Monday, February 15, 2016

Textured Headband for Mum and Mini

A wide headband with a nice texture pattern for some added interest. Super quick knit if in need of a last minute gift or if you like me found yourself on holiday and needed something to wear due to a sudden change in weather (lucky I never travel without yarn). Great for using up scraps, I used only 65 yards for my adult prototype. Only basic knitting skills needed, if you can cast on, bind of, knit and purl, then you can make this.

The pattern comes in two sizes, Child (Adult). If you wish to make a smaller or larger size, the number of CO sts needs to be a multiple of 4. The headbands are really super stretchy, these two sizes should fit most women and children.

Yarn – approximately 60 (70) yards aran weight yarn.
Needles – 4.5 mm (US 7) 40 cm (16in) circular needle.
Other – 1 stitch marker and a darning needle.

CO 68 (80) sts. PM and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Work k2, p2 ribbing around for 6 (8) rounds. If using a contrast colour for the edge, change colour now.

Texture pattern:

Round 1: knit all sts.
Round 2: purl all sts.
Round 3 and 4: * k1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat the 4 rounds of the texture pattern 3 (4) times in total, then repeat rounds 1 and 2 once more. If using a contrast colour for the edge, change colour now. Knit one more round before starting the top rib section.

Finish off the headband by working k2, p2 ribbing around for 6 (8) rounds. Bind off loosely in established pattern. Weave in ends and block.

I added some really cute crochet flowers and buttons to my child size prototypes. This will greatly increase the likelihood of my girls wanting to wear these.

CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
PM – place marker
st(s) – stitch(es)


If you share your project on Instagram, do tag me @cechalden and #texturedheadband. I'd love to see your FOs!

Notes on yarn:
I made my adult prototype in aran weight yarn and my first child prototype, the pink one below, in DK weight yarn. The pattern works well for both yarn weights, but I suggest adding 4 sts if using a thinner yarn than aran.


  1. I will be casting on for this headband for my granddaughters soon!!
    Thank you.

  2. Will make these for my 4 little grandaughters. Thank you gor sharing.

  3. Great pattern! Casting on for the large size, mine was a tad small, but I think I must be a tight knitter, or the particular yarn I used doesn't have a lot of stretch. I think it will fit an adult size small head, so on my next one, I believe I'll add four more stitches to my cast on number.

    I love the look of tbe pattern!