Crochet Pattern: Checkered Headband

By Rachel Choi – 17 Comments

This checkered headband is from the Crochet Pattern: Classic Headband Set (all sizes). Crochet this headband for a child or use the instructions in the pattern to adjust it to fit any head size. Be sure to grab a measuring tape to measure the circumference of the wearer’s head for best fit. Keep in mind that your yarn may stretch.

crochet checkered headband

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 18” (45.5 cm) circumference, 1 1/4” (3 cm) wide – children size

Medium Weight Yarn (small amount)
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
Measuring tape
crochet yarn size 4

11 sts = 2 1/4”
3 rows = 1 1/4’’
Gauge Swatch: 2 1/4’’w x 1 1/4’’h (5.5 cm x 3 cm) ch 16.
Row 1: dc in sixth ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch) across: 6 dc
Row 2 – 3: ch 4, turn, (skip 1 ch, dc in next dc, ch 1) across, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch: 6 dc
Finish off.

Crochet Pattern: Headband
Round 1: ch 90 or until the chain is the circumference of the wearer’s head (must be an even number of chains), sl st in first ch made, being careful not to twist chain: 90 ch
Round 2: ch 4, skip 1 ch, (dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch) around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 45 dc
Round 3 – 4: ch 4, skip 1 ch, (dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 1 ch) around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 45 dc
Finish off.

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  1. Does this stretch? I like headbands kinda tight but too much use stretches them out. Tips?

  2. Betty says:

    The first few headbands I made a couple years ago were 100% cotton and they did stretch out. I preferred cotton because I use them to keep the hair off my face and to absorb sweat when I work out in my gardens. (I live in the south!) I used elastic thread and wove it through the crochet so there was no right or wrong side to the headbands.
    Then, I tried a couple of yarns with elastic IN them, e.g., Cascade’s Fixation (cotton & elastic), Knit Picks’ Risata (cotton, wool, elastic), Bernat’s Baby stretch (acrylic, cotton, elastic) with fantastic results. Absolutely love my new headbands! These yarns also make great can cozies — especially in the summer when the cans sweat so much!

  3. Diane says:

    If you use crochet thread instead of yarn, will it stretch or should you use stretch thread thru out the headband to make it stretch.

    • Rachel says:

      Diane, cotton thread will probably have a little bit of stretch to it, but I’d make a small swatch using the different types of thread or yarn you are considering to see how stretchy it turns out. From there you can decide which one you prefer.

  4. Kristy says:

    I have made sooo many of these I honestly can’t count them! Thank you so much!

  5. anna says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I just wanted to know if you have a tip on how not to twist the chains. Because I have to make it several times before I get it without twisting. But I really do not know how I made it all of the sudden it came out. See if you understand what I mean. For example on that headband I always end up twisting it and can’t seem to find the way until several trials.


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Anna, I normally run my finger along the chain to untwist it before I join the chain together. Then after it is joined together, I would run my fingers along it again to double check before I continue crocheting.

  6. Anna says:

    Thank you Rachel,
    Will try that and see how it will go. Thanks for answering.
    God Bless You your an angel.

  7. Mary Turner says:

    Hi Rachael
    I bought about 20 headbands on E-Bay that came from China. It is elastic and ribbon. I use them everyday to cover the new gray hair that grows in the front edges of my head. This way I can give my hair a rest from the chemicals in the dye.

    Do you happen to have a pattern on how they make their head bands. I get a lot of compliments on them and people stop me all the time and ask me where I buy them.

  8. Mary Turner says:

    I love this site Rachael. Their are so many helpful hints.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Mary, I’m not sure of the headbands you are referring to. But if you’d like you can crochet this headband with elastic instead of yarn. Or even like the edges of the headband with elastic and crochet the headband with ribbon.

  9. Tina K says:

    Love this pattern! Do you have any recommendations on different length sizes for varying ages – from babies to young girls ? I see this one is listed as 18″ – young girl… Wasnt sure how much smaller to make it for a toddler or even an infant. Thanks so much !

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Tina, you can do 16″ for toddlers and 14″ for babies. Head sizes vary so much regardless of age, so if you can measure the person’s head that would be best.

  10. Tina K says:

    Thanks so much for the quick response !

  11. Kassie says:

    Hey rachel, i have a 6 month old little girl and i bought some the the super streachy headband off of amazon that come withlarge feathers or bows that you can clip to them. they look really simple to make and i can crochet and knit. but i cant for the life of me figure out what the material is called or where to get it. would you have any idea? i would submit a picture if i could to give you an idea of what it looks like.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kassie, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. But you can email me a pic if you’d like. Click on the “About Page” in the top menu bar and you’ll see my email there.

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