The 7 Headband Patterns You Need for Fall

Headbands are wonderful things. But I have a confession to make: I haven’t worn one in years. I used to wear them when I was a kid but I never liked them—the stiff plastic and little teeth on the underside hurt my head. So I abandoned headbands years ago and never thought I’d wear one again. But then knitting entered my life, and I realized that knitted headbands aren’t like the uncomfortable plastic things I wore in my childhood—they’re lovely, soft accessories that can be both cute and functional. I’ve recently discovered that knitted headbands are fantastic for:

1. Keeping your hair out of your face
2. Keeping your ears warm but your head cool during outdoor activities
3. Covering up unwashed hair (or bad hair days)
4. Making quick gifts for loved ones
5. Instant knitting gratification
6. Lookin’ cute

If you need more headbands in your life, try out one—or all!—of these patterns for a quick, satisfying project.

1. Berkshires Band from Interweave Knits Summer 2015

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This headband is both functional and super cute! I love how it’s styled for the magazine because this is how I picture myself wearing it—on a camping trip or a hike—but it could easily go with jeans, a plaid shirt, and tall boots for a laid-back weekend look. The lace pattern is a simple six-row repeat, so you can finish this band in an evening. (Bonus: Knits Summer 2015 has several other headband patterns—check it out for more bands, including the Jubilee Kerchief pictured above!)

2. Olympia Headband from Interweave Knits Summer 2015

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If you’re searching for a simple, all-purpose headband, look no further! The Olympia Headband is small enough to be subtle in a dark color—perfect for wearing to work—but really pops if made in a bright color like the purple shown in the magazine. Made from 4 I-cords that grow from a stockinette base and are braided together, this band is a go-to accessory for any occasion.

3. Brigitte Headband from knitscene Fall 2015

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I LOVE this headband! It’s so striking. Inspired by film star Brigitte Bardot, this headband uses garter stitch worked in an exaggerated chevron shape to create its super-cool patterning. This band would be perfect for winter activities like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, when I need to keep my ears warm but let my head breathe a bit.

4. Greta Headband from Interweave Knits Summer 2012

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This band’s simple design and unique construction show off the drapey, slightly shiny yarn. Doubled fabric adds warmth on chilly fall days and creates clever ruching around a ring. Wear the ringed end slightly off-center in the front for maximum style, or wear it in the back for a low-key look.

5. Snowflake/Rose Ski Headband from PieceWork March/April 2013

Another headband for winter activities! This adorable band features traditional snowflake patterning combined with fir-tree and zigzag motifs for a perfect winter accessory. Wear this double-layered band on the slopes or holiday shopping—either way, you’ll be stylish AND cozy!

6. I-cord Headband from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010

Whip up this simple I-cord headband in no time and add your own embellishments for a one-of-a-kind accessory. Try adding a flower, as pictured in the magazine, or knit your favorite shape—a star, a butterfly, a bird, even a skull. This headband is especially great for gifting because you can customize the colors and embellishments for the recipient.

7. Doris Head Scarf from knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016

Okay, this one isn’t technically a headband, but it can be worn as one! The Doris Head Scarf is a super versatile accessory you can wear in a variety of ways. Try it wrapped around a bun or ponytail, around your neck as a scarflette, or—of course—as a headband! A provisional cast-on makes a seamless-looking piece that is quick to make and perfect for gifting.

Are you a headband fan? Let me know in the comments!


P.S. Need more headbands? Check out Allyson Dykhuizen’s video 5 Knitted Headbands to learn eyelets, I-cord, ruffles, and more!

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