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Free Knitting Pattern: Headband Flower

When Harper was born, she had this glorious full head of black hair (not quite sure where that came from!), but now, she’s a little more on the bald side. Beautiful, of course…but bald. So, even though I vowed to never put a huge flower or bow in her hair, I do find this little creation quite cute. And since I can’t bring myself to dress her in frilly pink stuff all the time, it’s great for when we are out-and-about, and I don’t want to constantly tell people that yes, she is a girl.

(I hope that my dry sense of humor is coming out in this post, and not the possible observation that I think my daughter isn’t cute! She is the cutest little thing on the planet –> and that’s not just because I’m the mommy!) :)

Without further adieu, here is the EASY, fast pattern:

  • Yarn: Irrelevant. Any weight will do, but the bigger the yarn, the bigger the flower…and the bigger the needles you will need. I used Madeline Tosh Merino DK for the flower pictured here. You will only need a handful.
  • Needle: I used a size 7 circular as a straight needle. Just use something appropriate for the yarn and how open you want the knitting stitches to be.
  • Gauge: Irrelevant.
  1. Cast on 60 using the long-tail cast-on method. (You will want to cast on somewhat loosely as you have to KFB through every stitch on the third row.)
  2. Knit across (60 stitches).
  3. KFB (knit through the front and back loop) across (120 stitches).
  4. Knit across (120 stitches).
  5. Bind off, but leave enough working yarn hanging to sew together the bottom of the flower.*

*For the flower pictured in this post, I switched to a different color yarn for the bind-off row to give the flower additional dimension. You can use your imagination with colors, and mix it up a bit!

Here is a great instructional video on KFB (knit through the front and back loop):

Once you’ve bound off your work, you’ll have a nice, curly piece of garter-stitch fabric. Simply wrap the piece into a spiral (like a rose), and use the remaining working yarn to secure it on the bottom (the cast-on edge). Use a knot to tie off the yarn, and cut off the remainder. You can then use regular sewing thread to sew your flower to the headband. You could also hot glue it to some felt to make a brooch, sew it to a t-shirt for embellishment or use hot glue with a plastic headband. Use your imagination! Another great idea would be to make these roses in varying sizes (using different yarns and number of cast-on stitches), and group them together on a onesie, headband, etc. You get the idea.

As for the headband itself, I used 1″ plush fold-over elastic (commonly referred to as FOE). I purchased mine at Kids in the Garden when I was making Harper’s diaper covers last year. It’s great for so many things! Just note that it does tend to stretch a bit, so either sew it so it will be tight on the wearer’s head in the beginning, OR, use hook & loop to make it adjustable.

Isn’t she just precious?

  • Christa

    So cute!

  • Lauren

    Thank you!

  • Sandy

    This is just what I was looking for! Thank you! Adorable baby, too!

    • Lauren Dahl

       Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Knitrageous

    I was looking for a little flower to put on a storebought hat so that the little girl recipients will know which belongs to who! This is perfect! And your baby is precious!

    • Lauren Dahl

       Wonderful! And thanks…we think she is pretty cute. ;)

  • Judy Goldthorp

    Thanks for the great EASY pattern. I just finished a pink hat for my 5 year old granddaughter and was looking for an easy knitted flower pattern, so she can have a flower on her hat. This looks great! and easy! This close to Christmas, EASY is important. (Just not a time I need to be learning new things.)
    Thanks for your great web site.

    Euless TX

    • Lauren Dahl

       I am so glad you like it!

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  • Martina

    Thank you for a lovely simple flower pattern.  I am helping out in a beginners knitting group and it is perfect for beginners to knit.
    Just voted for you on top Baby Blogs.   Thanks a million!!!!

    • Lauren Dahl

       Thank you SO MUCH for your vote and sharing the pattern!

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  • Tamara

    SO cute! Also a great pattern, thanks for sharing! I included a link to this page on my blog this morning! ( if you want to check it out)

    • Lauren Dahl

       Thank you so much! I am going to check it out now…

  • Miss Margaret

    Finally an easy to *knit* flower for us crochet-phobes! Thanks and you got my vote. :)

  • Heather Moss

    This is exactly what I needed to spruce up a knitted ear warmer I just finished! I wound mine up a little differently but that just means this is a versatile flower pattern. Thank you!

  • Iris

    This is so cute! With two daughters, I’m pretty sure I’ll use it on many things like you suggest. I’m trying it straight away, thanks :-)

  • Carolyn

    I can’t wait to put this on a headband for cold weather grandchildren … and yes one girl is named Harper …. my maiden name !

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  • shannon

    thanks for the sweet pattern – i will be using this a lot for my new baby girl! and i made sure to vote for you too :)

    • lauren

      I am glad you like it! :)

  • Betty Hale

    A friend of mine made the flower pattern and posted it on

    I saw this flower pattern made by a friend. She posted a picture on face Book, with her baby wearing a hand knit headband with the flower attached.. It looked adorable. I plan on making a few to keep on hands for gifts. Thanks for sharing.