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Twisted Crochet Headband Free Pattern (5 sizes)

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Keep your head and ears toasty this winter with a gorgeous, twisted crochet headband pattern. Whether you’re looking for comfort or a practical accessory, you’ll love this free tutorial. Do you have kids, 6 months or older? Then, you can make them for the whole family.

Another reason you will like this pattern is because it’s quick and easy to crochet. Which makes them a beginner friendly project that’s great for gifts or for selling at craft markets. It’s a simple rectangle crocheted with the half double crochet stitch that can be finished in just less than an hour.

Headbands are not only a way to keep your ears warm whilst in the out-of-doors during the cold season. But they are stylish accessories that can be combined with most winter outfits. So, give it a try and create these fashionable head accessories to add to your wardrobe today. 

Twisted crochet headband

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Twisted crochet headband

Why You’ll Love This Earwarmer Headband

Here are the reasons why this twisted crochet headband is amazing and you’ll love it:

  • Warmth and comfort. It’s a wide, flexible, and a stretchable headwrap that covers not only your ears but your head. Almost like a hat.
  • Simple and easy. Do you know how to double crochet in back loop only? Then, you can make it. It’s as simple as a rectangle with a twist on top.
  • Stylish. If you have long hair and dislike beanies because you can’t really wear them without putting your hair down, then you’ll love this headband. You can wear it as a messy bun beanie and keep your hair up in a flattering look.
  • Great for gifts. Have you been in a situation where you wish you could find a quick project to crochet that will make a great last-minute gift? Then, save this pattern for later, it will sure be great for those occasions. 
  • Market seller. These twisted headbands will make great craft fair handmade items. Add a custom tag with your business name to give it a professional touch, just like the store-bought ones.

Prepare Your Materials

  • Light Worsted (#3) – a yarn with some stretch in it will be the ideal for ear warmers (more about the yarn below).
  • 4.5 mm (US 7) crochet hook – or any other size that works best to meet the right size. See “gauge” section for details.
  • Tapestry Needle – for seaming and weaving in the ends. My favorites ate the ones with the bent tips.
  • Stitch Marker (optional) – stitch markers are very helpful for beginners to keep track of their stitch count and where to insert the hook next.
  • A flexible measuring tape. Measuring the head before starting making your headband is important to know exactly what size you need.
  • Yarn Scissors – a pair of sharp scissors to cut the yarn leftover ends.
  • Custom tags (optional) – these will be great to make your headbands to look more professional if you’re selling them at craft markets
  • Sewing needle and a thread matching color if you’re attaching a tag.

What Yarn is Best for a Twisted Crochet Headband 

For extra warmth and comfort, make your twisted headbands with a good quality acrylic yarn or natural wool. I used light Worsted (#3) Mandala Yarn by Lion Brand in double strand.

Colors used in this pattern: Spirit, Pegasus, Chimera, and Pixie.

Approximate amount: You’ll need from 1.25 oz (35 g)/139 yds (127 m) for the smaller size to 3 oz (85 g)/334 yds (305 m) for the larger size.

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Mandala Yarn in double strand

Is this twisted headband easy for beginners?

Yes, this pattern is so easy to crochet! It takes only a few basic stitches and techniques.

Here are the skills you will need to know:

  • Chain (ch): yarn over (yo), pull through the loop on hook to create a chain.
  • Half double crochet (hdc): yarn over, next insert the hook in next stitch, yarn over. Then, pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over (yo) again and pull through all 3 loops.
  • Half double crochet in back loop only (blo): When you crochet the hdc in rows, there is a third loop that will be facing you, you don’t count that. Then, there is the front loop and the back loop, the one further away from you. Insert the hook in that back loop to crochet next hdc stitch.

Success Tips for Making Crochet Headbands

There are a few things to think ahead when you are crocheting a headband. Here are some tips that you set you to success:

  • The yarn fiber matters – headbands need to be stretchable and comfortable. See “best yarn” section above for more details
  • Measure your head first – having the right size of the head is very important to crochet your headband in the right size.
  • Gauge matters too – crochet a gauge swatch to see if you will get the right size. Then, use a different hook size to achieve gauge, if needed.
  • Make it with a negative easeheadbands and crochet hats need to stay on your head. That’s what negative ease means, you’ll make it smaller to fit well. But how smaller? About 2″ (5 cm) is a good rule thumb.
  • Have fun and don’t be afraid to make adjustments. The “changing your headband size” section below has some instructions on now to change sizes if you need to.

How to Make a Twisted Crochet Headband 

This pattern is easy to crochet and super adjustable and versatile. The detailed instructions are in the printable card below, but here is the basic idea:

  • Firstly, you need to measure the head you’re making it for (you’ll have instructions for 5 sizes).
mannequin head and measuring tape
Measure head with a flexible tape
  • Secondly, you’ll create a foundation with as many chains as needed for the chosen size and crochet row 1 with standard half double crochet (hdc) stitches.
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Foundation and Row 1
  • Next, you will crochet row 2 with half double crochet stitches in back loop only.
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Crochet Row 2
  • Then, repeat row two in back-and-forth rows, in a horizontal rectangle shape, as wide as you want the headband to be.
a pink crochet rectangle
Repeat Row 2
  • Seam the ends to form the top twist.
pink yarn and sewing needle
Sew and make the twist
  • Lastly, attach a personalized tag to give it a professional look.
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Twisted Crochet Headband with a tag

That’s it! It’s easy and quick.

Twisted Crochet Headband Pattern

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Level of difficulty: Easy.

Gauge: 14 blo hdc stitches x 9.5 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) 

Tip: You may be able to get the same gauge with a single strand of Worsted Weight (#4) yarn for this twisted crochet headband. But please crochet a swatch and see if you need to change hook size to achieve gauge. See “sizing information” for more details.

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Sizing Information

Pattern instructions are for 5 sizes and the numbers were written in this format and sequence: Baby {Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult}. 

Here is a size chart for better comprehension of fitting:

Size*Head size *Headband size Headband height
Baby (6-12 mos)16-17″ (41-43 cm)16″ (41 cm)5″ (13 cm)
Toddler (1-3 yrs)18-19” (45-51 cm)17” (43 cm)5.5″ (14 cm)
Child (3-10 yrs)19-20” (48-51 cm)18.5” (47 cm)6.5″ (17 cm)
Teen/Small Adult 21-22” (53-56 cm)20″ (51 cm)7″ (18 cm)
Average Adult23-24” (58-61 cm)21.5″ (55 cm)7.5″ (19 cm)
Twisted Crochet Headband Size Chart

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Changing the Headband Size

The first thing to keep in mind when making headbands (and hats) is that you need a negative ease. But what is a negative ease? It means that you’ll need to make it smaller than the head circumference for a snug fit.

Then, if you feel like you would make this twisted crochet headband pattern with a different yarn and/or hook size, here is what to consider:

  1. First, take measurements to know what size the head is your making if for.
  2. Second, crochet a small swatch with 2 or three rows (a rectangle about 5 inches long). The foundation for this pattern can have any number of chains/stitches.
  3. Then, count how many stitches there are in 4 inches. Let’s say you got 10 stitches, and the head size is 20”.
  4. Next, divide that number of stitches (10 in this case) by 4. The result is 2.5 stitches per inch.
  5. Multiply that result by 20” (head size) minus two inches for the negative ease. So, 2.5 times 18” equals 45 stitches total for your foundation. 
  6. Lastly, the number of rows can be adjusted as you go.

Stitch Abbreviations (US terms)

  • blo: back loop only
  • ch (s): chain (s)
  • FO: Fasten Off / Finish Off
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • rep: repeat
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st (s): stitch (es)
  • ( ):  repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed.
  • [ ]: stitch count in a round.
  • { }: numbers given outside and inside brackets are for each of these sizes Baby {Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult}.

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Twisted Crochet Headband Printable Instructions

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Twisted Crochet Headband Step by Step

Yield: 1 Headband
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 5.00

As a reminder, this pattern is worked with a double strand of yarn if you’re using a light worsted (#3) yarn, like in the pictured samples. Please make sure you read the pattern notes and gauge instructions, so you can be successful with the size you’re aiming for.


  • Light Worsted weight (3)


  • 4.5 mm (US 7) crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker (optional)
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Custom tags (optional)
  • Sewing needle and thread


    • Ch 60 {66, 72, 78, 84}. Or any other number of chains + 2, if you feel comfortable adapting the size, see “adapting the size” above for ideas.
    • Row1: hdc in back bump of 3rd ch and of every ch across, ch 2, turn. 58 [64,70,76, 82]
    • Row2: hdc in blo acr¬oss, ch 2, turn. 58 [64,70,76, 82]
    • Row3-10 {12, 13, 16, 17}: rep row 2. 58 [64,70,76, 82]
      Note: If you don’t want your twisted crochet headband as wide as the one pictured in this pattern, make less rows here.
    • FO. Cut the yarn. Leave a long tail for sewing.
    • Make the twist:
      1.Fold the rectangle in half, lengthwise, and bring the ends together (in a U shape).
      2.Then, insert one of the short, folded ends inside the other (see picture). Make sure the fabric is folded in the center and all short ends are matching and overlapping perfectly.
      3.You’ll have 4 layers of fabric. Thread the tapestry needle with the long tail of yarn and seam the ends of the fabric, all 4 layers together.
      4.FO. Cut the yarn leftovers. Weave in the ends.
    • Attach a personlized tag (optional). If you’re making this twisted crochet headband pattern to sell, I highly recommend that you use custom tags. They don’t cost much and will give a professional touch to your finished items.


    • This headband is crocheted with the half double crochet stitch in blo. You will make a rectangle and sew on top to make the twist fake knot.
    • You will use the yarn in double strand, but there is no need to order two skeins. All you need is to pull the center and the outer ends and hold them together.
    • You may use other yarn weights if you feel comfortable adjusting the pattern to other sizes.
    • The pattern creates a stretchy fabric, so keep that in mind and please make sure you meet gauge or adjust accordingly. The headband should be at least 2” (5 cm) smaller than the actual head size for better fit.
    • Turning chain 2 doesn’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern.
    • There is no right or wrong side for the fabric in this pattern. However, when you sew on top to make the twist, there will be a seam that should be on the wrong side of the headband.
    • Pattern instructions are for 5 sizes and the numbers were written in this format and sequence: Baby {Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult}.

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