Free Crochet Headband & Earwarmer Patterns

Updated on March 7, 2018
Crochet headband and ear warmer pattern.
Crochet headband and ear warmer pattern. | Source

How to Crochet a Headband or Earwarmer

It's easy to make cute adorable fashionable crochet headband with flower. I love these, as they keep my ears toasty in cold weather but look very stylish. This is one of the most popular items I get asked for. I get special requests all the time to make these for babies and adults alike. These are also great for the golf course or ski slopes.

I also love that I can make them in less than an hour, Making it such a quick crochet project. It's a great yarn-buster project, making this a favourite for using up those ends. These are an awesome winter or Christmas gift. I am asked all the time to make these for family members and friends, and I am forever being asked where I bought mine! People are extremely surprised when I tell them I made it myself.

This is a fantastic project for those just learning how to crochet. See the grey headband pattern on this page for beginners.

On this page you will find free patterns for crocheted headbands and ear warmers with easy-to-follow instructions. Throughout the page I have included other designers' fabulous patterns for you to make too.

Also see patterns for gorgeous flowers, great for finishing off the headbands and giving them a little extra touch.

Gray crochet headband.
Gray crochet headband.

Flower Headband Pattern

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 make 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.

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, 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

I really love this pattern

This slightly stretchy lacy head band is just gorgeous, very easy to make and would look perfect in any color.

Crochet Headband with Flower Patttern

An easy crochet earwarmer
An easy crochet earwarmer

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.

Knitted-look headband.
Knitted-look headband.

Beautifully Shaped Headband with Knit Look

Button fastening in the back

This is one of those headbands you look at and go: Is it knitted or crocheted? Its lovely textured stitch makes it look like knitted.

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

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

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
Chunky headband

This chunky crocheted headband is very easy to make.

It is also the pattern for the cream-colored one used in the introduction photo

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

Crocheted headwrap
Crocheted headwrap

Easy Headband Pattern

Purple ear warmer with a flower.
Purple ear warmer with a flower.

This one fits perfectly due to the back area of the headband being made with a smaller stitch, so if 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!
I have one in every color!

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 to 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 achieved, finished off with a 3 d crochet flower.

Headband with Elastic and Sunflower Pattern

Elasticated sunflower headband to brighten up those cold days.
Elasticated sunflower headband to brighten up those cold days.

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.

Cable Headband

Delightful stylish headband for an advanced crocheter.
Delightful stylish headband for an advanced crocheter.

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

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.

Basic Stylish Headband

Blue ear warmer with a large flower on model.
Blue ear warmer with a large flower on model.

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

Questions & Answers

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        Jean 6 months ago

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

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        Josephine Ackenback 6 months ago

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

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        Kat Jones 7 months ago

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

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        Barbara oakley 12 months ago

        They are all really cute

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        Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

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

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        lola 3 years ago

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

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        rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

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

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        GEMNITYA5 4 years ago

        You're Neat in your work. Excellent


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        Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

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

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        PeacefulHeather 4 years ago

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

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        CindyADH 4 years ago

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

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        AnonymousC831 4 years ago from Kentucky

        Great lens.

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        chrisilouwho 4 years ago

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

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        jenkinsm 4 years ago

        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

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        Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

        @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 :)

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        Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

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

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        Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

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

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        lesliesinclair 4 years ago

        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.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

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

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        CCGAL 4 years ago

        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.

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        Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

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

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        Ruthi 4 years ago

        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!

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        Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

        I love the adorable baby headbands your crochet!

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

        @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.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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

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        Cynthia Haltom 5 years ago from Diamondhead

        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.

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        Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Lovely patterns

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        Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

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

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        accfuller 5 years ago

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

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        Sheilamarie 5 years ago from British Columbia

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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.

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        oddobjective 5 years ago

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

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        Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

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

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        Mech 5 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

        I love these! I love your lens!

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        Eleni Bat 5 years ago from Greece

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

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

        @Nancy Hardin: Thankyou very much kind angel!

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        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.

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        KayeSI 5 years ago

        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.

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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?

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

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

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        DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

        @anonymous: 4.00mm (uk)

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        Myreda Johnson 5 years ago from Ohio USA

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

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

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        ViolaSuSi 5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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!

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        Aster56 5 years ago

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

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        gradientcat 6 years ago

        I might try it, my daughters would love them!

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        miaponzo 6 years ago

        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!

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        nightbear lm 6 years ago

        Very fun, I wear headbands all the time to keep my hair out of my face. Why not let it be cute as these?! blessed.

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        Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

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

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        seosri417 6 years ago

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


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