Beautiful Summer Picot Crochet Head Kerchief – Free Pattern

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This free pattern is called the Summer Picot Crochet Head Kerchief because it is perfect for the summer! It is lightweight, but it also has a pretty picot border around it. And of course, one can use it in spring and fall, too.

I love crochet hats, but in San Diego, we really only have 2 seasons. Sunny and a bit colder with rain once in a while. That means the Summer is usually really warm and even wearing a sunhat might be too much sometimes. But what about a head kerchief? I think that might work very well.

It’s like wearing a headband with style. But not having to worry about being too warm. A head kerchief provides plenty of airflow but still allowing you to stand out and have a pretty hair accessory to display. Typically a head kerchief is also known as a bandana and when using a cotton cloth, it is a folded square that is tied around your head.

But crocheting a square and then folding it may be too thick unless you use very fine yarn. Therefore this pattern is made in a triangle using worsted weighted yarn.

The Boho style Summer Picot Crochet Head Kerchief pattern was designed in a way that it can be easily made bigger or smaller as one needs it to be. Furthermore, this pattern is fast and easy to make and for whoever has never done the picot stitch, I specifically added a video showing how to do it for this pattern.

Free crochet head kerchief pattern perfect for summer days

I love this super fun crochet pattern that can be made in a day. It is a lovely crochet head accessory to wear for a walk in the park or for the day at the beach for protective or decorative purposes. It also serves a practical purpose as it protects you from the harsh sun all day long. Nobody wants a headache after spending a lovely day in the sun.

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Best Yarn for a Summer Crochet Head Kerchief

Considering that most people would use a head kerchief for three reasons, being stylish in summer, removing hair from their face, or simply to collect the sweat, it’s ideal to use cotton yarn. I personally love WeCrochet’s yarn “Dishie”. It’s super soft, easy to crochet with, and 100% cotton.

However, you can also use acrylic yarn for the head kerchief. I used it for this pattern. But only for one reason. This specific acrylic yarn had some sparkle thread included and it made the crochet head kerchief so beautiful. I mainly use this acrylic head kerchief home only because the acrylic yarn is not ideal when sweating.

I made a few extra ones that are all made with cotton yarn and I love them and wear them all the time. And the picot border sure provides the pattern a special kind of style not many others have.

Summer Picot Crochet Head Kerchief - Free Pattern

Get the Crochet Head Kerchief PDF Pattern

So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to crochet this handy pattern.

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Free Crochet Head Kerchief Pattern

So let me now show you how to do this wonderfully pretty free crochet pattern! It is a beginner friendly crochet pattern. I have also included a video tutorial to help you along with the picot edge.

This lovely edge makes this crochet head bandana so pretty and feminine. It is such a versatile make perfect for younger kids and grown ups alike. The pattern is adjustable in size, so it will fit perfectly at whatever age!

Materials for crochet hair bandana pattern


3 hdc x 2 rows = 1 square inch

Stitches used:

Final size:

18 inches across (without measuring the straps) and 11.5 inches long

How to crochet the picot border for the Crochet Head Kerchief Video Tutorial 

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Crochet Head Kerchief Instructions

Row 1: Ch 4, 1 hdc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in the last 2 sts, Ch 1, turn

Row 2-31: 2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in each st until the last st where you will place 2 hdc again, Ch 1, turn

In order to make it smaller or larger, crochet either 2 rows more or less, making sure to stop on an odd number of rows so that the picot border will not be shifted. You would be adding or subtracting one or more of the 2 sc plus picot stitch repeat from the border that is explained below.

Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern

On the last row, you will have 63 sts across, do not turn at the end of the last row.

Now you will continue on all around the crochet head kerchief triangle to create the straps and the picot border as well as one more last row of single crochet.

ch 41, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the rest of the 39 chains

Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern
Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Head Kerchief Picot border: you will now work your way down the first side towards the tip of the triangle and then work the other way up again before making another tie-off band. The picots are always made into the larger of the 2 types of “holes”.

For this part I would HIGHLY recommend you watching the video below as that shows exactly how to do it step by step, as this might be confusing for some.

Picot Edge Photo Tutorial to upstyle the bandana

Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern

1 sc in the next 2 sts (one in the smaller hole (thin arrow) one in the larger hole (thick arrow)), make a picot (where the thicker arrow points), *1 sc in the next 2 sts, picot, repeat from * until you have made 15 picots, then crochet 1sc in the same st, 1 sc in next st, 1 picot, 2 sc in the next st, 1 picot, **1 sc in the next 2 sts, 1 picot, repeat from ** for 14 more picots, 1 sc in the next 2 sts

Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern
Step 1 on how to crochet the picot stitch: ch 4
Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern
2nd step on how to crochet the picot stitch: place a sl st into the first chain (where my hook points to)
Summer Picot Head Kerchief - Free Crochet Pattern
Step 3 on how to crochet the picot stitch: this picture shows how it will look like after the picot is done, now you will do 1 sc in the next 2 sts and repeat from step 1.
bottom corner with the picot border attached.
This picture shows the bottom corner with the picot border attached.

ch 41, 1 sc in the 2nd ch form the hook and in the rest of the 39 chains

crocheting the head bandana straps

1 sc in every st on the last side of the triangle until you reach the first strap again, sl st, fasten off and weave in the ends.

close up of the crochet strap
After the last row of single crochet, before the sl st into that next st.

Before you go…

Now you are done with the pattern and you can enjoy wearing it. You can sell the creation made from the pattern, but never the pattern itself. Always credit back to me and my blog for the pattern. Thank you!

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