Aren’t crochet bow headbands just the cutest? This free crochet pattern comes with a video tutorial and a size chart, so you can make it for any age!
I love headbands as a cute accessory. They work well across all ages, which is always a good thing!
That is why one of the first things I thought of when I was designing crochet patterns for Operation Christmas Child was HEADBANDS!
I mean…they’re cute, girls love them, and they’re super quick to make!
It really is a win-win all around, so I’m very happy with the way this headband turned out.
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This headband in particular would go great in a girl’s shoebox (hint: you can make it in any size!)
Now, before we get into the free crochet pattern, let’s cover some important details about crocheting headbands.
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Is this pattern beginner friendly?
Yes, absolutely! This crochet headband uses the seed stitch, which is just a combination of chains and single crochets.
We will also work in some increases and decreases to make for a comfortable fit at the back of the neck. But don’t worry, I’ll show you exactly how that works!
Plus…I’ve made a video tutorial just for this pattern! So if anything is tricky, you can watch it for help (see below, or keep scrolling for the written pattern!)
Crocheting Bow Headbands for Babies & Girls
You might be wondering if this pattern will work for both babies, girls, and women…
The truth is, you can make this headband in any size! You can adjust it to fit exactly the way you like best. And I’ve even included a size chart for you below if you can’t measure directly on the person you’re making it for.
See the photos below for some examples of this headband on different ages/sizes! My testers did an amazing job 😀
Crochet Headband Size Chart
Below is a size chart that shows you how long a crochet headband should be depending on size.
If you’re making a headband for an OCC shoebox, you’ll want to make whichever size fits your age category!
Now, one thing to keep in mind whenever you look at standard sizing is that it is not perfect! If you can measure on a real person, this will always help.
Whatever measurement you decide on, just remember that your headband should be around 2” smaller than the head circumference.
How Wide Should a Crochet Headband Be?
Now, that size chart takes care of the length of the headband…but what about the width?
The great news is, this pattern also includes instructions for adjusting the width however you’d like.
Personally, I made my headband 2” wide. Keep in mind that this is a headband, not an ear warmer, so the goal isn’t necessarily to keep the ears warm. If you DO want more coverage for the ears, 3.5” may be a better width for you. This width is a good standard width that works across most ages.
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Bow Headband Free Crochet Pattern
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Alright, let’s get to the free crochet pattern now! Watch the video tutorial below or keep scrolling for the written pattern.
• Worsted Weight yarn
• I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret from Hobby Lobby
• Easy substitute: Caron Simply Soft
• H/5mm crochet hook
• Yarn needle
- Ch 1 at the beginning of rows does NOT count as a sc
- Headband starts small and gradually increases to full size. It can easily be adjusted to larger or smaller widths.
- The decrease sections of the headband (the skinny parts!) are meant to be worn at the BACK of the head for a comfortable fit.
Can be adjusted easily to fit any head size! My finished headband was 2” wide and about 13” in circumference.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Repeat – rep
Skip – sk
Space(s) – sp(s)
Chain space(s) – ch-sp(s)
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Beginning – beg
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Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. (Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch) twice, turn. (3 sc, 2 ch)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-sp. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in ch-sp. Sc in last sc, turn. (4 sc, 1 ch)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc, turn. (3 sc, 2 ch)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Sc in next ch-sp, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Sc in last sc, turn. (4 sc, 1 ch)
Row 5 (first increase row): Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Ch 1, sk next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (5 sc, 2 ch)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first sc. *Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Rep from * across, to last 2 sc. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc, turn. (4 sc, 3 ch)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Sc in first ch-sp. *Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Rep from * across. Sc in last sc, turn. (5 sc, 2 ch)
Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc. *Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Rep from * across until 2 sts left. Ch 1, sk next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (6 sc, 3 ch)
Row 9: Rep row 6. (5 sc, 4 ch)
Row 10: Rep row 7. (6 sc, 3 ch)
Row 11: Rep row 8. (7 sc, 4 ch)
Row 12: Rep row 6. (6 sc, 5 ch)
Row 13: Rep row 7. (7 sc, 4 ch)
Row 14: Rep row 8. (8 sc, 5 ch)
To adjust the width of headband: you can keep repeating rows 6-8 until the headband reaches your desired width. However, just know that the stitch counts will be off as you continue.
Rows 15 – 54: Rep rows 6-7.
Stitch count on a given row 6: 7 sc, 6 ch
Stitch count on a given row 7: 8 sc, 5 ch
To adjust the length of headband: repeat rows 6-7 until headband reaches approx. 3” smaller than desired size. Be sure to end on a row 7.
Row 55 (first decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first sc. Sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp, *Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Rep from * until 2 sc left. Sk next sc, sc in last sc. Turn. 7 sc, 4 ch
Row 56: Rep row 6. 6 sc, 5 ch
Row 57: Rep row 7. 7 sc, 4 ch
Row 58: Rep row 55. 6 sc, 3 ch
Row 59: Rep row 6. 5 sc, 4 ch
Row 60: Rep row 7. 6 sc, 3 ch
Row 61: Rep row 55. 5 sc, 2 ch
Row 62: Rep row 6. 4 sc, 3 ch
Row 63: Rep row 7. 5 sc, 2 ch
Row 64: Rep row 55. 4 sc, 1 ch
Row 65: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. 3 sc, 2 ch
Row 66: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Sc in next ch-sp, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp. Sc in last sc. 4 sc, 1 ch
Row 67: Rep row 65.
Row 68: Rep row 66.
Do not fasten off.
- With right sides of headband together, slip stitch ends together. If desired, you can also sew the ends together, but I prefer to do as little sewing as possible.
- Cut a long piece of spare yarn. Fold headband with skinny parts at the center back. Wind the long piece of yarn tightly around the center FRONT of the headband to gather it into a bow. Secure with knots and weave in ends. Just to clarify again – the wrap should be around the wide part of the headband, not the skinny part.
- Weave in all ends!
I hope you have enjoyed this cute crochet bow headband for girls! I certainly enjoyed designing it.
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