If you’re not a fan of hats, knitting a headband or earwarmer is a great way to keep your head a little protected from the elements (and they’re cute enough to wear inside, too). They also make really great, quick to knit gifts, so they’re perfect to have on your needles this time of year.
A couple of my favorite headband patterns that I’ve knit include the super warm Moss Stitch Headband — worked with two strands of yarn held together — and the Cabled Headband, which has a narrow band to go under the hair but is still wide enough to cover the ears if you want to.
Here are some more ideas to get your needles buzzing:
Margo from Open N Shut has a cute, really quick and easy braided cable headband
The Blue Leaf Headband from Adrienne Krey is a cute lacy pattern available from Ravelry that also has matching mitts
The Headband Earwarmer from T. Matthews Fine Art is a chunky knit with a tapered shape and a crocheted flower for embellishment (you could totally make an I-cord flower if you’re not a crocheter)
ChemKnits’ Ombre Headband offers great practice for those new to stranded colorwork, as its a pretty easy pattern and can be worked with three or five colors (matching mittens are also available)
The Beaded Rib Headband from littletherom is a really easy, quick pattern that you could always throw a stripe onto for a little stash-busting fun
This headband from DROPS Design has a cool ridged design and is really wide so it should keep you plenty warm
The Center Row Lace headband from Rewind Knits is a pretty project that doubles as a neck warmer once you get in out of the cold
An easy colorful choice for the darkest winter days is the ZiggyZag pattern from Ann Hauge, available as a Ravelry download