One of my favorite things in life (after yarn and chocolate of course) are hair accessories. I was complaining to Mr. Artichoke a few weeks ago that I couldn’t find the perfect headband for windy summer days. My hair gets crazy fizzy and curly with the humidity and I hate how itchy it gets when blown in my eyes. Anyway, he naturally responded to my complaints by saying « Why don’t you just make one ». What a stroke of genius! I have the reflex to create whatever piece of clothing, scarf, hat, mittens I want but I hadn’t thought of a knit headband free pattern that is not meant to keep you warm.
I wanted something light, stretchy and lacy so it would be pretty and not too warm. I usually crochet this kind of stitches but this time I decided to make my first knit lace pattern. I’ve always been scared of lace knit stitches. They look so intricate. If you’re like me, don’t worry, it is actually crazy easy! All you need to do to create this cute grid is yarn over (bring the yarn forward) and knit 2 stitches together. There are actually no complicated advanced stitches involved.
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Before you Start your Knit Headband Free Pattern
- 2.5 mm knitting needles
- Less than half a skein of Bamboo cotton yarn. This yarn is super soft and delicate, I just love it.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
- T pins for blocking
- st = stitch
- k = knit (k2 means knit 2 stitches)
- inc = increase. I use the knit 2 stitches in the same stitch method (also known as kfb)
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
- yo = yarn over = bring the yarn forward
Using the lace stitch below, the gauge is 28 st by 54 rows for a 10cm by 10cm square
Repeat instructions between ** the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.
I have indicated standard sizes as follows adult (baby, toddler, child, tween).
To adjust the pattern to your head size, measure the diameter of your head and replace the 57cm / 22 1/2″ below (in the lace part) with your measure.
Lacy Headband Actual Pattern
The Biased Beginning
Cast on 3 st
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, inc, k1
Row 3: k across
Row 4: k until last 2 st, inc, k1
Row 5 – 6: k across
Repeat *rows 3 to 6* 10 times (14st)
The Main Laced Part
Row 1: k2, *yo, k2tog*, k2
Row 2: k across
Row 3: k3, *yo, k2tog*, k1
Row 4: k across
Repeat *rows 1 to 4* until you reach 57 cm / 22 1/2″ (37 cm / 14.5″, 43cm / 17″, (49 cm / 19″, 53 cm / 20 3/4″) for the laced part.
The Biased End
Row 1 – 2: k across
Row 3: k until last 2 st, k2tog
Row 4: k across
Repeat *rows 1 to 4* 10 times
Cast off the remaining 3 stitches.
Lightly block your headband without stretching it. To do this, humidify your headband and pin it to your blocking mat.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.
Once it is completely dry, remove the pins. Your headband is ready to be worn. Tie a not and wear it however you want. The possibilities are endless.
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CindyJuly 18, 2019 at 5:36 pm
Hi! Adorable pattern! But I’m confused! You list “Increase” but you do not list how to increase. You list Yarn Over separately. Which is confusing as that is normally one way to increase. Is there a reason “inc” and “yo” are listed indepent of each other? Do you have a default way to increase? Any information is appreciated!
Hortense MaskensJuly 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
I’m really sorry for the confusion.
By increase I mean knit 2 stitches in the same stitch. That is the increase I use for the beginning and ending parts.
The yarn over is used in the lace section only.
I hope this clarifies things and I will update the pattern accordingly.
SandraJuly 30, 2019 at 10:12 pm
I am also confused. If I were to want to modify this to fit a Kindergarten girl and a 3rd grade girl. The instructions are not clear on how to down size.
Hortense MaskensJuly 31, 2019 at 10:22 am
Sorry if it is not clear. The first step is to measure the head size you want. For a kindergarden girl it should be around 40-46cm / 16 – 18″. Then you make the laced part that length. I’ve updated the pattern to ad standard sizes, I hope it helps. Please let me know if it is still unclear.
DewiJuly 12, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Hi, i want to ask the biased beginning. Row 5-6 knit across. Row 6-49 repeat row 3-6. I’m a bit confused. Does the repeat start from row 6 or 7? If the repeat starts from row 6, does that mean row 5 k across, row 6 repeating row 3-5? If the repeat starts from row 7, does that mean row 7 repeating row 3-6?
If the repeat starts from row 6, it’d be knit-inc-knit-knit-inc-knit.
If the repeat starts from row 7, it’d be knit-inc-knit-knit-knit-inc-knit-knit.