12 Easy Crochet Headband Ideas and Free Patterns

Updated on December 15, 2017
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12 Easy Headband Patterns to Easily Crochet

Headbands, or ear warmers, are ideal head accessories for cold winters and chilly springs. If you haven't tried crocheting them, add them to your DIY list! While you can use warmer materials for cold-weather use, consider using stretchy cotton yarn to make breathable headbands for year-round use.

The designs you'll see below are:

  • All-grown-up ear warmer
  • Catherine headband
  • Cable headband
  • Classic stretch headband
  • Dread head headband
  • Easy breezy headband
  • Ear warmer
  • Headband with a flower
  • Pretty simple headband
  • Posies headband
  • Turban headband
  • Moss stitch ear warmer

Since these patterns only call for a little time and yarn, you can churn out many headbands to share with your family and friends. They make great spur-of-the-moment gifts, but don't forget to make some for yourself!

All Grown Up Headband Pattern
All Grown Up Headband Pattern | Source

"All Grown Up" Headband

The "'All Grown Up' Ear Warmer" pattern is unique because the resulting headband width is a little bigger than most others. The bigger width means you can keep your ears and most of your head warm at the same time. These perform double duty as cowls when you pull them down around your neck.

What You'll Need:

  • Worsted or Aran weight yarn
  • Size I/9 (5.5mm) hook

The pattern includes two sizes that will fit anyone, from pre-teens to adults. The designer also suggests changing the colors to make them suitable for boys and men.

The Catherine Headband
The Catherine Headband | Source

Catherine Headband

The Catherine Headband pattern is designed to fit anyone, from little children to young ladies. Since this headband only needs a small amount of yarn, you can use scraps to crochet enough options to match all your clothing.

What You'll Need:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size H/8 (5.0mm) hook

Cable Headband
Cable Headband | Source

Cable Headband

This Cable Headband Warmer pattern results in a nice-fitting headband with elastic in the back for flexibility. The blog also includes a step-by-step tutorial to help you follow along with the pattern. It was designed to fit adult women, but you can adjust the size by working fewer cable rows.

What You'll Need:

  • Red Heart Shimmer yarn
  • Size E (3.5mm) hook
  • Size G (4.0mm) hook
  • Elastic band

Classic Crochet Stretch Headband
Classic Crochet Stretch Headband | Source

Classic Stretch Headband

The Classic Stretch Headband can be crocheted with or without the rose shown above. It will fit sizes from newborn babies to adults. You can find reference photos in the post to help follow the pattern.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 oz. or less of worsted weight yarn (crochet cotton is recommended)
  • Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Measuring tape
  • Elastic hair band
  • Tapestry needle

Dread Head Headband
Dread Head Headband | Source

Dread Head Headband

The Dread Head Headband pattern creates a light hair accessory, making it perfect for the summer months. You'll need to first measure the head lengthwise and then crochet an uneven number of stitches. After that, follow her pattern.

You can embellish this band with anything you want. The headband is pretty on its own, but using craft supplies you already own can help make it pop even more.

What You'll Need:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size K (6.5mm) hook
  • Embellishments (buttons, bows, and flowers)

Easy Breezy Crochet Headband
Easy Breezy Crochet Headband | Source

Easy Breezy Headband

The Easy Breezy Headband pattern was also designed for summertime, with gaps in the headband that expose your hair to the elements. You can also use these headbands as fashionable cowls. If you plan on using this headband as such, you can use the link above to find a matching beanie pattern.

What You'll Need:

  • Red Heart Soft Touch yarn
  • Size H/8 (5.00mm) hook

The project is suggested for beginners, but can obviously be crocheted by those at other skill levels.

Headband Earwarmer
Headband Earwarmer | Source

Ear Warmer Headband

I crocheted this Headband Ear Warmer for my niece and added a rose. Since it calls for a small amount of worsted weight yarn, you may be able to create this using some leftover yarn you already own.

What You'll Need:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size G/6 (4.00mm) hook

The pattern uses a rib stitch, which is easy to do. The rib stitch is crocheted in the back loop to form the rib. I needed to cut down the number of stitches to fit my niece, so make sure to check the number of stitches you need to make it fit your head.

Crochet Headband with Flower
Crochet Headband with Flower | Source

Headband With a Flower

The Headband with Flower pattern is easy and popular amongst young girls. I've found that they love the simple band with roses and typically wear them while participating in sporting events. You'll need to know how to do a double crochet with this pattern.

What You'll Need:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size G (4.0mm) hook

The pattern is sized for an adult, but you can adjust it for someone smaller by subtracting some rows until you get the measurement of their head. I did this on the pattern and just subtracted an inch for a ten-year-old.

Pretty Simple Crochet Headband
Pretty Simple Crochet Headband | Source

Pretty Simple Headband

You can use the Pretty Simple Headband to create a headband or cowl. Feel free to make two and wear them together! The pattern only requires you to know how to do a half double crochet stitch.

What You'll Need:

  • Red Heart Soft Touch yarn (ultra-medium weight yarn)
  • Size H/8 (5.0mm) hook

Posies Headband
Posies Headband | Source

Posies Headband

The Posies Headband pattern was created for babies from 0-3 months and is easy enough for a beginner to tackle. The site sells a matching dress and shoe set if you want to create a complete outfit. The pretty posies add a lot to the headband!

What You'll Need:

  • 3 colors of Anne Geddes baby yarn
  • Size G/6 (4.25mm) hook
  • Small button

Crochet Turban Headband
Crochet Turban Headband | Source

Turban Headband

The Turban Headband pattern looks like a simple beginner project. If you know how to double crochet, you should be able to make this.

What You'll Need:

  • Red Heart Cream yarn
  • Size I (5.5mm) hook

Easy Moss Stitch Ear Warmer

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        Jane Davis 8 months ago

        Anxious to try these patterns

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        Hooks and Needles 15 months ago

        Cheryl, I am happy you could use it.

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        Cheryl 16 months ago

        Thanks for the tutorial. You explained it great. Very clear instructions. Thanks

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        Hooks and Needles 3 years ago

        phoenix2327, Cross stitch. LOL.

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        Hooks and Needles 3 years ago

        billybuc, I taught my grandson to crochet too. He took right off and loved it. Once he was a teenager he wouldn't do it anymore. Thanks for looking at the hub.

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

        @billybuc - Crochet? Really? I would have pegged your for a cross-stitcher myself. lol

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        Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I don't know if it was on one of your articles or someone else's that I mentioned this, but I learned to crochet when I was eight years old....not great, mind you, but good enough to make pot holders and other little gifts for Christmas. I don't know why I'm sharing that with you other than to explain why a 66 yr old man found your article interesting. LOL

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

        Thanks for the info. I could try transcribing the patterns, but I worry I might make mistakes and ruin the end product.

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        Hooks and Needles 3 years ago

        phoenix2327, I should create a hub with the differences between British terms and American. There is little difference if you know the information, but I always have to look it up myself. Having it all in one place would be handy. I do know that your sc is our dc. Your dc is our tr etc. if that helps.

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

        Very nice. I'll have to check my local craft store and see if I can find come patterns. I would use the ones you recommended but they made for American specs. UK specs are different. Good hub.

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        Hooks and Needles 3 years ago

        Lorelei, The ear warmers are a perfect project to get into it again. They only take a couple of hours to complete. You can do them easily in an evening while you are watching TV. Thanks for viewing the hub.

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        Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

        I used to both knit and crochet but not so much anymore other than a few personal household or gift items. I really do miss how relaxing it is though.