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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

21 HEADBANDS FOR CHARITY

free crochet headband pattern

21 HEADBANDS FOR CHARITY

This is a long story.. but the short version is that I heard of a Rotary Charity - The National Burns Centre, Airoli, in Navi Mumbai, India, (https://www.facebook.com/NationalBurnsCentre/?fref=ts) and I hope to make several little things to donate, and these headbands are just one in that list of donations.

If interested in seeing how you can help, no matter where you live in the world, please visit their webpage at http://www.burns-india.com/ and see how you can help. Thank you.

Did you know that for a skin donation, there is NO age, sex or color bar? Pledge your skin today and help someone have a better future, even after you've passed on!  What a beautiful way to go, isn't it?

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 these patterns together. Most are free patterns and these notes are only for any differences (if any) that I’ve made in the pattern, as well as to give an estimate of the size that I’ve achieved (for those of us using Indian yarns).

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

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate Skill level

Stitches used :
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 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)

I am going to make a few headbands – some are my own patterns, and the rest are free patterns.  My notes here are mainly for the size achieved (using locally available Indian yarns) and /or any changes made.

Headband # 1

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

I’ve made a shelled headband and it’s a simple pattern that I’ve come up with myself.
Total width : 2.9”






Start with a fsc chain, in multiples of 3, that will go around the head of the little girl you’re making this for.  Keeping the chain flat, join the two ends of your fsc chain to make a round.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; *sk the next 2 fsc , 5 dc in the next fsc ; sk the next 2 fsc, sc in the next fsc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : 3 dc in the 1st sc ; *sk the next 2 dc , sc in the next dc ; sk the next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc* ; rep *to* all around till the last st ; 2 dc in the same 1st st that you started with and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st dc ; * sk the next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc ; sk the next 2 dc , sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

You could rep Rounds 2 and 3 once more OR you could fasten off and weave in ends.

For the second part of our headband, we will work on the other side of the fsc chain – so re-attach your yarn at the 1st fsc, on the other side.
We will now work Rounds 1 – 3 (or 5) on the other side of the fsc ch. 
You will work the sc in the sc of the other side of the fsc ch ; and the 5 dc in the same fsc on the other side of the ch too.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

free crochet headband pattern



Headband # 2

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern


This is the headband I’ve used the same pattern above, but made with working Rounds 1 – 3 on both sides of the fsc chain.
Total width : 2”



This is the headband I’ve made with working just Rounds 1 – 2 on both sides of the fsc chain.

For the next few hairbands, I’ve used free patterns with small changes for myself.  I’ve made a note here of whatever I’ve changed – so have fun and create.



Headband # 3

free crochet headband pattern


For this pattern, I’ve used the lovely freebie at http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/ribbed-cinched-ear-warmer/ and was inspired by this photograph 



This stitch is also known as the Camel Stitch and it gives a knit-like effect.  This stitch can only be worked on the right hand side of work, hence this headband is worked in the round.
free crochet headband pattern

Total width : 2”



Headband # 4

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern



This free pattern is freebie at http://crochetdreamz.blogspot.in/2015/10/angelina-earwarmer-chunky-earwarmer.html#.VpizWLZ97IV  and was inspired by this photograph 



For this pattern, the designer has worked in rows.  I however, decided to work in a round.  I started with a fsc chain and joined the two ends.  I then worked the pattern with one st in back loop and the next in the front loop as directed.  However, as I was working in rows, I just followed instructions and turned to work anyway – to get the pattern per designer.
Total width : 2”



Headband # 5

free crochet headband pattern


This free pattern is freebie at  http://www.mooglyblog.com/warm-cabled-headband/ and was inspired by this photograph 


This pattern is worked up and down in a strip-like piece that then folds to become a headband.  The fantastic cabled effect is thanks to the use of post stitches.  I’d put this one down as an Intermediate skill level mainly due to the post stitches.
Total width : 2.7”


Headband # 6

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern


This free pattern is freebie at  http://poshpoochdesignsdogclothes.blogspot.in/2015/04/double-ruffled-headband-ear-warmer-free.html?spref=pi  and was inspired by this photograph 


I reduced the number of start stitches (by just 2) to keep it a little less wide.  In this pattern, we work up and down the width of our project and the number of repeats determines the length of the headband.  Though the designer has given a set number of stitches and rows, you can make this with any yarn thickness by ensuring that you just get the round head measure you need.

free crochet headband pattern

Total width : 2.2”


Headband # 7

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is freebie at  http://www.creamofthecropcrochet.com/2016/01/button-ear-warmers-pattern/ and was inspired by this photograph 


For this pattern, we start with one end of the headband (in a pointy triangle start) and continue along the length of the headband to finish with a little triangle at the other end.
Total width : 2.4”


Headband # 8

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is freebie at  http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2014/01/dainty-scalloped-ear-warmer-crochet.html and was inspired by this photograph 


This is a really cute and simple pattern.  I reduced the number of repeats that determines the width of our headband.  Then I played with the number of dc in the shelled scallopped edge. As you can see, neither of my changes affects the pattern, and the end result is as good.
Total width : 2.5”


Headband # 9


free crochet headband pattern


This free pattern is freebie at  http://rescuedpawdesigns.com/2015/09/13/cabled-ear-warmer-crochet-pattern/    and was inspired by this photograph 




For this pattern, I started with a fsc chain and with an even number of stitches needed for the round head circumference of the child.  I worked as many rounds as I needed to get the width of the headband.  As I’ve used this pattern for a headband (and not an ear warmer), I have done a thinner width.
Total width : 2”


Headband # 10

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is freebie at  http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/11/joyful-and-bright-winter-earwarmer-cowl.html and was inspired by this photograph 


Yet again as I’m making a headband, (as against an ear warmer), I’ve worked a much thinner headband.  For this, I just reduced the start stitches (started with 5 fsc)
Total width : 2.75”

Headband # 11

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is freebie at http://crochetncrafts.com/vertical-ribbed-ear-warmer/ and was inspired by this photograph 


For this pattern, I’ve started with an fsc chain, but that’s mainly because of my preference for it – not for a change in pattern.
Total width : 2.5”

Headband # 12

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://persialou.com/2016/09/sailor-knot-crochet-headband-free-pattern.html and was inspired by this photograph 










For this pattern, I started with 95 fsc and got a length of about 27”.  I worked in two colours and only 3 rows, mainly as the colors worked out that way.  I achieved a width of 1.25” per strip.
Total width : ~ 3”
Total length : ~ 21”

Headband # 13


free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://knots-thoughts.blogspot.in/2012/12/crochet-turban-headband-free-pattern.html  and was inspired by this photograph 


I *think* there is a typo on this pattern.  The 1st line says that you start with as many stitches as you need to go around your head, but you will actually start with twice as many stitches as you are basically making this one long strip and then looping it around your head.  Halfway down, it does say that this makes half your width, but I think that should read length.

I started with foundation hdc and then worked hdc in each hdc till end. 
If using this pattern, may I suggest you use the general head size chart given at the top of this blog to estimate how many inches you’d need for different ages.  Also remember that each yarn has a different stretch, so work that in when calculating number of stitches.
I worked till I had a strip that was about 1.5” wide, as that would make 3” when doubled and complete.

Headband # 14

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://www.ramsileighcrochet.com/twisted-headband-free-pattern/  and was inspired by this photograph 


For this pattern, I started with 16 fdc and got a width of about 3.75”.  For a “how to” on fdc, check the top of this blog.
IF you decide to start with the fdc, you will ignore Row 1, and work Row 2 with the post stitches. The rep rows will still be Rows 2 & 3 , ending with a Row 3.
I’ve worked as many rows as required by the pattern, just to see how long ad wide this one turns out, and then I can change number of stitches and rows if needed for future.
Total width : ~ 3.75”
Total length : ~ 21”

Headband # 15

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://www.allaboutami.com/post/133051722601/blackwhiteheadband and was inspired by this photograph 


Stunningly simple pattern, but looks great mainly due to the change in colors.  As the designer says, it doesn’t matter how the color ends are woven, as we wrap them up all neatly in the band eventually.  Do check the many links for changing of colours at the top of this blog.
Total width of headband : ~ 3.5” ;
Total width of centre band : ~ 2.5”
Total length of headband : ~ 20”


Headband # 16

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://crochetncrafts.com/slanted-puffs-summer-headband/ and was inspired by this photograph 








The designer has given a beautiful pattern repeat of multiples of 3, which makes this pattern diverse.  You can make it for any size head.. so yaay
For my project, I’ve decided to work in a round, rather than attach the tie strings at each end.  As I’ve decided to work in a round, there are a few changes in the pattern that I’ve worked, so here are my notes.

Start with fsc in multiples of 3.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc and make a round.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; ch 3, puff st in the same 1st st, *sk next 2 fsc ; sc in the next fsc, ch 3, puff st in the same fsc* ; rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

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

Round 3 : sc in the 1st sc ; ch 3, puff st in the same 1st sc, *sc in the next sc, ch 3, puff st in the same sc* ; rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Rep Rounds 2 & 3 till your headband is the width needed.

Last Round : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; *sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Total width : ~ 2.5”
Total length : ~ 20”

So with this link, you have two sets of ideas for two totally different headbands with one similar pattern.. Neat huh?


Headband # 17  

free crochet headband pattern


This free pattern is at http://makeanddocrew.com/free-crochet-flower-headband-pattern/  and was inspired by this photograph 



DO check her blog for her awesome booties and shoes too.





I’ve started with my preferred fsc, and so have started with 7 fsc.  You could start with any uneven number of stitches for this pattern, depending on how wide you want your headband.
I love the addition of an elastic at the end – which is perfect as you start with one straight-ish edge and one which is neat and pointed.  What you could also do is flaut  that pointed arrowed edge by bringing it around the front and snapping on a button onto that edge.  This way, though, it will be a fixed (of sorts) sized headband – the stretch of your yarn deciding how many head sizes one pattern can fit, if you get what I mean.  IF you decide to snap on a button, I’d suggest you make your headband a little wide – as buttons and wide bands usually work well.

Total width : ~ 2.5”
Total length : ~ 20”

Headband # 18

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://www.whistleandivy.com/2016/03/simple-chevron-headband.html, and was inspired by this photograph 





Oh!! This is great! This wonderful designer has also take the idea from Whistle&Ivy and has added on her spin with the flowers.. just as I have added my spin with the button on the link just above!
Aren’t the flowers beautiful!
So for the pattern here, I’ve worked again, with my preferred start with fsc and then followed through with the flowers. The designer here has worked in the back loops (sc blo) every 4th row – and I decided to see how it would look if I worked sc-blo every other row.  This means that along the back (wrong) side, I worked in each sc, and along the front (right) side, I worked the sc-blo.

Total width : ~ 2.5”
Total length : ~ 20”

Headband # 19

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://www.skiptomylou.org/crochet-flower-headband/ and was inspired by this photograph 



I started with my preferred fsc, and worked in multiples of 4.  We will be working up and down along the width of the headband.
Total width : ~ 3”
Total length : ~ 19.5”


Headband # 20

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://crochetncrafts.com/bead-and-lace-ear-warmer/ and was inspired by this photograph 



For the beauty of this pattern to show through, may I suggest that you use a slightly thicker yarn – like Vardhaman Milennium DK.  The ‘bead stitch’ that the designer has used here forms a cute little bump that shows through better in a thicker ply yarn. 
Total width : ~ 3”
Total length : ~ 20”


Headband # 21

free crochet headband pattern

This free pattern is at http://thestitchinmommy.com/2015/07/striped-cross-stitch-headband-free-pattern.html  and was inspired by this photograph 


Total width : ~ 3”
Total length : ~ 19.5”


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