Craft, Strings and Things

Knitted Headband

A knitted headband is a great way to keep your hair out of your face and just looks great as an accessory.

Total Project Time: 1 hour

I always like the idea of creating a simple headband with a classic twist knot in the center. Headbands are something that are easy to make and can really become expressive depending on which pattern is used. Simple patterns is where I wanted to stay to make this base one but I will definitely branch out into more lacy patterns once I get the basic one complete.

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For this project, I used the following:

  • US Size 6 Knitting Needles
  • Medium Thickness Yarn (any color will work)
  • Sewing Needle for Yarn

Not much needed for this project at all!



The Pattern

To start of this project, the first thing that I needed was a pattern! I wanted to do something simple because I wanted a quick project to work on that wouldn’t take up too much of my brain space.

The pattern that I went with was a combination of a rib stitch and a simple stitch. The rib stitch is comprised of a knit stitch on both the front (right) and back (wrong) side. A simple stitch consists of a knitch stitch on the right side and a purl stitch on the wrong side. The final pattern can be found below.



One thing I tried to take into consideration in my pattern was preventing curling. To do this, I wanted to have the rib stitch on the outside because I thought it would prevent curling from happening. Yea, I was wrong. It curled super hard.

The pattern was simple though, so it allowed me to finish this project in a relatively short time. It was nice to have a simple and small project.


The Bow

The last step to making the headband is connecting the two ends of the knitted piece. I wanted to try and make something akin to a bow on the top.  To get this effect, I folded each end in half and then interlocked the two halves together.

From above, it looks like two tacos being put together alternating between the two sides (i.e., side 1, side 2, side 1, side 2). The curved end of each “taco” were on opposite sides. I tried my best to make the right sides face the same direction and the wrong sides face the same direction. I had the right side facing inward and I think it turned out well!


There is one step that I did that I did not include in the pattern above: I ironed the piece. This was a mistake. And a major one at that. Because I am impatient when it comes to ironing, I ended up using a higher heat that was recommended which cause the fibers in the yarn to stretch.

While the headband is still usable, it has become a piece with more style than functionality as the lack of stretchiness prevents me from using it to have a tight grip on my head. But I do love the way the piece looks and how it turned out otherwise.


Ironing Knitted Projects

Be careful if you decide to iron a finished project, especially if that project is made of mainly acrylic yarn. Acrylic is essential plastic. Ironing will ‘melt’ the fibers which results in the permanently stretched effect.

Quick Recipe

Knitted Headband


  • 2 US Size 6 Knitting Needles
  • 1 Skein Medium Thickness Yarn
  • 1 Embroidery Needle


  • CO 12
  • Row 1: Knit all
  • Row 2: K2, P8, K2
  • Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the piece reaches the desired length. (Mine was about 22 inches).


CO – Cast On
K – Knit
P – Purl

2 thoughts on “Knitted Headband”

    1. It’s a layer effect so each end needs to be folded in half and then nestled into each other (the layers end A, end B, end A, end B). The curves of the folds should be opposite each other. Hope that helps!

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