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Free Crochet Headband and Ear-Warmer Patterns

I am a serious crochet addict. You will likely find me surrounded by my favourite yarn and with a few hooks in my hair.

Find loads of easy, pretty patterns to keep your ears warm in the cold weather!

Find loads of easy, pretty patterns to keep your ears warm in the cold weather!

How to Crochet a Headband or Ear-Warmer

It's easy to make an adorable, fashionable crochet headband with a flower decoration. I love these; they keep my ears toasty in cold weather but look very stylish. These are also great for the golf course or ski slopes.

This is one of the most popular items I'm asked to make. I get special requests all the time to make these for babies and adults alike, and they're an awesome winter or Christmas gift. I am forever being asked where I bought mine! People are extremely surprised when I tell them I made it myself.

I love that I can make this headband in less than an hour; it's such a quick crochet project. It's also a great yarn-buster project, making this a favourite for using up those ends. This is a fantastic project for those just learning how to crochet.

Patterns in This Article

In this article, you will find free patterns for crocheted headbands and ear-warmers with easy-to-follow instructions. Throughout the article, I have included other designers' fabulous patterns for you to make, too. The pattern for the grey headband below is especially good for beginners.

There are also patterns for gorgeous flowers, which are great for finishing off the headbands and giving them a little extra touch.

Gray crochet headband

Gray crochet headband

Grey Headband Pattern With Flower

This is a fantastic first project for those who have mastered the basic stitches and who want to read simple crochet patterns in order to make something. The simple process of working in the same stitch and in rows makes this an ideal project to practice getting used to reading a simple pattern.

To this day, I still get asked to make these headbands, and they are by far the most popular thing I crochet.

Stitch and Sizing Basics

  • To create one that looks like the picture, I use a very simple pattern all in single-crochet stitch (SC).
  • To find the desired length, I measure the head circumference of the person receiving the headband and where you want it to sit on their head. I then single-crochet stitch rows to the desired thickness
  • When measuring for a child, I measure their ear length and add on an inch at each side so it is a nice thick width.


For an adult crochet headband:

  1. Use a hook size of four millimeters and thick arran wool or two strands of double-knit yarn
  2. CH 70
  3. SC in each st until end
  4. CH 1 Turn
  5. Work back along the row in SC
  6. Continue to work like this until you achieve the desired width of the headband (16 rows usually create a nice effect).
  7. Finish off and leave a long tail to join ends together.
  8. You can add any kind of crocheted flower you wish to finish.

My daughter—who refused to wear a hat to school—loves this ear-warmer on cold days!

Crochet ear warmers

Crochet ear warmers

Stretchy Crocheted Headband

This slightly stretchy lacy headband is just gorgeous, very easy to make and would look perfect in any color. I really love this pattern!

An easy crochet earwarmer

An easy crochet earwarmer

Crochet Headband With Flower Pattern

Easy pattern:

  • Hook 4.00
  • Double-knit yarn or worsted
  • Ch 74

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook; hdc until end of row. 3 hdc in last st; hdc across opposite side; 3 hdc in last st. join in first hdc (not ch).

Row 2: Ch 2. In back loop only (BLO), hdc in same st as join and in each st across; 2 hdc in each of 3 corner sts; hdc across other side; 2 hdc in last 3 corner sts; join to first hdc.

Row 3: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc in same st as join and in each st across; (hdc, 2 hdc) 3x over the three 2hdcs in previous row; hdc across opposite side; (hdc, 2hdc)3x over the three 2hdcs in previous row; join in first hdc.

Row 4: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc in same st as join and in each st across; over 6 corner sts work (hdc, 2 hdc) 3x; hdc across opposite side; over last 6 corner sts work (hdc, 2 hdc)3x; join in first hdc.

Row 5: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc in same st as join and in each st across; in 7 corner sts work (2hdc, hdc)3x, 2hdc in 7th st; hdc across; in last 7 corner sts work (2hdc, hdc)3x, 2 hdc in 7th st; join to first hdc.

Row 6: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc in same st as join and in each st across; in 8 corner sts work (2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, ch 2, sk 2 sts, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc); hdc across opposite side; in last 8 corner sts work (2hdc, hdc)4x; hdc until end of round; join to first hdc.

Row 7: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc in same st as join and in each st across; in 8 corner sts work (2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, 3hdc in ch, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc); hdc across opposite side; in next 8 corner sts work (hdc, 2hdc) 4x; join in first hdc.

Row 8: Ch 2. In BLO, hdc around.

Row 9: Border of your choice!

Wrap around the wearer's head to find where button placement should be. Sew on a button of your choice and weave in the ends.

Easy flowers

Easy flowers

Flower Patterns Ideal for Hats or Other Projects

One of the easiest crocheted flowers to make is this large outer flower pattern:

  1. Chain 3 sl into 1st ch
  2. Round 1: 12dc in ring sl st into top 1st ch 3
  3. Round 2: *Ch 3. In next dc, (dc, trc, dc) Ch 3, sl st in next dc. Repeat from * around.
  4. Finish off weave in ends

Smaller Flower

Small flower pattern to sit in the middle of the large outer one:

  1. Chain 3 sl into 1st st
  2. work into ring, *ch 3. Make a trc within one step of completion (two loops left on hook. Repeat from # one time. YO, draw through all three loops
  3. Ch 3, sl st to ring
  4. Repeat from * five times. Join, finish off with a long tail

Attaching and Decorating

I use a long tail to attach the two flowers together and then attach both onto the headband.

You can decorate your flower with a button or use pretty butterfly jewels like we did. They get easier to make with practice, and soon you will be able to create your own designs without even needing a pattern.

This is my own pattern which I used on a cute baby hat.

Chunky Headband

This chunky crocheted headband is very easy to make. It is also the pattern for the cream-colored one shown above.

Use a really chunky yarn or hold two strands together to achieve an awesome chunkier effect.

Purple ear warmer with a flower.

Purple ear warmer with a flower.

Easy Headband Pattern

This one fits perfectly due to the back area of the headband being made with a smaller stitch, so it fits comfortably around your head. Again, you can make this to fit any size by following the formula.

Me wearing one of my fabulous headbands. I have one in every color!

Me wearing one of my fabulous headbands. I have one in every color!

Make One in Every Colour!

What I love most about these is that I can have one in every colour. They are also a fabulous project for using up scrap yarn.

You can finish them off however you want. I love the burst of colour edging around the crochet flower in this one.

This headband is worked in half double crochet until the width is achieved, finished off with a 3 d crochet flower.

Elasticated sunflower headband to brighten up those cold days.

Elasticated sunflower headband to brighten up those cold days.

Headband With Elastic and Sunflower Pattern

I designed this headband for my friend Ruthi and sent it and the pattern to her. I have known her online for a few years, and she really is a ray of sunshine brightening me up with her lovely poetry.

Baby Headbands

Delightful stylish headband for an advanced crocheter

Delightful stylish headband for an advanced crocheter

Cable Headband

This headband requires you to work in HDC (half double crochet), front post double crochet and back post double crochet (working in the front and back posts of the previous stitches).

Creating the cables is actually pretty easy as long as you have worked front and back post stitches before. You can create fantastic effects and a lovely texture.

I really love this pattern.

headwrap crochet pattern

headwrap crochet pattern

Headwrap With Flower Crochet Pattern

I love this pattern. I wonder how many I can make in different colours?

Crocheted black headband.

Crocheted black headband.

Elegant Headband

This one can be made any length you want, and you can use any yarn you wish. It would look gorgeous even on a very dressed up day.

Blue ear warmer with a large flower on model.

Blue ear warmer with a large flower on model.

Basic Stylish Headband

This is another cute one with a simple flower.

What Do You Want to Learn Next?

Is there something else you would like to make that I could include a pattern for?

© 2012 Lisa Auch

Will you be making this easy crochet headband?

Dolky on June 07, 2020:

Great patterns. Keep them coming

Kendall on May 06, 2019:

I am so excited to try these cute headbands! I am in 4H, and I am making one for my fair project. Thank youF!

alicia on January 31, 2019:

I like the look!! Can't wait to make it. Thank you

Phyllis Montoya on October 21, 2018:

I am excited to get started.

Jean on November 25, 2017:

Yes I will......gonna start one in a few minutes! Thank you for sharing!

Josephine Ackenback on November 09, 2017:

These patterns are so cute I'd like to try to make some(hopefully they won't be to hard

Kat Jones on September 28, 2017:

Yes, I'd like to try a couple of these headbands.

Barbara oakley on May 29, 2017:

They are all really cute

james taylor on February 19, 2016:

good job to you it look good

marylyn blake on October 24, 2015:

What letter crochet hook is 4:00

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on May 23, 2015:

trc=treble crochet any other problems please pop in and mail me

lola on April 24, 2015:

Luv your headband warmers i am going to see if i can follow your pattern. what does trc stand for.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 24, 2015:

Beautiful :) I find this very useful since I'm very new to crochet :)

GEMNITYA5 on April 18, 2014:

You're Neat in your work. Excellent


Katherine Tyrrell from London on February 05, 2014:

My Grandma taught me how to crochet - I think it's a great activity for grandmothers and grandchildren.

PeacefulHeather on February 04, 2014:

Excellent. Thanks for the pattern. It has been a while since I picked up a crochet hook, but this has inspired me.

CindyADH on January 21, 2014:

I would love to and I just so happen to have some extra yarn laying around... Hmmmm...

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on January 20, 2014:

Great lens.

chrisilouwho on November 18, 2013:

I've never crocheted before but I'm gonna try this, they are all just so cute, hope mine turns out!

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on October 12, 2013:

@SusanDeppner: I get asked all the time for these by my sister in laws so I know your DIL will love them, they dont ruin your hair as much as a hat, but keep your ears cosy :)

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on October 12, 2013:

@jenkinsm: Hi Melanie the pattern is actualy the grey on on the page - I just made it in a different color

jenkinsm on October 11, 2013:

I would like to make the white headband but can find the pattern. Could you please tell me where to find it?

Melanie from Texas,USA

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 10, 2013:

These are so pretty. Wondering if my two DIL's might wear one.

lesliesinclair on October 03, 2013:

These headbands are not only good ideas, but they are pretty too. It's a nifty way to use up small amounts of leftover yarns.

anonymous on October 02, 2013:

Nice to find a head band pattern, since that is what I was looking for, thanks!

CCGAL on September 30, 2013:

I've never tried to crochet decorative flowers, but your pattern makes it seem fairly easy, so I may just give 'em a try real soon.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on September 30, 2013:

@Ruthi: You go for it Ruth cant wait to see you wearing it! :)

Ruthi on September 30, 2013:

I just love the headbands and happen to have some yarn sitting here so I think I'll follow your crochet instructions and give myself a new look soon! Thanks!

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on September 05, 2013:

I love the adorable baby headbands your crochet!

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on May 24, 2013:

@anonymous: The starting chain should be able to fit around your head, I find 70 fits around mine, you may need ot add more or for child less.

anonymous on May 22, 2013:

Really silly question but for the adult headband after I chain the 70 to start should it fit around my head? The chain I made isn't. Also I'm using 8ply cotton not wool and my hook 4.25mm cause I don't have a 4mm. Thank you

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 22, 2013:

I will make some this summer. This is my crochet time, I sit and crochet when I am at the family cottage. That is where I keep all my supplies. I usually have a new inspiration by summer.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 25, 2013:

How pretty! If I crocheted, I'd be right on this!

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

hey! lovely patterns.. now im going to advice this tutorial..

anonymous on February 27, 2013:

Lovely patterns

Scraps2treasures on January 20, 2013:

Thank you so much for the free pattern. I am going to make one for each of my girls. Blessed.

accfuller on January 06, 2013:

Great ideas ... Thank You ... :)

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on January 04, 2013:

These headband patterns look really cool and easy to make. I'm going to try one!

anonymous on December 25, 2012:

My daughter's very handy(?) with crafting. We've moved away from my mother and sister-in-law, who sew, knit and I've bookmarked this lens for later. She enjoys trying to make headbands and scarves, so I'll be checking out sites for patterns and instructions. I'll probably have to learn, too. I think she'd love the headband with the flower. She's also against wearing hats when it is cold outside.

oddobjective on December 24, 2012:

Great lens! Very nice patterns. What if I wanted to make the items and then sell them? Would that be okay? Thanks.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on December 14, 2012:

These are very cute, and look nice. Practical too in the cold weather.

Mech from Bosnia and Herzegvina on December 12, 2012:

I love these! I love your lens!

Eleni Bat from Greece on December 07, 2012:

These are so beautiful! I don't but my mother can make them. I will definately ask her!

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on December 06, 2012:

@Nancy Hardin: Thankyou very much kind angel!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 06, 2012:

I love these headbands. I wear my hair cut out over my ears, and they get very cold when I'm outside, so these will come in handy for me. Yes, I will make them in different colors so I always have a matching color to wear! Thanks for sharing this free pattern. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

KayeSI on December 03, 2012:

How adorable. I really would love to give these a try - I'll share your link with some of my grandkids to give it a try :) Thanks.

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on November 27, 2012:

@anonymous: It should be the same width. same amount of stitches?

anonymous on November 27, 2012:

I am trying my hand at the grey headland and had a question. As I single chain, it seems to be spreading a little. Or getting wider. Should I be dropping one to keep it the same width?

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on November 20, 2012:

@anonymous: UK double knit - to make even thicker I use 2 strands of double knit yarn and they are so cozy

anonymous on November 19, 2012:


DecoratingMom411 on November 16, 2012:

Wow! Those Crochet Headbands are so cute! It's a perfect head wear for this season.

anonymous on November 14, 2012:

my sister wanted headband ear warmers for family. this is just The right thing,:-) :-) :-)

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on November 04, 2012:

@anonymous: 4.00mm (uk)

Myreda Johnson from Ohio USA on November 04, 2012:

Great lens. I would love to make a headband. Thanks for the pattern.

anonymous on November 04, 2012:

I love these patterns. On the gray headband, what size hook are you using?

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on October 28, 2012:

@ViolaSuSi: Wow, I have never crocheted a bracelt before! :) I shall need to investigate patterns for bracelets now

ViolaSuSi on October 27, 2012:

I love crocheting and found your lens very useful. I'd like you to include some bracelet patterns. Thank you for sharing.

anonymous on October 20, 2012:

Will be working on the ear warmer headband for my sister. She had sent a picture to me recently and requested some of these in specific colors but I could not find a crochet pattern that was similar enough to make it work. This is almost exactly what she had sent. THANK YOU for sharing your work of creating a pattern!

anonymous on August 28, 2012:

I do not have the patience to crochet now but I did when I was young, love the headbands with flowers.

anonymous on June 11, 2012:

I don't crochet but my daughter enjoys making baby crochet headbands, they are sweet, you can get the perfect fit and just match every outfit with this easy cuteness!

Aster56 on June 08, 2012:

Sure..I will give it a try. Good lens.

gradientcat on April 23, 2012:

I might try it, my daughters would love them!

miaponzo on April 16, 2012:

Well.. I'm in the process of learning to spin.. and I think I would like to make something wearable with my newly spun wool :) Blessed!

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on March 13, 2012:

Very cute. These would be great for my little skiers. Where is my crochet hook?

seosri417 on March 06, 2012:

Wow interesting....!! I would like to try it...