30. April 2011

Crochet headband with bow: Free DIY pattern

First: I'm sorry that I'm late... too much things to do, and I'm so tired lately... but as promised here are the english instructions for your crochet headband with bow.

Materials needed:
- 1 ball (or enough scrap yarn) of cotton yarn in colour of your choice. I used "Catania" by Schachenmayer, which is recommended for hook sizes 2,5 to 3,5 mm. (which would be about size B to D in the US)
- Crochet hook size 2 mm or B (US)
- 1m (about 1.1 yd) of satin ribbon in chosen colour (1 cm / about 0.4 inches wide)
- sewing needle with large hole
- 2 small glass beads (optional)

abbreviations used:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet

And here we go!

Headband (make 1 in desired length)

ch 142 (to alter length make more or less ch, make a multiple of 3 + 1)

Row 1: dc in 4th ch after hook, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * to next to last ch, dc in last ch, turn
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk next 2 ch, dc in dc; repeat from * to last dc of previous row, dc in last ch of turning chain, fasten off

Start a new thread in the middle of the short side of your headband. Ch 60, fasten off. Do the same on the other side of the headband. If you like you can now sew a small bead (I used glass beads) to the end of the ch-60-straps, this will add a nice detail to your piece. Weave in all ends.

Bow (make 1):

Part 1:

ch 21

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in all ch across (20sc), turn
Row 2 - 4: ch 2, hdc in every stitch across, turn
Row 5: ch 1, sc in every st across, do not turn
now sc all around the piece, make 3 sc in each corner so the piece keeps shape. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Part 2:

ch 15

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn
Row 2 and 3: ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
Row 4: ch 1, sc in each st across, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assemble your headband:

Cut your satin ribbon in two even pieces. Now weave the ribbon through the holes in your crochet headband. It is easier to do, if you thread the ribbon through a large blunt needle. Be careful not to twist the ribbon. Now cut the ribbon leaving a 0,5 to 1 cm tail on each side. You can seal the ends with a flame (if you use synthetic ribbon!). With matching sewing thread sew the ends of the ribbon to the back side of your headband.

Make the bow:
Gather the middle of the large bow-piece by folding it gently, wrap the smaller piece around and, using a sewing needle, sew together (see pictures). You can use sewing thread or you can leave one of the loose yarn ends on the smaller piece and use that to join your bow.

With matching sewing thread, sew your bow to the headband. It looks best if you sew it slightly sideways rather than sewing it right to the middle of the headband :)

That's it. Enjoy!

- Experiment with different kinds of yarn, e.g. silk, mohair, glittering yarns,...
- Make a wider headband by adding additional rows
- Use different styles of ribbon
- You can replace the bow with every kind of embroidery you like, e.g. crochet flowers, silk flowers, beads, a crochet star,...
- Make the bow only and sew it to a hairclip of your choice

If you like, send me a photo of your headband! If there are any questions left, feel free to contact me, I'll help you if I can!


You can use this to make items for you and your loved ones. You can use this to make items for resale at craft shows, etsy and the like, but please give me credit if you do so to say thank you and link back to my blog. You may not sell this pattern or parts of it. These instructions may not be used for mass production!


  1. What a wonderful blog. Thank you for these directions. I love to crochet but only have made blankets.
    keep up the great work!I will be back to read more!!

  2. I really like your bow! Are you using US terms? If not, do you have a conversion chart?

  3. Dear Amanda,
    thanks a lot! The instructions are written in US terms for crocheting. If you need any help tell me!