Tightrope – Free Crochet Headband Pattern

Tightrope Headband By The Firefly Hook

The title of this piece celebrates the adventure of marriage. The song “Tightrope” in The Greatest Showman reminds me of the relationship I have with my husband. I’d go with him anywhere –even out on a tightrope –so long as he is by my side. We’ve had many adventures and mis-adventures over the years, but we’ve weathered it all because we’ve faced it together. So this headband is a celebration of taking different strands of a life, sewing them together as one, and enjoying the unified whole.

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This yarn was purchased from an indie dyer in San Francisco California while my photographer was on a trip visiting a friend. The yarn is a 3-ply fingering weight. Each hat used approx. 50g of yarn. This would be a fun stash-diving project or a great opportunity to buy a delicious skein of yarn at a farmer’s market or craft fair. If you need a solid suggestion – I highly recommend Malarbigo Finito or Mechita.

Yarn: Hand dyed fingering weight yarn in two colors. Or preferred yarn in any weight from 1 – 4 (fingering, sock, DK, worsted).

Hook: 3.75 mm (or size needed for yarn choice)

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Pattern Info

Gauge: Unimportant because stitches and chains should equal preferred length per size.

Sizes: Baby 15” circ.; Toddler 17” circ.; Child 19” circ.; Adult 20” circ.


Variations in yarn choice will only affect the width of the headband. For extra elasticity, use a foundation double crochet instead of a chain.


ch        chain

dc        double crochet

rep       repeat

sc         single crochet

st         stitch

Special Stitch

Foundation Double Crochet

  1. Chain 3.
  2. Yarn over, insert hook in third chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop through chain. (3 loops on hook)
  3. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop. (1 chain made)
  4. [Yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. (1 foundation double crochet made with 1 chain)
  5. Yarn over, insert hook under the 2 loops of the chain at the bottom of the stitch just made, yarn over and pull up loop. (3 loops on hook)
  6. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop. (1 chain made)
  7. [Yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times.
  8. Repeat steps 5 – 7 until foundation row reaches desired length.


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Create a chain equal to the length in the size you wish to make. Be sure the chain is loose and elastic. Do not stretch the chain when you measure the length.

Alternately, create a foundation double crochet equal to the length in the size you wish to create. 1 foundation double crochet row = both the chain and the first row. Then follow the instructions for row 2.

(Make 3 strips, one in the lighter color, two in the darker)

Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each ch across.

Finish off.

See photo tutorial for sewing instructions.

1.Line up strips with the lighter color in the middle. Sew the left side up to one-third of the total length. Sew the right side to 1” shorter than the left side.

2. Begin braiding on the right side (with the shorter sewn side).

3. Continue braiding until braided section equals one-third of the total length.

4. Sew final strips together.

Pictured: Strips sewn together on both sides with braid in the middle. I wanted the braid to be a little whimsical, so the lighter strip starts in the center and ends on the top (see photo above).

5. Sew ends together.

6. Headband complete.

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