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Ellie Headband

Hi. Thanks for visiting!

Ellie is a low-stress bit of crocheted fun that I’m very excited to share with you.



I’m going to chat a little about the idea behind the design, but if you want to get straight to the juicy stuff, the pattern awaits you at the bottom of the post. If your scroll wheel spins wildly out of control while I’m in mid-sentence, you won’t hurt my feelings. ♥ ♥ ♥


For months, I admired all the cute turban-style headbands I was seeing on Pinterest, in boutique shops like Francesca’s, Anthro online, (which I troll for the pretties but have never visited a brick-and-mortar store) and of course in mass-market discount stores as well.



I found a few sewing tutorials for making them from 2 tubes of fabric crossed over one another and sewn together with a seam at the back. Ever intrigued by the the voodoo magic of twisting rectangles into something interesting and wearable, [Knitters, see Miss Sadie. Crocheters, see Pip & Emma.] I thought, okay I’m in.

I thought that in crochet, there might be an even easier to create the wrap top without having to stitch 2 separate strips.

There is.

By crocheting a single long strip…

centering it at the nape of your neck…

criss-crossing into a full twist at your forehead….

stitching down the two short ends to the opposite sides of the band…

and turning the headband right side out…

you get the turban twist from a single strip with no visible stitching!


This method is nice because you can size it perfectly to your [daughter’s/sister’s/roommate’s] head and there’s no double-thickness of crochet fabric beneath you fashionably messy bun or pony tail.

The stitch pattern is just alternate rows of half-double crochet with single crochet which gives a surprisingly nice fabric with a honeycomb look. It’s plain enough to show the knot design, textured enough to keep it interesting, and has enough flexibility to allow the crossed strips to squish softly together without flipping over or pinching over in an awkward way.2

Fun to design! And fun for you to make, I hope!

Here’s the pattern:

Finished Head Circumference (measure from base of skull, over ears and forehead at hairline): 18 (20, 22, 24)” / 46 [51, 56, 61] cm

#2 sport weight yarn
Shown Here: Yarn Bee Lace (80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; 456 yd [417 m] /85g): #20 Vintage Rose, 1 (1, 1, 1) skein.

Size G (4.0 mm)

17 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] worked in single crochet and half double crochet rows
• Yarn needle
• 2 locking stitch markers or safety pins

“: inches
ch: chain
cm: centimeters
etc: extended turning chain
fhdc: foundation half double crochet
g: grams
hdc: half double crochet
m: meters
mm: millimeters
oz: ounces
sc: single crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
yd: yards

Special Stitches
Extended turning chain (etc): Instead of the conventional 2-ch turning chain used with hdc, I like to make 1 long chain that reaches the height of the hdc you are about to work. Using this method, you will turn your work to begin a new row and then simply pull up a longer loop than normal – pull up the loop to reach as high as the stitch you are about to work. Do not yo & pull through, you aren’t making a complete chain. Just work your hdc into the last st of the previous row, there is no need to skip any stitches at the edge of your work when you use this method.

Foundation Half Double Crochet (fhdc): Ch 1, ETC, yarn over, insert hook in chain, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook—1 foundation half double crochet. *Yarn over, insert hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” stitch of last stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook; repeat from * for length of foundation.

Pattern Stitch: single crochet and half double crochet rows
Foundation Row: Make an odd number of fhdc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Etc, hdc in each st across, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 for pattern.

Pattern Notes
• Choose the size closest to the wearer’s head measurement and create a custom fit during finishing.

Make Headband
Foundation Row: Make 149 (159, 169, 179 fhdc), turn.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 2: ETC, hdc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 5 (7, 7, 7) times more.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 10” [25 cm] tail for seaming.

Join yarn at foundation edge.
Edge Row: Ch 1, sc in base of each fhdc across.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 10” [25 cm] tail for seaming.

Step 1: Create the Twist
Hold the strip behind your head with right side facing your head and the center positioned at the base of your skull; the ends should come forward over the ears with even lengths on both sides.

Bring the ends forward so they cross one another and twist counter-clockwise. Switch hands so that your right hand now holds the left end, and your left hand holds the right end. Hold in position with stitch locking stitch markers.

Complete the twist by attaching the each end to the ear area (I like to stretch mine so that the double thickness will cover my ears) with stitch markers or safety pins. You have marked the perfect place to seam the ends to the band.

Step 2: Sew the Ends
Whipstitch each short end to the headband. Don’t stitch all the way through the headband, you don’t want the stitches to show on the other side. Once you’ve stitched both ends down securely, weave in any yarn ends and turn the headband right side out.

Step 3: Finishing Details
Weave in yarn ends. Steam lightly to set stitches.

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay


8 thoughts on “Ellie Headband

    1. Hi Phyllis,

      I’ve made a couple in knitted garter stitch but so far the fabric hasn’t been quite right. If I’m able to post a knit version, I’ll update! Thanks for your interest! 🙂

  1. Hi, I really love this pattern. I just a have a question. When on the sc row, am I supposed to place my hook under all three loops of the hdc, or just the top two, per usual?

    I finished one headband, and I don’t feel like it looks the same. So, I was wondering if I’m missing something.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Jazmyne, you should place your hook under the top two loops of the hdc! So glad you are enjoying the pattern!

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