Guest Blogger: Rachel from Maybe Matilda

Hi! I’m Rachel of the blog and Etsy shop, Maybe Matilda, and I have a cute, quick, and simple crochet project to share with you (isn’t that how you want all of your projects to be? Cute, quick, and simple? Check, check, check.). Even if this is your first time holding a crochet hook, you’ll be able to tackle this easy knotted headband.

Knotted Headband

And if it looks that cute on my little boy, think how much better it will be on a girl! You can easily make this headband any size you’d like . . . make it thin and teeny for a baby girl (or boy, I guess, that’s what I did) or make a larger, wide one for yourself.

How to Crochet a Knotted Headband

(I sure hope you appreciate this picture because as we were taking it, someone was honking on the street as they drove by. It was terribly awkward, so I only ended up with 3 shots to choose from. Not my favorite picture on the planet, but I was way too embarrassed to go back out for more!)
Here’s what you’ll need to make this headband:
- yarn (you won’t need much–you could get away with using leftovers from another project)
- crochet hook (size isn’t terribly important, especially since you’ll be sizing the headband yourself–I used a G hook for the baby size, and an H hook for the adult size, but use whatever you have . . . no need to go shopping for a specific size hook)
- tapestry needle
- ruler (optional! I’d actually recommend using a real live head for sizing instead of a ruler)
All right, here we go! You’ll be working up the width of the headband . . . meaning every row will add to the length, and you’ll be working back and forth across the width, so start by making a chain that is one stitch greater than what you’d like your headband’s width to be (to learn how to make a chain, click here) (make sure to leave a decently long yarn tail, because you’ll need it later to sew your headband into a loop–6 inches or so should do it):
I’m making the little green baby headband in these pictures, and I wanted it to be rather thin, so I made a chain of 6–the last chain will not contribute to the width, and I wanted it to be about 5 stitches wide. For the adult size, I made a chain of 11, so the headband ended up being 10 stitches wide.
Work a single crochet into the second chain from the hook and in each stitch across (so if you started with a chain of 6 as pictured, you’ll have 5 stitches at the end of this step) (to learn how to do a single crochet, click here).
Here’s what you should have at the end of this step:
 

 

Chain 1, turn your work, and single crochet in each stitch across (you should still have the same number of stitches as you did in the previous step–5, if you started with a chain of 6, or your starting chain length minus 1).
This is where your own sizing comes in. You will simply repeat that last step until your headband is as long as you want it to be–you could measure your head (or the head of whoever will be wearing your headband) and use your ruler to check your progress, or just wrap it around your head every once in a while to see when you’re getting close. I wanted a headband that would fit a 15-inch head, so I worked until my headband was 15 inches long when laid flat:
If you aren’t using a ruler, just keep going until the headband fits around your head without too much stretching. You’ll have a big long rectangle, like so:
Now, take the end you started with and tie a knot in the first 1/3rd of the rectangle:
Adjust it until you think it’s cutesy-pootsy and try it on again–tying the knot will use up a few inches of headband length, which is exactly what you want. The headband will have a good amount of stretch to it, and you want to have to stretch it at least an inch or two to make the ends meet around your head. Remember, you want it snug! If necessary, crochet a few more rows or pull out a few rows to achieve the fit you feel comfortable with. When you’ve got the length you want, snip your yarn and fasten off the end (click here to learn how to fasten off your work).
Use your tapestry needle to weave in the yarn tail at just the end of your work (not the tail at the start of the headband!) . . . this step isn’t anything fancy, you just want to secure the yarn tail in your work and hide it, so just sew it through some loops for an inch or two and cut the tail off close to the headband:
Now use your starting yarn tail to sew the two short ends of your headband together–just sew your ending stitches to your starting stitches, and weave in the tail just like you did on the other end of the headband:

 

If necessary, adjust the knot to a position that you’re happy with, and you’re done!
Now slip it onto somebody cute (whether it’s you, or your daughter . . . or your son . . . ) and bask in the compliments that roll in when you say, “Why yes, I did make it myself!”

Make sure to visit my blog and Etsy shop . . . hope to see you soon!
Thanks for having me share my tutorial, Linda, and enjoy!

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Linda
Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥
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  1. 1
    Lea-Ann

    I'll be trying my hand at this one! Great guest blogger! It was me honking :) j/k

  2. 2
    hipchic~cynde

    Such a beautiful fun project. I love it :)

  3. 3
    Laura

    What a cute headband! I've never crocheted before, and I want to learn. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. 4
    Liz Noonan

    wow! what a really great tutorial! Thank you so much for all the detail!

  5. 5
    Grabbing My Happy

    If my little one can manage a nap this afternoon, I'm soooooo crocheting one of these! Great guest tutorial! :)

  6. 6
    Little Bitty Things

    Cuteness! I just "happen" to have a crochet hook and some yarn in my desk drawer…and my fingers are ITCHING for lunchtime to roll around. This sounds easy enough to whip up real quick! Can't wait!

  7. 7
    Allred's

    Great Headband, I especially love the one on her!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. 8
    Kathleen

    Love the baby, the headband, and the writer! Excellent tutorial – it looks like something that even the crochet-challenged such as myself might successfully attempt!

  9. 9
    BURUNDANGUITAS CS

    Hi Linda, tks for having a new Guest Blog in yrs. I absolutely love that. I have to start on doing in that on mine too, So i can share love with all the lovely people I have met recently.

    Tks to Maybe Matilda, for the tutorial I love to crochet but I have not dont a thing recently :( but I will try sooner than later.
    Now I am running to visit Maybe Matilda blog.
    come and visit my blog http://www.burundanguitas.blogspot.com. burundanguitas.

  10. 10
    Heather Mullin

    Oh, My Goodness, SO CUTE! I love the one in your hair!

  11. 11
    Julie

    How cute! I taught myself to knit several years ago – I actually got into blogging by searching for knitting patterns. I'm FAR from an expert, but I can knit booties, socks, bags, and sweaters. I bought a crochet pattern for the cutest hat ever and after several attempts had to give up. I'd still love to learn!

  12. 13
    laurie

    very cute and perfect for those "bad hair days!"

  13. 14
    barb in tennessee

    This was really easy to crochet !
    Your tutorial was great, and the pictures made it easy to follow.
    Did you know that you could use this headband as a waistband for a tiny Tutu ??
    Just use the ” spaces” for knotting the nylon tulle !!
    A Larkshead makes a perfect knot.
    Dont guess your little boy will be too thrilled to wear a tiny tutu ! But my almost 12month old
    G’daughter will .

  14. 15
    Beverly

    This was such a neat idea! I made a wider one for my hair stylist to use as an ear covering for when she runs! It turned out so cute! I found I had to make it an inch or to the length to make it big enough for my head! :) thanks for the tutorial!

  15. 16
    Audra

    I am a beginner & thought this would be a perfect project to begin on. I started 2 days ago & I’m still working on it. I keep ripping it out & correcting my mistakes. It’s been fun & I can’t wait for the finished product. Thanks for he great idea :)

  16. 17
    VALÉRIA

    You and the baby are very, very, beautiful!!!!!

  17. 19
    Mary Jo

    I think Im going to try this for my granddaughter! I think I can handle it! Thanks!

    1. 19.1
      Mary Jo

      oh and i remember what I was going to say! These pictures will be great when your son is a teenager with a girlfriend and you pull these pictures out with the headband!

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  19. 20
    Dorothy Vining

    Grandma, I need you now! You taught all the girls to crochet using fingers as crochet hooks. They enjoyed it o and I wish I had sat in with them while you showed them!

  20. 21

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