I have heard from lots of people who have told me that they can’t crochet – but they can chain like a pro!  With those folks in mind, here is a quick, cute little headband you can make, even if the only thing you can do is chain!

Basic Chain Headband

1.  Beg, buy, or borrow a big fat crochet hook – let’s say, an “N.”  (M?  Fine.  O?  Sure.  N is just what I used.)

If you’re not sure how to identify the size of the hook that you’re stealing from your neighbor in the middle of the night, look on the flat thumb rest (for a metal hook) or possibly the bottom (for a plastic hook).

N Hook

Plastic N Hook

2.  Track down some thick, ropy yarn.  I used a spare skein of Lion Wool Ease Thick and Quick that I had lying around.



3.  Make your slip knot (or heck, tie a regular knot), and make 40 chains.  Try wrapping them around your head like a headband.  Add or subtract chains until you have a comfortable size for your head.  (My Headband Number is 45.  What’s yours?)

4.  Cut the yarn, then pull the yarn tail through the open stitch to form a knot.  (That’s called fastening off.)  Now tie the two ends together, and wham!  You have an easy basic headband!



Optional Flower Embellishment

Although the headband is practical, it’s none too exciting.  The Optional Flower Embellishment adds a little panache.  On me, it looks like this:

Hairband with Flower

  • To make this flower, you’ll need a minimum of two yarns.  To be fancy, I used three – one thick, one thin, and one regular worsted weight.  You can use what you have, but do make sure you have different colors.
  • You’ll also need fabric glue or a glue stick that works on fabric.  I used Aleen’s Max Tacky glue stick.
  • Finally, you’ll want a tapestry needle, which is a fat, dull needle with a large eye.  (A regular sewing needle won’t have an eye large enough to accommodate your yarn.)  If you’re purchasing a crochet hook, tapestry needles will be nearby.  If you’re borrowing crochet supplies, just ask for a tapestry needle.  Any crocheter will know just what you need.

To make the optional embellishment, you’re going to make a chain of about 30 using all three (or two) yarns simultaneously, as if they were one strand.  For the rest of the info, watch the video!

You can spice up your flower with a button center, a bead, some green leaves cut out of felt – whatever makes you happy!



Ann D'Angelo is a dedicated drinker of diet Coke who has never spotted a thrift store she didn't want to visit or an item she didn't want to alter. Check out Ann's shop.


Cheri Quigley Hayward · January 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

Cute! I bet my oldest would really like this. She normally uses a piece of bailing twine she found out at her dad's house (farm country and whatnot). She calls it her 'hippie headband'. I might make her some as a surprise. Thanks for the idea. 😉

    AnnDAngelo · January 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Aww! That would be an awesome surprise! Hooray! Thanks for commenting!

sarah · January 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Your video = the most adorable thing I've seen all week. Also, I'm jealous of your videographer husband. DAMMIT I NEED A CAMERA CREW. 😉

SO cute. Since I'm growing my hair out and am therefore lost in the land of super annoying hair, I may have to make one! or six! Or 20!

    AnnDAngelo · January 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Awww! Thanks for complimenting the video! I am super freaking fortunate to have Jason to shoot videos for me. He is all kinds of nice about it, too, even when I spring it on him (which is almost always what I do, because I'm nice like that).

    I hope that if you make one, it makes your hair 100% less annoying! I hate the growing stages. They take eternities.

Kate Mortimer · January 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

REally nice instructional video, Ann! I am glad to know that people other than me talk to their yarn…. 🙂

    AnnDAngelo · January 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you so much, Kate! And of course one must talk to the yarn! LOL. Otherwise, it can't be expected to listen and obey!

Cindy D. · January 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Three yarns at once! Are you mad?! So, I probably won't be doing any yarn related things in the near future. But I do like to watch your videos, and I did determine that I could probably make this thing! Which means you make good videos! I'll give Jason some credit but it's your combination of wit, charm and know-how that really makes the thing work.

    AnnDAngelo · January 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    You are so funny! And you could SO do this project. Chaining is very easy (and oddly fun), which is why some people stop there.

    Thanks for the nice words about my videos, too! Jason gets major credit, but I'll take the compliments all the same! 😀

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