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Free crochet headband pattern – quick and easy herringbone moss stitch

Enjoy this quick, easy and free crochet headband pattern in sizes Toddler, Child, Teen and Adult. Make one for the whole family!

With a modern and textured herringbone crochet moss stitch in the round, the pattern is seamless and great fun to make. Completely customisable with the option to keep plain or add the middle band for shaping, the choice is yours.  

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Herringbone Moss Stitch chunky crochet headband pattern in my stores to download and print.

hands holding chunky crochet headband in peach colour with other headbands in background on a white table

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About the Herringbone Free Crochet Headband Pattern

If the truth be told I’ve always been nervous about designing quick and easy crochet patterns. For the most part I love conjuring up things that take forever for me to figure out, develop and launch but on an impulse a few weeks ago I was playing with a new stitch with some chunky yarn and before I knew it I had designed a really easy crochet ear warmer!

The inspiration was the fact that I had designed my Herringbone Moss Stitch Crochet Mittens (which have been proving so popular!) and I wanted to make a matching hat or headband but didn’t have time right then to make one in the same DK yarn weight.

So I went about playing with this beautiful chunky yarn and hook and in about 30 minutes I’d made a headband! So, from someone who rarely makes any quick and easy crochet patterns – I’m absolutely hooked now! I hope you love it as much as I do.

If you’re in need of some other ideas then I have lots of free crochet accessory patterns for you to choose from too!

Can I make the crochet headband in different yarn?

Absolutely! I’ve designed the pattern in such a way that you can try it as you go and as long as you follow the stitch multiples then you can use any weight of yarn that you’d like to make it with.

Even if you still want to make a chunky crochet headband like mine you can adjust the height of it to make it thicker or thinner – you just need to do more or less repeats of the main stitch pattern.

I really love making my designs customisable because I know that we are not all the same shape or size and have different style preferences. I also can’t follow a set of instructions to save my life so I don’t expect you to either!

woman standing on the beach wearing chunky crochet headband with gathered middle in a textured crochet stitch

What is the half double crochet herringbone moss stitch?

I think it may be the ‘wordiest’ description of a stitch that I’ve ever used but I promise it is much easier than it sounds and the texture of the stitch is absolutely worth the effort of learning it!

It works really nicely crocheted back and forth in flat rows but I like it best in rounds without turning like in the headband here. I have plenty more patterns in mind for this stitch – it mimics a knitted moss stitch so nicely that I’m loving working with it!

You can see the step by step pictures in the half double crochet herringbone moss stitch tutorial if you fancy studying them or you can watch the short video tutorial to get the hang of it too –

Watch the Herringbone Crochet Moss Stitch in the Round Video Tutorial here.

The Headband Tension and Sizing Options

The Herringbone Moss Stitch Headband come in sizes Toddler (Child, Teen, Adult) but as I said is completely customisable to suit whoever you’re making it for! See the sizing chart below for measurements.

Tension for the main stitch is 8 sts and 9 rounds of Hhdc moss stitch = 4in by 4in using a 9/Nmm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

SizeTo fit head circumference (cm)Finished headband circumference (cm)Finished headband height (cm)
Toddler40.5-4637.58.75
Child45.5-5142.58.75
Teen51-5647.511
Adult53-58.55013.25

Yarn for the Chunky Crochet Headband

To make the ear warmer I used Hue and Me by LionBrand (Bulky Weight, 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 137yds/125g) yarn which is the most glorious of chunky yarns that comes in beautiful earthy tones that I love.

You will need for the following sizes: Toddler (Child, Teen, Adult))

Yarn required (balls): 1 ball for each – I used approximately 28 (38, 55, 66)yds of Hue and Me yarn to make each of the sizes. So you can get quite a few out of each ball of yarn!

What Alternative Yarn Could You Use?

The yarn I used a great wool and acrylic blend but I know that might suit everyone so here are some great alternatives that might work nicely (but remember you can make it in any weight of yarn you like!)

Acrylic Yarns

Wool Yarns

Other Materials You Will Need

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

9mm/N (US G+) crochet hook – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Caspian Regular crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers if desired
woman at the beach wearing wool coat and free crochet headband pattern in pink

Crochet Abbreviations and Glossary

hdc – half double crochet, sc – single crochet,

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

beg – beginning

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

yrh – yarn round hook

blo – back loop only

Crochet Stitches used in the Pattern

The pattern uses the following crochet stitches.

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
htr – half treble crochethdc – half double crochet

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Moss Stitch

If the stitch is new to you then make sure to check out my video tutorial or herringbone half double crochet moss stitch step by step tutorial.

The moss stitch (often known as the granite or linen stitch too) is by far one of my favourites. It has such a lovely texture, delicate drape and works so well for all sorts of designs.

Here are the written instruction for each of the special stitches you’ll need for the crochet headband in US terms –

Foundation Half Double Crochet: Fhdc

Step 1: Ch 2, yarn over, insert hook into second ch from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 2: Yarn over and pull up another loop i.e. ch 1. This creates the first “chain” in your foundation row. [still 3 loops on hook]

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through all three loops to complete the first fhdc.

Step 4: Next stitch and subsequent stitches: Yarn over, insert hook into “chain” created in Step 2, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 5: Yarn over and pull up another loop i.e. ch 1. This creates the next “chain” in your foundation row. [still 3 loops on hook]

Step 6: Yarn over and pull through all three loops to complete the next fhdc.

Repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6 as required.

Herringbone half double crochet: Hhdc

Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second loop (similar to a slip stitch to leave 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.

Back loop only herringbone half double crochet moss stitch: Hhdc-moss

Work as for Hhdc but insert hook into back loop only of unworked stitch 2 rounds below. Work over the chain 1 space on the previous round.

If you love the look of the moss stitch then you might also like to have a go at the double crochet moss stitch – I have a tutorial and lots of patterns featuring that too!

How to get the Crochet Pattern

This crochet mittens pattern is a free crochet pattern on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

There are a few ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern and help support HanJan Crochet.

  1. You can find and use the crochet pattern here on the blog that is supplemented with ads.
  2. You can purchase, print and keep the 4 page ad-free pattern PDF in any of my stores below.
Herringbone Moss Stitch Headband Cover

Purchase and Print

Get the ad-free, printable PDF with added extras in my pattern stores:

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We have packed as much as possible into the Ebook to make sure you have everything you need to master these stitches, plus it means you don’t have to wait to get making!

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Pattern Notes

  • A ch1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.
  • A ch2 at the beginning of a round counts as a ch1-sp in stitch count.
  • Work in back loops only throughout Main Set Pattern
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in brackets ( ).

Headband Construction

The headband is made in one piece from the bottom up.

You begin with a foundation stitch row that is joined to then work in rounds.

The centre band is added seamlessly in the round before breaking the yarn and weaving in the ends.

four handmade chunky crochet headbands with a crochet hook and yarn in yarn bowl on the side

Customisation

Circumference:

Work an even amount of stitches for the Foundation Row that will sit comfortably when joined around your head.

Height:

You can change the height of the headband by working as many repeats of the Set Pattern as you like before the final 2 rounds.

Pattern

In standard UK Crochet Terms

Foundation row: Fhtr 30 (34, 38, 40), taking care not to twist, join to 1st st with a ss. [30 (34, 38, 40)]

Round 1: ch1, *Hhtr in next st, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.

Round 2: work all moss stitches in blo from now onwards, ch2 (counts as ch1-sp), Hhtr-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp, *ch1, skip next st, Hhtr-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st ch of beginning ch2 to join.

Round 3: ch1, Hhtr-moss in skipped st below ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st, *Hhtr-moss in next skipped st below ch1-sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st Hhtr-moss to join.

Rounds 3 and 4 create the Set Pattern.

Rounds 4-5 (5, 7, 9): repeat the Set Pattern.

You can repeat the Set Pattern as many times as you like before working the final 2 rounds.

Final 2 rounds for all sizes:

Round 1: ch1, *sc in next st, Hhtr-moss in next skipped st below ch1-sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.

Round 2: ch1, Hhtr in each st around. Continue for Centre Band.

Centre Band: ch 8 (8, 10 ,12), ss in 1st ch around the height of the headband to join. Work in continuous rounds in the blo now.

Rounds 1-5 (6, 7, 8): ss in blo of each st around.

Fasten off yarn at the end of of the final round and weave in all ends.

hands holding up a free crochet headband pattern that looks like a bow

Pattern

In standard US Crochet Terms

Foundation row: Fhdc 30 (34, 38, 40), taking care not to twist, join to 1st st with a ss. [30 (34, 38, 40)]

Round 1: ch1, *Hhdc in next st, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.

Round 2: work all moss stitches in blo from now onwards, ch2 (counts as ch1-sp), Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp, *ch1, skip next st, Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st ch of beginning ch2 to join.

Round 3: ch1, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st, *Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch1-sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join.

Rounds 3 and 4 create the Set Pattern.

Rounds 4-5 (5, 7, 9): repeat the Set Pattern.

You can repeat the Set Pattern as many times as you like before working the final 2 rounds.

Final 2 rounds for all sizes:

Round 1: ch1, *sc in next st, Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch1-sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.

Round 2: ch1, Hhdc in each st around. Continue for Centre Band.

Centre Band: ch 8 (8, 10 ,12), ss in 1st ch around the height of the headband to join. Work in continuous rounds in the blo now.

Rounds 1-5 (6, 7, 8): ss in blo of each st around.

Fasten off yarn at the end of of the final round and weave in all ends.

woman at the beach wearing chunky crochet headband looking at the camera and holding her coat collar

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four images of chunky free crochet headband pattern in the herringbone moss stitch pattern

Christine

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

Thanks for pattern and video! Can you illustrate how to do the center band?