Pretty Crochet Headband – A Genius Idea For Leftover Yarn – with link to free pattern.


September 18, 2017 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet

Last night I finished up another crochet granny square blanket using Caron Cakes variegated yarn and because I’m a stickler for making the border all the same color on these, I usually end up with a good portion of leftover yarn.

Mixed Berry Granny Square

Large granny square throw blanket I crocheted using Caron Cakes in Mixed Berry color.

I don’t know about you but this drives me crazy.  Here’s why:

  • If I save it, I end up not knowing what kind of yarn it is so I don’t use it for anything and it goes to waste.
  • If I toss it out, it goes to waste immediately.
  • I am trying to declutter and eventually downsize my home so I really don’t want excess yarn hanging around.

I used some of the leftover purple yarn to create a pretty headband.

This time, instead of wasting  good yarn, I decided to use my head, or should I say headband?

I went on a Google search and found a genius headband pattern.  No, really.  That’s what it’s called… The Genius Headband.  And it’s called that for good reason.  With this one pattern you can use any type of yarn, any size hook, and create a headband for any size head.  Genius!

You only need to know a few simple stitches and best of all, it’s a free Ravelry download!

purple crochet headband

Here’s what the headband looks like on my model.

You can find the instructions which include lots of photos here:  The Genius Headband Crochet Pattern

I love the amount of stretch you get with this pattern and after you make the initial headband in the size you want and the color you need, you can add appliques or pretty crochet flowers to make it even more unique and special.

I really enjoyed making this one and it’s so simple that it can be easily done while watching television.  I LOVE that!

What about you?  What do you like to make when you have too much excess yarn to toss away?

ragdoll cat with caron cakes yarn

This is what happened to the rest of the extra yarn!

Thanks for visiting!

15 thoughts on “Pretty Crochet Headband – A Genius Idea For Leftover Yarn – with link to free pattern.

  1. Robin says:

    Glad to help! I think this pattern will be perfect for that.


  2. […] the one I was making when I had the leftover yarn to make the headbands that I posted about the other […]


  3. Kate says:

    Nice idea! Lately I’ve been using the leftovers from afghans to make “ribbon” ties for them to bundle them up for gifts. I like this idea, I still have some yarn left even after making the ties.

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  4. Tami says:

    What a clever idea Robin!! I have a few bits of cakes leftover too that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I love love love that granny blanket!! 😀


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