Are you a headband lover? Are you a knit headband lover? Are you a headband newbie or grown adult who has not worn a headband in twenty years since you started dressing yourself?

Are you looking to spruce up or hair life or cover up your hair that has been dry shampooed one too many days in a row? Are you always running a little bit behind and leaving your hair to be neglected before you start your day?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, maybe we have some solutions for you. By solutions, we mean super cute knit headband patterns that will make heads turn and hair transform.

Even if you are a virgin at knitting, we have included patterns of all skill levels to give every head of hair a fighting headband chance.

Why Knit Headbands?

baby with a pink knitted headband

Knit headbands are simply one of the cutest accessories you can use to spice up your personal style. They add texture and a perfect pop up of color or design to what can be an outworn and overdone look. They take that drab hair you might be sick of and completely and utterly transform it.

We love knit headbands because they are homemade. Homemade products are always the better option – they are local, usually more sustainable and definitely have more character. They offer completely unique looks that you will not see on the heads of people you pass on the streets. Another reason we absolutely love wearing knit headbands is that when people ask you ‘where did you get that knit headband?’ you can tell them ‘I made it.’

How cool is that?

I know I always feel proud of myself when I make something for myself that I actually want to wear and that people actually acknowledge as ‘cute’ and something they would care enough to ask you about.

Knit headbands are just too fun. They are super cute, can be made in any color you desire and there are so many different patterns, you still feel like you are mixing them up after you wear them for a week straight. Which, trust you, after you start knitting your own headbands, you are never going to want to wear any other hair accessory again (or wash your hair). HA!

3 Cute Knit Headband Patterns

vintage knit pattern

This headband is for more experienced knitters. In order to knit this vintage style headband, you must know how to knit, purl, knit 2 together (decrease) and make one (M1) (increase). Please refer to these Wikihow videos to understand the basics of knitting for future patterns introduced in this article.

For this particular pattern, you will need US size 8 knitting needles, less than one skein Brand Vanna’s Choice in whatever color you want, scissors and a tapestry needle to weave in ends for the finishing of the headband. The pattern is:

  • 1
    Cast on 1 stitch (At the end of each knit row only, you will begin to work with stockinette and increasing (M1)
  • 2
    Row 1 M1 (you will cast on one stitch on your needle and then you will M1 to have a total of two stitches)
  • 3
    Row 2 Purl across row
  • 4
    Row 3 knit across row, M1 at last stitch
  • 5
    Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until you have a total of eleven stitches on your needle
  • 6
    Next Row: knit one, purl one across row in order to make your seed stitch
  • 7
    Repeat this knit one, purl one on each row until you have a total of twenty inches from the cast on row a.k.a. the beginning
  • 8
    Lastly, end on a wrong side row, meaning a purl side row, once you have reached twenty inches of length

Decrease:

  • 1
    We will begin decrease or knitting two together at the end of each knit row in this new section just as you M1 on each row in the first section
  • 2
    Next Row knit across row, knit two together
  • 3
    Next Row purl
  • 4
    Continue knitting two together in this stockinette at the end of each knit row until your needle is left with only one stitch standing
  • 5
    Use your scissors to cut the yarn and pull through to tie off the yarn
  • 6
    Weave in all lost ends

To create the bow-tie effect on the headband:

  • 1
    Line up your two stockinette sections next to one another and use your tapestry needle and the length of yarn to work the yarn through the two sides and pull together
  • 2
    Think of it like a cinch and tie a knot underneath the headband before you weave in the ends
  • 3
    Finally, take the two ends and tie over one time and pull tightly just like you were learning to tie your shoes when you were a kid

VOILA! You are now part of the homemade knit headband club. Look at you go!

basic beginner pattern

This headband pattern is absolutely perfect for a completely novice knitter. Use these easy to understand steps to help generate your first homemade knitting creation. This specific pattern only requires one ball of yarn and a garter stitch. A garter stitch is a way to say that you will knit every row so you only need to learn the most basic knit stitch.

  • 1
    Like most knitting projects, the slipknot is how you begin. The slipknot allows your yarn to stay on your knitting needles. The width of your headband will be around the same width to cover your ears or approximately twelve stitches.
  • 2
    Cast on your needle
  • 3
    Knit every row to create a ribbed like texture to your headband also known as the garter stitch we mentioned above earlier
  • 4
    Continue making the garter stitch until the headband is long enough to wrap around your head
  • 5
    Remember that yarn stretches and account that in the length of your headband
  • 6
    Knit stitch
  • 7
    Cast off stitches by leaving yourself a long enough tail of yarn (about roughly three times the width of your headband) to seam your headband back together
  • 8
    Thread your needle by using your tapestry needle
  • 9
    Seam ends together by joining the cast-on edge and the cast-off edge of your creation together

Do not forget to watch all the step-by-step videos to help you when making this basic but beautiful knit headband. A ball of yarn should yield two headbands, so if you mess up one you can still create a cute knit headband for yourself.

This cute braided cable knit headband pattern is a wonderful D-I-Y project to kill those arts and craft blues. This pattern is a little tricky, but with patience and determination, we believe you can create a beautiful knit headband to warm up those ears and add some color to your life.

This particular pattern can be used with either a single strand of bulky yarn or two strands of worsted weight yarns that are held together. This pattern needs a cable needle that is perfect for braided and twisted cable knit patterns. The braided cable pattern in this specific pattern has been mastered and consistently tried for its true ability to create what the picture looks like.

  • 1
    Cast on eleven stitches
  • 2
    Start a braid pattern (multiple of 9+2)
  • 3
    Row one (right side), Knit all
  • 4
    Row two, row four, row six + row eight (WS), knit one, purl nine, knit one
  • 5
    Row three, knit one, Slip three stitches on cable needle and hold in back, knit three, knit three off cable needle, knit remaining stitches
  • 6
    Row five knit all
  • 7
    Row seven, knit four, slip three stitches on the cable needle and hold in the front this time, knit three, knit three off cable needle, knit one
  • 8
    Continue with this pattern until the length of your headband measures a little smaller than the circumference of your head
  • 9
    Bind or cast off your seams together in a mattress stitch to finish your beautiful braided headband

Cute Knit Headbands for the Win

We hope that these easy patterns helped inspire you to knit more or maybe even start knitting for the first time. It may seem like a difficult hobby to pick up, but just like anything in life, practice makes perfect! Once you know how to knit, you will be obsessed and you will never have to buy a gift again.

Everyone loves a homemade gift! Everyone loves a knit headband!

Get in with the knit headband for the win.


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