This quick and easy crochet headband works up fast and fits great. In this free crochet pattern, we will use a hair elastic band to add stretch to our cotton headband.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this Spa Crochet Headband pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauges, and sizing information.
A Crochet Headband for Self-care
I have been fighting a lot of anxiety this year and I have found that self-care has been a big help with fighting off stress. One of the self-care habits I have created is a simple skincare routine, but I needed a headband to hold back my hair while washing my face. That is exactly what this crochet headband is designed for.
I must have an odd-shaped head because most headbands tend to slide off after a few minutes. So for this headband, we added an elastic band into the pattern to give it more stretch and help it stay in place. Consider making this headband as a gift with some face scrubbies and washcloths for a great self-care basket.
Sizing and Yarn Substitutions
To make this headband fit just right I used a simple formula. You can use my sizing information below or use this formula to make a perfect size for you. First, you will need to measure around your head, right where the headband will sit.
Then you want to measure your hairband. Mine was 3 inches wide, but you can use a smaller hairband if you like. Then plug in your measurements to figure out how big to make your headband.
Head Measurement – Hairband Length – 1 inch = Headband Length
21 inches – 3 inches – 1 inch = 17 inch headband (Small Adult Size)
This formula works for a headband using cotton yarn, but if you want to use acrylic yarn you can. You will just need to make a headband 2 sizes smaller than your size. This is because the acrylic yarn has a lot more stretch than cotton yarn.
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0.5-1.2 oz or 24-57 yds of Yarnspirations Sugar and Cream Cotton (Size 4 Yarn)
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
Elastic hairband (3 inches long)
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 7 SC X 8 Rows = 2 inches
Toddler Headsize: 19 inches circumference
Child Headsize: 20 inches circumference
Small Adult Head size: 21 inches circumference
Adult Head size: 22 inches circumference
Large Adult Head size: 23 inches circumference
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Spa Crochet Headband Pattern
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH1, turning chain, as a stitch.
– Leave a long yarn end at the beginning of your work for sewing.
– If you are using acrylic yarn instead of cotton yarn, consider making the headband 1-2 sizes smaller than you need. (Acrylic yarn will stretch more.)
CH 53 for size Toddler
CH 57 for size Child
CH 61 for size Small Adult
CH 65 for size Adult
CH 69 for size Large Adult
Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC in next 4 CH, *DC in next CH, SC in next CH* repeat from *to* until you have 5 CH left. SC in the last 5 CH. (Stitch count will be 1 less than the starting chain.)
Row 2-8: CH1, turn, SC in first 5 STs, *DC in next ST, SC in next ST* repeat from *to* until there are only 5 STs remaining. SC in the last 5 STs.
Continue to repeat row 2 until the headband is as wide as you would like it. I worked up a headband with 4 rows, 6 rows, and 10 rows. Make sure to work an even number of rows so that you have a yarn end at both ends of the headband. These will be used for sewing.
Once your headband is as wide as you want it, fasten off and leave a long yarn end for sewing.
Adding the Elastic Band
Now you will add your elastic band to both sides of your headband.
- Start on one short end and place your elastic band 1/2 an inch into the headband.
- Take one side of the headband and fold it over halfway. Use your yarn end to sew from the side of the headband up 1/2 inch.
- Make a few extra stitches when working over the elastic to secure it.
- Now fold the other side halfway over and use the yarn end to sew down that side.
- Make a knot and weave in your ends.
- Flip the headband over so the underside of the headband is facing up. Loop the headband around so you can easily have the other side of the elastic positioned on the other end of the headband.
- Repeat steps 1-5 for the other side.
Now your Spa Crochet Headband is complete and ready to be enjoyed. They work up fast and make a great gift.
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