Knitting Pattern – After Shower Hair Turban

Free Knitting pattern - Microfibre hair towel turban wrap -

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My friends at American Yarns have set me a challenge this month, create a project with one of their best selling products, Bernat Blanket yarn. Of course I could have made a blanket, but instead I harnessed the absorbent power of this chenille yarn’s microfibre material to make a spa style hair wrap, perfect for using after showering instead of a bulky cotton towel.

I love waltzing around in a turban, (so glam), and now that winter has set in, this hair wrap is ideally suited to keeping my head warm after my Aqua Aerobics* classes. I hate going outside with wet hair in the cold weather, but it’s a pain to dry with the crappy hairdryers at the gym, so my turban is the perfect solution for keeping the chill off till I can dry my hair properly at home. More stylish than a towel, and won’t get soggy like a woollen beanie.

It’s also great for using over a plastic shower cap with your conditioning treatments, or to keep dry hair away from your face when putting on makeup or a skin treatment mask. When it gets dirty, just throw it in the wash.

You could also make a smaller child size version for your kids to wear after swimming.

* Yes, I’m the youngest member of the Aqua Aerobics class but with my trusty turban I totally look the part. Next I may graduate to one of those cute vintage swimming floral swim caps – I’m embracing my ‘old lady chic’.

About the yarn:

Bernat Blanket yarn - light teal

Bernat Blanket is a super chunky chenille style yarn with a soft velvety feel. It’s made from a polyester microfibre which makes it quite light, yet warm at the same time. It’s chunkiness means it knits up quickly on large needles which makes it ideal for making blankets and throws, hence the name. Because it’s polyester you can throw finished items in the washing machine and they dry in a flash.

The 300g ball is huge which makes it pretty economical to use for large projects, and comes in lots of really nice colours, including brights and variegated shades.

Read my review of Bernat Blanket yarn at the end of this post.

How to make a Knitted Hair Towel Wrap

Knitted hair towel head wrap free pattern -

You will need:

Side Note: I must have been living under a rock or something, because until now I’ve never seen yarn needles like these ones by Susan Bates before. It was love at first sight – these are the best! I’m going to try them for my basket making projects too, the big eye will be ideal for threading raffia and other plant fibres. At $7.95 for a set of 5, they are a great tool to have in your project bag.

Susan Bates finishing needles

How to:

Finished Measurements: 28cm deep, 52cm long

Yarn: Bernat Blanket yarn, about 85g (56m) which is about 1/4 of the 300g ball – colour: Light Teal

Knitting Needle Size: 10mm

knitting with bernat blanket yarn


K = knit
st = stitch
YO = yarn over (increase)
CO = cast on

Knitting Pattern:

This knitting pattern is a modified version of the Wide Triangle Scarf by Knitmonster

Knitting pattern - microfiber hair towel -

  • Cast on 3 stitches.
  • All rows: K1, YO, knit to last st, YO, K1
  • Repeat for 33 rows or until depth from CO point to knitted edge measures 28cm (11″)
  • (If you have a large head, very long, or thick hair, knit a few extra rows to make the wrap larger. For a child size, knit less rows.)
  • Cast off loosely leaving a long yarn tail of about 50cm

Finishing Instructions:

How to knit and sew a hair turban

1/ Fold on the central line matching up the top edges (with the YO holes).

how to make a hair wrap

2/ Use the long left from casting off to weave between the YO holes and sew up the top edge.

Susan Bates finishing needles

Tip: The largest size Susan Bates finishing needle was perfect for this task as the super chunky Bernat Blanket yarn passed though the large eye easily. The hole in the middle opens up slightly to fit the yarn, then closes back in place which stops the yarn from slipping out.

susan bates finishing needle in use

3/ Turn inside out to hide the seam if desired.

sew on button

4/ Measure where you’d like the button to go by trying on the wrap to determine the best position. Sew on button to the back of the wrap, where the fold is.

Sew on button

Tip: No button hole is required as the holes in the knitting stitches are large enough for the button to slip through.

Finished knitted after shower hair turban

How to use an After Shower Hair Wrap Turban

It’s super easy to wrap up your hair in this knitted turban, use it straight after a shower to dry your hair more efficiently, or use it on dry hair to keep your hair out of the way when applying makeup or a mask. It’s so much lighter to wear than a regular towel and it dries much quicker too.

Just tuck your hair in, twist and button to secure.

How to usespa head wrap microfibre towel

If you have long hair, the first 2 steps should be done while leaning forward. You can also reverse the style and pop the wrap over your head like a hoodie, twist at the back and button in front. Try both methods and choose which you prefer best.

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Bernat Blanket Yarn – The Verdict

Lot’s of knitters and crocheters absolutely love this yarn, in fact, American Yarns tells me it’s one of their best sellers . It has thousands of finished projects listed on Ravelry, so it has a huge fan base, but in all truthfulness the thought of working with this yarn just didn’t appeal to me.

bernat blanket yarn review

Initially I was going to make a super chunky knitted throw, but after knitting a few samples I just didn’t like how the yarn felt while I was knitting, it gripped onto the plastic needles I was using and also itself, which made each stitch a chore. I think this problem was exacerbated by my ‘continental’ knitting style which relies on the yarn slipping past itself to achieve proper tension. I couldn’t imagine finishing a whole blanket so onto plan B.

Next I tried some crochet, but again I didn’t enjoy the way the finished fabric looked, not enough stitch definition for me, especially with the recommended hook size.

What a dilemma!

I’m not one to throw in the towel easily, so after a little break to get over my set backs I was determined to have a positive crafting experience with Bernat Blanket. I decided to focus on it’s positive qualities. Sure, the fluffy microfibre material makes it grippy to knit with, but it’s also has fantastic absorbent properties, and is perfect for picking up moisture (and dust). I like to make practical projects, so the hair wrap seemed like the perfect use.

I’m pretty pleased at how this turban it turned out, and yes, I’d make it again.

I have more than half a ball left over, so I’ll be making some microfibre dusting mittens with the remainder – yell out if you want the pattern for those down the track.

Cinti’s Tips for using Bernat Blanket

Of course my own personal experience with this yarn doesn’t reflect everyone’s experience, but if you, like me, need some tips to help your Bernat Blanket project work up smoothly, here’s my advice:

  • Use metal needles, the yarn will slide over them more easily. Wood, bamboo or plastic gets very grippy.
  • Use a larger needle or hook size than the recommended 8mm on the label, I found a looser tension was easier to work with – keep in mind larger needles may affect finish project size (so best to swatch first).
  • Make smaller projects. If you find working with this yarn a bit challenging, make smaller projects that only take an evening or two to complete.
  • Knit with an English throwing style. Throwers will find this yarn much easier to work with.
  • Several forums suggest crochet is easier with this yarn as there is only one live stitch in play.

Knitting pattern hair wrap

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If you have any questions about my thoughts on this yarn or about the pattern, just leave a comment and I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

Have you used Bernat Blanket before? What did you make?


  • metal beads says:

    It looks lovely design.
    Thanks for sharing it;.

  • Virginia Smith says:

    Please, I would like the dust cloth pattern. This pattern for a turban I will try for family with long hair.

  • Nicole says:

    Can I just tell you how much I love this pattern? You’ve made it so clear and inviting, and I love the photos. I’ll be stopping by your blog far more often! 🙂

  • Sue says:

    Where did you find buttons with large holes? I’m in Arizona & haven’t found them in my local stores. Thanks.

    • They actually came in a tin filled with buttons I bought at a thrift store – so no help there. I’ve seen some handmade wooden buttons with some large holes, do you know anyone that is handy at wood working that may be able to drill a couple of large holes in a little piece of wood?

    • Sue says:

      I was afraid your source would be a bit obscure! LOL 😂 I guess I’ll have to try a dremel to enlarge some holes! Thanks for your help!

  • joan says:

    Would love to have this in crochet. Haven’t mastered knitting .

  • Greta says:

    Been enjoying your blog for years but stopped by to put in one more vote for the dusting mittens – what an ecological idea, never thought of that.
    Nor of this ‘shower turban’, for that matter, which I made up in a crochet, using your shape and button idea – had an old toggle button from a coat that worked perfectly.
    I could only find (of thicker yarns where I live) a T-shirt cotton, and am hoping that the looser stitches will somehow enable efficient drying – it can always be unravelled, if not! … Love that you also address the realities of adventuring with new materials and projects here \(^_^)/

  • Jody Jacob says:

    May I have the dusting mitt, please. Really love the after shower turban.
    Thank you

  • Laura says:

    I made several of these as gifts for my daughters-in-law and just found out recently that the yarn really doesn’t work for this pattern because it being acrylic it doesn’t absorb the water like a cotton product would. I have made another one out of Premier Chunky 100% cotton yarn. Am adding the button and then giving it to my daughter-in-law. I’ll let you know if this works any better.
    Love the ease of pattern and good directions it was just the type of yarn that didn’t work.

    • Even though it doesn’t absorb water per se, its fibers have wicking properties so will hold on to water that then evaporates. Cotton yarn is great for this pattern also. Glad you enjoy it.

  • Karen says:

    I am definitely making this turban! Love working with chenille. And, yes, I would love the dusting mitt pattern. Thank you for sharing these patterns

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