Eyelet Headband – FREE Summer Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn

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This simple twisted headband is cute and comfy for the summer!  Make one today from leftover fingering / sock weight yarn with this FREE Knitting Pattern.


Can you knit a rectangle?  A rectangle in a simple stitch pattern is all you’ll need to make the Eyelet Headband.  Featuring an eyelet column stitch pattern and a faux twist at the front, the Eyelet Headband is a quick and easy summer accessory.  If you’ve got some leftover fingering weight yarn laying around, here’s a great project for using it up!


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Eyelet Headband

Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn

Project Level: Easy


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Sizes (according to the wearer’s head circumference measurement):
Child Small: 17” (43.5 cm)
Child Medium: 18” (45.5 cm)
Child Large: 19” (48.5 cm)
Adult Small: 21” (53.5 cm)
Adult Medium: 22” (56 cm)
Adult Large: 23” (58.5 cm)


Headband is designed with negative ease, meaning it is smaller than the wearer’s actual head circumference, so it will stretch to comfortably stay on the head. The fabric in this stitch pattern is stretchy.


Finished Circumference:
Child Small: 15” (38 cm)
Child Medium: 16” (40.5 cm)
Child Large: 17” (43 cm)
Adult Small: 19” (48 cm)
Adult Medium: 20” (51 cm)
Adult Large: 21” (53.5 cm)


Finished Width:
2.6” (6.5 cm)


– Instructions and Yarn Requirements for size Child Small are given outside the parentheses, and instructions and yarn requirements for all larger sizes are inside the parentheses like this:
Child Small (Child Medium, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large).
– When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers that apply to your size before beginning.


You Will Need:

59 (62, 66, 74, 77, 82) Yards of #1 Superfine (Sock Weight) Yarn (I used Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Parchment, 75% Pima Cotton / 25% Acrylic, 218 yds / 50g per skein, 1 skein)
US Size 1 / 2.25mm Knitting Needles
Measuring Tape
Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle




Gauge: 8 sts and 11 rows = 1” (2.5cm) in stitch pattern after blocking


K: knit
P: purl
SL: slip
YO: yarn over
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
SSK: slip, slip, knit (decrease)
st(s): stitch(es)


Eyelet Headband

Cast on 23 sts.
Row 1: K across.
Row 2: SL1, K1. *YO, K2tog, K1, SSK, YO, K2*, repeat from *to* to end of row.
Row 3: SL1, P across.


Repeat Rows 2-3 until piece measures 13.8 (14.7, 15.6, 17.5, 18.4, 19.3) inches / 35 (37.5, 39.5, 44.5, 46.5, 49) cm long from cast on edge, bind off. Leave a tail at least 8” / 20 cm long for seaming. (Please note that the length of the piece will increase a bit after blocking, so the length of the rectangle before blocking is supposed to be shorter than the finished circumference of the headband.)

front / side view of twisted knit headband with eyelets


To Block: (video tutorial here)

For natural fibers, lay project out on foam blocking mats. Spray with water until fully saturated, allow to dry.
For acrylic fibers, lay project out on an ironing board or several layers of towels. Hold a steaming iron 2”-3” over the surface of the fabric, making sure all of the fabric is penetrated by the steam. Allow to cool / dry.


Block to Approximate Finished Measurements:
2.6” / 6.5 cm wide, 15 (16, 17, 19, 20, 21)” / 38 (40.5, 43, 48, 51, 53.5) cm long


Thread the yarn tail from the bind off edge through your yarn needle. Lay the rectangle out in front of you, with the right side facing up. Without folding or twisting the piece, bring the ends of the rectangle together so the ends are next to each other. Lay one end on top of the other so that half the width of one end of the rectangle overlaps half the width of the other rectangle. Fold the remaining half of the edge of the piece underneath over the overlapping section. Now, fold the remaining half of the other edge over the top of the edge just folded.

With your yarn needle and the yarn tail, whip stitch all 4 layers of the rectangle ends together, starting at one side of the “sandwich” and working across to the other side. When you reach the other side, tie the seaming yarn together in a double knot with the yarn tail from the other end of the rectangle. Weave in ends.


Enjoy your finished Eyelet Headband!


This pattern is intended for your personal use only. You may not share it, copy it, sell it, give it away, or mass-produce the finished product. However, you may sell the finished items on a small scale, as long as you convey in your item description that you used a Yay For Yarn pattern.
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