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.
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!
This cute, granny stripe crochet bandana is a great project for beginners. It uses basic stitches including the chain, double crochet, and slip stitch. When you’re done, you’ll have a chic, granny-stitch triangle with ties for easy wearing!
This beginner-level pattern features the shell stitch and lots of breathability. It’s made with cotton yarn and is ideal for summer days. If you love this pattern, you can even make a matching bandana for your pup (see the pattern for inspiration)!
This bandana features tons of texture using the picot single crochet. The pattern is available in three different sizes, so you can make it as a head covering for children or adults. This pattern is ideal for the advanced beginner.
This breezy bandana is made with fingering yarn and comes in three sizes - toddler, child, and adult. You’ll need to be able to work the puff stitch and v-puff stitch to get the fun textures in this bandana pattern. This lightweight design is perfect for spring and summer wearing!
Made with flowery granny squares, this colorful crochet hair bandana pattern will both keep your hair back and create a carefree look for those long summer days. You’ll need to make ten granny squares and five granny triangles to complete this pattern. This project would be a great stash buster!
This lacy, bobble stitch pattern is created with a four-row repeat. This small and simple project is a great way to practice the bobble stitch! It's chic design is an airy, lightweight way to keep your hair out of your face in the summer months.
You’ll start out this pattern by making a thick band that’s worked in rows until it fits your head well. After making the band, you’ll center the lacy triangle and work outward. This attractive kerchief pattern is best for advanced beginners.
This bandana pattern uses the linked double crochet - as well as other basic stitches - and features a beautiful, scalloped border. It’s an easy and attractive way to keep your hair back whether you’re working outside, taking a walk, or grabbing coffee with a friend.
Here’s a delicate, drapey pattern that’s easy to work and is perfect for beginners. It’s made with repeated granny triangles that you could crochet while relaxing with your favorite tv show. A video tutorial is also included.
Designer: HayHay Crochet
Yarn weight: Sport
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand A Star is Born: Oh Baby Yarn
Here’s a quick project that uses only one skein of the suggested yarn and works up in no time! It’s made with the moss stitch and creates a breathable, loose fabric. If you want, try adding some beads to the end for a chic, boho vibe!
This super simple granny triangle bandana is great for beginner crocheters. Although it’s a quick project, its simplicity also lends well to crocheting while watching tv or riding in the car. Using cotton yarn creates a cool, washable fabric that’s great for summer wearing!
Instead of ties, this summer kerchief is made with a hairband so you can easily slip it on and off your head. This makes it ideal for sliding on little ones, and the pattern is available in four sizes - baby, toddler/child, child/teen, and adult. Slip on this breezy pattern and head out to make some summer memories!
This intermediate-level crochet hair scarf pattern uses the corner-to-corner (C2C) technique to create an integrative, colorful design. If you’re not familiar with C2C, this is a great chance to give it a try on a small, simple project. Video tutorials are included for both the pattern itself and the C2C technique.
Cottagecore is a style that’s inspired by a rural way of living. This easy, feminine bandana is made using the shell stitch for a delicate-looking piece. Using a simple, repeated stitch pattern, this project is great for beginners.
This simple pattern is made with 36 tiny granny squares as well as 12 half granny square triangles. You can use a single crochet join or simple seaming to join your squares and triangles together. To make this pattern, you’ll need to know how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and work the picot stitch.
This lacy, vintage bandana is a super lightweight and breezy way to keep your hair out of your face in warm summer months. It’s an intermediate pattern that uses the webbed lace stitch to achieve its delicate design.
Here’s a beautiful, two-tone shell stitch bandana pattern that’s made by alternating the shell stitch with framework chain rows. A bandana is a great way to give this technique a try. If you love it, you can keep going and make a whole shawl!
This super easy pattern is worked using the magic circle, chain stitch, and double crochet. You’ll also need to know how to single crochet 2 stitches together. This quick, enjoyable pattern makes a great gift for giving to friends!
This advanced pattern uses Tunisian crochet to make a gorgeous and detailed lace bandana. It’s worked from tip to bottom and features a boho-style beaded tassel. You’ll need to be able to work eyelets, increases, decreases, and lace patterns to make this project.
This pattern is made using the bead and lace stitch. It alternates between solid rows and eyelets for a textured, interesting look. You can easily adjust the size of this repeated triangle pattern to fit a child, teen, or adult.
This free crochet head scarf pattern offers a lightweight option for holding your hair back while staying cool in the summer. This scarf easily ties around any size head, but you can make it longer or shorter to suit your preferences. This simple pattern also makes a great stash buster!
This lacy headscarf gives off a vintage vibe that’s super airy and cool for summer weather. It’s quick to make and looks beautiful in nearly any color. You’ll need to know how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet to make this pattern.
This crochet headband features a simple, repeated pattern using single crochets and puff stitches. While you can use nearly any yarn for this pattern (it’s really a great stash buster!), a lot of people like to use a stretchier option for crochet headscarves. This quick and fun project is a great option for gift-giving!
Designer: Blame the Knots
Yarn weight: DK
Suggested yarn: Kersti DK Solids
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