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.


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  2. Edie Durdin says:

    Sara, where did you get the formula for 44″ to start your newborn’s headband? I see nothing that gives a guide for that.

  3. Hi—just wondering how you fasten the ends together? I finished off the one end but I’m not sure what you mean when you say sew the headband together. Do you mean like weaving in the ends? I’ve never made a headband before so I’m just a little confused. Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Bridget! I mean, connect the two ends together to complete the headband. So, yes, weave in your ends, too, but connect the two ends by hand sewing them together. Does that help?

  4. You stated that you wanted to make it for a 6-12 month old but then said that the following is for a newborn, I am confused.

  5. Hermione impettt says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing your pattern. I am very new to crochet, I have been knitting for 33 years. I decided to try the headband and am very pleased with the result. I added a crochet flower to it and now have a lovely headband for my youngest granddaughter. Again thank you

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