DIY – How to Make a Crochet Headband – Free Pattern

DIY - How to Make a Crochet Headband

DIY – Crochet Headband in “Soft Sunshine” With Bamboo Blend Yarn

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.

Different Types of Yarn You Can Use to Make a Crochet Headband

Different Types of Yarn You Can Use to Make a Crochet Headband. From L-R, wool mixed color, bamboo blend & cotton.

Crochet Headband in Wool - Creamy White and Teal/Sienna Mix

Crochet Headband in Wool – Creamy White and Teal/Sienna Mix. The yarn is fingering weight and is shown as an example of a headband made using very light weight yarn but is not recommended for this pattern.

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:

Beginning Round For Floral Motif Used in the Crochet Headband

Beginning Round For Floral Motif Used in the Crochet Headband

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 2 of Floral Motif for Crochet Headband

Round 2 of Floral Motif for Crochet Headband

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 3 of Flower Motif for Chrochet Headband

Round 4 of the Floral Motif for the Crochet Headband

Round 4 of the Floral Motif for the Crochet Headband

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.

Click here for part two of the Crochet Headband pattern.

Happy hooking!!

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  1. saymber

     /  June 18, 2012

    These are beautiful and I glanced at some of the jewelry you’ve made and I must say you are quite talented! I knit one stitch blankets lol – great for when I’m watching tv and I’m one who has to keep my hands busy when I’m idle. Almost done with a neopolitan icecream themed blanket.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and kind words! Simple crochet/knit projects are great to do while watching tv. Although, I’ve made so many headbands at this point that I can practically do them with my eyes closed – well, not really, but the pattern is so familiar, I don’t really have to think about it. In the winter time I love to crochet snowflakes while watching tv. I now live in Southern Califonia so it reminds me of winters back east – not that I miss them! Thanks so much again! Happy hooking/ knitting!

      • saymber

         /  June 24, 2012

        Yesterday I found a video on Utube by Camille Sharon (love her) on how to make a Granny Square. Just need a crochet hook now! Learning how to weave with wire – made my first 4 strand bracelet Friday. When I lived in N California (stationed at Travis AFB back in 1986-90 timeframe) I missed the snows of where I grew up too (South Dakota). It did, however, snow a couple times while I was there! Hope your having lovely weekend…hot and humid as heck here in Texas!

  2. Lucilia

     /  January 25, 2013

    You have amazing work…so envious of your talent! I will be attempting to make this beautiful headband!!! So excited!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!! You are so skillfull! Keep it up!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! You made my day! If you have any problems or questions while you’re crocheting, please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope my instructions are clear. Thank you again. -Kristy

  3. Lucilia

     /  January 25, 2013

    Oh….where is your next post (teaching how to connect the pieces together?) ? Thanks

  4. Susan Snell

     /  January 31, 2013

    Either I am dense or simply old, most likely a combination of both. lol! I need a little clarification regarding round 4 of this fabulous headband. my difficulty is the chain 3 placement between the initial “skip 1 sc” segments (there are 2 in a row, separated by a chain 3) I am at a loss about working that first chain 3. do I skip one sc and and anchor the chain with a slip stitch. help help!! : )

    • Hello Susan – You’re not dense. I’m probably just not very good at writing crochet patterns. OK, I hope I can explain this crazy pattern more clearly. The chain three spaces in round 4 will straddle the 4 cluster stitches from round 2. So, for round 4, you do the first three sc, then ch3 and anchor it with a sc after skipping over the sc that lines up with the cluster stitch from round 2. Also, the reason for skipping the center stitch (if you were wondering) is because with some yarns (including the bamboo I used for this example) the square tends to pucker, so taking out the one center stitch helps it lay flatter. With some yarn, like the 100% cotton Patons Grace yarn I also use, I don’t skip the center stitch as it seems to lay flatter with it. So it really depends on the yarn you’re using. If you find that it’s puckering, leave the center stitch out. If it’s curling up at the edges, put the center sc back. I hope this helps. If not, please reply back. Happy hooking!!

      • Susan

         /  January 31, 2013

        Perfect…many thanks for the great explanation with the extra nuance about the puckering. I’m on my way to completing your darling creation! I happen to be using Patons SWS, working very well, but then I crochet very tightly. You are so very right, that extra sc would lend itself to puckering. Again many thanks, most especially for your lightening quick response!
        : )

  5. Susan, I’m so glad my explanation actually made sense! I hope your headband came out nice!! Thanks again!

  6. Fran Douglas

     /  February 28, 2013

    Hi Kristy, It’s been my experience that directions aren’t always easy to follow. I would like to say that you’ve done a great job with your instructions. I am working on the headband you’ve designed. Your design is beautiful!
    I hope mine comes out as nice…….raising the standard for ourselves helps us to grow. Thank you for sharing your artistic talent and inspiration. Fran in MN

    • Thank you so much and I’m glad to hear my instructions were clear. I hope you enjoyed making the headband. I’d love to see a photo of the finished product. If you have any questions or problems don’t hesitate to ask.
      Thanks again!!!

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