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Cumulus Headband | Free Knitting Pattern

This beginner friendly headband is the perfect addition to your hair accessory collection. Use the yarn listed, or substitute any other yarn to achieve different styles and variations!


  • Approximately 90 yards/75 grams of KnitPicks Billow (sample uses the colorway Clarity)

  • Small amount of a contrast color for the provisional cast on

  • Crochet hook in the same mm size as the needle chosen

  • Size 10 (6.0 mm) needles suitable for working in the round, or whatever size that best accommodates your yarn choice

  • Stitch marker suitable for working in the round

  • Measuring tape

  • Yarn needle


Because the width and length are entirely customizable, it is not necessary to achieve a certain gauge for this pattern. However, if you are limited on yarn, or want the same dimensions as the sample, I suggest checking.

14 stitches by 18 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, worked in the round


CO: cast on

BOR: Beginning of Round

st(s): stitch(es)

k: knit

Pattern Notes:

  • Follow the step-by-step video tutorial here:

  • Check out the yarn used for the sample here.

  • Beginner: If you would like to omit the provisional cast on, simply cast on using the standard long tail cast on method. When it comes to seaming, bind off your stitches normally, and seam the two ends with the whip stitch. The seam will be more visible, but a bit easier to accomplish.

  • Remember to place a BOR marker, and move it up with each round.

  • While a specific yarn is listed for this pattern, feel free to customize your yarn choice based one what you like.

  • To alter the width of the headband, simple cast on less/more stitches to make it narrower/wider.

  • When worked according to pattern, your headband will be 4 ½ inches wide, with the appropriate length for your head. Sample was knit to 20 inches, to fit a 21 inch head.

  • Note that the yardage is an estimate. Any modifications made to the pattern will affect your required yardage.


Using the Provisional CO method (see Pattern Notes for an alternative), cast on 30 sts and place BOR marker

Rounds 1: k all sts. (30 sts)

Repeat Round 1 until the tube measures one inch less from your desired length, measured from Row 1.

Proceed to Finishing Instructions


With the working yarn still attached, rip out the provisional cast on while being sure to start where the chain ends. Place the new sts on a separate needle that is the same size.

Second, bring the two ends together, with all four needles pointed to the right. You should be at the BOR on both needles. Holding the middle two needles together, grab a third needle and work the three needle bind off all the way around the cowl. It is normal for this to get a bit snug.

Since the two middle needles are knit together, the exposed seam will be on the inside. After you finish seaming, seam the final little hole closed using the tails.

Optional Cinche:

For an added decorative element, take another strand of yarn (about 12 inches), and tie it around the headband to result in a cinched look. Knot to secure, then thread the tails through the body of the headband to hide.

Remember, follow this tutorial if needed!:

Secure any ends, and enjoy your beautiful new headband!

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Until next time,

Amy Kate

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