Northwind Headband

Free brioche headband

If you've ever wanted to learn how to knit brioche, we designed this headband pattern for YOU! Squishy brioche stitches make for a cosy accessory that's as functional as it is stylish - keep your ears toasty warm this season.

As the Northwind Headband is a free pattern you can add it to your Ravelry library directly from the Northwind Headband Ravelry pattern page

Learn to knit brioche on a small, manageable project! The Northwind headband is worked in brioche stitch, worked flat. The headband begins and ends with a stockinette tube. To complete the project you'll twist this tube and graft the ends together. The brioche stitch fans out on either side, almost like a bow.

It's a quick and soothingly repetitive project that calls for only one skein. This means exploring new to you stitches with one simple purchase or even a quick dive into your stash to see what's there. This is fast, small budget knitting at it's best.


Skills for knitting this project

Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.


24 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10cm in st st in the rnd with smaller needle.
13 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in brioche st on larger needle.


Available in 6 sizes from baby to adult x-large.

baby[toddler, child/adult s, adult m, adult l, adult xl]
Total circumference: 14½[16, 17½, 19½, 21, 23]" / 36.5[40, 44, 49, 52.5, 57.5]cm.
Brioche section approx 5[5, 6, 6, 7, 7]" / 12.5[12.5, 15, 15, 17.5, 17.5]cm wide.
St st section approx 2[2, 2¼, 2¼, 2½, 2½]" / 5[5, 5.5, 5.5, 6.5, 6.5]cm wide.

Shown in child/adult small and adult medium.



120 yds / 110m aran weight yarn with a soft hand.
Shown in CaMaRose Snefnug (55% alpaca, 35% cotton, 10% merino, 120 yds / 110m, 50g) in Gra Beige.

Needles and notions

US 8 / 5mm 24” / 60cm or longer circular for working magic loop (2 circulars or dpns can also be used but if using dpns sts will need to be arranged onto 2 needles before and after brioche section).
US 10¾ / 7mm straights or circular for working back and forth in rows.

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