once you complete the round, slip stitch to connect and ch 1. Sc in each stitch all the way around and continue in this manner until you have crocheted about 3 inches wide.

Continue with your sc stitches, but along the back of the headband, add 2 decreasing stitches per round to bring the headband in a bit so that it follows the head shape. note:I consider the back the spot where you joined the foundation chain.

sc dec = insert your hook, yarn over, pull through, insert your hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull through, pull through all 3 loops on hook.


Do a last round of slip stitches in each sc around the edge to give it that finished look. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Optional: Attach your yarn back to the first foundation chain and do a round of slip stitches to finish it like the top edge. Fasten off and weave in ends to secure with you yarn needle.

How to crochet a headband

What do you think of my impromptu crochet headband? My ears were quite happy about this addition to my wardrobe, it was a really chilly and windy day! The hat I had brought had too much of an open weave, so I needed some more solid warmth and ear coverage. Full hats bug my scalp sometimes, so since I knew I would be wearing this all day I opted for a wide headband. Need a scarf to match? Check out this easy scarf.

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Looking for a quick and easy baby shower gift? Try out this 30 minute baby crochet headband!

Design Story and Inspiration for this Crochet Headband Pattern

I love making baby things, and if you’ve hung around my blog for any length of time you know there are a ton of free crochet baby patterns. (If you’d like to see them, you can check them out here – don’t worry, I’ll hold this tab open for you. 😉

One thing I’ve never designed for the site is a baby headband! So I figured this spring was a perfect time to do it – I’ve even added an adorable flower on it for you, and you can find that free pattern linked below!

Yarn Options for this Crochet Baby Headband

I created this cute headband pattern with a beautiful tonal fingering yarn (weight #1) called Hawthorne from We Crochet. This yarn is gorgeous as it changes colors and the feel is sublime.

This yarn is a wool and polyamide blend, but it doesn’t feel scratchy like a lot of wools do. This yarn is soft and supple and I really enjoyed working with it.

If you’d like to substitute (I know we all like to use up our stashes!), you can use any fingering (weight #1) yarn that gets gauge. There are a ton of beautiful fingering-weight yarns out there and you can find easy substitutions at This is a great project for that scrap yarn!

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Crochet Baby Headband Pattern Details

This tiny headband is worked in the round, and I’ve written it for several baby sizes. You can change the width of it just by working more or fewer rows. I wanted a nice thin headband, but for a larger baby you might prefer a thicker band. No problem, just keep working in pattern until it’s as wide as you like!

The flower is crocheted separately and sewn on. This is a super easy crocheted flower, so don’t worry if you are newer to crochet and don’t know how to crochet a flower. There is even a separate video tutorial for that post to help you out!

More Free Baby Crochet Patterns

You might like one of these other free crochet baby patterns!

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30 Minute Easy Baby Crochet Headband

What You’ll Need

Yarn: We Crochet Hawthorne (Fingering weight #1) in Ashland Tonal

Crochet Hook: US Size E (3.5mm)

Notions: Yarn needle/Tapestry needle, scissors

Finished Size: Approximately 11 (13, 15)” circumference to fit Preemie (0-3 months, 3-6 months)

Gauge: 24 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stitch pattern (6 sts per inch)

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

30 Minute Baby Crochet Headband – Free Crochet Pattern

Ch 66 (78, 90). Join with sl st to first ch to form ring, being careful not to twist.

Alternatively, you can ch 67 (79, 91) and sc in 2nd ch from hook for first st (as seen in video). Count this as your first sc of round 1. You will join this round with a slip stitch and later use the yarn tail to stitch the end together.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to last ch, ch 1, skip last ch, join with sl st to first st – 66 (78, 90 sts).

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 1, sc2tog inserting hook into each of next 2 ch spaces, ch 1, *sc2tog inserting hook into same ch space as previous st then into next ch space, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc into next sc2tog of previous row; repeat from * to end, ch 1, join with sl st to first sc.

Rounds 4-5: Repeat rounds 2-3.

If desired, repeat rounds 2-3 as many times as you like. Fasten off.

You can use the headband as is for a simple crochet headband, or make the flower using the link below.

Flower Pattern

Follow directions for the small carnation in this post, using the same yarn and hook. Sew onto headband and weave in all ends.

Common Questions About Baby Headbands

These are very simple projects to make because they are so small. There are two ways you can crochet an adorable headband – in the round with no seams or flat with a seam in the back. Either way, you can choose from lots of different textured stitches and wonderful yarns to make a beautiful headband. Then, you can always add a flower, bow or other applique.

This is really up to the crocheter. There are many different widths of headbands and no right or wrong ones. The smallest are usually just around a half an inch (about one centimeter) and usually have a larger flower or other item for interest. The larger ones will be up to two inches wide, covering more of the baby’s head and can also still have decorations.

More Free Baby Crochet Patterns

Buttons and Bows Dress

Know a little baby girl who could use a handmade dress? Try this sweet free dress pattern that features buttons on the front with a ribbed panel and bows at the shoulders.

Duchess Baby Blanket

Looking for a crochet baby blanket that is sure to become an heirloom? Try out the Duchess Baby Blanket pattern – an easy lace pattern in worsted weight yarn with a shell stitch border that is the most popular pattern on the blog.

Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket

This easy crochet project uses a mini bean stitch for wonderful texture, and the ombre yarn does all the color work for you! There are many wonderful colors of the ombre yarn so you’re bound to find the perfect one whether you are making for a little boy or little girl. This also includes a shell stitch border.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern for the 30 Minute Baby Crochet Headband as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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