Do you want to make a twisted crown braid? It’s easier than you might think! This blog post will walk you through the steps needed to create this unique and stylish piece. So whether you’re looking for a new project to work on or want something different to wear, this twisted crown is the perfect solution!

How to Make a Twisted Crown Braid

Here are the steps to create this twisted crown braid:

  1. Step

    Cast on 20 stitches using your preferred cast-on method, place marker, and join in the round, being careful not to twist your work. I use a stretchy cast on the “thumb method”

  2. Step

    Knit every round until the headband measures 6 inches. This will give you a finished length of approximately 22 inches before decreasing. You can continue to knit in stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) or change to ribbing if you prefer ribbing instead of stockinette stitch for this piece.

  3. Step

    Decrease round 1: *k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before marker, repeat from * (two stitches decreased)

    Repeat these two rounds until five stitches remain.

    Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail, pull through the remaining five stitches and weave in all ends.

  4. Step

    Now that the headband is complete, it’s time to make the three twists at each end of the headband. Lay the piece flat on your lap with both ends facing towards you (you may want to pin the piece down so it doesn’t curl up while you work). Cut 1 yard of yarn and loop around your index finger, ensuring that a good amount is hanging from the center. This will serve as a “working end” for now.

  5. Step

    Make a slip knot using the working yarn approximately 4 inches from the end of the headband and place it on your right-hand needle.

  6. Step

    Knit stitch into the middle of the headband, grab “working end” with your left hand, and pull to create a loop. Repeat this action three more times until three circles are made at each end of the headband.

  7. Step

    Tie the working end and the yarn attached to the headband in a knot.

  8. Step

    You’ve now made your first twist! Repeat steps 5-7 on the other end, and you’re done.

    Now that you know how to make a twisted crown braid, there is no limit to what you can create!


  • A bat of unspun Icelandic yarn (a bat is approximately 10 ounces / 280 grams) in a color of your choice. This crown uses LettLopi from IceWool, which comes in many beautiful shades. I used one ounce of black for this design. If you use lighter colors, you may have to double the amount of yarn.
  • Size 1 US knitting needles or any size that gives you a lovely firm fabric
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Crochet hook in size C (2.75 mm) – optional if you want to use beads at the end instead of tassels.

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