A Simple Headband/Ear-Warmer (Knit Pattern)

Find the flat knitting version here.

Download the PDF version here!

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” in Red)
  • Size 8 16″ Circular Knitting Needle
  • Stitch Marker

Abbreviations:

  • K: knit
  • P: purl
  • Sts: stitches

Gauge:

4 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Size:

Child or Adult

Notes:

The flower is crocheted, but apparently the pattern I used is no longer available, so here is one that is very close you can try instead. Any knit or crocheted flower, or practically any other embellishment, would look just as good. And if you’re not so into embellishments I think it looks pretty good just on it’s own as well!

(Sorry about the slightly blurry picture!)


For a child:

Cast on 84 sts. Place stitch marker.
Rows 1-5: K2, P2
Rows 6-10: Knit all sts
Row 11: Purl all sts
Row 12: Knit all sts
Row 13: Purl all sts
Rows 14-18: Knit all sts
Rows 19-23: K2, P2
**Bind off loosely. (If you bind off tightly your headband/ear-warmer will not stretch.)
Weave in ends.


For an Adult:

Cast on 92 sts. Place stitch marker.
Rows 1-6: K2, P2
Rows 7-12: Knit all sts
Row 13: Purl all sts
Row 14: Knit all sts
Row 15: Purl all sts
Rows 16-21: Knit all sts
Rows 22-27: K2, P2
**Bind off loosely. (If you bind off tightly your headband/ear-warmer will not stretch.)
Weave in ends.


Note about binding off:

I flip my headband/ear-warmer inside out and bind off in the opposite direction than I’ve been knitting because I think it looks better, with a more “finished” look, this way.

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77 thoughts on “A Simple Headband/Ear-Warmer (Knit Pattern)

  1. Christina February 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Is there a specific cast on that you suggest? I’m new to circular knitting and am still looking for a good stretchy cast on.

    • Devin February 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

      Generally I just use the long-tail cast on. I’ve never had a problem with it not being stretchy enough.

    • Pat Rauch November 28, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply

      I finished the simple headband (working in the round). I bound off the last row of stitches in pattern and found that the opening on that side of the headband was wider than the cast on side. Am I doing something wrong? I used the same size circular needle throughout. Should I have used a smaller needle to bind off. Would this bring in the opening? I love the pattern and want to knit for my granddaughters.

      • Devin December 16, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

        You don’t need to use a smaller needle to bind off. You could try just binding off a little tighter if it seems too loose though. It’s most likely a simple fix of tension. Hope that helps!

  2. Mikki Flowers February 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm Reply

    How do you do the flower?

  3. Betsy's mom February 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with us. I made one headband using the child’s size pattern, then went “all out” and using a bulky weight yarn, decreased the number of rows of pattern. I can’t believe it actually came out! Thanks for your inspiration!

    • Devin February 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm Reply

      I would love to see it if you want to share! You add your project to the Ravelry page for my pattern if you’d like!

  4. Elisabeth Dishart May 30, 2013 at 10:55 am Reply

    Living in the UK , I’m always slightly puzzled by US sizes etc. What wool should I buy to knit the head band? Would it be double knit or chunky? Dying to knit this for my daughter-in-law!! Lovely pics

    • Devin June 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

      Here’s a chart that might help clarify yarn sizes (especially if they’re different in the US vs the UK) – http://www.vogueknitting.com/portals/vk/howto/patternreading/yarn_weight.gif

      I used worsted weight for this pattern, so a medium weight yarn. Hopefully that chart helps!

      • Elisabeth Dishart June 22, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

        Many thanks, Devin. Just what I needed!! Love your site. It is great and gives me so many ideas!!

  5. June August 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

    When do you join in the round ? Before placing stitch marker.

    • Devin October 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I always place the stitch marker and then join.

  6. Dolores A Westcott October 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply

    I have just finished ;your “A Simple Headband/Ear-Warmer . I knitted all the stitches when I bond off. I do not know if this right. Should I have bond in the K2P2 pattern?

    • Devin October 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

      I generally bind of in the pattern, but as long as it looks visually appealing to you it does not matter. Just make sure you bound of loosely enough that it is still stretchy.

  7. Rachel November 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm Reply

    When you say knit all stitches, do you mean knit RS, purl WS? The photo looks like stockinette stitch but knitting both sides would come out garter stitch?

    • Devin November 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

      If you are knitting the flat version (which can be found here) then yes, you want to knit the “right side” and purl the “wrong side”. This post is for the pattern knit in the round, so you would knit all stitches, every row, because you are always working on the “right side”.

      • Rachel November 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

        Ah yes I forgot it was in the round! Is there anything else I’d need to change?

        • Rachel November 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm Reply

          Just seen the flat version link at the top! Sorry!

  8. Mechelle December 4, 2013 at 6:41 am Reply

    Hi sorry to ask a stupid question but I’m new to knitting and was wondering after placing the stitch marker do I join the ends together?

    • Devin December 16, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

      Yes, ma’am. That’s why you place the stitch marker; because once you join the ends you’ll lose your “beginning”, so the marker marks it for you.

  9. Zee December 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm Reply

    I love this pattern and I’m dying to make one of these, however I don’t want to have to buy a new circular needle if I don’t have to, so my question is how crucial is it to have a 16″ needle? I currently have a 32″.

  10. Zee December 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Also, I’m fairly new to knitting, what is the “right side” and the “wrong side?”

    • Devin December 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

      The “right” side and the “wrong” side are basically the same as if you were talking about the “right” side of your shirt or the “wrong” side (inside). The “right” side is the side that faces out, the “wrong side” is the side that does not face out.

  11. Zee December 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply

    Awesome! Thank you! I’ve never knit anything round before so I’m excited!

  12. Nancy December 23, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    Love the pattern can’t wait to try it

  13. Allison December 23, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    I just made this headband/earwarmer and used a flower pattern from veryberryhandmade.co.uk called “a frothy flower.” It turned out great! Thank you so much for the pattern. My cousin will love it (it’s part of her secret santa gift)! The only thing is that I only had to cast on 60 st to make it fit an adult? Not sure what I did wrong, but regardless it worked nicely.

    • Devin December 23, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

      It is just a difference of gauge. That’s why it’s so important to check your gauge before following any patterns. Glad it worked out! :-)

  14. jennifer January 7, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply

    I love this pattern. It was first time making anything with circular needles. It was so much fun. I did the child size and it fits my 7 year old nicely. I am wanting to make one for my 2 1/2 year old but I’m new to knitting. How do I figure out how to do this pattern to fit my 2 year old?

    • Devin January 7, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply

      I would reduce the number of stitches you cast on to 76 or 80 depending on the size of her head. My son is 3 and my daughter is 5.5, and their heads are basically the same size, so it really just depends on the difference between their head sizes. If the child sized pattern is just a little big, cast on 80. If it’s more than just a little big, cast on 76 stitches. Hope that helps! :-)

      • jennifer January 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

        thanks! I can’t wait to make another one :)

  15. Ange Lawrence January 8, 2014 at 10:25 am Reply

    So nice that you provide your patterns for free – I’m looking forward to knitting this, thanks :-)

  16. Linda February 13, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing Devin! Cute I know my grands will like this one.

  17. Paula February 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm Reply

    I am trying to find the yard you used. I know you used Hobby Lobby I love this yarn red but when I was in the website there is a lot of Hobby Lobby I love this yarn. Can you tell me exactly and also where can I find it. Thanks

  18. Paula March 2, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply

    Trying to figure out if I should use the child or adult version for a 12 year old. Is there a way to measure my daughter head to figure out how many cast on I should use?

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