15 Easy Elastic Crochet Headband Patterns (free!)

There are many accessories you can crochet but headbands are by far the most useful ones!

They look amazing, keep your hair out of your face on a windy day and even warm your ears in the cool winter months.

You can use them when you don’t want to do your hair but still look put together. Make one in every color and you’ll have a headband for every outfit.

They make perfect gifts for birthdays, holidays, baby showers… in short, they fit any occasion.

Gift a headband to each one of your friends and you’ll have matching outfits for the next time you’re hanging out.

Most of the projects consist of only a few rows, so you won’t need a lot of yarn.

If you have some yarn you can’t seem to find any use for, this is your chance to finish it and make some room for something new.

The patterns are really easy to follow, making each piece beginner-friendly.

Most importantly, every pattern is free and available online.

1. Double Crochet Headband

Find the pattern, here.

This pattern combines cotton yarn and elastic thread to create the headband.

The cotton is breathable and keeps it’s quality even after many washes. The elastic accounts for the stretching of the yarn over time.

You can use transparent elastic, but if there isn’t any available in your area you can match the different elastic and yarn to create interesting color combinations as seen in the picture.

2. Plaid Ear Warmer

Pattern from Winding Road Crochet available here.

Plaid is a great pattern to try. You can keep each section as big as the pattern suggests or you could increase the amount of rows for each color.

You can use as many colors as you’d like and even make a rainbow ear warmer!

It is a really quick project so it is a great last-minute Christmas gift.

3. Cinched Headband

Find the pattern here.

The first row of this headband is made with foundation double crochet stitches, which is what makes the edges of the headband so beautiful.

If you’re new to this stitch, don’t worry, you can find a tutorial on Rebecca’s page. It’s really easy and it’ll develop your crochet skills even further!

I really love the cinched part of the headband because it adds some detail while still keeping it simple.

It is an ideal accessory to a bolder outfit.

4. Cinched Headband with Straps

Pattern available, here.

This headband is similar to the previous pattern however it adds two straps to the cinched area.

I like the bow-like look because it can bring a chic and stylish feeling to your look.

The pattern uses merino wool and is available in three sizes: baby/toddler, pre-teen and adult.

5. Twisted Headband

Pattern by Daisy Farm Craft, here.

Whenever I see the headbands in the picture I just imagine how nice they would be as part of my night routine.

Getting home after a tiring day, putting my favorite headband on and doing my skin care routine.

If you use velvet yarn, like the pattern does, you’ll end up with the softest and coziest headband you’ll ever use.

If you’ve never worked with velvet yarn before, I recommend making a swatch first.

It tends to be more slippery than other yarns and some people need to use a smaller hook or tighter stitches than usual.

6. Headband with Buttons

Pattern available here.

This pattern uses half double crochet and single crochet stitches.

The pattern is written for babies, so you’ll have to increase the amount of rows you crochet either way, but you don’t need to worry about exact measurements.

By increasing the number of button holes, you’ll be able to adjust it without taking your piece apart.

7. Braided Headband

Pattern can be found here.

For this headband you’ll need size 10.5 (6.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm) hooks and stitch markers.

You’ll crochet 4 different strips which you need to braid at the end.

The entire project uses only half double crochet stitches, both for the strips and to secure them together.

8. Wheat Lace Headband

Pattern available on Ravelry.

This beautiful headband is perfect for spring. I love the dainty pattern because it gives a soft and delicate feeling to any look.

The ends of the crochet part are joined together by an elastic. This pattern calls for treble crochet stitches.

9. Catherine Headband

Find the pattern, here.

To make this headband you need to use the single crochet, double crochet and double crochet 7 together stitches.

At first this stitch might seem intimidating but it’s quite fun to learn. It made me really excited to see the outcome while working on it!

Using different colors like Tamara did emphasizes it even more.

It would pair well with an otherwise monochromatic look to add another color into the mix.

10. Flower Headband

Find the pattern here.

This is another headband perfectly suited for the warmer months.

The flower adds a cheerful note to the design but the simple headband looks just as great if you’re not a big fan of the floral look.

11. Shell Stitch Headband

Find the pattern here.

It might be a little surprising, but this pattern uses only double crochet and slip stitches.

What creates the shell-like look is making multiple double crochet stitches into the same chain and then skipping one.

It is such a beautiful piece. With this stitch, you can make matching beanies, scarves and other accessories too.

12. Tulip Stitch Headband

Pattern available here.

I love how colorful this headband is. If you know someone who really likes tulips, this would be a great gift to surprise them with.

Another great stitch to use for matching projects. You could make a whole tulip themed outfit!

13. Mollie Flowers Headband

Pattern available on Ravelry, here.

I really like that this pattern joins the flowers only after you finished them.

While the pattern does give you advice on how to combine your chosen colors, you can make your own arrangement.

You can make as many or as little flowers as you’d like in order to change the width of the headband. You could make one row or three or even more.

14. Rose Headband

Watch the video tutorial, here.

This is an adorable design for babies. You can make one as a gift for a baby shower or someone’s birthday or your own children.

The pattern is really stretchy so you won’t need extra elastic for it to fit well.

15. Animal Headband

Pattern available here.

This might be one of the most adorable pieces you could create.

The pattern gives instructions for multiple animals. You can make a deer, bear or fox design.

Change yarn colors and you’ll end up with different animals.