After you’ve mastered the basics of Tunisian crochet, it’s time to put those skills to good use! Try them out with this step-by-step tutorial for a simple (and adorable!) Tunisian crochet headband.
One of the best parts about being a crocheter is making gifts that can’t be bought in stores. I made this headband for a friend’s birthday and customized it completely for her. I knew something simple and neutral would be just her speed. My friend has big, curly hair, so a hat was out of the question. This design was the perfect solution!
About this Tunisian crochet headband
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet pattern, this is a great one! The pattern uses the Tunisian simple stitch, which is easy enough for newbies. It’s unlike any knit or traditional crochet stitch I have tried before and it creates a dense but flexible weave that I knew would be perfect for a winter accessory
What you need
- 1 skein of worsted weight yarn
- 8.0mm Tunisian crochet hook
- A pair of scissors
- Yarn needle,
- Flexible measuring tape
I used Cloudborn Superwash Highland Worsted yarn, which that comes in so many gorgeous neutral shades. I chose Shaela Heather, a taupe color with tonal lightness to it. This kind of color looks great on everyone and goes with everything. When it comes to making gifts, you can’t go wrong with a good neutral color.
Step 1: Make your starting chain
Chain 18 stitches.
This is totally adjustable based on who you are making the headband for. The length of your chain will dictate the height of the headband.
Be sure to chain enough to at least cover your ear from top to bottom, but I suggest adding a couple more inches to keep any winter wind out.
Step 2: Work the foundation row
Next, make the foundation row.
The foundation row is simply a collection of stitches to start any Tunisian crochet project. Think of these stitches as you would the cast-on of a knitting project. If you’ve never done it before or need a refresher, check out our post on how to do a perfect foundation row.
Step 3: Add rows of Tunisian simple stitch
Your subsequent rows will all be the basic Tunisian simple stitch. Our Tunisian Crochet 101 blog post walks through the Tunisian simple stitch step-by-step, in case you need a refresher.
This stitch results in a fabric that’s thicker than traditional crochet without any of the holes you might find from crochet stitches. The forward pass creates pronounced vertical bars on the front of the work, and the return pass fills in the spaces between the vertical bars.
Continue until the headband is a long as you like. For an adult female, I crocheted to 19½” long. I recommend making the length a little smaller than your actual head measurement. There’s nothing worse than a hat or headband that’s too loose. While Tunisian crochet creates a dense fabric, it does have some stretch.
Step 3: Bind off the work
When you’ve reached your desired length, do a slip stitch bind off. Cut the yarn, leaving a 2 foot tail.
Step 4: Seam the two ends together
Bring the two short ends of the ear warmer together and sew them closed with a whip stitch.
Then, thread the yarn needled through a few points of the seam. Pull it tight to cinch the ear warmer into a bow shape.
Step 5: Wrap the seam in yarn
Pulled the yarn from the yarn needle and wrap it around the cinched seam to make the ear warmer look more like a bow. This step gives the ear warmers a clean, finished look and hides the seam. It also makes the seamed section sit nicer on your head.
Wrap the yarn until the seam is fully covered, weave in the end, and that’s it!
This headband is super easy to make and the perfect first project for anyone looking to try Tunisian crochet. The size of the headband will dictate how much yarn is used, so it’s easy to adjust the size from baby all the way to adult. Have fun using different fibers and color combinations.
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