Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

Mother and daughter smiling wearing crochet animal ears headbands
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Whether it’s for dress-up, Halloween or just because you can, these Crochet Animal Ears Headbands are a quick and easy make that’ll appeal to everyone. I know both my kids absolutely love them and wear them often for dress up. My daughter, who loves cats wears her cat ear headband almost everyday and my son, who’s into bears, wears his a few times a week. They play pretend to be animal friends and it’s just the cutest. Keep reading to find the free crochet pattern to make your own crochet animal ear headbands!

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When Halloween rolled around this year, I was caught without a Halloween costume. As an adult, that’s normally not a huge deal, but my young children really wanted both Mom & Dad to get into the spirit. So in the eleventh hour, I got an idea: I would make myself a crochet animal ears headband! I could’ve just ran to the dollar store and picked up a quick and cheap pair I guess, but where is the fun in that? I’ve got this skill and I was going to use it. So I grabbed some Fable Fur Yarn, an old headband I haven’t worn in ages and got to work.

Smiling woman wearing faux fur crochet bear ears

15 minutes later, I had a crochet bear ears headband and it was irresistable! Fable Fur made the ears so soft to touch and to realistic looking. I was thrilled! Take that dollar store ears! Little did I know that my now beloved crochet bear ear headband was in jeopardy. I went to show my husband my costume for the following evening. Upon walking into the room where my daughter was also sitting, I heard a little squeal. “Mommy’s a bear! I want to be a bear too!”

She asked to try them on, to which I agreed and that was the last I held my bear ears until she went to bed that night. She wore them the whole afternoon.

The next day was Halloween and I donned my crochet animal ears headband and my husband went as a lobster. He wore my red oven mitts, a red hoodie and a crochet lobster ear flap hat that I made him (find the free pattern here). We had a great time doing trick-or-treating at grandma’s house and everyone loved the crochet bear ears. I kept thinking I should write up the pattern and share it but I thought it may be too late to do so since Halloween had already passed.

Smiling girl in a pink shirt wearing a crochet animal ears headband made with fable fur yarn

Then, my kids wanted more ears. My daughter frequently pretends to be a cat (completed with hissing as people which drives me nuts) so I knew that I would have to make her a crochet cat ears headband as well. Since they play with them so often I figured that I wouldn’t wait to release the pattern because I know that with Christmas coming up, these would make a great Christmas gift for kids that is quick and easy to make.

If this is your first time ever using faux fur yarn, check out my video below with tips and tricks for working with this yarn. If you’d prefer the written version, you can find that HERE.

Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarn

Ready to get started using faux fur yarns? Here are some free crochet patterns that I have available on my site to get you started:

Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

Mother and daughter pretending to be bears while wearing crochet bear ears

Skill Level:

  • Beginner


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Finished size:

  • One Size


  • 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches – Not vital to project


  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
  • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
  • Gauge is not critical to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed.
  • Please note that the amount of yarn you use may depending on the thickness of your headband. All of the headbands I’ve used were less than a centimeter wide. The wider the headband you use, the more yarn will be required to cover it.
  • If you are concerned about the bear ears being floppy, you can crochet over a chenille pipe cleaner in Round 4 of the bear ears to help support them.

Get an ad-free PDF version of this Crochet Animal Ears Headbands Pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

Mother and daughter wearing crochet animal ears headbands

Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Bear Ears (Make Two)

crochet bear ears in a flat lay with We Crochet Fable Fur and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook

Round 1:  Using Fable Fur in Kuma and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, SCINC,(SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
Round 5: SL ST in each ST around.  (24)
FO leaving a long tail to sew onto headband.

Crochet Cat Ears (Make Two)

smiling girl wearing a crochet cat headband made with faux fur yarn

Round 1:  Using Fable Fur in Corvo and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
Round 2: SC in each ST around (6)
Round 3: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 4: SC in each ST around (12)
Round 5: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Rounds 6 – 7: SC around (18)

FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the headband.  Do NOT stuff.  Flatten the piece to secure to headband.

Watch My Video Tutorial for How to Make a Crochet Animal Ears Headband (Bear Version):


Attach your Fable Fur yarn to one end of the headband with a SL ST.  SC around the headband from one end to the other until the headband is covered and you cannot see the headband through the fur.  If you are concerned about the yarn slipping off the end of your headband, push the stitches on each end up slightly from the end of the headband and place a dab of hot glue on the head band.  Push the yarn back down so the last stitch or two are sitting in the hot glue.  Repeat on the other end and let dry.

Mother and daughter wearing crochet animal ears headbands

Assembling your Crochet Animals Ears Headbands

Thread the tail of one of your ears onto a tapestry needle and sew onto the headband, working through the bottoms of the ears.  When doing the Cat Ears, ensure that you are working through both layers of the bottom of the opening of the ear. Repeat with the other ear on the other side of the headband.  FO and weave in ends.


Feel free to sell the item created by this crochet animal ears headband pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog:  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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4 thoughts on “Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Hi Ashley, thank you for a lovely pattern can’t wait to make some for my daughter and myself. Your daughter is adorable and I bet you’re the best mummy in the world for making these. X

  2. Ashley, I love this site! My 2 year old daughter is in her very first ballet recital. Parents buy or make costumes for this age group. Like you, I plan to make her full costume, because that’s way more fun! I’m a novice crochet-er (I’ve made one apghan), but hope to make an ELEPHANT headband. Any chance you have created that pattern or could create a tutorial how to make one? Thank you!!

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site! I don’t currently have any elephant headband patterns but I can add one to the list of projects but unfortunately, I won’t likely be able to complete it in time for you to make it for the recital.


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