This cute little knit butterfly headband knitting pattern will keep your little one’s ears warm and cozy and make them smile with a cute colorful butterfly perched on top!
A while back I designed the butterfly hat knitting pattern and it has long been one of my all-time favorite patterns. I thought it would be cute, this year, to knit up a butterfly headband version.
This cute kids headband knitting pattern is perfect for early spring weather, it keeps little ears nice and warm, but not TOO warm. And the fun butterfly on the front really looks like spring!
I have knit this butterfly in a bunch of colors, and I’m a big fan of how it turned out with purple wings and a pink body. But you can use whatever colors you want to knit your butterfly!
I also think the headband on its own is so pretty in this seed stitch pattern. Seed stitch is one of my favorite stitches despite the fact that it takes me longer to knit with all the switching back and forth from knit to pearl.
It’s so pretty and even and reversible though, it’s a good knitting stitch for a perfectionist, you know what I mean?
Anyway, if you grab my new butterfly headband knitting pattern and knit your own, I’d love if you’d share it with me! Let’s get started!
Butterfly Headband Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
- Worsted weight yarn in light blue, purple and pink
- US 7 (4.5mm) 16″ circular knitting needles
- US 7 (4.5mm) straight knitting needles
- Yarn needle
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Butterfly Headband Knitting Pattern (6 month size)
Note: Never leave babies unattended wearing a headband, please use common sense.
sl1: slip one stitch purlwise
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 65 stitches onto your circular needles with the blue yarn. Join to knit in the round. Knit 15 rounds in seed stitch as follows:
For first round and all other odd rounds: (k1,p1) repeat to last stitch and k1.
For second round and all other even rounds:
(p1, k1) repeat to last stitch and p1.
Bind off in pattern and weave in ends.
To make the butterfly wings (make 2):
Using long-tail cast on and straight needles, cast on 11 stitches with the purple yarn.
Row 1 (RS): kfb, k4, sl1, k4, kfb
Row 2 (WS): kfb, k5, bring yarn to front, sl1, bring yarn to back, k5, kfb
Row 3: k7, sl1, k7
Row 4: k7, bring yarn to front, sl1, bring yarn to back, k7
Rows 5 & 6: repeat rows 3 & 4 again
Row 7: k2tog, k5, sl1, k5, ssk
Row 8: k2tog, k4, bring yarn to front, sl1, bring yarn to back, k4, ssk
Row 9: k5, sl1, k5
Bind off and weave in cast on end only. Leave a long cast off tail to sew the butterfly together.
To make the butterfly body:
Using your double pointed needles cast on 3 stitches with pink yarn and knit an icord for 12 rows. Then bind off and weave in that end.
To assemble the headband:
Thread the cast off tail of one wing on a yarn needle and stitch it to the side of the icord body, hiding the stitches on the back side.
Repeat with other wing. Then thread the cast on tail from the icord body on a yarn needle, pinch the headband to gather it, and stitch the butterfly securely to the headband to hold the gather in place.
And that’s it, enjoy your cute butterfly headband!
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