Unicorn Mane Headband - FREE pattern!

Original crochet design by Mallory Miles

© The Knotty Redhead 2017

Items made from this pattern may be sold but the pattern itself is for personal use only and may not be distributed without written permission from the designer.



This headband fits my 5-year-old as well as myself. If you would like some added stability, you can use bobby pins to connect the headband to the hair. The pins slide right between the stitches.


  • Size F hook
  • Size H hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in white, pink, blue, purple and yellow (of course you could use ANY colors you want!)
  • Small amount of polyfill stuffing
  • White plastic headband (available in packs at most craft stores). Mine measures 1″ wide and 14″ from tip to tip. Sizes may vary, which is fine, but you’ll want a band at least 1″ wide for stability. The curls will weigh down a thin band.
  • Tapestry needle



With your F hook and white yarn:

Ch 65

R1) sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch *sc, hdc* across, ending with a hdc in the last ch. Ch 1, turn.

R2-5) Repeat R1. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Thread the tail into your tapestry needle and, using a whip stitch, sew the first and last rows together around the headband. Be sure to close it at the ends as well. And now you have your base!

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** If your headband has different dimensions, then you may need to add or take away rows. Just make sure that your crochet piece is long and wide enough to wrap all the way around the headband.

Ears (make 2):

With your F hook and white yarn:

R1) 6 sc into a magic circle. Join, ch 1 (6 sc)

R2) Sc around, adding 2 separate inc stitches anywhere in the round (8 sc)

R3-8) Repeat R2 6 more times (when there are 20 sts in the row)

R9-10) Sc around (20 sc)

R11) *Sc in 1st 2 sc, sc2tog* around. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (15 sc)

Middle of ear (make 2):

With your F hook and pink yarn:

Ch 2

R1) Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn. (1 sc)

R2) 2sc in sc. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)

R3) 2sc in 1st sc, sc in next. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)

R4) Sc evenly all the way around, placing 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ear assembly:

Take 1 ear center and set it in the middle of one of the ears, sewing it into place. Repeat for the other ear. Set the ears aside.


With your F hook and yellow yarn:

5 sc into a magic circle, pull closed.

*You will be working in the round for this part, use a stitch marker if necessary*

R1) Working in BLO here and throughout, sc around adding 1 inc stitch (6 sts)

R2-16) Repeat R2, adding 1 inc stitch per round. Your last round should have 18 sts. Fasten off.


Horn base:

Still with your F hook and yellow yarn:

6sc into a magic ring, pull closed. Ch 1.

R1) 2sc in each st around (12 sc)

R2) *1 sc in 1st sc, 2sc in next* around (18 sc) Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing


Aligning the horn base along the opening of the horn, use a whip stitch to join them together. Stuff the horn with polyfill just before you completely close it up. Set the horn aside.

Curls (make 3):

With your H hook colored yarn of your choice:

Ch 77

3hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (225 hdc)


Now for the fun part…putting it all together!

  • Start by sewing the curls onto the headband. Place them in the top center and stitch them into place. Be sure to place them side by side, and not one on top of the other – the horn won’t lie flat if you do that.
  • Next, place the horn where you’d like it and stitch around the base. I placed the horn right over the edges of the curls to help conceal the ends and give it a more clean look.
  • Finally, using the long tail you left behind on the ears, whip stitch along the bottom of the ears to close them up completely, then place them where you like on the headband and stitch them into place. Weave in all loose ends.