Sunday, 19 June 2016

TWO BRAIDED HEADBANDS


TWO BRAIDED HEADBANDS

A friend and I are about to participate in the 10-km run in aid or Breast cancer and as she said that we would be sporting pink tee shirts.  I thought a headband not only would a headband help keep the hair out of our eyes but we’d be sporting more pink.. plus of course, there was this pattern that I was so longing to try out.  J

The first pattern here is the super free pattern link, which also has a video link to work out how to braid the headband up ; and then working off that first pattern, I worked a second headband as well.

Materials used : (Indian) Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply baby fingering yarn,  with a 4 mm crochet hook

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                    sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                        ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                             sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                        st(s) : Stitch(es)           
yo : Yarn Over                                                                  hk : Hook
fsc : Foundation Single crochet
fdc : Foundation Double crochet

In this blog, there are two headband patterns and some joining ideas.  May I suggest that you read through the whole blog to see which one suits you best. 

Have fun, create and show off.

Headband 1 Instructions (Using U.S terminology)



The really lovely braided headband is on this link http://chaleurlife.com/braided-crochet-headband-and-earwarmer/

So the only thing I’d add here is that depending on the thickness of your yarn, you could do an fsc, hdc or dc row of stitches working on the back loop (for the lovely effect) and it will work really well OR you could just work a fdc chain, if you want a slightly thinner strip for each length of your braid.

Also, do take a look at the video, so you get an idea of what we’re doing – it’s a continuous headband we’re constructing, with large slits in the centre, and three ‘bands’ that are the ones that we braid to make our headband.

That said, this is a really lovely pattern, and it’s amazing how it comes together and does not need any sewing to keep the braids together.. I love it.  Thanks so much for this lovely free pattern.
For joining the two ends, do go through to the end of this blog write up.


Headband 2 Instructions (Using U.S terminology)



I thought that I could achieve the same effect with three individual braids too.  So I then worked on my second headband.

So basically it’s the same as the first headband where we work 3 fdc strips and braid them together, but rather than join them up and braid together, we leave them as three strips, braid them and then join up at the other end.

Calculations you need to start with
a)    Measure the circumference of the head of the person you are making this for
b)    Keep in mind the stretch of the yarn you are using.  Wool & acrylic afford more stretch, so with use, you will gain length and your headband will stretch and get loose, so make about an inch less than the head circumference.  If making for a baby though, make almost the head circumference, as we do not want this too snug or tight against the head – anyway babies are more sedentary and lying down, so chances of jumping and losing the headband are less J
c)     Remember that when you braid, you lose length, but if you’re using that stretchy yarn, you’re gaining anyway.
d)    Check your gauge to determine how many stitches you need to make an inch.  How do you do this? Take the yarn you’re planning on using for this project, and make a quick 1” x 1” square and stretch it a bit, to see how much it stretches and how many inches it gives you.  Using this, calculate how many stitches you’d need unstretched
e)     You can use an sc, e-sc, hdc or dc, depending on how thick you want each braid of the plait you’re making

As there are so many permutation combinations for this, I’m just going to give you a general write up and idea for how we’re making this braid.

So after reading all the points above, you know how many fdc you’d probably need.  So what are we going to do now?

We are going to work three fdc strips.  We will then join these strips at one end, and then braid them all the way down to the other end. We then loop the braid around and join it to that first end to complete it.

As we need to work a small joining strip (which could be from ½” to 1”), you need to work that much less on your braid.  This small joining strip will go under your hair at the back and be hidden away.
Before you start on this project, please go through this full write up as there are instructions at the end for putting the headband together that will change the number of stitches you start with.

Start with as many fdc as you’d need to work the circumference of the head ( *  less 1” for the joining strip), as per the instructions and ideas given above.
Fasten off.

2. Work two more fdc chains with the same number of fdc as the first chain.  Fasten off.


3. *Work a small 1” fdc strip that will be your joining strip.  Fasten off.
* : Please read instructions for putting together first, before fastening off.





Putting your headband together :
1.       Pin your three long fdc strips to the 1” fdc strip.  Your 1” fdc strip has two sides – one long (1”) and one which is the width and so a lot thinner.  You will obviously use the longer side to attach.  Now here’s a catch.  If you are making a thicker headband, you may need a longer joining strip only because you will need more space to join your three fdc strips.  So if this is the case, ensure that your fdc strips have been calculated accordingly.
2.      When joining the fdc strips to the joining strip, you may need to overlap them a little, so that you do not get a gaping hole at the start and end where you start your braids
3.      Braid the three strips till the end.
4.      Pin the second end first and then attach it to the other side of the joining strip.
5.      Fasten off and weave in all ends.





  


Your cute headband is ready to go.  That was pretty darn quick and really cute too wasn’t it?
I know that I am going to work on more ideas, so do watch this space.

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