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Free Pattern: Perfect Picnic Headband

Tunisian crochet worked on the bias to create a simple headband. The headband is a tonal red yarn shown on a woman with brown hair.

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Summer is the perfect time to relax outside and enjoy a little lunch or dinner. The sun, a breeze, and a snack! This headband is the perfect accessory to help keep your hair out of your eyes while you're on a summer adventure! It's size adjustable, so it will work for all ages from newborn through adults, or could even be lengthened into a belt!

Perfect Picnic Headband crocheted in Laughing Lemur Yarn Soft Sock

Colorway: Handprint Turkey

This pattern uses simple Tunisian crochet techniques, but doesn't require a special hook. As written on this blog, this version of the pattern assumes you have a basic knowledge of Tunisian crochet. If you would like a PDF version with a full, step-by-step photo tutorial and suggested sizing charts for ages newborn-adult, that is available for purchase on Ravelry or Etsy.

The Perfect Picnic Headband is also perfect for using up mini skeins or scraps. Even the adult XL size uses approximately 17g of fingering weight yarn, so all sizes can be achieved with just one mini skein.

GAUGE: 4 sts / 4 rows = 1" (1.25 cm) in unblocked pattern stitch


- This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

- Do NOT replace the initial chain circle with a magic circle. This is your buttonhole to fasten the headband when it’s done.

- Yarn requirement is given for the largest size (model has a 23.5” head). Smaller sizes will require less.


- Crochet Hook Size US H (5.0 mm)

- 80 yards (74 meters) of fingering weight yarn, OR 40 yards (37 meters) of dk weight yarn.

- (1) button approximately 1" (1.25 cm) in diameter.

- Tapestry Needle to sew on button (makes sure it's small enough to fit through the holes of the button!)

Stitches Used: 

DC = Double Crochet. Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) twice.

DC2TOG = Double Crochet 2 Together. (Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pul up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) twice, yo, pull through all three loops on hook. 1 st decreased.

ETSS = End TSS. Worked in the last stitch of a row only. Insert hook into two loops of last stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop.

RetP = Return Pass. Yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) to end of row. One loop remains on the hook.

Sl St = Slip Stitch. Insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

St(s) = Stitch(es)

TSS = Tunisian Simple Stitch. Insert hook from right to left in next vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop.

TSS2TOG = Tunisian Simple Stitch two together. Insert hook from right to left under next 2 vertical bars, yarn over, pull up one loop. (1 st decreased)

YO = Yarn over. Wrap yarn over hook from front to back.


Chain 9

Join the chain in a circle with a slip stitch.

Chain 2 (does not count as a stitch), dc 9 into the chain circle. Turn.

Begin working in Tunisian Crochet terminology:

Row 2: TSS 8, ETSS, RetP.

Row 3: (yo, TSS2TOG)x4, ETSS. RetP.

Row 4: TSS, (yo, TSS2TOG)x3, TSS, ETSS. RetP.

Continue to work, alternating Rows 3-4 until your work measures approximately 4" (10 cm) shorter than the intended wearer's head circumference, not including the buttonhole loop.

Work Row 2 once more.

Slip Stitch in each vertical bar across. Turn.

Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch) DC, DC2TOG, DC until 3 sts before end of row, DC2TOG, DC.

Cut yarn. Weave in all ends, and attach button to the end of the headband that does not have the loop.


This pattern is for your own use. Finished projects may be sold as long as they are your own handmade work. This pattern may not be mass manufactured. All written instructions and photos are copyright 2020, Ruth Brasch and Ruth Brasch Design. You may not reproduce them in anyway including screenshots, copying and pasting, reposting to your own blog, etc. 

I'd love to see your headband! Please tag @ruthbrasch, #ruthbraschdesign, and #PerfectPicnicHeadband on social media when you share it!