Thread Headband - Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial | My Hobby is Crochet

These crochet thread headbands are not only beautiful and stylish, but also practical and comfortable to wear due to the hair tie at the back. Make one in each color to match your outfits!

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Which version do you like it better? With or without the flower applique? For myself I prefer it simple and elegant! I wear it a lot!

Thread Headband -  Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial

Thread Headband

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This headband is sizes for teen/adult women, but you can adjust for smaller sizes. One way it is to make less rows till the Bruges Lace part of the headband as in the pattern indicated, for a toddler size I would make approx. just the half of the rows, maybe 10 rows, but I haven't tested it!


  • - Crochet Thread size 8(small amount)
  • 2 mm crochet hook
  • 1 hair tie (elastic)
  • 1 button (for the flower)
  • sewing needle

sc: single crochet

hdc: half double crochet

dc: double crochet

sl st: slip stitch

ch loop: chain loops = 4 chains

shell: here a shell will be made of 7 dc worked in the chain loops


Standing single crochet = wrap crochet thread around hook once; while holding the thread tail with the other hand, insert hook in the stitch indicated in the pattern, thread over, pull up a loop, thread over and pull through both loops on hook. (See the step by step pictures in the photo collage below)


Take the hair tie; we will cast on directly on it.

Row 1: Begin with a standing single crochet around the elastic band; see picture bellow. Working over the yarn tail, make 4 sc more around the elastic band; ch1, turn. (5sc total)

Standing single crochet around the elastic band

First row completed

Row 2: 1 hdc in each of the 5 sc of the row 1; ch1, turn.(5 hdc total)

Rows 3: 1hdc in each hdc across the row, ch1, turn. (5 hdc total)

Rows 4-18: repeat as row 3, until your piece measures approx. 9 cm.

NOTE: The diameter of the headband can vary, depending on how much your hair elastic stretches. If you want the headband to stand tighter on the head, make less rows as here indicated.

Row 19: 1 hdc in each hdc across the row, ch 4; turn. (It is a variation of Bruges Lace crochet using hdc stitches instead of dc stitches)

(Note: after row 19, I stopped counting each row!)

For the next rows, repeat as row 19 until on each side of the headband you'll have 19 chain loops. See the picture below. The section with ch loops measures 21 cm.

21 cm the Bruges lace middle part

After you have 19 ch loops on each side, you will continue for 18 rows the same way as the first part of the headband: 1hdc in each hdc across, ch1 and turn.

In the picture bellow it is shown the headband right before casting on again on the elastic band.

Casting the second tail on the elastic: make 1 sc in each of the 5 hdc of previous row and around the elastic: first stitch in one hdc, then around the elastic, for each stitch of the row, like in the photo collage below.

After casting on the elastic, it will look like in the picture below. Observe that the top of the stitches (the seam) are at the edge of the elastic. Pull the seam to the inside of the headband for a nice, finished look. Secure by sewing the last row with the previous row.

The top of the stitches are at the edge of the elastic.


The sides:

First side: Begin with a standing sc in the first ch loop, (7dc in next ch loop, 1sc in next ch loop) x 9 times (9 shells total.)

Cut yarn. Fasten off.

Second side: repeat as for the first side.
You should have 9 shells on each side.

Second side with shells completed

Joining the center of the elastic band:
Right in the center of the elastic band, make 1 standing single crochet around both sides of the elastic band and than 5 sc more around both sides. Cut yarn. Fasten off.

(6 sc total around the center of the elastic band)

Hide the edges of the stitches to the inside. Sew the yarn tails.

This is how it will look the wrong side, after hiding the seam to the inside.

This will be on the right side

That's it! You made it!

The flower pattern can be found on my blog post Double Layered 8 Petal Flower.

Here are some pictures shared by a very talented crocheter, Marjo Reints, who combined this Thread Headband pattern with my Free Pattern Crochet Bracelet with Heart Button . Aren't they lovely?

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  1. I am going to make all of the headbands, for my girls and myself. This one is my favorite!
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. Very nice! As the result of a stroke, my right hand is partially paralyzed which means that I learn to crochet with my left hand. An alternative is easy patterns and lots of time. This looks like I can do it. Will let you know how it goes!

    1. I'm sorry for what you are going through! It's amazing that you could learn how to crochet with the left hand!
      I wish you much health! Take care!

  3. Will the pattern be messed up if I make the middle part with lace shorter /less hoops? Like say 16 hoops on eCh side instead of 19? I used a thicker yarn and the middle is already measuring 21 cm

    1. You could try. It will end up wider also. You can take a look on the Ravelry pattern page. There are some projects made by crocheters with thicker yarn as in the pattern suggested .

  4. Has anyone tried adding buttons above the ears to hook face mask on?

  5. Just finished mine,easy pattern for beginner like me,. Thank you..i'll just add some flowers on it

    1. Awesome! I'mglad you enjoyed the pattern! :)