free knitting patterns

Colourful Headband Free Knitting Pattern

This is a fun to knit, free knitting pattern for a chunky headband.

You need 3 different coloured yarns in chunky thickness to make this headband.  One of the yarns chosen here was self striping – this makes the end result even more colourful than if plain yarn had been selected.

To make this headband, choose bulky yarn that is suitable for needles between 6 and 8mm needles.  This is a great stash buster knitting pattern.

Knitting needles and yarn required:

8mm straight needles and approx 80g of super chunky thickness yarn. 

Yarn used for headband in photograph:

Various scraps and leftovers of chunky yarn – different textures and thicknesses work well mixed together in this piece.

Finished measurements:

Width. 12.5cm, length 44cm.


Cast on 46 stitches.

In colour A work 3 rows of 1 x 1 rib.

Add colour B and k 1 row.

Add colour C and p 1 row. 

Continue to work in stocking stitch in this manner (k 1 row, p 1 row), switching colours for each new row.  Switch from A to B to C to A and so on.

Do this until work measures 10 cm, ending with colour C.

In colour A, work 3 rows of 1 x 1 rib and cast off in rib.

Make up and finish:

Sew up the two ends of the headband. Weave in all loose ends.

The great thing about this headband is that you can wear it on either side for different looks. The gathering in the middle was done by wrapping a strand of yarn around the middle a few times.

You can see the headband here with the right side of the stocking stitch showing, and without the centre gathering.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this free headband knitting pattern! Please check out our sister site, The Knitting Times, for lots more free knitting patterns and useful knitting articles.

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