Crochet Headband Pattern Faux Purl

Hi friends! I love the look of the crocheted purl slip stitch so I thought I’d make a headband using it last week. Today I’d like to show you how it’s done. 😉  This headband almost looks knit and I think it’s a great option for spring and summer as it’s pretty lightweight.  By using super simple slip stitches and some single crochet, this headband works up easily.  It does take a bit more time than many of my fast and furious projects and patterns, but it’s still relatively quick to make.  The other feature that I love about the fabric is that it’s super duper stretchy. Headbands must be comfy, and stretchy fabric is a necessity. 😉

I’ve included a few pictures of the headband making process below .  Also, if you’ve never worked this stitch before, you might want to check out my YouTube video that shows you exactly how it’s done HERE:

This stitch is so pretty, but you do need to be careful to count your stitches as it’s really easy to miss the last stitch of the row. I frogged my headband once because I noticed that it was getting smaller as I worked. Ha! Once I started counting my rows, it was smooth sailing. I also noticed that my tension became a bit tighter as I made the headband.  I actually blocked it ( do people ever block headbands?! ) just to make it perfect once it was done.  I just want you to keep those tips in mind as you crochet!

It’s a chilly day today and while I probably will need a winter hat to go outside, soon I’ll be putting the hats away and pulling out the headbands. I’ve got some major spring fever going on right now.


Crocheting along! Count your stitches so you don’t miss the last stitch of the row!
Whip stitching the ends together and then I will cinch it up.  Pull the two ends of the yarn to squeeze the fabric together.
All cinched up! Tie it off and weave in those ends. Make a separate chain to wrap around the center to so it’s even prettier. (This is the back of the headband)

Ready for the pattern?!

You will need:

Worsted Weight Yarn

Size H 5.0 mm crochet hook


Tapestry Needle to weave in ends


Gauge: not important for this pattern

Faux Purl Knit Crochet Headband Pattern:

Ch 12

Row 1 Slip stitch across row (11 stitches), ch 1, turn

Row 2 Slip stitch through back loop only across row (11 stitches) ch 1, turn (count your stitches  😉  )

Row 3 Slip stitch through front loop only across row (11 stitches) ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until your piece measures approximately 17 inches long.

(Tip:  Try the headband on before seaming because depending on the yarn that you use, you might want to make it longer or shorter in order to fit your head)

Next: single crochet evenly around entire headband one time. Be sure to not place too many stitches along the edges as it will cause the headband to ruffle or pucker. Tie off.  Block now if needed. 🙂

Cinching the headband:

With your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, weave the yarn around either end. Pull tightly to cinch the center closed. Tie a knot and weave in all ends.

Center detail:

With your yarn and hook, you will now chain enough stitches to create a a chain to wrap around the center of your headband. Make it long enough to wrap nicely around the cinched area four times.   Wrap your chain around the headband, then tie a knot in the back. You don’t want to wrap it too tightly as you won’t be able to see your pretty chain stitches. Wrap it snug, but loosely. Secure and weave in ends.

Block your headband to make it crisp and perfect if you’d like. You can block it before you cinch it, or do a light blocking after you cinch it.

What do you think of this? I’m happy with how it turned out. It looks almost identical to one of the very first things that I ever knit, which was a headband made with worsted weight yarn.  Fun fun!

Thanks so much for checking this out, and I hope that you enjoyed it!



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  1. I love love love your headbands! This one is my new favorite…. think I will try a cotton yarn 🙂

  2. Years ago they used to make a stretchy filament looking thread. Looked like fishing line but was stretchy, that we used to use to make headbands and purse tops, anything we wanted to have a stretch, cuffs on sweaters, etc. You held it with the yarn you were using and dropped tied it off when you got to the part you didn’t want to stretch. I was wondering if any of you young girls ever used that or even if you have seen it anywhere? I used to get it in Nancy’s Notions and sewing catalogs like that. I was thinking that it would be wonderful to have this to use with your headband patterns. You do wonderful work. So glad the needle arts are being carried out by the younger generation.

    1. That is so clever! I wish they still made that stuff. It’s hard to get a good stretch with crochet sometimes I’ve found. I wonder if I could find what you’re writing about anywhere? Thanks for sharing, I’m going to keep my eyes out. 🙂 And thank you for the kind words!

  3. This would pattern would make a great headband ear warmer. What would you suggest as how many loops to use for the beginning chain?

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