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Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

Updated May 7, 2024

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This week I am welcoming Esther Graafland from @studiomadelaine to the blog.  Esther has put together this free crochet headband pattern for you to enjoy just in time for the winter, or perhaps even make as a gift in time for Christmas.  This is a quick and easy one skein project for you to try.

The twist in this headband makes it fun and the pattern of the combination of the stitches give it a simple but very soft and warm structure.

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Materials and Tools needed
  • Yarn – 1 x Rico Essentials Soft Merino in colour way 014.  This is an Aran weight 100% wool.
  • Hook: 5 mm
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker
  • Needle

Notes and gauge

Following the pattern, if you’ve finished row 13 it should be around 10 cm high and 9 cm wide. The finished headbead is approx 52 cm.

The headband is easily adaptable to fit alternative sizes.  When you are in the last part of the pattern, just add a few rows to make it bigger, or skip a few rows to make it smaller.

This pattern is worked in rows, after each row you make a ch and turn. This is indicated in the pattern. At the twist-part you need to tie-off and re-attach your yarn once.

Skill level

Beginner

Stitches and Abbreviations

Pattern written in UK terms

Slip Stitch(s): sl st: Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook

Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through

Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Half Treble Crochet(s): htr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining three loops.

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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Pattern

Chain 17

Row 1: make a dc in the second ch from your hook and in each ch till end of the row (16 sts),  ch 1 and turn

Row 2: * skip first st, dc + htr in next st. Repeat from * till end of the row, ch 1 and turn (photo start)

Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

Row 3-27: repeat row 2

You’ve now finished the first part of the headband, we will continue with the ‘twist-part’, which has a part A and a part B.

Part A:

Row 28: * skip first st, dc + htr in next st. Repeat from * 3 more times, ch 1 and turn.

Row 29-45: repeat row 28

After this, cut your thread and fasten off.

Part B:

Go back to row 28, and attach your yarn with a ss in the middle of the row, in the first stitch left of the first part of the twist you just made.

Row 28: after the ss, make a dc + htr in the next stitch, continue with * skip stitch, dc + htr in next stitch until the end of the row, ch 1 and turn.

Row 29-45: repeat row 28

Do not tie off your yarn.

You now have two separate parts of the same length. Make sure you’ve ended the last row in the middle of your work as indicated on the photo.

Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

Cross the two parts over each other, creating the twist.  You will now continue with the last part of the headband.

Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

Row 46: * skip first st, dc + htr in next st. Repeat from * till the end of the row of both parts, ch 1 and turn (16 sts). With this row you connect two parts again.

Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

Row 47-70: repeat row 46.

Make sure you measure a few times in this last part. When you want to make the headband slightly bigger, you can add a few rows here, when you want to make it smaller you can skip a few rows.

When your headband is the right length, fold it in half with the right sides facing each other, and ss across both ends to join them.

Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland

“I love this pattern! It is a very quick make and it’s the perfect quick present for friends and family! One of the great things about crochet is that it does not have to be hard to give handmade gifts to your loved ones.” Esther 

You can read my interview with Esther over on my Instagram stories today.

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Crochet Headband by Esther Graafland
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14 Comments

  • Lisa Vunckx
    December 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Would this also work with a chain of 15 for a smaller headband?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      December 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Lisa I contacted Esther with regards to your query and this was her reply:-

      Dear Lisa,

      Yes you could make it smaller, but because you want to twist-part to be equal, I would recommend a chain 13. But that might make the headband to small?

      When you go for a chain 13, I would also recommend to have 15 instead of 18 rows in the twist part. These rows you can add in the end if your headband is not log enough.

      Good luck!

      Esther

      Hope this helps 🙂

      Reply
  • Unanimous
    January 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Cute!!!

    Reply
  • Marie France Hardy
    May 6, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    thank you for this lovely pattern..
    it seems difficult for the beginner that I am, but I am happy to try it…

    Can you please advise what I must change If I want to make it for a child 8 yrs old how must I convert the pattern please??

    Thank you for sharing…
    Marif

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 12, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Hi Marie as this was a Guest Blog Post you will have to contact Esther directly 🙂

      Reply
  • Lesley
    January 3, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    How do you do a DC and the in one study? Every time I do it I end up with double stitches at the end of the row!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      January 4, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Lesley as this is a guest post you will need to contact the designer direct 🙂

      Reply
  • Ahira
    March 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering what to do to stop the curling of the piece since I’m working on it and it’s starting to curl. I don’t know if my stitches are too tight or something but please help

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 16, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Hi Ahira It depends in what way it’s curling If the whole piece is curling up into a spiral then that’s normal and will straighten out as you add more rows. If it’s curving into a rainbow shape then your starting chain is too tight, but you can solve this by using a hook one size larger just for the chain stitches.

      Reply
  • Anon
    January 5, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    It’s a year late, but I was thinking the same thing. Eventually noticed the asterisk (*) in step two INCLUDES the skipped stitch in each repeat.

    So in each row you alternate a skipped stitch with two-in-one stitch across the row.

    That way you end up with the same number of stitches across the row, and spaces to insert the next row

    Hope this helps someone
    X

    Reply
  • Georgia Pollicott
    November 21, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Please can you do a video tutorial as I find it so much easier to follow. Thanks so much!! X

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Georgia as this was a Guest Post I am unable to do a tutorial 🙂

      Reply
      • Georgia Pollicott
        November 22, 2023 at 3:41 pm

        Aw no worries! Can we expect a similar tutorial in the future? x

        Reply
        • BellaCocoTeam
          November 22, 2023 at 4:11 pm

          Hi Georgia I am working on one as we speak and it will be on my Youtube channel very soon 🙂

          Reply

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