Headband – Mardi Gras style!

My sister is headed to New Orleans in a couple weeks to celebrate Mardi Gras and hang out with Better than Ezra. I posted a bow headband I made awhile ago, and she asked for one in Mardi Gras colors.


Excuse the horrible picture of me. I just realized I didn’t take a good picture before I gave her the headband.

Since I already had the colors on hand, these headbands were easy to whip up. Less than an hour to make and very little yarn! There are 3 different kinds of headbands that I made: 1 strand of yarn, no border, 1 strand of yarn with border, 2 strands of yarn without a border. They all follow the same basic pattern but are slightly different, so I will post all three.

Bow Headband

Yarn: medium worsted weight
Hook: 1 strand-J; 2 strands: K
Size: 21” x 4”

ch: chain
sc: single chain
dc: double chain


2 strands together
Using 2 strands of yarn together, ch 53
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, 49 dc, ch 3, turn
Row 2: 50 DC, ch 3, turn
Row 3-Row 5: Repeat row 2

1 strand with border
With color A, ch 57
With color B, ch 3
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, 56 dc, ch 3, turn
Row 2: 56 dc, ch 3, turn
Row 3-Row 5: Repeat row 2, on the last row, ch 1, turn
Row 6: With color A, 56 sc

1 strand without border
Ch 57
Follow Row 1-5 from 1 strand with border pattern

Once you have the base of the headband made, attach the two ends together with slip stitches.

Don’t worry about what your seam looks like. It will be hidden.

Once attached, pinch the ends together like this:

Then using whatever color you want the “bow knot” to be, take the end of one strand and place it in the inside portion of the headband along the seam. Wrap the yarn around the headband tightly to secure the pinched ends and create the bow effect. You should now have this:

Fasten off, weave bow knot end through itself to secure it.

So easy! Here’s all the ones I whipped up in about two hours:

Orange, red, black are 1 strand w/o border, purple one on the left is 1 strand with border, and purple/green one is 2 strands

Now my sister will be styling in NOLA!

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