Thursday, November 4, 2010

bow headband tutorial

my first tutorial!
it's getting chilly, and i thought a headband would be nice to keep my ears warm this winter.
and it has a bow, so that's even better!

it was pretty simple to make, and i like it so much, i thought i would share. it would be a nice afternoon project for a novembery day.

(note: this pattern is intended for personal use only, thank you!)

made in three pieces. the headband, bow, and middle. all worked in single crochet.

worsted weight yarn (i used caron simply soft in peach)
5.5 mm crochet hook (or size to fit gauge: 10 sc = 3 inches; 13 rows = 3 inches )
three buttons
bigger needle (for weaving in yarn ends)
smaller needle (for sewing buttons)
thread or yarn (for sewing buttons,depending on button size used)

stitches used:
chain (ch)
single crochet (sc)
slip stitch (sl st)

finished size: 22 inches long, 4 inches wide


first make 71 chains          (note: i crochet fairly loosely, so if 71 chains is not long enough to fit around your head, just make as you need here)

row 1: sc into 2rd ch from the hook,

sc in each ch across (70 sc).

row 2: ch 1, and turn,

sc into first sc from previous row, and in each across. (70 sc)

rows 3-17: repeat row 2, 15 more times. (or until desired width) fasten off.
headband will measure 22 inches long, and 4 inches wide.
(don't worry if it's not quite the length, it stretches once you wear it)

(note: bow is worked back and forth in joined rows, not in the round.
so at the end of each row, you will join the last sc to the first sc with a sl st, and then turn around and go back the way you came for the next row)

make 30 chains, and connect to first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle.

row 1: ch 1, turn and sc into each chain around (30 sc),

slip stitch into 1st sc to join.

row 2: ch 1, turn, and sc into slip stich just made, and in next 29 scs from previous row. (30 scs) and sl st to 1st sc to join.

repeat row 2, 7 times. (or to desired size) fasten off.

the middle:

make 4 chains.

row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each ch across. (3 sc)

row 2: ch 1, turn, and sc in each sc from previous row. (3 sc)

rows 3-10: repeat row 2, 8 more times.

bow will measure 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. and the middle will measure 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.

lay headband out, and place bow and the middle on top. (more to one side)

tighten the middle around both the bow and headband until it connects in the back,

and sew tightly in the back with the bigger needle. (put a few stitches through the headband and bow, so it doesn't slide around)

sew the buttons on one end of the headband. if your buttons are smaller, use thread and the smaller needle. otherwise use yarn and weave in the ends.
(now you can button to the opposite end of the headband using the spaces between the scs as button holes, wherever it fits you best)

weave in all the yarn ends.

be cozy!


  1. hello nice the meet you

    u a so beautyful!!!

  2. Thanks for posting this tutorial! This Is so adorable!
    After I finish my circle scarf I think I'm going to have to do this.

    Ps. You have AMAZING hair. I love everything about it!

  3. I was at forever 21 a few days ago and noticed this:

    adding pom poms as they did in one of their designs would also be a nice variation.

    I'm not sure if they inspired your design or if you thought of it on your own but I thought it was pretty neat!

  4. just made mine headband and it's just as cute as yours :3 I just had to make it a lot longer than 71 chains and it's still a bit too small... Anyway, thank you so much for this - making chunky circle scarf right now :)

  5. Where di you get this color yarn?? I have been looking for this color for about a year, and I still cannot find it!

  6. I wanted to buy headband like this but now maybe I can do i myself:) thank you

  7. hi maureen!
    the yarn is caron simply soft in peach!

  8. Love this pattern! So easy and quick. Made it in black and love! may I share the pattern on my blog?

  9. Thanks for sharing the pattern! Looks amazing!

  10. What a shame it's coming up to summer here :( I'm bookmarking this though for me to make next autumn ready for our winter - it looks lovely :D

  11. thank you so much for this tutorial!! i just took up crochet and this was the perfect beginner project for me. i love it so much that i'm going to make a few more in different colors and am excited to try a big oversized bow for one of them. i shared some pics of my headband on my blog if you'd like to check it out! xoxo

  12. thanks so much for the pattern. i just made one in christmas colors, and it turned out great!

  13. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for posting this! I've been wanting to make a cute headband like this for a while but most patterns are too complicated for me :]

  14. thank you for posting this!
    i made a bunch as gifts, and they turned out so cute i blogged about them! :)
    totally adorable, thank youuu!

  15. So cute! About how long would you estimate this project took you?

  16. do you think light worsted yarn would work?

  17. LOVE IT! Going on a long car trip tomorrow... now i know what i'll be making! Love your hair!!!

  18. Hi, Thanks for posting. My niece called me and told me about you headband. I am going to make one for my granddaughter. So cute!!! I can't wait to make one.

  19. For row 1 in the headband is it 2nd chain from hook or 3rd?

  20. I love this headband!!! I have the same question as the person above. In the first row is it 2nd chain from hook or 3rd? My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 12. I have 3 granddaughter's ages 13, 5 and 3. I want to make this for them. Thank You so much. Denise

  21. ugh! Thank you for this!! You helped make me and a few of my friends very happy :)


    I love it. Simple and great instruction!

  23. This headband is adorable! How did you braid your hair like that?? A tutorial for that would be awesome!

  24. Hi Lindsi! Thank you for the lovely pattern. I can't wait to start on this headband tonight. Could you email me? I have a concern about a picture on this blog. Thanks!

  25. Thank you so much for this pattern! I will get started on it tonight, and definitely sharing your link on my blog! I look all over the web for wearable crochet ideas and I'm glad I found this one!

  26. I just wanted to let you know that there is a girl on Facebook that is using your photo as her profile picture for her crochet page. She also sells headbands made from this free pattern and says it is her pattern. I am not sure if you are aware of this. Her name is Miranda Bone and her site is: Crochettopia from Jacksonville, NC. (!/profile.php?id=201580289922417&__user=558694065)

  27. you should do a tutorial for how to do that braid hairstyle!

  28. LOVE this pattern, this is actually what inspired me to learn to crochet! It's super cute and incredibly simple. I made a few of my own adjustments (I omitted the buttons and just bound the ends together) but it ended up looking almost exactly like yours, color and all! I literally just finished it, and I can't wait to wear it tomorrow! Thank you SO much! xoxo

  29. I am so making one of these tomorrow. My sister-in-law posted it to facebook for me to see. I love it. Wish I could send you a picture when I get done. Thanks for the pattern.

  30. Thank you so much for this amazing pattern! I am going to be making these for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes that our church prepares each year!

  31. I'm making mine right now! Thanks so much for sharing this adorable pattern! :D

  32. What are the buttons for, fastening it? If so, how do you do that?

  33. Thanks!

    Check out the one I made following your tutorial:

    Your instructions and pictures were very helpful... buttons were an easier feat that I though they would be.

  34. Super simple and super sweet... I love this pattern! Hope you won't mind me linking up tomorrow at Tangled Happy. I think our readers will love this one too! :)

  35. The project was easy to made and simply. Love it

  36. soooooooooo cute :)

  37. Hi, I was wondering if I run a highschool knitting and crochet club, and was wondering if we could use this pattern to fund raise. We'd also like to make some and donate them to local shelthers. Thanks. Please email me at

  38. I LOVE this pattern! thank you so much for sharing. I made mine in grey w/ pink bow. I love your hair you should definitely do a tutorial on that!

  39. This pattern is really cute. Would you grant permission to sell items made from your pattern? Thank you.

  40. I'm a beginner in crochet and I just made one of these as a gift for my sister. I love it! Thank you for taking the time to share your talents.

  41. Thank you for this post. This headband is adorable! For more affordable headbands visit.

  42. Is the headband folded and stitched together?

    1. see second to last pic and comment. you sew on buttons and use the spaces between sc for button holes. kinda makes it adjustable

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  44. I was wondering if I could sell the finished product if I give credit to you could you email me at I would appreciate hearing from you

  45. Headbands are a favorite among women when it comes to hair accessories. Women with round faces should buy a headband that is high or has a peak. This will make their face thinner.