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. You’ll not only want these headbands for yourself, you’ll love making them for gifts as well.
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 it?
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 are lots of pictures below to guide you through the process so you’ll find this even easier than it sounds.
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 browner 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 chains, 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!
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!
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 the desired length (ex. 20″ circumference) instead of a number of stitches or a 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.
Courtney Crochet Twist Headband Pattern Free
Skill Level: Easy
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 (Tapestry Needle)
hdc(s): half double crochet(s)
mhdc3tog: modified half double crochet 3 together (See notes and photos)
yo: yarn over
Gauge: 4” x 4” = 13 hdcs by 5 rows
Finished Size: 4.75” by 20”
Notes and Special 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,
Yarn over, insert hook into the same st and pull up a loop,
Insert hook into the next st and pull up a loop
Insert hook into the next st and pull up a loop
Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on the hook
The next mhdc3tog starts in the same st where the last mhdc3tog ended
Mdhc3tog to the end of the row then hdc in the last st of the row
Turn, 2 hdc in each ch-1, skipping each hdc, 2 hdc in the last st of the row.
Row 1 and 2 completed. (wrong side)
Free Crochet 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
Are you ready to learn how to crochet a headband with a twist? It really isn’t hard at all. Follow the steps below and you’ll have a cute twisted headband in no time.
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.
Wrap each side around the other side of the headband
Using the long tail end and a large needle, weave yarn back and forth through all four layers.
Turn right side out and smooth down.