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Colourful Headband Free Knitting Pattern

This fun and snuggly headband is one of the colourful designs in this knitting pattern leaflet.

You need 3 different coloured yarns 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.

You can be creative with your choice of yarns when knitting this headband. I love the self striping yarn in the centre of this photo. It is called Rico Creative Smile.

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. The photo also shows the other headbands in the knitting pattern leaflet.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this free headband knitting pattern!

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