Learn how to make this trendy, knit-looking, crochet twisted headband using the Tunisian knit stitch. The two-tone design is the perfect headband for sports fans!
Ah, February, the month of love and the last month of winter, can I get an amen?!
I am a summer lover through and through, the hotter the better. But I will take advantage of these last few cold weeks (here in the midwest that is) and crank out some fun Tunisian crochet twisted headbands!
After all, I still have to walk to my mailbox and take my puppy out to potty 15 times a day, gotta look cute while im #adulting yeah?
Let me introduce you to the Crafty Twist Headband
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And for my visual learners, here is the full video tutorial.
Here is what you will need to make this fun crochet twisted headband.
Materials (with clickable links)
– 8mm Tunisian Crochet hook
– J 6.0mm crochet hook (regular, not Tunisian)
– 2 colors of worsted weight yarn
– Tapestry Needle
– Chip Clip (optional)
Stitch Key (US Terms)
TKS- Tunisian Knit Stitch
SLST- Slip Stitch
Toddler- Fitting heads with an 18″-19″ circumference
Child- Fitting heads with a 20″-21″ circumference
Adult- Fitting heads with a 22″-21″ circumference
Before you start
Each row of Tunisian knit stitch is made with two passes, down the row (forward pass) and back up (return pass). That counts as one row.
When I do my forward pass, I grab my yarn by yarning under instead of the traditional yarning over, this gives the stitches a twisted look and makes the tension a tad tighter.
If you are not comfortable yarning under you are more than welcome to yarn over as you normally would, your headband may turn out a little bigger do to the tension being looser.
This headband is made to fit when stretched. If you try it on and it feels too small, run your hands around the band and give it a little stretch so all the stitches can fall into place.
This pattern is written for the adult size with toddler and child sizes in parenthesis.
Crochet Twisted Headband Pattern
Make a slip knot and using your 8mm Tunisian crochet hook
Row 1: CH 15 (9, 12)
Design Tip: If you want to make your headband wider or less wide, just adjust the number of chains you make here. For example, if you want a wider headband maybe chain 17 instead of 15.
Insert your hook into the back bump of the stitch closest to your hook.
Grab your yarn and pull up a loop. You now have two loops on your hook.
Continue inserting your hook into the back bumps and pulling up a loop until you have 16 (10, 13) loops on your hook.
That was our forward pass
Grab your yarn and pull through one loop.
This is essentially our “chain up” stitch.
Grab your yarn and pull through two loops.
Continue to grab your yarn and pull through two loops 14 (8, 11) more times.
You just finished your return pass and completed row 1.
Row 2: Insert your hook between the first two vertical bars from row 1 and pull up a loop.
You should now have 2 loops on your hook.
Continue inserting your hook between the vertical bar pairs and pulling up a loop until you have 15 (9, 12) loops on your hook.
Insert your hook into the CH 1 from row one and pull up a loop. You now have 16 (10, 13) loops on your hook.
Grab your yarn and pull through one loop creating that CH up we talked about.
Grab your yarn and pull through two loops, repeat all the way down the row for a total of 15 times. (9, 12)
Rows 3-32 (26, 29) : Repeat row 2.
Row 33 (27, 30): Complete the forward pass for row 33 (27, 29) just like you have been doing.
After you make the CH 1 and 2 stitches for the return pass, cut your yarn leaving about a 3″ tail.
Join your second color using the magic knot method (explained below).
I have found if you attach your second color during the return pass of your row, the knot will be on the inside of the headband and you won’t have to tie in any tails. Yay efficiency!
I show how to do this method very slowly in the video that goes with this pattern.
The toddler size has 27 more rows to go (54 total) and the child-size has 29 more rows (60 total). After you finish the number of rows needed for the size you are making, jump down to the twist instructions.
The toddler size should measure about 14″ long unstretched.
The child-size should measure about 16″ long unstretched.
(the Tunisian knit stitch has a lot of vertical stretch!)
Line the end of your first yarn up with the end of your new yarn color.
Wrap your new yarn color around your thumb and under your index finger, twice.
On the third wrap, go around the two tails of your yarn.
Tuck your two yarn tail tips over the third wrap and under your thumb.
Slowly pull your new yarn, creating a little knot.
Continue grabbing your yarn and pulling through two back down row 33.
Rows 34-66: Continue repeating row 2, this time with your new yarn color.
Cut your yarn leaving about a 2-foot tail and tie off.
The adult size should measure about 18″ long unstretched.
Fold both ends of your headband in half, hot dog style, right side up.
Then sandwich the 4 end folds together. You are making almost a zig-zag with your ends.
Use the optional chip clip to hold your work in the sandwiched position.
Now we are going to slip stitch the edges of our sandwiched ends all together.
Insert your hook through all 4 walls of our zig-zag sandwich, grab your yarn, pull through all the stitches and CH 1 to secure.
Continue to slip stitch the ends together, all the way across your zig-zag sandwich.
Secure the end by tying off. Sew in your tails. Flip your headband right side out and TA-DAY Crafty Twist Headband!!!
I love how the Tunisian knit stitch looks so knit-like! As a knitting-challenged yarny, I really like that I can mimic the knit style that I think is so dang pretty!
I hope you like this design and find the pattern easy to follow. If you have trouble after watching the video tutorial please don’t hesitate to reach out, I am happy to answer questions.
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7 thoughts on “How To Make A Tunisian Crochet Twisted Headband- Free”
I absolutely love how you used the clamp! Genius!
I’m going to buy a Tunisian Hook and make this mommy one of these pretty’s! You make everything look so easy and explain all the pretty things in my crocheting language! Thank you for always being BEAUTIFUL YOU and sharing your gifts with us all 😉🤗🥰
Hi I am trying to do this headband but I can see the bumps behind the rows… yours looks more like a stocking stitch… not sure what I’m doing wrong..
Cracked it… when I first learnt this stitch you went thro front loop makes so much difference going thro back loop… thank you my new favourite stitch…
Great video. Can’t wait to try this. Love the way you knot to change colours. Will do that in future.
So I’ve done this pattern many times. Super easy to make and follow. My only issue is that one of the long edges is normal and the other is loose once fully done. I’ve done everything I know of to tighten it up a little but nothing works. Any suggestions/ideas?
Please I have so many hooks what’s difference between Tunisian hook and regular?