I’ve had several people ask about the pattern for crochet headbands I sell in my Etsy shop, Catalina Inspired. So, by popular demand, the next few posts will provide step by step instructions on how to do just that. The instructions are for the headband pictured above which is made using Caron Spa Yarn, a blend of acrylic and sustainable bamboo in “soft sunshine”. Michael’s craft stores usually carry this yarn.
The instructions for this headband assume a basic knowledge of crochet. If DIY projects aren’t for you, please feel free to check out my shop where I have many types of crochet headbands available.
Through much experimentation, I’ve found some yarns that work well for making this headband. The photo below shows my three favorites.
From left to right, the yarns pictured are, Patons Kroy Wool Sock yarn in a purple/blue/gray mix, Caron’s bamboo yarn, mentioned above, in a salmon pink and Patons Grace cotton yarn in sage green. Each type of yarn requires a different hook size and sometimes, a slight change in the pattern.
I like the cotton and bamboo yarns for Spring and Summer headbands and the wools for winter. I wear the headbands I make all the time, they tie for a custom fit and stay put on your head. I like that they don’t slide back like so many headbands do.
The bamboo yarn is the largest size yarn I’ve used successfully. Anything larger tends to be bulky in my opinion, but you may find you like that look. I’ve used very light fingering yarn (pictured above) but I don’t recommend it for this particular pattern.
The yarn I’ll be using for this pattern is the Caron bamboo blend in a salmon pink, as pictured above.
This crochet headband pattern was designed by me, is copy-righted and free of charge. Please feel free to use this pattern for personal use only. I do sell these headbands in my Etsy Shop, Catalina Inspired, so I’d appreciate credit for the design and that it not be used for re-sale.
I usually use a smaller hook than is called for on the yarn package. The headband tends to hold its shape better and the tighter stitches also give the headband a good amount of stretch.
cl st = cluster stitch = yo, insert hook into correct stitch, draw up a loop. Yo and pull hook through 2 loops on hook. Yo, insert hook into same stitch and draw up a loop. Yo, pull hook through 2 loops on hook. Yo and pull through 3 remaining loops on hook.
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
yo = yarn over
For the purposes of this tutorial, I’ll be using crochet hook size F/4, although I usually use F/3 on the headbands I sell in my shop. Since it’s harder to see what you’re doing when the stitches are so tight, I recommend using the larger size hook for the first one you make.
Using crochet hook size F/4 and the Caron Bamboo blend yarn previously mentioned, chain 4 and join with the first ch st using a sl st, or use a sliding loop.
Round 1 – ch1, 8 sc in loop, sl st in first sc. You should have 8 single crochets going around the loop like so:
Round 2 – Ch 1, * sc in next sc. Ch 3, cl st in next sc (instructions above). Ch 3. Repeat from * all around the loop. Sl st to first single crochet. When finished, there should be 8, ch 3 spaces and it should look like this:
Round 3 – ch 1, 5 sc in next ch 3 space. 5 sc in each ch 3 space on round and sl st to 2nd sc at the beginning of the round . At the end of this round there should be 8 spaces with 5 sc in each and it should look like this:
Round 4 – Ch 1 , sc in next 3 sc. Skip 1 sc, * ch 3. Skip next sc. Sc in next 4 sc. Skip next sc, sc in the next 4 sc. Repeat from *, 3 times. Sl st to 1st sc at the beginning of the round and tie off. Make 5 squares that look like this:
Connecting the 5 pieces, the next step in making the headband, will be covered in my next post.