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!
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.
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 below), 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.
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.
25 Free Headband and Ear Warmer Knitting Patterns
Enjoy these free knitted headband patterns! Happy creating!
This adorable headband is made with slip stitches and mirrored cables. You’ll need both regular needles and cabled needles to complete this pattern. If you don’t have a cable needle, you can use a double-pointed needle instead. Step-by-step pictures are included with this pattern.
This headscarf is the best of both worlds when it comes to keeping your head and ears warm with long hair. It’s slightly wider than a normal headband for extra warmth and cover, yet your hair can still flow freely out the back. It features a button closure at the base of the neck.
To make this pattern, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, and work cable stitches. It’s knitted back and forth and seamed together using the mattress stitch. It measures approximately 4 inches wide and creates a cute solution for keeping your ears warm!
Beginner knitters, if you’re looking for an easy knit headband pattern with simple instructions (that’s still super cute!), you’ve found it. To make this pattern, you’ll simply need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Plus, the size is easily adjustable.
Celebrate spring with this lovely, floral design. To make this pattern, you’ll knit the headband flat using the stockinette stitch, then embroider your flowers. This pattern includes a variety of sizes, from toddler to adult.
Yarn weight: Fingering and lace (hold both together to make this pattern)
Suggested yarn: Filcolana Vilja and Garnstudio DROPS Kid-Silk
This pattern is quick to make and is perfect for using up leftover yarn. The headband is knitted flat and then tied on top of the head using a single or double knot. If you want more length to tie your headband, simply knit a few extra rows.
This headband is knitted flat using the stockinette stitch, tied, and then seamed. Before seaming but after you’ve tied your knot, make sure to try your headband on. It’s easy to adjust the size from there so that it fits your head perfectly!
Keep your ears toasty with this adorable, cabled ear warmer headband. This pattern is knitted flat and then seamed. Using worsted-weight yarn, you’ll end up with a stylish, knitted ear warmer that’s not too bulky.
Make this headband using the broken knit stitch and enjoy the extra warm, double-thick design on the coldest days! To make this easy pattern, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, work in the round, and create a basic seam.
This headband is made with squishy brioche stitches. If you haven’t tried brioche knitting yet, a headband is a great project to start on due to its small size and simple design. The headband is joined together with a stylish twist.
This wide ear warmer made with super bulky yarn will keep you warm during all your winter activities. Enjoy sledding, ice skating, hiking, and all your other winter favorites with warm ears! This is an easy knitting project that can be completed in a couple of hours.
Ready to learn to cable knit? This is a perfect pattern to get started. With the included cable knitting video and the smaller size of this project, it’s an unintimidating way to learn to cable knit. You can do it!
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