Copenhagen Headband Recipe (free)



Looking for a quick hat project?  How about the Copenhagen headband, which keeps the ears warm, but doesn’t cover the top of the head?  This is perfect for those who never want to wear a hat.

Copenhagen Headband Recipe

The Copenhagen Headband recipe is like a pattern, but not quite.  I’ve sprinkled guidance and tips throughout the written instructions. There is a schematic, plus eight charts.  I’ve got you covered here! Using this format I can more quickly (it is relative!) write up a pattern and get it knitters. This is something I have knit myself, and this has not been tech edited by a third party.

A recipe has all the elements of a pattern, I just get to do what I want–like when I cook.  I have added comments and notes about why I’ve chosen to do things a particular way, or how I think you might want to proceed.In this pattern I have linked to Elemental Affects so you can read about Cormo before you make a substitution.

I have linked specific techniques to my website where I thought someone might want to click through. In this small piece (it uses about 30g of yarn) you will encounter the flexible long-tail cast on, incR and incL, k1 picking up floats, and flat 3-needle bind off.

Copenhagan Headband

I named this for the city of Hans Christian Anderson because I loved the skating/skiing figure in this photo, which seemed like it matched my childhood vision of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen HeadbandThe painting in the above photo was done by a resident of The Heritage where my mom, Jane, lives. Ida liked baseball and painting, both of which she took up in her 90s. I have a collection of her cards. She quit painting when they took away her painting space in the art room. She died recently at age 98 or 99 (she knew, I’ve forgotten). As Jane said, she went as she lived: quietly and without fuss. Ida also knitted while she watched baseball games, but admitted she could only do garter because she could no longer multitask.


One size–customizable


6 sts/in and 8 rows/in on US size 2(2.75mm) in moss
5.625 sts/in and 8.5 rows/in on US size 3(3.5mm) in Butterfly pattern


US size 2(2.75mm)
US size 4(3.5mm)


Stitch markers (optional)
Locking pin marker
Extra needle(s) for flat 3-needle bind off


Cormo Sport, worsted spun, from Elemental Affects Yarn, 100% wool, 4 oz [112g] / 400 yds [364m] (stretched), in vermillion
Sport weight yarn

As Shown

Done to measurements in pattern. This fits my head which measures 23″ around where the headband sits.

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