If you're well and truly hooked on Wimbledon (as well as crochet) then here's one of our free crochet patterns that’s perfect for you! These sweat bands by Hannah Cross are a great quick project that are sure to score you that advantage point.

If you've never even thought about how to make sweatbands before, it's remarkably simple - after all it's just a simple tube. However it's your fibre choice that is one of the most important factors of how to make sweatbands - we've chosen 100% cotton because as well as being soft, the combination of being absorbent as well as breathable makes it the perfect fabric.

However, you could also try getting creative and try making your DIY sweatbands in an alternative yarn such as the Sirdar Happy Chenille which has that fluffy towel-like feel (although this is a DK yarn so you'll have to make some adjustments).

Once you've learnt how to make sweatbands, then you'll deserve a treat! Why not try another tennis themed make with this Free DIY Wimbledon strawberries project - these cute felt strawbs are almost as sweet as the real thing!
DIY Wimbledon strawberries

How to make sweatbands

You will need

Any cotton 4ply yarn, Approximately 20g of each (we'd recommend Scheepjes Catona 50g):

Yarn A: White

Yarn B: Light Blue

A 2.5mm (US b/1 or C/2) hook


30st and 22 rows = 10cm by 10cm.


To fit average adult wrist (10cm by 15cm before stretch).


Ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.



You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

DIY Sweat Bands Crochet Pattern

Using Yarn B, ch31.

Row 1 Htr in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. [30 sts]

Row 2: Ch1, htr in bl of each st across.

Change to Yarn A.

Row 3: Ch1, ss in bl of each st across.

Row 4: Repeat Row 3.

Change to Yarn B.

Row 5-6: Repeat Row 2.

Change to Yarn A.

Rows 7-34 Repeat Rows 3-6.

Row 35: Rep Row 3.

Now fold the Sweat Band in half so the stitches you have just worked are next to Row 1.

Row 36 Ch1, ss in bl and fl of foundation chain to join into tube.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make sweatbands. Don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Hannah CrossCrochet Designer

Designer, Maker, Writer, Photographer and Tea-maker Hannah is a prolific crafter and one of Simply Crochet’s regular designers. She has had designs published in Mollie Makes, Love Crochet and Simply Crochet, as well as many other big-name crochet publications. She runs her own successful blog and can be found on Instagram at @hanjancrochet

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