It’s hat season! Here in northern Utah it’s been cold for a while, but it took me a while to get with the program.

I have been in love with the African flower motif for a while, but never found a reason to make one

Then the idea for an African flower headwarmer came to me in a dream! That sounds totally weird, but I have extremely vivid dreams ( to the point of exhaustion) and I remember them like they were actual memories, so I actually get ideas from my crazy memory/dreams. 

Anyway, I woke up and crocheted this beauty.
And I love how it turned out. It’s so comfortable, so warm and so pretty, too!

Free Crochet Pattern - African Flower Motif Head Warmer. So cozy, and so comfy for winter. {Pattern by Whistle and Ivy}


I just had to make two. 

Free Crochet Pattern - African Flower Motif Head Warmer. So cozy, and so comfy for winter. {Pattern by Whistle and Ivy}  


Free Crochet Pattern - African Flower Motif Head Warmer. So cozy, and so comfy for winter. {Pattern by Whistle and Ivy}  


I would love to share this pattern with you!

One thing first though, this pattern is more of a GUIDE than a precise pattern. BUT, this is pretty simply and very difficult to ruin. So bear with the pattern, and let me know if you have questions.

What you need:
-F hook
-Cotton yarn (Peaches & Creme) in three colors
-Gauge: the finished headwarmer is 22″ and each flower has an approx diameter of 3 3/4 “
To begin, make four African flowers from this awesome tutorial by Heidi from Heidi Bears.
 Skip the steps where she joins the 4th and 5th colors and finish off after the round with the 3rd color. I played with the colors and alternated the inside color and outside color, but you can make each flower the same, that would be super cute, too.
Tie off all loose ends and line up your flowers end to end.  Sl st each of them together, right sides together. Join your yarn, Ch 1, sl st 8 across the side. Tie off. Repeat three times until all 4 are joined in a strip.
Starting at the top right corner of one of the ends, join your yarn with a sl st. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc  13. Sl st 5. (Sc 2, Hdc 1, Dc 3, Tc 1, Dc 3, Hdc 1, sc 2, Sl st 5) Work three times.** {Tc should be right in the middle where the two flowers meet }
 Sc 4.
You are now at the corner on the opposite end.  You will now build the end strap.
1. Sc 8.Turn.
2. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 7.  Turn.
3. Ch 1. Sc2tog. Sc 4. Sc2tog.
4. Ch 1. Sc in same st. sc 5.
5.-7. Repeat row 4.
Sl st down the side of the strap and back to the flowers.
Starting on the other side of your headband:
Sc 5. Sl st 6. (Sc 2, Hdc 1, Dc 3, Tc 1, Dc 3, Hdc 1, Sc 2, Sl st 6) Work 3 times.**
 Sc 4.
You should be at the corner of the opposite end. Join with the first sc. Don’t finish off.
Making the second strap:
1. Ch 1. Sc in the same st. Sc 7. Turn.
2. Ch 1. Sc2tog. Sc 4. Sc2tog.
3. Ch 1. Sc in same st. sc 5.
4. Ch 1. Sc in same st. ch 4. sk 3 std, and sc into next st. Sc into last st. Turn. (button hole)
5. Ch 1. Sc in same st. sc 5. Sl st into the side of the first st 1 row down. It make the edge of the button hole round. Tie off.
Attach a chunky button( about 1″ or 1 ½”) to the opposite strap as the button hole.
** Don’t worry if the count is off along the tops of the flowers. I think I made a couple mistakes when I was making my flowers, but just make sure you are working the  1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 tc, 3 dc and 1 hdc where the flowers meet, if you have to add an extra sc or sl st on the top to make it work out, it will still turn out fine!

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  1. Hi Bethany,

    I enjoy your newsletter. Thanks for all the effort and work and oh put into all your work – everything!

    I also want to say that you show incredible patience. It is lovely to observe. Bravo to you.
    Diane Lee.

  2. I am having a hard time figuring out how to attach the flowers. not sure where to slip stitch them together and how to ch1 slst 8 across. Please help. Lol i love the pattern.,
    Thank you

    1. If you place them face together (right sides together), sl st through the 2 outside loops, the back loop on each flower. If you crochet from left to right, hold your piece up and start on the very far left side, and join your yarn there. You are making an edge.

  3. I would love it if you would make a video of how to sew this together!! I have been trying and can’t figure it out :(

  4. I wish there were photos or a video to go along with the instructions on assembling the flower. There were good photo tutorials on making the flower and I get that part. I just have not done any “joining” work and do not understand any of the joining and strap making parts at all. But it’s beautiful.

  5. hi I love your work. I am new to reading patterns do you ever have videos and would you consider doing this one? Pls!!

  6. Hi Bethany – all the way from South Africa, I LOVE your African headband, it’s gorgeous. Hopefully I can figure out how to make it a bit smaller for two little 6 year old girls. So much gratitude for your beautiful and inspiring patterns.

  7. This is beautiful! I hate making afghans also! They always turn into lapghans. Lol. Need to make this for some friends.

  8. I was wondering if you have re-worked the pattern? I’ve been trying to follow the one on the page and keep getting lost. Let me know if there is another one! Thanks:)

  9. It’s perfect! I love it so much. Hope you won’t mind me linking up tomorrow at Tangled Happy. Thanks so much for sharing this pretty pattern!

  10. Great color combos Bethany! The African flowers have been on my to do list for awhile now, but since I look completely ridiculous in any kind of hat/headband, I’m pretty sure I’m stuck making an afghan. Ha, that might get done sometime in the next ten years right? Maybe I should just make a few headbands as Christmas gifts instead. ;-)