Complimentary Pattern: Textured Headband/Ear-warmer

I’ve updated this pattern to include a button closure. See this post.

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I’ve been working on a design for a headband. My version is all one piece and works up quite quick. It only uses three stitches, slip, sc and dc. I also used a chainless foundation technique to keep it from tightening up on one edge. This pattern ended up fitting an adult woman. You can change your hook size or decrease the number of stitches by an even number to adjust the circumference.

Worsted Weight Yarn

H – Hook

Stitches used: chainless foundation slip stitch (fslst), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) & double crochet (dc). Worked in rounds after the second row.

Row 1: Leaving at least a 6″ tail, using the chainless foundation method, work 60 fslst. Join with slip stitch into the first stitch creating a large ring.

From this point, you will no longer join, but work in rounds. At the beginning of each new round and after the first 16 slip stitches, just alternate between starting with sc or dc depending on which you had done in the previous row. Dc’s go into the sc of the row below and the sc go into the dc below.

Round 2: sl st in the second stitch from the hook, Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. *Sc into the next st, dc into the next st and repeat from * to the end, 60 st.

Round 3: Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. *Dc into the next st, sc into the next st and repeat from * to the end, 60 st. Please use both loops when doing dc and sc in this pattern. Only the slip stitches are in the back looks only.

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 three times.

Round 10, Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. Sc into each stitch around. Do not alternate between dc and sc on this last row. It will create a more finished look that matches the beginning edge of your headband.  When you reach the end of the round, go ahead and sl st into each of the first 16 sl stitches. When you reach the end of the slip stitches, you can fasten off or use a blind or invisible finish. It depends on your tastes.

Detail of the slip stitches

I prefer to do a blind finish using a yarn needle. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, you can find these great photo tutorials on Sarah London’s blog. or at Planetjune. My favorite is a video tut from Sandra Petit at Crochet Cabana.

Just to keep things neat and tidy, go back and use your beginning tail to repeat the invisible finish technique here as well. There is a slight gap where you joined to the beginning of the foundation, but if you take the time, you can have a nice, finished look.

For anyone not familiar with the chainless foundation slip stitch, it is also known as a double chain. I found a video tut by Bethintx1 and a photo tut on Vashti’s blog. Both of these are informative, however, Crochet Geek is my absolute favorite for video tuts. I didn’t find one for this particular technique, but you could use her video on a foundation sc, and just shorten the directions. When you get to where you’ve inserted your hook into the base stitch, done a y/o and come back through with 2 loops on the hook, just do one y/o and pull through both chains on the hook. If you’re confused, just holler at me and I’ll do my best to help. Here’s Teresa over at Crochet Geek’s tut.

This looks really cool with an oversized flower. All the girls are wearin’ em these days…

View from the back side. My girls wear this part under their hair.

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60 Responses to Complimentary Pattern: Textured Headband/Ear-warmer

  1. Bailey says:

    Perfect for this weather.

  2. Melissa says:

    This looks like such a simple and fun pattern! I want to make one for myself! I would love to publish it for you on! Let me know if you’re interested 🙂

    • Dana says:

      Hi Melissa. I’d love more information. I’ve been crocheting for years, but I’m new to the blog world and really want to get my name out there. I can get some better pics soon too. Thanks in advance for any info you provide! dj

  3. theresa Cavazos says:

    just tried this pattern it was super easy and turned out rather well even using the chainless foundation chain and indivisible joins. thanks


    • Dana says:

      That’s great news to hear. I love chainless foundations. They do take a little more time, but my pieces look more polished when I take the time to do it. Come back soon.

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  5. Tamara says:

    Great pattern, thanks so much for sharing it! I linked to it this morning on Moogly:

  6. Geraldine Ayers says:

    I plan to try this later this year. I have many relatives that live in Canada and they really love headbands

  7. RenJac2015 says:

    Ok, cool Dana Im below you in Tx lol

  8. Thanks for the pattern Dana! Just made one tonight in variegated red, white & blue for the 4th of July! Very easy to follow. Wish I were as talented to come up with patterns. I just follow them. ;)!

  9. Christine says:

    I wanted to do this but I don’t know how to do the fslst..never learned that nor do I know were to find out how.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Christine. Thanks for stopping by. Here’s an alternative to round one: chain 61, turn, sl st into the second chain from the hook and every stitch across, chain one, turn, go to round two.

      Give it a shot and also, if you have time, click on the link to the video to learn how to do the foundation slip stitch. You can do this for all stitches, singles, half doubles, doubles, trebles… It saves the time of creating the foundation chain and a first round or row and it also creates a more stretchable edge.

      Feel free to ask more questions. I’d love to be of help.

  10. im going to try to make this for my dad but do you have any suggestions on how many foundations to do if im using the homespun texture of yarn and he doesn’t want the thinner piece at the back??

  11. phyl52 says:

    Just made this, this morning. It is complete and cute. Thanks for freebie pattern.

  12. What an awesome pattern; I love this! Thank you very much! :). 🙂

    Lee Ann

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  13. Great pattern! Thank you very much! 🙂

    Lee Ann

    Crochet…Gotta Love It! Blog

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  14. Jennifer says:

    I love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing! I was searching for days to find a headband that wasn’t too wide ans that was in one piece- as opposed to being tied in the back. You instructions were easy to follow for this beginner and it came out great!

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  16. Faye says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this easy to follow pattern. Didn’t like the ones you connect with the buttons. They always stretched too much and came off my head but not this pattern! I’ve already made two of them and love them!

    • Dana says:

      That’s great! If you change your hook size you can adjust the size a bit more. And adding or subtracting an even number of stitches works too

  17. Joan says:

    The chainless foundation slip stitch is new to me yet I’ve been crocheting for years. It’s a superb, very useful stitch for items like this! I’ll certainly continue to use it. My headband is beautiful and this is the only pattern I have found that doesn’t slip off my head. Thank you, Dana. Great instructions and photos.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Joan. Thanks for the positive feedback! I was taught to crochet when I was a child. My grandmother taught me the basics but great books, websites and you tube videos have taught me so much more in the past 7 years. Techniques and stitch patterns and the things crochet minds have come up with are just fantastic. I am so glad this headbands worked for you. The first few I did were huge but once I got the stitch count and guage the newer ones started fitting much better. Thanks again for the kudos. You made my day!

  18. Suzanne says:

    I made one of these for a friend. It turned out absolutely great. Thanks so much. Now a friend wants one for her grandchild.

  19. Lori says:

    I am going to try making this for a 3-4 month old for a co-workers granddaughter. Do you know how many rows I will need for a baby vs a women’s size. I don’t have access to the baby to try it her. I don’t do well with new techniques I haven’t heard of before so hopefully I can figure it out quickly. Thanks for sharing your pattern

    • Dana says:

      Hi Lori. I tell you what. You can get very similar results using just a foundation chain, keep an even number of stitches, add one for the turning chain, then do one row of slip stitches, turn and start the rest of the head band. I would chain until you have a 12 – 13 inch chain. Newborns have a head diameter of 13-15 inches. If you do 12 – 13 inches, the head band should stretch to fit a 3-4 month old. Like I mentioned, just make sure you have an even number plus one for the turning chain and follow the pattern. Feel free to comment here or find me on Facebook and I’ll help out where I can. I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  20. Marcy says:

    Hello. I love the pattern you have here! It looks great. I do have a question, though. I prefer earwarmers that have a button closure at the back. It just makes it easier to put on when wearing ponytails and such. Anywho, I just wondered if you might have any suggestions or ideas for adjusting the pattern to compensate for finished ends rather than a continuous loop. I love the way it decreases in the back. If I could add in ends and a buttonhole the tapered back would be perfect for the look I want. Thanks in advance for any help you might have!

  21. Debi says:

    Just a quick question…are the slip stitches on the underside the only ones that are done in the back loop? My granddaughters are going to love this…thanks for sharing with us.

  22. Jody says:

    If the pattern credit is given to you, do you mind if we make them and sell them?

    • Dana says:

      Credit is greatly appreciated but what you do with the finished product is up to you! I’m honored that you want to sell it! Best of luck!

  23. Shay says:

    Working on one right now! Thank you for the easy pattern! 🙂

  24. Hey Dana – My girls are volleyball fanatics, and have trouble with their headbands falling off. I wondered if I could use these for athletics like that. Custom colors and stuff would be cool. What do you think about it’s function – would it work? Is there a yarn you might recommend (something springy?)? Maybe I’ll try it, I’m very new to crocheting, but this looks bite sized enough…. 🙂 Thanks for your time and the page.

  25. Dana says:

    Hi BeachDad. First, let me say thanks for stopping by. This is a pretty easy pattern to follow, but you will learn some great techniques in the process.

    Now about your questions and concerns. I have been told that this headband does stay on well, but I’m not sure that those who have told me this had athletic girls playing with them on. However, I do have some recommendations. One, you could use a cotton or a cotton blend yarn. The natural fiber of the cotton will help absorb sweat and help your girls keep dry. A blended yard could also create some elasticity. The cotton will stretch and will shrink up again after a good wash.

    Also, you can modify the pattern to make it shorter and tighter. That could help it stay on the head. Just decrease the center textured stitches by an even number. Do your starting foundation row and measure against your daughters’ heads. Note that the foundation will stretch, so maybe get it to a length you think will work then back it down by 2 or 4 stitches, so it will stretch to the size you want it to be. If it’s too big, it will not stay on.

    Another option is to use the updated pattern with a button closure. but skip the buttons and go with a rubber band to join the ends together.
    See this headband post for an example. Just scroll down to see the last picture for what I’m talking about. This was designed with warmth in mind, but you could use the brief tutorial in that post and maybe not make it so wide, maybe a little more narrow for a sportier look. And use a cotton or cotton blend yarn. I do think the rubber band option could give you the staying power you need.

    Please feel free to send more questions if need be. Let me know how it works out for you.

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  27. this is the best ear warmer for the best fit i have ever crochet!dorothe

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    This has more feeling and stretch involved.

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  30. Cheyenne says:

    I’m having a little trouble with this. Whenever I join the foundation ends to start the round I don’t think I’m slip stitching into the right hole because it’s not lining up and making everything crooked. Any ideas what I may be doing wrong?

    • Dana says:

      Sorry for the delay. And sorry to hear you’re struggling . You only join once. The rest of the time you work in the round. A time or two, I’ve had mine move a stitch or two over but it wasnt noticable when all was said and done. You may need to count your stitchesite.

  31. Kim McClain says:

    Did you use cotton yarn for this?

  32. Cathy Martel says:

    What brand yarn did you use for this?

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