Forest Trail Headband – Free Crochet Headband Pattern

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This cosy crochet headband pattern is just perfect for those in-between days when you’re not sure if you’ll need a hat or not. You might need something to keep your ears warm, but you don’t want to have to suffer through hat-hair just to achieve it!

This easy crochet pattern calls for a #4/Worsted weight yarn and is written for 4 sizes – Toddler, Child, Adult Small and Adult Medium.

I love the texture in this headband that comes from the front post double crochet stitches. It reminded me of a bumpy forest trail as soon as I started crocheting. Just looking at makes me feel like getting out and about for some fresh air!

Forest Trails Crochet Headband collage
Crochet Headband (rust)

Make it to fit

This crochet headband is worked from side to side. I love this method for making headbands because you can just keep adding rows until you have reached the circumference that you want. So, you pretty much eliminate any risk of the headband not fitting 🙂

And like most headband patterns, this one is super quick. Once you figure out where to position your FPdcs you’ll be flying it. (There’s a short photo tutorial below showing where to put them.)

Forest Trails Crochet Headband (Rust & Off-White)


I used Hayfield Aran with Wool for my headband. Initially, I used this yarn because I had just about the right amount of it in my stash. But actually I think the blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool is perfect for a headband – you get the warmth from the wool but with no itchiness! Any Worsted/Medium/#4 weight yarn would work great.

Crochet Headband + hook and yarn

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Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Skill Level


  • The headband is worked from side to side; seam the edges to join.
  • The circumference is easily adjusted; simply keep crocheting until your desired length is reached, making sure to end on either Row 3 or Row 5.

Additional Notes

  • Instructions are given for the smallest size with larger sizes given in parentheses ( ).
  • Ch 1 at the start of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each row.
Crochet Headbands close up

Finished Measurements

Toddler (to fit head cirumference: 18″-19″)

Headband Circumference: 15.5″, Width: 2.5″

Child (to fit head cirumference: 19″-20″)

Headband Circumference: 17.5″, Width: 3″

Adult Small (to fit head cirumference: 21″-22″)

Headband Circumference: 19.5″, Width: 3″

Adult Medium (to fit head cirumference: 23″-24″)

Headband Circumference: 21.5″, Width: 3″


14 sts x 14 rows = 4” x 4”/10cm x 10cm over pattern


Hook: 5mm/H-8 (or hook required to meet gauge)

Yarn: Any Aran/Worsted/#4 weight yarn.

The amounts given here are for Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool (840m (919yds) per 400g skein; #4/Worsted; 80% Acrylic 20% Wool)

Toddler: 44 yds / 40m (19g)

Child: 55 yds / 50m (24g)

Adult Small: 64 yds / 59m (98g)

Adult Medium: 71 yds / 65m (31g)

Misc: Yarn Needle

Special Stitch

Front Post Double Crochet

Instead of working dc into the top of the row below, insert hook from right to left around the post of the indicated stitch. Complete dc as normal.

For this pattern you will be working around the post of the single crochet 2 rows below.

If you would like more details on how to complete an FPdc, you can find a tutorial with pictures here:

Also, please see below for a short picture tutorial on the placement of the FPdc for this pattern.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch = chain                      

st = stitch                                

sc = single crochet  

FPdc = Front Post Double Crochet

Written Pattern


Foundation Chain: Ch 10 (12, 12, 12).

ROW 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. [9 (11, 11, 11)]

ROW 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st across, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *FPdc in next sc 2 rows below, sk sc after sc just made, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn.       

Placement of FPdc for ROW 3

ROW 4: Repeat ROW 2.   

ROW 5: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 scs, *FPdc in next sc 2 rows below, sk sc after sc just made, sc in next sc; repeat from * until 1 sc remains, sc in last sc, turn.     

ROWS 6 – 57 (61, 69, 77): Repeat ROWS 2-5.

Note: You can make the headband as long or short as you wish; you can stop crocheting once you reach your desired circumference. Make sure to end on either ROW 3 or ROW 5.


With wrong side facing, seam edges together. Weave in ends.

Turn headband right way around.

All done!

If you wish, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version of this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!