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25 Free Crochet Bandana Patterns for All Skill Levels

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Crochet bandanas are in! These retro hair accessories are having a major moment. And making your own crochet bandanas and headscarves is a fun way to get in on the trend. Keep reading for a list of our favorite 25 free crochet bandana patterns!

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Crochet Bandanas and Headscarf Patterns

Whether you call them bandanas, kerchiefs, or headscarves – these crochet patterns aren’t just stylish, they’re super practical too!

In this post, you’ll find 25 fun, free bandana patterns to try. From classic triangle bandanas to granny square designs and rectangular headscarves, there’s something here for every taste. 

Odds are, these crochet bandanas will become your new go-to hair accessory. Tie one on to fix a bad hair day, protect your head from the sun, or keep your hair out of your face.

And if you’re a pet lover, consider making a matching, tie-on bandana for your furry friend’s neck! (Of course, you can make them for your human friends, too!)

Can beginners crochet a bandana?

Yes! Bandanas are an excellent project for crochet beginners because of their smaller size and simple patterns. They’re also a great way to try out new crochet stitches and skills without the commitment of a larger project.

Some of the best patterns for beginners in this list include the Crochet Bandana (#1), the Autumn Breeze Bandana (#9), and the Easy Crochet Bandana (#11).

And, of course, we always recommend reading through a pattern and reviewing the techniques used before getting started.

Supplies for Crochet Bandanas

To make a crochet bandana, you’ll need to collect these supplies:

  • Crochet hook(s)
  • Yarn
  • Other notions (tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, beads, etc.)

What yarn is best for making crochet bandanas?

Lightweight cotton yarns are an excellent choice for making crochet bandanas. They’re comfy, hold their shape, and are easy to clean. 

On the other hand, cozy wool or acrylic blends can be a great option if you’re making a bandana that you plan to wear in the winter.

Some of our top yarn choices for bandanas include Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, WeCrochet Dishie, and Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.

Crochet Techniques for Bandanas and Headscarves

Here are some of the techniques and stitches you might need to know for crocheting your bandana or headscarf:

Tips for Crocheting Bandanas and Headscarves

Check your gauge.

Before diving in, whip up a gauge swatch. Because a bandana is a wearable item, you’ll want to ensure that your project fits just right. If your gauge is off, switch to a larger or smaller hook as needed.

Adjust the size as you go.

Most patterns are adaptable to fit children, teens, or adults. Feel free to try on your project as you crochet and tweak the size as needed. Add a few rows to make it bigger, or subtract a few to make it smaller. 

Choose the best fiber content for your project.

Before picking out your yarn, consider when you’ll wear your bandana. Is it for winter wear? Will it be keeping your hair back in the summer months while you hang out at the beach or weed the garden?

Breathable cotton and lightweight yarns are great for the summer months. For colder times, wool or acrylics will keep you warm and cozy.

25 Crochet Bandana Patterns

Take a look at these free crochet bandana patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

More Crochet Patterns

If you liked these free crochet hat patterns, you might be interested in these other crochet articles:

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