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25 Free Headband and Ear Warmer Knitting Patterns

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy knitting project, look no further than these free headband and ear warmer patterns! These patterns are perfect for beginning knitters, and there are so many adorable designs to choose from. In this blog post, we will showcase 25 of the best headband and ear warmer knitting patterns out there. So whether you’re looking for a stylish way to keep your ears warm, or just need something to keep the hair out of your face, we’ve got you covered!

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Headband Knitting Patterns

Cold weather is coming, and that means it’s time to start thinking about winter accessories! One of our favorite things to wear in the winter is a cute knitted headband or ear warmer. A knit headband is a quick project that will keep you warm and look great at the same time.

In this blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite knitting patterns for headbands and ear warmers. These patterns are adorable, easy to follow, and, best of all, they knit up quickly! So whether you’re a beginner or a master knitter – if you’re looking for a quick and easy knitting project, be sure to check out these patterns!

Need another reason to give these patterns a try?

  • Quick & portable. Headband patterns are so much fun and can often be made in an afternoon, so they’re great for instant gratification knitting. Plus, they’re an easy project to store in your WIP bag and take with you wherever you go.
  • Stashbusting. Headbands and ear warmers don’t use a lot of yarn, so they’re great for using up bits of extra yarn.
  • Gift-giving. The free knitted headband patterns below are excellent for giving as gifts (or selling at your next craft fair!)
  • Great for practicing. Since they’re small, headbands are great for practicing new techniques or more complicated, cabled designs.

25 Free Headband and Ear Warmer Knitting Patterns

Enjoy these free knitted headband patterns! Happy creating!

Headbands are a Great Beginner Project

A simple headband pattern is an excellent project for a beginning knitter. It’s true! A simple rectangular headband pattern is not much more complicated than knitting a large gauge swatch.

Some patterns, such as this easy headband (number 5 above), use only simple knit and purl stitches. The only new technique you’ll need to learn is how to knit in the round – and that’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

Because headbands are a smaller project and don’t require a lot of yarn, they’re also a great way to practice new stitches or techniques you’ve been wanting to learn.

Whether you want to learn new skills or make a cute knitted accessory, you’ll find plenty of knitted headband patterns in the list below.

Knitting Techniques to Know

Here are some of the basic knitting techniques you may need to know to knit a headband:

Remember that not all of these techniques are necessary for every pattern.

Tip: Before you start knitting, read through your pattern thoroughly to ensure you understand the required techniques. Many patterns also include instructions for specific stitches and/or video tutorials.

Supplies You’ll Need

To knit a headband, you’ll need the following:

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Other notions (tapestry needle, stitch markers, button, etc.)

Check your pattern to find the suggested yarn type, needle size and type (regular, circular, cable, etc.), and any other notions required.

What Yarn is Best for Headbands?

Knitted headbands and ear warmers can be made with a variety of different yarn weights, from fingering weight to super bulky. However, you’ll find that most of the headband patterns in the list below call for worsted-weight yarn.

Can’t find the exact yarn called for in the pattern? In most cases, it’s easy to substitute a different yarn in the same weight category. Just be sure to check your gauge and try on your ear warmer or headband before seaming or binding off. 

Tip: We’ve included a suggested yarn after each pattern for your convenience.

How Many Skeins of Yarn Do I Need to Knit a Headband?

Most headband patterns on this list will require one or two skeins of yarn, or even less. For this reason, knitted headbands and ear warmers are an excellent way to use up your scrap yarn.

More Knitting Patterns

If you love knitting, here are some more free patterns to take a look at.

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What’s Next?

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Monday 27th of November 2023

Love your headband patterns, great for quick projects.