In today’s post, I want to teach you how to knit a headband in many sizes.

If you just learned how to knit, you’re probably looking for beginner friendly projects that are quick to make and don’t use too many stitches, as you’re just getting used to the knitting needles.

This project is the perfect project for any new knitter that is eager to knit something else than a swatch for practiching a new stitch.

To recreate this project, you only need the 3 most basic knitting skills, which are to cat on your stitches, work the knit stitch, and finally bind off your stitches.

You don’t need any other stitch, you won’t need to do increases or decreases,knitting in rounds, or anything of the more intimidating knitting. That’s something for another day.

You only need to knit two rectangles and then sew them together to create the headband.

Besides the written pattern for this headband, I also created a video tutorial to go along, so you can see how easy it is to knit a headband for yourself or anyone else, as I am going to tell you how to make it in various sizes.

Basically you only need two modifications, to make it fit various sizes, one is how long is your headband, so it will fit a baby, toddler, child, teen or adult. And second, is how wide you make it. As a headband that is wide enough for an adult, might be too wide for a baby.

The pattern and video will let you know exactly how many stitches to cast on for each size, and for how many inches you have to knit it. So you don’t have to worry about any calculations and math. But, after making your first one, you will get familiar with the construction of the headband, and then you can make your own modifications, by simply casting on less stitches for a narrow headband, or casting on more stitches for a wider headband. And as far as the lengh goes, you you need to work fewer rows for a shorter headband, and knit extra rows for a longer headband.

The dimentions and sizes of this pattern are standard measurements, but as I mentioned above, you can easily modify this to fit your needs.

Knit Headband for Beginners

Skill: Beginner

Gauge: 16 st by 26 rows  = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch

Stitches used and abbreviations: (links are for video tutorials)

CO = Cast On

K = Knit

Bind Off

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn # 4 (I used 100% acrylic)

Yardage: 50 to 80 yards depending on size (45 to 73 meters) – Yardage is only approximate, total might vary dependin on your knitting.

Needle: US # 8 ( 5.00  mm) or necesarry hook to obtain gauge.

Sizes: Baby, Toddler/Child, Teen/Small Adult, Large Adult.

Pattern: Knit Headband for Beginners

Main piece

CO 10 stitches for baby, toddler/child sizes.

CO 15 stitches for teen/small adult, or large adult sizes.

All rows: Knit until piece measures:

  • Baby: 14 inches (35.5 cm)
  • Toddler: 16 inches (40.5 cm)
  • Teen/Small Adult: 18 inches (46 cm)
  • Large Adult: 20 inches. (50 cm)

Bind off.

Note: Main piece should be shorter than actual head circumference. The stitch used is very stretchy and will be a better fit and won’t fall if is at least 2 inches (5 cm) smaller than the actual head circumference.

Cover piece:

CO 7 stitches

Knit until piece measures 4 inches long. (same for all sizes.)

Bind off.


Join edges of main piece, and sew together.

Cover the main piece with the smaller rectangle or cover piece over the seam. Join edges and sew.

Turn inside out to hide seam.

If you’re not sure where to sew, watch video tutorial.


How to Knit a Headband in Many Sizes Video Tutorial



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