Braided Crochet Headband and Earwarmer

 

Braided Headband or Earwarmer - Free Crochet Pattern

 

I love the look of all the knitted headbands and earwarmers that I see floating around, especially the braided ones.  But as much as I love the way knit looks, I’m kind of a crochet gal at heart.  So I set out to try and replicate them using crochet. Again.  I guess that’s just what I do.  This pattern has two different widths, one that’s more suitable for a headband, and one that’s more of an earwarmer.  Really, there’s not that much of a difference in size when you’re just looking at them, but the difference is more noticeable when they’re put on.  I prefer the thicker one…in case you were wondering 😉

Since the braiding part is a little tricky, I figured I’d put together a tutorial for it.  Then I started thinking through how complicated it would be to try and explain using just pictures and I decided to try doing a video tutorial.  Then I quickly learned how hard it is to try and make a video with kids in the house!  But, I was finally somewhat successful in making a tutorial video for you all.  Hopefully it helps!  You’re also going to need to know how to do a half double crochet foundation stitch.  I’m going to try and make a video tutorial for that one next, so if you’re not familiar with it, subscribe to see when it gets posted! (I’ve posted a video tutorial here!)

 

Braided Headband or Earwarmer - Free Crochet Pattern

Braided Crochet Headband and Earwarmer

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Items needed:

Sizing:

  • Adult Headband: 3.5 inches wide (at widest point), about 20 inches in diameter, unstretched
  • Adult Earwarmer: 4 inches wide (at widest point), about 20 inches in diameter, unstretched
  • Child Headband: 1.5 inches wide (at widest point), about 17 inches in diameter, unstretched
  • Child Earwarmer: 2.75 inches wide (at widest point), about 17 inches in diameter, unstretched

Gauge: 2 inches = 6 rows x 7 stitches in hdc

Abbreviations (US):

  • Ch: chain
  • Hdc: half double crochet

Techniques used:

  • Hdc foundation stitch
  • Hdc in front/back loop only.  When you complete a hdc you will have 3 loops instead of 2.  The one closest to you is the front loop, then the middle, and then the one furthest from you is the back.  By making your stitch in only one of these three loops, it leaves 2 unworked which is what leaves the knit stitch look.  By alternating a row of back loop with a row of front loop it keeps all these unworked stitches on the same side. (My Hobby is Crochet has a great tutorial on working this stitch.)

Construction:  The earwarmer is constructed in one piece with two “slits” in it.  When you get to the row to make the “slit”, you will be crocheting a set number of stitches, making a foundation row of a certain amount and skipping the same number of stitches on the previous row, then you will crochet the remaining stitches of the row.  Alternately, you can simply chain instead of doing the foundation row.  Your headband will not be as wide, but you could add rows to make up the difference.  I am planning to make a tutorial soon showing this is a little more detail, but things have been crazy around here lately, until then please feel free to post any help or questions in the comments.

Earwamer Directions:

  1. Make a hdc foundation row  of 70, ch 2 and turn (does not count as a dc, here and throughout)
  2. Hdc in back loop only across, ch 2 and turn
  3. Hdc in front loop only  across, ch 2 and turn
  4. Hdc in back loop only across, ch 2 and turn
  5. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 46, skip 46 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  6. Hdc in back loop only (ignoring ch 1 from previous row), ch 2 and turn
  7. Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn
  8. Hdc in back loop only, ch 3 and turn
  9. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 46, skip 46 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  10. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn
  11. Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn
  12. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn, bind off leaving enough of a tail to stitch the two ends together.
  13. Follow the instructions in the video for making the braid (scroll down)

Headband Directions:

  1. Make a hdc foundation row  of 70, ch 2 and turn (does not count as a dc, here and throughout)
  2. Hdc in back loop only across, ch 2 and turn
  3. Hdc in front loop only  across, ch 2 and turn
  4. 12 Hdc in back loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 46, skip 46 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  5. Hdc in front loop only (ignoring ch from previous row, ch 2 and turn
  6. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn
  7. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 46, skip 46 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  8. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn
  9. Hdc in front loop only, bind off leaving enough of a tail to stitch the two ends together.
  10. Follow the instructions in the video for making the braid (scroll down)

Child Earwarmers:

  1. Make a hdc foundation row  of 60, ch 2 and turn (does not count as a dc, here and throughout)
  2. Hdc in back loop only across, ch 2 and turn
  3. Hdc in front loop only  across, ch 2 and turn
  4. 12 Hdc in back loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 36 using the ch as your starting point, skip 36, 12 Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 36, skip 36 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  5. Hdc in front loop only (ignoring ch from previous row, ch 2 and turn
  6. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn
  7. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 36 using the ch as your starting point, skip 36, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 36, skip 36 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  8. Hdc in back loop only, ch 2 and turn
  9. Hdc in front loop only, bind off leaving enough of a tail to stitch the two ends together.
  10. Follow the instructions in the video for making the braid (scroll down)

Child Headband:

  1. Make a hdc foundation row  of 60, ch 2 and turn (does not count as a dc, here and throughout)
  2. Hdc in back loop only across, ch 2 and turn
  3. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 36 using the ch as your starting point, skip 36, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 36, skip 36 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  4. Hdc in back loop only (ignoring ch from previous row, ch 2 and turn
  5. 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 36 using the ch as your starting point, skip 36, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 36, skip 36 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn.  On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)
  6. Hdc in back loop only, bind off leaving enough of a tail to stitch the two ends together.
  7. Follow the instructions in the video for making the braid (scroll down)

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Braided Headband or Earwarmer - Free Crochet Pattern

 

 

48 thoughts on “Braided Crochet Headband and Earwarmer

  1. May the Lord bless all these talented people on Pinterest.I love that Site.But sometimes I am very disappointed bc some of the patterns are writing I think in Russian or Spanich and I don’t speak neither one of them.And some are also in graphic then I am complete lost.I would like to know how could I get those patterns in English or in French Thank you for your consideration.

  2. Hi! Absolutely love this pattern, beautiful! I’m a little lost here, HDC has 3 loops, not sure which is front/back loops on these 3 loops…

    1. Hi, Lita! I’ll edit my pattern a little to clarify the stitch, but basically when you’re looking at the hdc and it’s 3 loops, I’m referring to them as the front, center and back. The front being the one closest to you. By only using the front or back loop it leaves the other two which gives it that “knit” look and by alternating front and back each row it keeps those extra loops on the same side. This video tutorial shows how to do a hdc in the back loop, and doing a hdc in the front is the same ideas, just through the front loop 😉 Like I said, I’ll add something to the pattern to clarify a little better, but I wanted to get you an answer sooner =) Hope this helps!

      1. this video you are referencing is for hdc back loop which i have done. it is not hdc 3rd loop which is totally different .

  3. Love this! It’s super cute! I am trying to do two different colors for my girls school colors. I have up to row 3 done for the child. I am changing the color there on row 4. Row 4 is where I am having trouble. I worked the 36 and the next part is confusing me. I only work 12 down on the new colors and then the next row only 12? I just can’t figure it out. I was looking for a video tutorial but can’t see one for this ear warmer. Do you have one or can you help? Maybe I am overthinking it!?!?

    1. So I just noticed, I left out a very important part of the pattern! I haven’t found a pattern tester yet, so it slipped past me. I left out the part that tells you to skip stitches! You should be skipping the same number of stitches as you do the hdc foundation stitches, which would be 36 for the child size. So it would be 12 hdc, 36 hdc foundation, skip 36, and then hdc in the final 12 stitches. Hope this helps!

  4. Gahhhh, this is just lovely! Crocheting is so on my bucket list just so I can make super cute accessories (among other things) like this! I’ve purchased the beginner class from Craftsy, but I just haven’t found the time to take it yet. Whomp Whomp. Thanks for giving me some inspiration, and for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! Pinning for sure! 🙂

  5. I am going to need one of these for the cool weather coming, all you beautiful patterns are making me want to try to figure out how to crochet again! Thanks for linking up at the Wednesday Showcase!

  6. Hi, I am still learning how to read patterns I can watch a video no problem but I am trying to expand my learning to read the patters! Lol so hopefull you can guide me through this step.
    (12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn)
    I saw in the video where you show hoe to braid that the bottom should match the top I am confused on how to connect the middle. Section to the first strip? Do I do this at the end by sewing them together or am I missing a step in the process? I am also confused on the (Skip 46)
    I tried you tubing videos but nothing matching your pattern which I just love!

  7. I was curious if the headband you are using in your tutorial is knitted or crocheted? After finishing the entire pattern mine looks crocheted instead of the knitted look. I alternated front and back loops the way it said, any suggestions? thanks!

  8. Very nice project. Seemed easy enough. I’m stuck on rows 4&5. Wish you could do a tutorial on the ear band. My band looks strange.

  9. I just completed the ear warmer for my Granddaughter, it turned out beautiful! 🙂 I’m sure to be making more. Thank you so much for the pattern and video instructions!!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern!!! I made three of the headbands/ear warmers yesterday and woke up early this morning so I could make more today (I have several young nieces who love headbands and ear warmers). I honestly appreciate the fact that you shared it without cost. Again, thank you so much!

  11. Do you have tutorial video for this pattern? I Love this but confused after i make the foudation row of the child’s ear-warmer step 4….I think if I can see it being done that it would be a lot easier for me! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  12. Hello,

    This design is fabulous! I just had to try it!!! I cannot thank you enough for the braiding tutorial which is tremendously helpful. Between me and my husband, we were able to accurately flip the end and complete the braid. I am also amazed that someone would come up with such an incredible design/pattern. I tip my hat off to you!!!!

  13. thanks for the amazing pattern… am also having a problem
    with understanding the skip 46 part …
    you mentioned uploading a video tutorial … but i couldn’t find it…
    it will really help me a lot .

  14. Hello!!

    Love the look and thank you for the pattern!
    However, I too am having trouble with the skip 46 part. I skipped 46 and HDC 12. Mine does not have three strands, but has one strand and a loop (HDC foundation 46 and skip 46).
    This my first attempt on reading a pattern. I would greatly appreciate it if you can clear this up for me.
    Thank you again for posting this beautiful pattern and hope to hear from you soon 🙂

  15. Please please please do a tutorial on the headband. I can not figure out the strands/slits. The skip 46 part has me so lost. I don’t understand which sts to skip. Or if you could give a more detailed instruction on how the slits/strands are made. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project/pattern.

  16. I love this look but for the life of me can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong I made the adult size and it doesn’t fit my 2yo .. bummed.

  17. Love your very clever construction and clear directions. My only question is that my braided sections rolled when braided…were flat before…blocking needed?

  18. This pattern isn’t making any sense to me either, I’m not sure how you’re supposed to skip 42 I’ve ended up with the top and tails but no bottom!

    1. I answered below but I’ll reply directly to you so you get a notification. I originally thought that she meant skip the 46 chains I just crocheted and double crochet into the top part. I even watched this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83C7028KqwM) video to try and figure it out. It finally occurred to me that she meant skip 46 stitches on the original piece you had been working on, aka the stitches in step 4. Once you skip those 46 stitches, you’re left with 12 stitches in which you half double crochet into the front loop. doing that will give you the strand and start to create the bottom piece. Hope this helps.

  19. I first tried this back at Halloween and I love this pattern so much I have made about a dozen for gifts. Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Please please please do a video of this braided ear warmer.. I love it so much. I’ve tried it twice, but first time I ended up with one fat part and two smaller parts. I know if I was able to watch you do it that I would be able to get it right. This is the first time I’ve crocheted in 20 years or longer.. I sure hope you find the time to post a video of how to make this.. Thank you so very much for allowing us to use your pattern.. I just wish I knew how to read a pattern or follow a pattern anyway..
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

  21. I’m also wondering if you will make a video explaining this pattern? 🙂 I’ve only done basic crocheting before but I really want to make this ear warmer, but I don’t understand half of the pattern, haha!

      1. I answered below but I’ll reply directly to you so you get a notification. I originally thought that she meant skip the 46 chains I just crocheted and double crochet into the top part. I even watched this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83C7028KqwM) video to try and figure it out. It finally occurred to me that she meant skip 46 stitches on the original piece you had been working on, aka the stitches in step 4. Once you skip those 46 stitches, you’re left with 12 stitches in which you half double crochet into the front loop. doing that will give you the strand and start to create the bottom piece. Hope this helps.

    1. I answered below but I’ll reply directly to you so you get a notification. I originally thought that she meant skip the 46 chains I just crocheted and double crochet into the top part. I even watched this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83C7028KqwM) video to try and figure it out. It finally occurred to me that she meant skip 46 stitches on the original piece you had been working on, aka the stitches in step 4. Once you skip those 46 stitches, you’re left with 12 stitches in which you half double crochet into the front loop. doing that will give you the strand and start to create the bottom piece. Hope this helps.

  22. I love this pattern I’ve only been crocheting for about a year and am totally lossed on row 4. I have no ideal what you mean at all. dont know what you mean by make a foundation row after I hdc 12

  23. Hello, lovely braided headband!
    I would like to do the adult earwarmers, it says that it is about 20 inches but I have a large head. I measured an it’s aboute 24 inches (60 cm) in diameter, how do I enlarge the pattern. What is important to consider?
    I am new to crochet that’s why I ask.
    Once again lovely headband and thanks in advance !

  24. Ear Warmer Briad
    Please Help, I am so confused!
    “12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 1 and make a hdc foundation row of 46 using the ch as your starting point, skip 46, 12 Hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn (Or if you’d rather: 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 46, skip 46 stitches, 12 hdc in front loop only, ch 2 and turn. On the next round simply hdc in the ch.)”

    My question is when making the hdc foundation row of 46, it then says skip 46, is it supposed to leave a chain of 46 by itself, along with a foundation row of 46?

    1. I answered below but I’ll reply directly to you so you get a notification. I originally thought that she meant skip the 46 chains I just crocheted and double crochet into the top part. I even watched this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83C7028KqwM) video to try and figure it out. It finally occurred to me that she meant skip 46 stitches on the original piece you had been working on, aka the stitches in step 4. Once you skip those 46 stitches, you’re left with 12 stitches in which you half double crochet into the front loop. doing that will give you the strand and start to create the bottom piece. Hope this helps.

  25. Like a bunch of other people on here, I’ve been stuck on step 5 thinking “What the heck does she mean by skip 46?” and no one has bothered to answer them so I will. I originally thought that she meant skip the 46 chains I just crocheted and double crochet into the top part. I even watched this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83C7028KqwM) video to try and figure it out. It finally occurred to me that she meant skip 46 stitches on the original piece you had been working on, aka the stitches in step 4. Once you skip those 46 stitches, you’re left with 12 stitches in which you half double crochet into the front loop. doing that will give you the strand and start to create the bottom piece. Hope this helps anyone else out that’s been beating their heads on their desks trying to figure this out like me.

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