Ice Cap Headband: Free Crochet Pattern

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Today’s free crochet pattern is for a lovely twisted headband using our guest designer’s signature Dolphin Stitch. If you’re ready to learn something new and deceptively simple, give it a try with this quick Ice Cap Headband free crochet pattern.

Hi gang! I’m so excited to share a new design with you today from my friend, Malena from Straight Hooked.

Let me tell you, I think I will always think of Malena as my crochet angel. When I had a product go viral, I desperately needed help making hats…like, desperately. At that time, I worked with several contract crocheters but Malena was “teacher’s pet.” She would make 40-50 hats or more every week!

She’s come by, pick up a trash bag full of yarn from my front porch and, within a few days, she bring that same bag back filled with completed hats.

It was always the highlight of my day when she’s pop in and say “hi” while droping off her projects. And, now, I’m so excited to have her as a member in the Crochetpreneur Business Academy where she’s started to design and blog!

Malena is a self-taught crocheter for nearly 20 years. She decided to turn her hobby into a business in 2018 and published nearly 20 patterns in 2020. Her signature stitch is the Dolphin Stitch, which is featured in the Ice Cap Headband pattern, below. The stitch is easy to master, creates a delightful texture, and works with any size yarn or hook.

The Ice Cap Headband looks fabulous with the Ice Cap Fingerless Gloves, and the pattern can be found exclusively at

Introducing the Ice Cap Headband

Quickly becoming the most popular headband style on the interwebs, this twisted crochet headband is delicate and feminine when made with size 3, DK yarn and is perfect as a tamer for your tresses on a windy day or as an adorable accessory, anytime!

Skill Level



  • 3 weight yarn
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • No-break elastic hair tie
  • Finishing needle
  • Scissors


4dst x 5 rows =2” square


Teen/Adult Woman

Stitch Abbreviations


sc-single crochet

dc- double crochet

st- stitch

slst- slip stitch

dst- dolphin stitch

Pattern Notes

  • US Terminology
  • The headband should fit snugly. The use of the hair tie makes your headband stretchy and secure. If you feel you need to adjust the length, you may eliminate or add R4 as needed.
  • The ch2 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch unless specifically noted.

Special Stitches

The Dolphin Stitch is a modified cluster of tc, dc, hdc, and sc across 4 sts:

  • Yo 2x, insert hook in first st,(or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop,[yo, pull through 2loops] twice. (2 loops on hook)
  • Yo, insert hook in next st, (or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. (3loops on hook)
  • Yo, insert hook in next st, (or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)
  • Insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to complete stitch.

Ice Cap Headband Pattern

R1. Attach yarn to hairtie, ch2 (counts as dc), dc 7 around hairtie, turn. (8)

R2. Ch2, dc in each st, turn. (8)

R3. Ch2, dst 4 across, placing your first 5 loops in the first st and your anchor st in the next, dc in top of ch2, turn. (4dst and 1dc)

R4. Ch2, dst 4 across, placing your first 5 loops in the ch sp and your anchor st in the loop of the dst below, dc in top of ch2, turn. (4dst and 1dc)

R5-R19. Repeat R4

R20. Ch2 (counts as dc, dc 11 evenly across, turn. (12)

R21. Ch2 (counts as dc), sk 5 sts, dc 5, dc 5 in skipped sts, dc in top of ch2, turn. (12)

R22. Ch2 (counts as dc), dc 11 across, turn. (12)

R23. Ch2, dst 4 evenly across, dc in top of ch2, turn. (4dst and 1dc)

R24-R39. Repeat R4

R40. Ch2 (counts as dc), dc 7 across, turn.  (8)

R41. Repeat R40

R42. Fold in half, making sure you have not twisted your headband. Ch1, sc 8 over hairtie (8)

Pinch hair tie together and slst over, alternating your hook from bottom to top. Make as many slsts as you need to completely cover the hair tie, even when gently stretching.

Finish off,  leaving a 6″ tail.

With your finishing needle, sew end to R1 securely. Weave in ends.

More Twisted Crochet Headbands You’ll Love to Sell or Gift

I love seeing your finished projects!  If you enjoyed making the Jolie Button Scarf, I’d love to see yours on Instagram. To be sure I don’t miss it, please tag me, @madewithatwist, when you post your photos!

©2017-2021 Montgomery Grice Enterprises, Inc | Made with a Twist | Pamela Grice This pattern and its associated images are copyright protected by Straight Hooked. The pattern is for your personal use only. Please do not copy/paste, distribute, or alter and claim as your own.

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