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Knot Your Mama's Headband

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About the Pattern

Gone are the days of uncomfortable, hard plastic headbands, that I used to tame my mane in the 80’s. I much prefer the turban-style fabric headbands that are in fashion today. While I have a large collection of these fabric headbands, I wanted to find a way to use some of my favorite yarn to make a knit one. 

This quick accessory is highly versatile! You can knit by hand or crank out the tube on your sock machine. You can use all one color or dig into your scrap bin for some striped fun! Make a skinny tube in cotton for warm weather or a wide tube in wool for a winter ear warmer. The creative options are endless once you learn the knotted bind off that gives the pattern its name.



You can use any yarn you would like. Be creative! Play in your scrap bin or use that beloved single skein from your last vacation. Wool and animal fiber yarns will offer more stretch and warmth. Cotton and plant based fibers absorb sweat and can be machine washed. The pattern is written for sock/fingering yarn but the technique is easily adapted for bulky yarns.


Approximately 200 yds (183 m)/50 g of fingering weight yarn.

The sample used Lavender Lune 80/20 Merino Cashmere/Nylon fingering weight yarn in the Castle Dander colorway [140 yds (128 m)/35 g]


Choose a needle that best fits your yarn weight. The larger needle is used to knit the headband; the smaller needle will help create a sturdy seam.

US 4 (3.5mm) set of 5 DPNs

US 1 (2.25mm) set of 5 DPNs


Gauge is not crucial for this project. A tighter gauge offers more warmth while a looser gauge offers more stretch and ventilation. 

The gauge of the sample: US 4 (3.5mm) needle, 32 sts and 35 rnds over 4in (10cm) in stockinette.



Child S (M, L) [Adult S (M, L)]


Scrap yarn, stitch marker, darning needle

Special Techniques

Knitting in the round
Provisional Cast On (video tutorial included)
Knot seam and bind off (video tutorial included)

All of my patterns are professionally tech edited and test knit in order to give you the best knitting experience possible. If you feel like there is a mistake in the pattern or you have questions feel free to contact me.

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