Help kiddos channel their inner fox with this adorable headband. Working a few long stitches over your white rows is the key to bringing the sweet face to life. Top it off with some embroidered details, and this critter's ready to play.
Sly Fox Headband Pattern
Pattern by Stephanie White
What You Need
- 1 hank Cloudborn Superwash Merino Bulky in Ecru (color A)
- 1 hank Cloudborn Superwash Merino Bulky in Autumn Heather (color B)
- Small amount of bulky black yarn (for embroidered details and ear trim)
- 9 mm crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- Tapestry needle
5 sc = 2 in
Row gauge is not critical for this project.
16 ½ in x 3 in
- Headband is worked flat and seamed.
- The ch 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
- The nose detail is worked by crocheting over the fabric you’ve already created, working into the front loop only of the stitches below. When working into the front loop of a stitch below, insert your hook from bottom to top (the same way you'd go through a full stitch, but bring your hook out after you go under the front loop). This technique is sometimes referred to as overlay crochet.
- Blo - Back loop only
- Ch - Chain
- Dc - Double crochet
- Flo - Front loop only
- Hdc - Half double crochet
- Sc - Single crochet
- Sl st - Slip stitch
- St(s) - Stitch(es)
- Tc - Triple crochet
With Color A, ch 42 sts. Leave yourself a 12-inch tail when you make your slip knot. You’ll use it for seaming later.
Row 1: Skip the ch closest to the hook and sc in each ch across. (41 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc into flo of each st across. (41 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc into blo of each each st across. (41 sc)
Rows 4 and 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Switch to Color B
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 15 sts; (hdc in flo of st 1 row below) twice, (dc in flo of st 2 rows below) twice, (tc in flo of st 3 rows below) 3 times, (dc in flo of st 2 rows below) twice, (hdc in flo of st 1 row below) twice, sc in next 15 sts. (41 sts)
The stitches italicized in Row 11 are represented by the orange stitches in the diagram above. When you're working these longer stitches into the rows below, keep your tension nice and loose: those stitches need to end up being the same height as the rest of the row you're working, without bunching up your headband.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (41 sc)
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st across (41 sc)
Row 10: Ch 1, sl st in next 14 sts, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (tc, ch 1, tc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in next 7 sts, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (tc, ch 1, tc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in next 14 sts. Fasten off yarn , leaving an 8-inch tail for seaming later.
Add the Details
To finish the ears, join the black yarn at the base of the right ear; sl st in next 4 sts, work 2 sl sts in ch-1 space, sl st in next 4 sts. Fasten off yarn. Repeat for second ear.
You'll notice that the section where you worked your long nose stitches is not attached on the back side, creating a small pocket. You can leave it as is, or whip stitch that pocket closed.
Find Your Next Project
Since you've worked all the basic stitches here, and even a few special variations, you're ready to tackle all sorts of things. These projects use post stitches and cables, which have a lot in common with the stitches you worked on the fox's nose.