The basket-full of poppies headband is a late-summer statement crochet pattern for women and girls. It includes instructions for the poppy flower and leaves too! Because this headband is worked from one end to the other, it is easy to customize for children as well as adults. Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
The band uses a modified basket stitch, which will be easy to master for crochet lovers of all skill levels. The flowers are a little more complex, but after crocheting the first one, the second should go fairly easily.
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100 yards of Lion Brand Heartland yarn in “Grand Canyon”, plus small amounts of yarn in “Yellowstone”, “Redwood”, “Black Canyon”, “Everglades”, and “Sequoia”
3.25mm (D) hook (flowers and leaves)
4mm (G) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge (headband)
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
BPdc = back post double crochet
FPdc = front post double crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
BLO = back loop only
Chainless starting double crochet: pull up a loop as tall as a regular dc (you’ll need to approximate if this is your first row), place index finger of your hook holding had on the top of the loop to keep it steady, this way the loop doesn’t get larger or smaller. Wrap the hook over and behind the loop, yo, pull the yarn behind the wrapped yarn loop, yo again, and pull through the last 2 loops.
for headband, 4 stitches in an inch
Finished Headband: adult 22″, by 3.5″ wide with plenty of stretch, child’s, 20″, by 3.5″ wide, with plenty of stretch.
Flower: 3.5″ across
Additional Notes (for poppy flower only):
The ch 1 before or after dc stitches should be loose. You will be slip stitching into the ch 1 itself–not the ch-1 space.
Petals are worked over two rounds. You’ll be slip stitching up, and down the petals to begin and end the second round.
-Turn the flower into a pin for Veterans Day by gluing (or sewing) a 2″ circle of felt to the back of the flower. Attach a pin, and it’s ready to wear!
-If you prefer a picture tutorial of this pattern I have put one together as as crochet-a-long.
Basket-full of Poppies Crochet Headband Pattern (US terms):
Using color “Grand Canyon” (a sandy grey),
Ch 5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, turn (4)
Rows 2-12: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4)
Piece should measure 1″ wide by 3″ tall
Row 13: 2 sc in first st,, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in final st, ch 1 turn. (6)
Row 14: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in final st, ch 1 turn. (8)
Row 15: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in final stitch, ch 1 turn. (10)
Row 16: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in final stitch, ch 1 turn. (12)
Row 17: chainless starting double crochet in first st, BPdc around next 3 sts, FPdc around next 4 sts, BPdc around next 4 sts, turn. (12)
Row 18: chainless starting double crochet in first st, FPdc around next 3 sts, BPdc around next 4 sts, FPdc around next 4 sts, turn. (12)
Row 19: chainless starting double crochet in first st, FPdc around next 3 sts, BPdc around next 4 sts, FPdc around next 4 sts, turn. (12)
Row 20: chainless starting double crochet in first st, BPdc around next 3 sts, FPdc around next 4 sts, BPdc around next 4 sts, turn. (12)
Repeat rows 17-20 until headband measures 15″ tall for an teen or adult, or 13″ for child, then start decrease rows.
Decrease row 1: sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (10)
Decrease row 2: sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (8)
Decrease row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (6)
Decrease row 4: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (4)
Ending the headband:
Rows 1-12: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 13: sc in the first s, ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in final st, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 14-15: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 16: sc2tog, sc2tog. (2)
Do not fasten off yet!
Continue with edging:
Round 1: ch 1, sc evenly around the edge of the headband, join with sl st to first sc. (stitch count is unimportant)
Round 2: *ch 3, sk st, sl st in next st; final sl st counts as join.
Fasten off and weave in ends
Work this next round on the backside of the headband:
With contrasting or harmonizing color (I used Lion Brand Heartland in “Sequoia”), sl st very loosely along the round of sc. If you notice your slip stitches are tight, try going up a hook size or two for this step.
Fasten off and weave in ends
Now you’ll make the accessories:
Poppy Flower Pattern:
To crochet this, you will need small amounts of Lion Brand “Heartland” in yellow (Yellowstone) black (Black Canyon), and red (Redwood)
With color A (yellow),
Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle, join with sl st to first sc, (6)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (9)
With color B (black),
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (12)
With color C (red),
Round 4: ch 1, 2 dc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 1, sl st in next st, ch 1, 2 dc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 1, sl st in next st. (2 petals with 10 dc each)
Round 5: sl st into ch-1 sp from prev round, sl st into first dc of round (this is the top of the first petal), ch 1, 2 dc in first st, 2 dc in each of the next 9 sts, ch 1, sl st into final st of petal, sl st into ch-1 sp from prev round, sl st into sl st of prev round. Now you’ll start working up the side of the second petal: sl st into ch-1 sp from prev round, sl st into first dc of petal, ch 1, 2 dc in first st, 2 dc in each of the next 9 sts], ch 1, sl st into final st of petal, sl st into ch-1 sp from prevround, sl st into sl st of prev round.
Flip the flower over and work this round at the back of the flower, behind the petals.
Round 6: sl st into next 4 sts (this will be into the back of the petal that you made in round 4, and is simply to get you over toward the middle of the petal, to create some unevenness), ch 5, skip approximately 4 or 5 sts (unevenness makes the flower look more natural), sl st, ch 5, sk 5 to 6 sts, sl st, ch 5, sk 4 to 5 sts, sl st, ch 5, sl st into first ch of round. (4 ch-5 sps)
Flip the flower back over and work on the right side.
Round 7: working in first ch-5 sp: (ch 1, 10 dc, ch 1, sl st) *working in next ch 5 sp: (ch 1, 10 dc, ch 1, sl st); repeat from * around. (4 petals with 10 dc in each)
Round 8: sl into first sl st from prev round, sl st into ch-1 sp from prev round, sl st into dc of first petal from prev round, ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each of the next 9 stitches, ch 1, sl st into final dc of petal, sl st into ch-1 sp *sl st into ch-1 sp from prev round, sl st into dc of first petal from prev round, ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each of the next 9 stitches, ch 1, sl st into final dc of petal, sl st into ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sl st. (4 petals with 20 dc in each)
Leave a 18″ tail of yarn at the end of round 8. Use the tail to sew the flower securely to the headband.
Make up to 4 using Lion Brand “Everglades” (green)
ch 11, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st into next 9 sts. (10)
ch 1, and work this pattern on the opposite side of the leaf that you just slip stitched along: sc in the first stitch, hdc in the next, dc in the next, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st into next 2 sts (you should be at the end of the leaf now), ch 1, sl st back into ch forming picot.
Work the rest of these stitches in the BLO (this is how you get the pretty v’s up the center of the leaf) coming up the other side: sl st into first stitch, sc in the next, hdc in the next, dc in the next, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in final st, join with sl st to ch-1 at the end.
Fasten off leaving a 12″ tail for sewing the leaf on, and weave in other end.
Tips for attaching the flowers and leaves:
Sew the center of your poppy to the headband first, then position your leaves under it and sew them on. Finish sewing the poppy to the band. You should sew over the tops of the leaves so they stick out from under the flower.
Fasten off securely and weave in ends.
Sew on 7/8″ button to strap
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