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Easy Ribbed Headband for Beginner Knitters

Easy Ribbed Headband for Beginner Knitters

Inside: Easy Ribbed Headband for beginner knitters free pattern and tutorial video. Part of the How to Knit for Complete Beginners series.

“Get your hair out of your face!”

I think every mother has said it. More than once.

Girl, you need a headband!

The easy ribbed headband pattern for beginner knitters can keep the flyaways at bay. The ribbing makes a wonderfully stretchy fabric.

Featuring a simple 2 x 2 ribbed stitch you can customize this pattern for virtually any size head from child to adult. But that’s not all!

Not a fan of 2 x 2 ribbing? No problem. I’ve included recommended cast on numbers for other ribbing stitch patterns. For more info on ribbed stitch patterns click on over to Lesson 4 of my How to Knit for Complete Beginners series.

Designed with the beginner knitter in mind the instructions are written clearly without a lot of abbreviations. I want you to be able to gradually learn how to read a pattern, but want to make it easier for you. I also have a tutorial video below for my visual learners to see exactly how to knit ribbing.

easy ribbed headband for beginner knitters

Easy Ribbed Headband for Beginner Knitters

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


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Bernat Softee Chunky (108 yds./ 3.5 oz. (99 m/ 100 g))
Color Grey Heather (28046) used in sample.

US 11 (8 mm) straight or circular needles
Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable circular needle used in sample.

Tapestry needle for seaming and weaving in ends
Measuring tape

K = Knit
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

18.5 sts in 4” of 2 x 2 ribbing


3” wide x 22” around* (7.6 cm x 55.9 cm)
*See notes below for sizing changes.


Headband length: Measure the circumference of the head then subtract 2-2.5” (5-6.3 cm).  Knit to this length.

Headband width:  To make a narrower headband for a baby or child.  Use medium (#4) weight yarn and US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.

Ribbing:  2 x 2 ribbing (knit 2, purl 2) is used in this pattern.  In a ribbing pattern the first number refers to the knit stitches together followed by the second number of purl stitches. When working a flat panel the knit number is repeated again on the very last stitch(es) to finish the ribbing pattern. You may substitute another ribbed stitch pattern then adjust your stitch count as follows:

Ribbing PatternCast On StitchesFinished Width*
1 x 1153.25” (8.25 cm)
2 x 2^143” (7.6 cm)
3 x 3153.25” (8.25 cm)
3 x 1153.25” (8.25 cm)

*Approximate widths only.
^ 2 x 2 ribbing instructions are listed below.

easy ribbed headband for beginner knitters in progress


Cast on 14 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): *Knit 2, purl 2.  Repeat from * twice more.  Knit 2.  

Row 2 (WS) *Purl 2, knit 2.  Repeat from * twice more.  Purl 2.

Repeat Rows 1-2 to desired length. (Sample knit to 22”.)

Bind off in pattern leaving long tail for seaming.

On right side sew ends together without twisting the headband.

Weave in ends.

easy ribbed headband for beginner knitters closeup of seam
All the ribs line up along the seam!


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Easy Ribbed Headband for Beginner Knitters Video Tutorial

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The video for this project is part of the How to Knit for Complete Beginners series. All the skills you need to knit the Easy Ribbed Headband are included in this video.

Right handed

Left handed

Be sure to follow all the How to Knit for Complete Beginners Lessons.

  1. How to Knit – Garter Stitch for Complete Beginners includes Basic Garter Scarf pattern
  2. How to Knit – Purl stitch for Stockinette
  3. How to Knit – Stockinette with Garter Border includes Basic Bordered Dishcloth pattern
  4. How to Knit – Ribbing 1×1 and 2×2 includes Easy Ribbed Headband pattern
  5. How to Knit – Seed Stitch for Beginners includes Seed Stitch Washcloth pattern
  6. How to Knit – Moss Stitch for Beginners includes Moss Stitch Washcloth pattern
  7. How to Knit – Basketweave Stitch for Beginners includes Basketweave Cowl pattern
  8. How to Knit – Knitting in the Round includes Moss Cowl pattern.
  9. How to Knit – 5 Cast Ons for Beginners
  10. How to Knit – 4 Increases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  11. How to Knit – 5 Decreases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  12. How to Knit – Slip Stitches


Thursday 2nd of December 2021

I know how to knit a little but I learned a couple of new tricks! So thank you so much!