Crochet Kerchief Headband – Bandkerchief

What goes on easy like a headband but looks like a kerchief? A Band-Kerchief of course! The pattern is quick and easy, and the lacy design, and lightweight, cotton yarn make this a great summer accessory.

Bandkerchief - a free crochet kerchief pattern on Stitches n Scraps

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Yarn choice and sizing

I designed this pattern in a Toluca Yarns Coronado, which is actually a fingering weight yarn. However, others were more easily able to achieve the correct gauge and fit with a sport weight yarn instead, so I changed that in the pattern. Please be sure to check your gauge or check the fit of the band section before continuing, keeping in mind that your work may stretch a bit with blocking.  


Project Level

Intermediate: V stitches, front post and back post double crochet ribbing.


Adult – 1 size fits most.


19 dc x 9 rows = 4 inches with smaller hook. Gauge is important for a good fit, please be sure to check gauge.

Abbreviations used:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
V = v-stitch (see special stitch)
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
sp = space
ch sp = chain space
rnd = round
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Special Stitch:

V-Stitch (V): (Dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp.



With blue and smaller hook, Ch 82 loosely

Do not join the chain to work in the round – joining after rnd 1 instead will make it easier to join without twisting. This will leave a small gap at the bottom that you can sew closed when you weave in the tail.

Rnd 1 (RS): Turn, (first 3 chs count as dc), dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, join with sl st to first st, changing to brown. (80 dc).

Do not cut yarns when changing colors. Since the color is changed in every rnd, it’s ok to carry the yarn up to the next rnd.

Rnd 2: With brown, ch 2 (counts as bpdc), (fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st) around to last st, fpdc around last st, join with sl st to first st, changing to blue.

For rounds 3-9, you should always be working fpdc stitches around fpdc stitches, and bpdc stitches around bpdc stitches. This creates the ribbing effect. 

Rnd 3: Do not turn. With blue, ch 2 (counts as bpdc), (fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st) around to last st, fpdc around last st, join with sl st to first st, changing to B.

Rnds 4-9: Repeat Rnds 2-3 three times. At the end of rnd 8, cut brown. At the end of rnd 9, do not change colors, fasten off blue.


(scroll down for chart)

Row 1 (WS): Turn, skip first 5 sts, with larger hook, join green in next st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 68 sts. Leave remaining 6 sts unworked. (69 sc)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1, now and throughout), turn, sk next 3 sts, (V in next st, sk next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st. (21 V stitches)

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, sk next ch, dc in center of first V, (V in center of next V) across to last V, dc in center of last V, ch 1, dc in last st. (19 Vs)

Row 4: Ch 4, turn, sk next ch and next st, (V in center of next V) across, ch 1, sk next st and next ch, dc in last st. (19 Vs)

Rows 5-22: Repeat rows 3-4 nine times. (1 V on row 22).

Row 23: Ch 3, turn, sk next ch, dc in center of next V, sk next ch, dc in last st.

Row 24: Ch 3, turn, sk next st, dc in last st, fasten off.

Bandkerchief Chart
Chart for Kerchief section – Click image to enlarge

Edging: With larger hook, and with RS facing, join green in side of first st of row 1 of kerchief (where it meets the band). Working in sides of rows, work 69 sc evenly spaced up to top of row 23 (point), work 69 sc back down to the other end of row 1. Fasten off.

Join for edging - Bandkerchief

Weave in all ends.

Rate this Crochet Kerchief Headband Pattern!

I hope you enjoy this crochet kerchief pattern. Special thanks to Tricia Jones and Jean (agd509) for testing it!

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  • lona smith

    ok so i worked this up as far as the end of the headband today. with the correct size hooks and yarn. my finished headband had 2 problems. 1–the base chain has no stretch to it. 2–the finished headband will barely fit a toddler. I have NO idea what I did wrong. So , I’ve frogged it out and I’m starting over.

    • Pia Thadani

      oh no! ok, let’s look at some possibilities:

      Did you do a gauge swatch and were you able to get the right gauge? You may just crochet tighter than I do, so you may want to go up a hook size.

      Did you double check your stitch count before you frogged? I can’t tell you how many times I get stuck and it’s a simple matter of having miscounted.

      What yarn are you using? Is it a fingering weight?

      Also it sounds like your starting chain was too tight. To help keep your starting chain looser, you may want to work it with a much larger hook (like 2 sizes larger). The ribbing will stretch quite a bit, but it will be limited by the starting chain, so you want to be sure to chain loosely (in fact, I think I’ll add the word “loosely” to the pattern).

      If you’re familiar with foundation double crochet, that’s much stretchier, so you could try using that for the first row instead of the chain – just work 80 fdc for row 1. There’s a great tutorial here: I didn’t write the pattern with that because it would have upped the difficulty and it can be a bit fiddly with thinner yarn if people aren’t used to it.

      I hope this helps and you’re able to identify the problem!

    • ann

      mine is also looking like it will fit a toddler, next one I will make with a bigger hook and different yarn, probably cotton, I love this though it’s a pretty awesome idea thank you for the pattern

  • Pia Thadani

    Based on the comments and after reviewing the tester’s projects, I have added a note regarding the yarn weight. Please do go up in yarn size if you’re having trouble meeting gauge with a fingering weight yarn 🙂

    • Pia Thadani

      Oh good, thank you for telling me! I was starting to think I was going crazy 🙂 I guess that little bit of difference between different crocheters tension really matters on this one.

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