This pretty and stretchy crochet headband uses a simple tip to make it super stretchy and comfortable: elastic yarn thread! This invisible elastic takes a bit of practice to master but worth the work to get the result. You will love your stretchy crochet headbands! This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

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What have you been working on this summer? I have been focusing on light and fast projects, and brainstorming Christmas and Fall (yes, it’s time to start thinking about it!). This boho crochet headband was a pattern I designed four years ago, and it was always a design I liked, but the delivery and pattern design were seriously lacking (if you don’t remember, it had a large button on the back and was worked rather funky with unattached chains). The pattern was confusing but since it was 4 years ago, I wasn’t sure how to make it better. I’m happy that I finally got around to fixing the pattern for this cute boho crochet headband this week! Not only is it easy, but it’s super fast too. You will want to make them for everyone :)  I have included 3 sizes, but this headband is super easy to change into whatever size you want or need. 

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What you need: (affiliate links)
J Hook
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie (Medium Weight in 100% cotton)
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
BLO – Back Loops Only 

Gauge: Gauge is a bit tricky on this one, but luckily the pattern is rather forgiving, and works up fast. The gauge will completely change based on how tight you are holding the elastic yarn thread, so do your best and take note if you need to make some changes to the chain lengths. When in doubt, go up a hook size.


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Crocheting with Yarn Thread: 

The reason this crochet headband is so fab is because it’s so stretchy. It uses yarn thread (this one on amazon, specifically), which is this hair-thin elastic string. It’s invisible once you have worked it into your piece and it makes it wonderfully stretchy. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but I thought I would offer a few tips when using it: ( I have a video in my TIPS + SOLUTIONS course, available in the Endless Bundle)

1.  Keep it tight 

Let the thread unroll on its own (it will feel tight while you are working with it). DO NOT unroll it and give yourself slack or your finished item won’t be stretchy. It takes a bit of practice keeping your gauge normal with the yarn and keeping the elastic yarn thread taut. The tighter you keep it, the stretchier the finished item will be. 

2. Go up a hook size

You can achieve a stretchier fabric if the stitches are a bit looser, and you can achieve this by going up a hook size or two. You can use the hook indicated in the pattern, or if you crochet quite tight you can up further than that. Again, it takes practice, but you will catch on quickly! 

The resulting crochet headband will be scrunchy when no worn, but it’s so comfortable and lovely to wear!

Adult/Teen Size 

Ch 80
Being careful not to twist the chain, sl st into first ch, making a loop.
1.    2. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st). Sc in next 4 ch. Ch 72. Sk 72 chains, and being care not to twist the ch, sc in next 4 chs. Join with first sc.
Tie off ends.

Child/Toddler Size

Ch 68
Being careful not to twist the chain, sl st into first ch, making a loop.
1.    2. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st). Sc in next 3 ch. Ch 62. Sk 62 chains, and being care not to twist the ch, sc in next 3 chs. Join with first sc.
Tie off ends.

Baby Size

Ch 56:
Being careful not to twist the chain, sl st into first ch, making a loop.
1.    2. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st). Sc in next 2 ch. Ch 52. Sk 52 chains, and being care not to twist the ch, sc in next 2 chs. Join with first sc.
Tie off ends.

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Can you believe how much easier this boho crochet headband pattern is to make? And the finished headband looks so adorable at any age. I am thinking I might add some feathers to mine…

Want more cute ways to use yarn thread? Try these QUICK barefoot sandals for baby!


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  1. HI Bethany,

    One question about the pattern. Do you crochet with 2 strands? One of the stretchy thread with the smooth scrubby thread? Thank you for the pattern! I have 2 young granddaughters that would love this headband.

  2. Is it possible to make the headband without using the elastic silmiltaneously? Like maybe sew it in after? I am only able to use one hand ( I use a special tool to tense my yarn while balancing it carefully on the hook) so it is really hard to work two materials at once,especially without twisting but I really want to make this!

    1. I am not positive on that, but you could definitely give it a try! Maybe go up a hook size or two and make the headband larger than you would like, then weave it in, keeping the tension so it will stretch after it’s added.

  3. Can you do a video for this? I really want to try but have never used elastic thread and it seems complicated….

    Your patterns are lovely!

  4. I am having a really hard time as soon as I get to B. It just turns into a knot and I end up getting frustrated… I really want to make these! Will you be making a video? I’m thinking that’s going to be the only way I am going to catch on. :(

    1. I will! I am working my way through trying to get all my patterns done. Until then, would you like for me to try and help? You should be back at the foundation ring at the beginning of B.

  5. Bethany, I am a beginner at crocheting. Any chance you have time to make a tutorial so I can watch you make this? My 10 year old granddaughter likes it a lot and I want to make her one but can’t figure out how to do so without watching Thanks

    1. I could do that, but I am taking a bit of a maternity break, so it will be a few weeks. Can I help you through emails? Are you familiar with the stitches? Chains and slip stitches?