Crochet Shell Headband {free crochet pattern}

As I was doing the shell edging on my little girl purse (see the post here), I thought it would make a very nice headband for a little girl. So, after many attempts and some math figuring, here’s what I came up with! It’s fairly simple, but looks so elegant and sweet. There are millions of flower patterns online, but see my post on another headband to craft my favorite flower so far.

Crochet Shell Headband - Free Pattern!
Written By: Sara of My Merry Messy Life


  • CH = chain
  • SL = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet


  • Yarn: 4-ply, worsted weight yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink (where to buy))
  • Hook: H (5.0 MM)

Headband Measurements

  • Newborn 13″
  • 3-6 months 14″
  • 6-12 months 16″
  • 12 months-tween 17.5″
  • Adult 18″

Headband Measurement

The Pattern

Chain to the length desired, but it must be divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end. For example, I wanted to make one for a 6-12 month old baby, so I chained 44, then added 3 at the end, for a total of 47 chains. The example below is for a newborn.

Make sure your chains are nice and loose because you will work on the top and bottom of them.
Make a Chain for the Headband

  • In the third chain from the hook, work 3 DC in the same CH.
  • Skip a CH, and work a SL in the next CH.
  • Skip a CH, and work 4 DC in the next stitch.
  • *Skip a CH, and work a SL in the next stitch.
  • Skip a CH, and work 4 DC in the next stitch.*
  • Repeat from * to the end, making sure to end with a shell (4 DC).
  • Turn your work around, and see pictures below for continuing on the bottom. Work the first shell into the same chain (but on the bottom) of where you worked the last shell on the top.

Crochet Chart for the Shell Headband
After working the last shell on the top, turn your work around and work another shell in the same chain.
Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Shell Headband - Step 1

Here’s what your headband should look like once you’ve turned it, worked a shell on the end, and started to continue around.
Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Shell Headband

Here’s a close up of how you work the other side of your headband on the bottom. You create a new shell from the shell below it.
Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Shell Headband - Step 3

The last shell and end should look like this – one shell on the top, one on the bottom. Join the last shell to the first one with a SL. Fasten off and sew in the ends, leaving a tail to sew the headband together.
Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Shell Headband - Step 4

Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Shell Headband - Free Pattern!

This headband would go perfectly with the Sweet Pea Beanie!
Free Crochet Pattern for a Sweet Pea Beanie

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Very nice πŸ˜€

  2. Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. I found this pattern via Ravelry and it’s so adorable! I am looking for patterns for my friend’s one month old daughter and this one looks so pretty but still seems simple. I am now your newest follower πŸ™‚ I look forward to you future crochet projects!

    Christine @

    • I found this on Ravelry also. It’s adorable! I had a question about the second side. Mine didn’t look like yours. Are we supposed to continue the pattern of 4DC and 1 SL to the end? I assumed that but I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t stand up as well as yours.

      • The yarn used in the picture is very soft and doesn’t stand up on it’s own, so it sounds compatible with what you’re doing. So, the last instruction on the first row is here “Repeat from * to the end, making sure to end with a shell (4 DC).” So, you don’t end with a SL. Does that make sense or help?

  4. Thank you for visiting and joining, Christine! I checked out your blog, too, and it’s really nice! I also became a follower and saw you’re quite the crocheter yourself. This is a simple project – works up very quickly.

  5. do we have permission to sell finished products made from this patter?? i just made one and i absolutely love it πŸ™‚ i make props for photographers in my area and this would be great for newborns πŸ™‚

    • Yes, its fine with me if you sell it. Thank you for asking! I only ask that if you post a picture of your work online that you link the pattern back to me. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Thank you – this is lovely!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this simple yet so beautiful tutorial! I have just made up 3 in different colours in about 30 minutes. Adorable.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Awesome pattern! So quick with beautiful results!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I love your work. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So cute love it thank you

  11. Anonymous says:

    For the Newborn pattern, how many chains did you begin with??

    love this pattern, cant wait to make it!


    • That’s a good question, and I didn’t make it for a newborn, however, for a 6 month old, I chained 44. You need it to be one inch smaller, so I suggest chaining 40 instead. You might even have to do 36, depending on your gauge and yarn. Let me know if you need more help!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commneting!That’s awesome that you’re hitting the gym 6 days a week. The schedule has been crazy lately so I’ve been trying to just keep up with my usual 5. But I was excited to meet a goal through the Wellness program and just earned a free hour of personal training. I’m excited! And scared! :)Hope to see you back!

  12. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

  13. Thank you so much … simple pattern, easy to follow tutorial.

  14. Thanks for this : ) super cute! I am just a beginner at crochet, but I was able to understand the pattern and the “turn around” once I read the directions a few times. I am making one for my daughter, due in November. Just a few more stitches left! I also plan on making one for my new niece- she was born at 25 weeks, but is now a 5 LB baby.

    : )

    • Great, thanks for sharing that with me! I’d love for you to email me a picture of your project when you’re finished, or send me one on my Facebook page :). Wow, I can’t believe your niece was born at 25 weeks! Very scary.

  15. I have a question. Does the length include the 3 chains or no? I am making a 3/6 month for my daughter and I had to chain 48..I guess that is as a result in our tensions? Thanks.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. Made one tonight for my 8 year old granddaughter. It turned out beautiful. I’m looking forward to visiting your site often!

    • Hi Teresa! No, the 3 chains at the end serves as the first double crochet, so it does not add to the length. Yeah, the difference in the length might be our tensions, but it could also be different yarn (assuming you’re using the same hook size I did). You know how different worsted weight yarns can seem very different in size? Some are much thicker than others, but are still categorized in the same weight. So maybe your yarn is a thinner weight than mine.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Bravissima!!! Grazie per il pattern.

  17. Yaay! Looked around for a few days looking for the perfect pattern to attempt to match the scalloped scarf I made my daughter. This was very easy (I just starte crocheting ) and came out perfectly. Thanks!

  18. Hi,
    I also found this pattern via Ravelry. Today I found out that our little neighbor tomorrow will celebrate her first birthday. So I decided to make a little gift to her. That headband was exactly what I’m looking for. I added a flower and I didn’t join to a circle because I want it to be adjustable. I hope 52 stitches to be enough.

  19. Thanks fro sharing your fun little headband. I attached a tie at each end instead of closing it off to make a “hippie” headband for my granddaughter and she loves it!! It only took a few minutes to whip up and they are so cute. I will make more of these.

  20. Love this and it was very easy!! I do have one question I’m stuck!! I have finished all the shells and am a lil confused do I finish it off then sew it together or do I need to somehow connect the ends together then finish off? Sorry just started learning and not sure what to do or even how to see it together if I do finish it off now!

  21. I found this pattern and your website through Ravelry. What an adorable headband! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

  22. thank u soo much for such an easy pattern…n d most pretty patternn…

  23. Brittany says:

    Hi there! Love this pattern. I used it for a custom order headband and added a flower to it! You can see pictures here:

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Hi

    I have just spotted your website and are totally in love with all your things. CanΒ΄t wait to get started and I will follow your site as a “stalker” πŸ™‚

    Thank You so much for such wonderful patterns. They are really beautiful.

    Have a nice day (here it is 02.26 in the morning)

    Greetings from Denmark <3


  25. Thank you for this pattern. I found you on Ravelry and didn’t even get a chance to add the project to my queue since it worked up so quickly. I’m going to add a couple of flowers and use it to go with my daughter’s Easter dress.

  26. Thank you, it’s very nice ( from Vietnam)

  27. Thanks a lot! Very cute, adorable and simple! πŸ™‚

  28. So cute and lovely! Even if I’m not that good at crochet this looks not that difficult! thank you very much for the pattern!

  29. Just a quick question. After you turn the work, do you work in the additional DC and SS in the same space, or the space on the other side? Because it is a chain, let’s say there are openings on the left and the right. If the right are full, do I fill now on the right or go to the left space?

    I have finished two circle on the left space, but it leave yarn in the middle of the circle. In the pictures, you don’t have that.

    Sorry if this is confusing! Just let me know.

    • I ended up just putting them both in the same space because it looked better. Finished it up with a butterfly decal and it will be beautiful for my neice!

  30. Thanks for this awesome pattern. I just finished 2 for my girls. They were so easy and your pattern was perfect.

  31. Kathryn Reilly Nussbaum says:

    Thank you f or a wonderful pattern – It is adorable! I’m going to make a lot of these.

  32. Fantastic just made this for my Great grandaughter, thank you for the pattern

  33. thank you for sharing the pattern.
    I’m going to make one for my daughter and another for a niece πŸ™‚

  34. ali mcdonough says:

    Love this pattern! Made it in about 15 minutes and it looks adorable on my 3 week old. Thanks for sharing it!
    ali/MrsMcD918-on Ravelry

  35. I just made this for a friend’s baby. I love fast it works up, thanks!

  36. Susan Sims says:

    I made this headband in orange and attached a crochet applique spider. Looks like pumpkins – very Halloweeny!

  37. Just found this pattern and it’s so cute. Never made a baby headband as I have boys but now we are expecting our first grand daughter. So my question is… The chain starts our at 13 inches but when I finished all the shells it’s now 17.5. Is that right?

  38. Thanks so much for the pattern… Can’t wait to make it! I am having difficulty finding the pattern for the flower you mention. I can get the pic, but no flower? Help!

  39. Griselda Z. says:

    Hello, Sara,
    Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern! I can’t wait to make this adorable headband! I plan on making it for an adult, do you think that’s OK? I was crocheting a very cute dishcloth, and one of the volleyball moms said the yarn was so cute that I should crochet a headband instead. I’m planning on making her this headband – the yarn is a cotton yarn, with variegated white, aqua and a darker blue. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Merci!
    Griselda Z.

  40. Thanks for the adorable pattern! My sister found it and wanted me to make some for a friend… and I’m hooked on the pattern!

  41. Thank you so much for the pattern. I just made it to add to my baby shower basket of goodies. It is so sweet and dainty looking in the light pink and looks beautiful next to my baby blanket with the same shell pattern. πŸ™‚

  42. Laura Ann Chapin says:

    I down loaded this the other day and today I went to pull it up to check on materials, Well some how in the down load the creator and the pic did not down load correctly. So glad I found it again, I want to give the writer of the pattern credit when I make this for my Grand daughters. Thanks

  43. Emily Johnson says:

    So, the headband measurements you have listed above are for the length of the starting chain? Or is it the head circumference? I’m having trouble getting an accurate fit for headbands. I really like your website!

  44. Emily Johnson says:

    Also, I’m using 100% acrlylic yarn from Hobby Lobby which has about one-inch of stretch to it. How do I accurately account for the give?

  45. Thank you for sharing your headband pattern.

  46. Thank you! I just made this now. Simple to make but very pretty. Looks great even on its own.

  47. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with everyone else. Its the easiest pattern i have ever followed. Great job. Cant wait to make more of these. Stay blessed

  48. Help help!! I’m a very beginner. Can you write out the instructions for when you turn and do the other half of the shells?
    I’m doing okay but there is a line of yarn running through each shell. What is the middle of the shell? Is it all as though in a ring toguor are the yarn separate? I think I can do it other than that! I need detailed instructions as I am never sure I’m doing it right!!

    • Hi Ashley! Honestly, this isn’t a beginner pattern, so I do suggest making sure you’ve mastered beginner stitches or these kinds of patterns will continue to frustrate you. Master SC, DC, turning, finishing the edges, and things like that. You’ll get there with lots of practice!

  49. Thank you Sara it becomes easy with u …

  50. First I love this head band. I’m new to crocheting and I need just a little help on the directions. I think I may understand it, but I want to be sure. You say skip a chain then work 4 dc in the next stitch, is that the next chain? Sooner or later I know I will be able to read and understand directions a lot better. I appreciate any help. πŸ™‚

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