How to knit a baby headband

Updated July 20, 2017

Knit a headband to bring to the next baby shower. Knitting for a baby can be sentimental and purposeful. Homemade gifts often become cherished family heirlooms. Knitting a headband for a baby is an appropriate weekend project for a beginner. Basic stockinet stitch and ribbing can be used to create a headband for babies zero to six months of age. Use easy-to-wash yarn, so mum will not need to hand wash baby's new gift.

Bow headband

Cast on 64 stitches with your size five knitting needles and yarn.

Knit two, purl two across the first row, turn work. Second row purl two, knit two repeat pattern across row, turn work.

For rows three, five and seven knit two and purl one across. For rows four and six purl two and knit two all the way across.

After you finish knitting row seven, bind off leaving a 15-cm (6-inch) tail for sewing. Sew the headband together using the tapestry needle and mattress stitch.

Cast on seven stitches to start the bow. Knit row one, three, five, seven, nine and 11. Purl rows two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12. Bind off after row 12, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing. Sew the ends of the bow together. Pinch and wrap bow with some extra yarn. Sew bow to the headband with your tapestry needle.

Striped headband

Cast on 64 stitches with size five knitting needles with colour number one. For first row knit two, purl two across the row, turn work. Second row purl two, knit two till end of row. Cut yarn, leaving a 10-cm (4-inch) tail. Join your second colour of yarn to the tail with a knot.

Knit two and purl two across row three with your second colour. Turn work. Purl two, knit two across the next row. Knit two, purl to to end of row five. Cut yarn two leaving a 10-cm (4-inch) tail. Attach colour one the tail of colour two.

Start row six by purling two and knitting two to end of row. For row seven, knit two, purl two to end of row. After row seven, bind off. Weave in ends and sew together using mattress stitch.


Learn to knit at a local craft store or online.

Things You'll Need

  • Size 5 knitting needles
  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle
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About the Author

Nikki Van De Car is a knitting and motherhood blogger for the website What To Knit When You're Expecting. Her collection of knitting patterns, "What To Knit When You're Expecting," is available from Running Press.