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An ear warmer that’s as cute as it is functional? Yes! The Courtney Crochet Twisted Headband combines a simple twist with a rectangle of gorgeous stitches to create this beautiful accessory.

3 twist crochet ear warmers staggered on top of each others with some flowers nearby

Keep reading to enjoy the free crochet twisted headband pattern or purchase the printable PDF version here.

How Do You Crochet A Twisted Headband

Have you avoided these crocheting twisted headband ear warmers because you assumed they were hard? That twist looks like it takes fancy crochet work or hard seaming, doesn’t?

Well thankfully this is one instance where it looks WAY more complicated than it actually is.

To make this simple twist, you’ll first crochet a rectangle (you can do that!), and then fold it and sew to secure the ends together. The way you fold the ends together is what creates the twist. There a lot’s of pictures to guide you through the process so you’ll find this even easier than it sounds.

3 twist crochet headbands with a crochet hook and flowers

About the yarn for the Twisted Crochet Headband Pattern

For the twisted headband ear warmers I used Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca Yarn. It is a 90% acrylic 10% alpaca blend that comes in a variety of modern colors.

The headband will look good in pretty much any warm worsted weight yarn. Just make sure you follow the sizing instructions no matter which yarn you use.

Just an FYI: The grayish headband is actually done in Taupe and is more brown than it shows in the pictures. It’s super pretty and the one I made for myself!

About the stitches used in the Crochet Twisted Headband Pattern

The entire headband uses only chain, half double crochets and modified half double crochet 3 together (mhdc3tog – that’s a mouthful!)

The mhdc3tog looks similar to a star stitch but I find it easier and less of a yarn eater. It turns an ordinary twisted ear warmer into a stunning accessory designed to keep you warm!

I’ve use the modified half double crochet 3 together in a few different patterns like the matching Courtney Crochet Scarf with fringe, the beanie hat and the textured dishcloth, and kitchen towel.

You’ll want to make sure you follow the instructions and photos in this post for the modified half double crochet 3 together. If you search the google someone else may have a different modification of a hdc3tog and I don’t want you to get confused!

3 crochet twisted headband ear warmers and flowers

What size do I need for my Twist Headband Ear Warmer?

Luckily headband sizing doesn’t have to be complicated and I have a headband size chart for you that makes it so simple!

When crocheting the twist ear warmers it is important to remember that working to a desired length (ex. 20″) instead of number of stitches or gauge will give you a well-fitting headband.

When I wanted 20″ headbands, I crocheted my chain to be a multiple of 2+1 that measured just about 21″. Since the mhdc3tog is a rather tight stitch it shrunk the length by an entire inch by the time I finished a couple of rows.

I’d suggest starting by chaining an inch more than the final length you want making sure you keep your starting chain count at a multiple of 2+1.

Don’t forget to save this cute twisted headband pattern on Pinterest!

twist headbands crochet next to a hand holding a hook and flowers

Courtney Crochet Twist Headband Pattern Free

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:                             

US size K/6.5mm crochet hook
Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (category 4 worsted weight yarn)
Samples used 89 yds (1.5oz) each in Blush, Goldenrod, and Taupe
Large Eye Yarn Needle

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Size K, 6.5 mm hook

Touch of Alpaca Yarn (Amazon)

Touch of Alpaca Yarn (Lion Brand)

Large eye yarn needles (these are the best!)

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Abbreviations:

ch(s): chain(s)
hdc(s): half double crochet(s)mhdc3tog: modified half double crochet 3 together (See notes and photos)
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Gauge: 4” x 4” = 13 hdcs by 5 rows

Finished Size: 4.75” by 20”

Notes and Stitch Instructions:

When working into the chain, work into the back bump only.

To adjust the size, keep your chain a multiple of 2+1. It is more important to work towards measurements (use the crochet ear warmer size chart for guidance) than it is to match gauge. It worked for me to make my chain about 21” long, which made my headband about 20” around.

Mhdc3tog: yo, insert hook into the last completed st, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st, pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook.

Photo Tutorial for the mhdc3tog:

hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook,

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Yarn over, insert hook into the same st and pull up a loop,

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Insert hook into the next st and pull up a loop

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Insert hook into the next st and pull up a loop

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on the hook

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Ch 1

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

The next mhdc3tog starts in the same st where the last mhdc3tog ended

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Mdhc3tog to the end of the row then hdc in the last st of the row

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Turn, 2 hdc in each ch-1, skipping each hdc, 2 hdc in the last st of the row.

crochet hook and yarn showing the steps for a mhdc3tog

Row 1 and 2 completed. (wrong side)

row 1 and 2 completed with the mhdc3tog

Pattern Instructions:

Ch 67 (multiple of 2+1)

R1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, [mhdc3tog, ch 1] across, hdc in last st, turn.

R2: ch 1, [skip hdc, 2 hdcs in ch 1] across, skip hdc, 2 hdcs in last st, turn. (66)

R3: ch 1, hdc, [mhdc3tog, ch 1] across, hdc in last st, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve reached a total of 12 rows.  Fasten off leaving a long tail end.

Creating the twisted headband

With the right side facing up, bring the ends of the headband together so half of one end is against half of the other end.

a crochet rectangle being folded together to make a headband

Wrap each side around the other side of the headband

a crochet rectangle being folded together to make a headband

Using the long tail end and a large needle, weave yarn back and forth through all four layers.

a crochet rectangle being sewn together to make a headband

Turn right side out and smooth down.

gray twisted crochet headband

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collage of a crochet scarf, hat and headbands
Courtney Crochet Scarf | Courtney Crochet Beanie | Crochet Chevron Headbands

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If you like easy to print patterns, this pattern can be purchased in the following places:

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