Tuesday, 23 August 2016

TWO OH, SO CUTE HEADBANDS

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TWO OH, SO CUTE HEADBANDS

I made a dress for a 5-yr old and thought that it just deserved something more.  I found a pattern for this flower, and thought it would look superb either on the top of the dress (yoke) or as an embellishment for the headband.  So off I went with hook n yarn.. and here’s what I’ve created.

Do check my Pinterest “to-do” link for other headwear at  https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/headwear-to-make/

Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. 

Materials usedToday I’ve used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle to sew

Size made : For a 5 yr old

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level ; minimum sewing skills to join ends.

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

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/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279839058772/

How to join sides with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides with whip stich : Check the links below :

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                       sc : Single crochet
trc : Treble / triple crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

So before we set off on our new creative journey, let’s take a quick look at what we’re creating here today.

I’m going to make a few motifs that can be easily attached on either to a headband (as in my case) or the yoke of a dress (also can be used in my case J) or maybe the brim of a cap.

The pink headband is for a dress I’d blogged about earlier https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/08/my-pink-chevron-dress.html ; and the

Headband # 1

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For the first one, I’ve used is this freebie from




Just a few notes (especially for Indians due to our varied yarn availability)
With our Indian Oswal 4-ply acrylic yarn and a 4 mm crochet hook, the pattern requirement of 45 ch was insufficient, so I made a few tweaks.
1.       I started with fsc, as I always feel that this start ensures more stretch in any yarn.
2.     I started with about 70 fsc, which was sufficient for the round head circumference of the child I’m making this head band for.
3.     This is a super easy pattern, and it really does not matter how many stitches you start with, so may I suggest that if you’re using a yarn other than that specified in the pattern page, go ahead and just check head circumference(s) and make as many fsc as needed
4.     May I yet again suggest that you start with fsc as this really does make your project look better and does give it that little extra stretch that one needs on head bands.
5.     I’ve decided to use two colours (to match the dress that this head band is going along with), so I’ve just gone ahead and worked the split sc in whichever colour suits me (or whichever I had left .. hahahah)
6.     The only other difference that I’ve made is that I did not end with a sl-st at the end of each round, but continued to work in spirals – so there is no join line. So, on that last round (when you’re finishing off), work sl-st into several of the last few stitches to ease that end row and neatly weave in the yarn there too for a seamless-look and finish.


Headband # 2

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For the second one, I was inspired by this pin
https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279839303937/ for a really cute twisted headband.
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For this headband, I’ve worked just slightly under 2-times the circumference of the head (as I’m using an acrylic yarn with loads of stretch).

I worked half the width needed as we twist our headband and attach two sides, thus doubling the width.

I am making this to match this off-white and pink dress I’ve made for a little girl, so am going to interchange these two colors on my headband as well.
If working two rows per color, you just work the row back and forth and attach colors at the end of two rows. 

I started with Color 1 (off-white, in my case) and then changed to Color 2 (pink, in my case).
At the top of this blog, I’ve given you links on how to change colors seamlessly.

So there are three methods to work this change, if you decide to work one row each in one color

1.       Carry your yarn along (Check the top of the blog for a link on “how to”)
2.     Work one color, fasten off at the end of the row, and re-attach as needed
3.     Work Color 1, and at the end of the row, attach Color 2.  At the end of Row 2, your Color 2 yarn will be at the left hand side of your work. Pull up a long loop and leave Color 2 yarn at the left hand end.  Come back to the right hand side of your work, where you have left Color 1 yarn. Hook into Color 1 yarn and work Row 3 with this yarn from right to left.  On the last stitch, hook into Color 2 yarn and bring that yarn up to the top. Now you have both your colors on the left hand side.   Turn and work Color 1 yarn all the way to the end of the row and repeat what we have just done.



FLOWER MOTIF # 1

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You can work the whole flower in one colour, or decide to change colours around. Rather than confuse you and dilute your creativity, I’m going to write just the pattern, and you can go creative-crazy with the colours.

Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 2 :  sc in the 1st dc ; *ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp ;
 [sc , hdc ; 3 dc ; hdc ; sc ]all in the same ch-3 sp ;
rep [to] in all ch-3 sps around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Tip : I feel that the petals of our lovely flower will stand out better if we ensure that the sc we work in between the petals is night and tight.  That said, see what works best for you.

Round 4 :  sc in the 1st sc ; *ch 5, sk the next 7 sts and sc in the next sc* ;
Rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-5 sp ;
 [sc , hdc ; 2 dc ; 3 trc ; 2 dc ; hdc ; sc ]all in the same ch-5 sp ;
rep [to] in all ch-5 sps around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 6 :  sc in the 1st sc ; *ch 7, sk the next 11 sts and sc in the next sc* ;
Rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-7 sp ;
 [sc , hdc ; 2 dc ; 5 trc ; 2 dc ; hdc ; sc ]all in the same ch-7 sp ;
rep [to] in all ch-7 sps around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

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FLOWER MOTIF # 2

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Yet again I’ll repeat that you can work the whole flower in one colour or in more than one, and yet again, I am not going to indicate change of colours.

Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 :  sc in the 1st hdc ; *ch 2, sk next hdc, sc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 :  sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 2, dc 3-tog in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 :  sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 5, sk dc 3-tog, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-5 sp ;
(sc, hdc, 5 dc , hdc, sc) all in the same ch-5 sp ;
*sk next sc ; rep (to) all in the next ch-5 sp
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Fasten off and weave in ends.. and Voila !


Aren’t these just beautiful – and you can use the flowers in so many ways! :)

I used a lovely flower-shaped button I found that matched my yarns exactly, but I should also share a new idea I had for the button. I had these lovely little pink beads that I’d already used on that final row, and thought they’d look lovely as a button. So first I took a regular shirt /pant button and covered it with a little fabric.  I then sewed in the beads onto that little fabric top.  The base of the button was easy to attach on, as there is the fabric to hold on to.. and I think the end result is pretty amazing.. what do you think?

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