Free Pattern – Bandkerchief (knit)

By request, this is the knit version of my popular, crochet Bandkerchief pattern. Just like the original, it looks like a kerchief, but goes on like a headband! Unlike the crochet version, this one is made in worsted weight yarn.

With 5 sizes, from baby to adult, the knit Bandkerchief is great for gifting! The pattern includes both written and charted versions of the instructions.

Bandkerchief, a free knitting pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Sample is shown in Meadow by Willow Yarns, which I got for free in a goody bag at a convention. The color is #8 – Leaf.

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Bandkerchief (Knit)

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  • 25-65 yds worsted weight, cotton yarn.
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle

Skill Level:

Easy – basic mesh and ribbing


Instructions shown for baby size, with changes for other sizes in [ ]. Baby [toddler, child, teen/adult small, adult large]: Band should stretch to fit  14-16 [16-18, 18-20, 20-22, 22-24] inch circumference.


16 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette after blocking. Gauge is important for a good fit.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit next 2 stitches together
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit
  • yo = yarn over
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • RS = Right Side

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Cast on 3 stitches


Row 1 (RS): K 1, yo, k 1, yo, k 1 (5 sts)

Row 2: K all stitches.

Row 3: K 2, yo, k 1, yo, k 2. (7 sts)

Row 4: K all stitches.

Row 5: K 2, yo, k 1, pm, k 2, yo, k 2. (9 sts)

Note: Slip marker each time you come to it.

Row 6: K all stitches.

Row 7: K 2, yo, (k2tog, yo) to marker, k 1, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2. (11 sts)

Row 8: K all stitches.

Row 9: K 2, yo, (k2tog, yo) to 1 st before marker, k 3, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2. (13 sts)

Row 10: K all stitches.

Repeat rows  7-10  six [seven, eight, nine, ten] more times.  ( 37 [41, 45, 49, 53] sts on last row)


Rnd 1: K2 tog, yo, (k 2 tog, yo) to marker, remove marker, k 1, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2, CO 7 [9, 11, 13, 15], join to work in the round. ( 46 [52, 58, 64, 70] sts).

Rnd 2: (K 1, p 1) around.

Repeat rnd 2 for 9 [10, 11, 12, 13] more rounds, or until desired length.

Bind off using a tubular bind off, or another stretchy bind off.


Weave in ends. Wash and block for best results.

Flat - Bandkerchief, a free knitting pattern on Stitches n Scraps


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Chart - Bandkerchief, a free knitting pattern on Stitches n Scraps

I hope you enjoy the pattern. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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