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Seed Stitch Knit Headband Pattern with Bow Knot

seed stitch knit headband with bow knot

The winter is over and it’s time to think about new accessories for the spring. This time I decided to show a simple and cute knitted headband pattern that can fit an adult, as well as a fashionable lady. Recently, I’ve shared chunky winter cable hat pattern and sandy winter cable cowl pattern using the same type and color of the thread.

I’m absolutely sure that in the end you will get an adorable set that you can present to one of your friends or wear proudly yourself.

To knit the headband I used a seed stitch technique that is essentially an alternation of knit and purl stitch.

Seed stitch headband size:

Size: Adult/baby

Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

selvage stitch – always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

seed stitch knit headband

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 2 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 3.5 mm. You can use circular or straight needles as well;

<> Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca. Sandy color. (0.5 skein)

Seed stitch knit headband pattern:

Cast on:

Cast on 15+2 (selvage) stitches. In total 17 stitches. Be careful at the end you should receive odd number of stitches.

Row 1: selvage stitch  (slip the first stitch), *k1, p1, repeat from * to the last stitch, selvage st (purl).

Repeat Row 1 until the piece measure the size of your or baby’s head.

cast on seed stitch knit headband
half-finished seed stitch knit headband

Cast off:

Cast off all the stitches and bind off, leaving the long tail. I have arranged all the pictures in a way I like to bind off the stitches. Please check them below:

how to bind off stitches - step one
how to bind off stitches - step two
how to bind off stitches - step three
how to bind off stitches - step four
how to bind off stitches - step five
how to bind off stitches - step six

Sewing both edges:

Sew together both ends of the headband. Do not cut yarn, instead pull the yarn to make the wrinkled look.

sewing together both edges of the seed stitch knit headband
back seam of the seed stitch knit headband
pulling the yarn for wrinkled look of seed stitch headband
wrinkled look of the back of knit seed stitch headband

Knitting and sewing the bow knot:

For the middle part of the knitted headband cast on 7 stitches and repeat the same seed stitch pattern. I have decided to use the selvage stitches since I wanted to get a nice-looking edge of the knitted headband.

cast on bow knot for seed stitch knit headband
folding seed stitch headband in the middle to attach a bow knot

Combine middle part of the headband over the main part and sew it from the backside. On the picture you can see how it looks from the backside.

backside look of the seam of the bow knot

We are done, the headband is ready. Enjoy it! I love reading and answering your comments, so feel free to leave a like or even a dislike in the comment section. Keep in mind that you are more than welcome to share your own projects here!

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Jeannette 17th March 2016 at 23:32

thanks for the lovely snood hat and headbandthey are ideal for for my 5 year old grandchild for her birthday thank

crazyhands 18th March 2016 at 00:44

Thank you Jeannette. Please enjoy it

Susan 12th April 2016 at 19:38

You indicated that the knitting needles should be 3.5 cm in diameter, but those would be HUGE! Going by your photos, it looks like you meant to indicate that they should be 3.5 mm. Is that correct?

Also, regarding the piece for the middle part of the headband… I like the amount that you have cinched your headband. How long did you make the piece to achieve that look?


crazyhands 12th April 2016 at 21:57

Thank you Susan. It was indeed my mistake. About the middle part of the headband, the length is about 10-11 cm. When you sew it, try to sew it as well to the main part to avoid twisting

Susan 15th April 2016 at 21:48

I started with 3.5 mm needles and it’s just right. 🙂 Thank you for the other info… and that’s a great tip!

Patricia Thompson 1st May 2016 at 18:44

Saw headbands for chemo patients, while browsing, but can’t seem to see it again. Looking for these as I am in recovery.

crazyhands 3rd May 2016 at 22:53

Hi dear Patricia,
hope that you are getting better, maybe you were looking for this one? –
if you like a wicker knitting headband and ready to cover delivery costs I’m ready to send you it free of charge. Please let me know 😉

Shelly 19th August 2017 at 04:20

How long should this be for a newborn? I’d like to make it for my friend who is having a girl, but don’t have any babies to test it on!

Thanks, it’s really a beautiful headband!

editor 6th November 2017 at 11:16

38-40 cm circumference for newborn baby

Pam 17th November 2017 at 00:00

I think the length of the the middle part is way to long. I did 8 or it doesn’t pull the headband in.

editor 17th November 2017 at 11:35

Make it less if it is too long. Good luck!

Brittany 13th December 2017 at 05:04

Does this mean that we are slipping the stitch at the beginning and end of each row? Or is it meant that it is slipped for the very first stitch and the very last?
“Row 1: selvage stitch (slip the first stitch), *k1, p1, repeat from * to the last stitch, selvage st (purl).

Repeat Row 1 until the piece measure the size of your or baby’s head.”

Crazy Hands Knitting Editor 13th December 2017 at 12:36

Hi Brittany.
It means you slip always first stitch and you purl always very last stitch.

Melissa 7th February 2018 at 19:00

Just finished my seed stitch headband and love it- matched a poncho I made earlier and can’t wait to wear together! Melissa H

Elaine 12th June 2018 at 17:25

Do you slip stich as if to purl or knit? I always di it as if the knit but wanted to make sure.

Crazy Hands Knitting Editor 15th June 2018 at 10:44

Hi, it is possible to slip as knit as well. In this headband I slip as purl

Giulia 17th April 2020 at 17:20

Hi! I’m an absolute beginner trying my hand at this cute project, so please bear with me if I’m asking silly questions!
The pattern says “bind off leaving the long tail”, does that mean I use the tail at the end to sew the headband, instead of cutting and weaving it in?
Would you suggest any particular sewing technique? I’ve been trying a mattress stitch (tutorials usually show it on a garter st), but when I try to pull at the end the seam feels very stiff; the stitches tighten but the piece won’t wrinkle.
I know I must be doing something wrong, but can’t figure it out 🙂

Knitting Guru 20th April 2020 at 07:22

Hi Giulia, you are very welcome here. you are absolutely right when you said leaving tail at the end and using this tail to sew 2 edges together. Regarding sewing technique I dont think mattress one will suit here, I was using just simple one when you sew forth and back. Do not mind how the edge will look as the center part will cover it, so simply join 2 edges. I hope you will make a nice headband. Let me know if you have other questions.

Carol Ann Hallett 29th April 2020 at 06:28

Hi.Thanks so much for this lovely pattern which I cant wait to start.I want to make mine in slightly thinner wool ( Double Knit yarn in New Zealand)..Can you please tell me how wide this headband measures approx.
Many thanks

Knitting Guru 29th April 2020 at 17:20

Hi Carol,
My knit headband was about 10 cm width but of course you can make it wider or more narrow, everything depends on when do you want it to wear ( cold autumn or warm spring). Let me know if you have other questions

Suzanne 29th March 2021 at 17:11

Love this pattern. Thanks for sharing

Knitting Guru 29th March 2021 at 21:40

you are mostly welcome Suzanne. HAppy knitting time!

Gail 14th April 2021 at 09:20

Could this be knitted in a cotton yarn for summer? How many stitches to cast on

Knitting Guru 15th April 2021 at 14:01

Hi Gail. Can not say how many stitches to cast on. Knit a small swatch and find out your gauge, like this you can get desired headband width. If you are goint to use bulky weight yarn, then do not change anything

Jane Kauvar 26th September 2021 at 10:00

I would like to make an adult size of this headband. How many stitches should I start with? How many yards do you think I would need?
I was thinking of using Berroco Comfort and I have a skein of 210 yards, and wonder if that would be eouogh?

Thank you!

Knitting Guru 26th September 2021 at 11:19

Hi Jane, the yarn that you are going to use is DK. I was using bulky yarn. You can knit in 2 strands of yarn together, cast on the same number of stitches but knit the headband until it reaches your head circumference minus 3-4 cm to make it fit better. 210 yards will be enough

Audrey 16th September 2022 at 12:47

Is there a video for this pattern?

Ann 20th September 2022 at 15:25

No. But I will do it for sure. Stay tuned


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