Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lucky Clover Headband

I think I've finally recovered from Mardi Gras, which means it must be time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day! For those in cooler climes, this Lucky Clover ear warmer is just the thing to keep you cozy and save you from possible pinchings.

What I love about this headband is the fun of having a field of clovers in your hair
but only one of the lucky four-leaf variety. It's up to you where you want to place your lucky clover. No two headbands will be exactly alike. You could even go crazy and make them all lucky if you're feeling especially decadent with your luck.

I'm offering this pattern for free here on the blog and as a Ravelry download. In addition, the pattern will be available as a Crochet Kit from my Etsy store, including a color printout of the pattern and all the yarn you need to make your own headband (plus a few extra yards). Kits are $5, less than buying full skeins of the yarn would cost, and they'll come right to your door.

Okay, enough shameless self-promotion. Onto the pattern!

Lucky Clover Headband


  • Worsted weight yarn of your choice in two colors. Headbands shown in Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat and Forest Green Heather. Clovers shows in Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and Limelight.
  • US H (5 mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry or Large eye blunt needle
  • Sewing pins    


  • Turning chains do not count as the first stitch of rows.
  • Repeat directions following * to end of row.

st : stitch
ch: chain
hdc: half-double crochet
tc: treble crochet
sl: slipstitch
dec: decrease (crochet two stitches together)
inc: increase (crochet two stitches in one space)

14 sts and 11 rows = 4 inches in hdc
Finished measurements are 3.25” wide with a bottom width of 1.5” Length is approximately 17” for child size, and is recommended for heads 18-20.5” Adult size is approximately 19” long and is recommended for heads 20.5-23”.  A narrower 2.5” headband can be made by eliminating the last increase and first decrease rows.


Ch 6
Increase rows:
1:  Hdc in second ch from hook, and in remaining chs. Ch 1, turn.  (5)
2:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
3:  Hdc inc, hdc 3, hdc inc. Ch 1, turn.  (7)
4:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
5:  Hdc inc, hdc 5, hdc inc. Ch 1, turn.  (9)
6:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
7:  Hdc inc, hdc 7, hdc inc. Ch 1, turn.  (11)

Work even until piece measures 14.5” for child size or 16.5” for adult size.

Decrease rows:
1:  Hdc dec, hdc 7, hdc dec. Ch 1, turn.  (9)
2:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
3:  Hdc dec, hdc 5, hdc dec. Ch 1, turn.  (7)
4:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
5:  Hdc dec, hdc 3, hdc dec. Ch 1, turn.  (5)
6:  *Hdc. Ch 1, turn.
7:  *Hdc. Tie off, leaving long tail to sew ends together.


Make 3 three-leaf and 1 four-leaf.
 1: In a magic loop, ch 3, tc 2, ch 3, sl back into loop
    Repeat 2-3 more times, for 3 or 4 leaf clover
2: Ch 5-7 (depending how long you want the stem). Sl in second ch from hook, and each succeeding ch. Tie off, leaving long tail (+/- 15”) to sew to headband.  Pull magic loop tight and weave in end.


Headbands pictured below have the following stem lengths:
1: 4-leaf clover with 7 ch stem
1:  3-leaf with 6 ch stem
2: 3-leaf with 5 ch stems

With headband lying flat, pin clovers in desired position. Note that clovers will appear further apart when the item is worn. Stitch around outer edges of clovers, catching the yarn just underneath the edge so stitches are invisible. If desired, you can leave the stems loose so they will stick up slightly from the headband for a 3-D effect. Weave in Ends.
Whipstitch two ends of headband together to join. Weave in ends.

You’re done! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style!