How to Crochet Headbands

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How to Crochet Headbands
Crochet headbands can be created quickly and make welcome gifts. (Ben Bloom/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Beginning and advanced crocheters alike can create ribbed headbands for all kinds of weather. A wide headband made out of wool yarn will keep your ears warm in the fall and winter, while a thinner one made of cotton, linen, hemp or bamboo will hold your hair out of your eyes in spring and summer. You can adapt the width of your headband by simply chaining more or less stitches at the beginning of the pattern.

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Things you need

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Size G or H crochet hook
  • Darning needle

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  1. 1

    Chain nine stitches to create a headband that is approximately 2 1/2-inches wide. Chain more stitches for a wider headband, less for a thinner one. You are creating a headband that is eight stitches long. The ninth chain stitch is your turning chain.

  2. 2

    Insert your crochet hook into the next-to-last stitch of your chain. Wrap the yarn around the hook once, and pull it through so that you have two stitches on your hook. Wrap the hook again, and pull it through both stitches to create your first single crochet (SC) stitch.

  3. 3

    Work one SC in each of the remaining seven stitches of your base chain. When you reach the end of the first row, chain one turning stitch and turn your work.

  4. 4

    Insert your hook into the back loop of each stitch in the second row to create ribbing. When you look at your stitches from above, they will look like Vs. You are only working into the back side of each V, making one SC stitch into each one.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 until your headband is as long as you want it to be. Make the band slightly shorter than the circumference of your head; the ribbing will make it stretchy.

  6. 6

    Cut your yarn to leave an 8-inch tail. Pull this tail through the last stitch of your headband to make a knot.

  7. 7

    Thread the tail through a darning needle, and sew the two ends of your headband together. Insert the needle under both loops of the first stitch of the first row, and pull the yarn through to join the edges. Insert the needle through both loops of the second stitch of the first row, then insert it through both loops of the next-to-last stitch of the last row. Continue working in this pattern until the edges are connected.

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