Monday, 19 December 2016

BRAIDED CROCHET HEADBAND

crochet headband

crochet headband

BRAIDED CROCHET HEADBAND


I was recently gifted this awesome yarn, but just one skein of it. It’s so soft, but thickish and not sufficient for anything but a smallish project.. hence a headband / ear warmer seemed perfect.  I recently made a pair of braided headbands, and they were a super hit – so I thought I’d make another similar one.  I am gifting this to the lovely young lady who bought me this lovely yarn – so when I told her that, and what I *could* make with it, she asked if I could make her this pattern – something she’s been wanting but has been out of stock.  I don’t know how this band has been made, but let’s see how we can get this done. J


 and  the inspiration photograph that got all this started

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium acrylic yarn, with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate.  

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 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.


OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYfdRgy5II
OR http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-join-crochet-seams-with-whipstitch.html

Standard chart for head size :  https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279839058772/


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hdc : Half Double Crochet
                                                 

This pattern is written using U.S terminology. 

What I plan to do here is make three flat strands that I will partly plait up and then I will join the ends of these three plaits.


Let’s start with our flat rectangular pieces first.
a)   Decide how thick you need it
b)   Measure the head of the intended and then depending on how stretchy your yarn is, work a little more than the head circumference, (as you will lose a little length when you plait up).  Check the stretch of your yarn and the tension with which you are working, as all these will factor in the 'length' you achieve.  If you have a really stretchy yarn and/or work really loose and light, please work for your head circumference only.
c)     Decide if you want to start with fsc or fdc.
d)   Decide if you want to use a sc / hdc /dc all through

There are several decisions that you need to take before you pick up your hook.  I am going to write the instructions assuming you are starting with the Foundation double crochet and using a double crochet all through.
Please do not feel restricted by this, and go ahead and use the start stitch of your choice. 

Right then.. hooks in hand.. on your marks.. ready .. GO


Part 1 : Making the three strips





 Start with as many fdc as you will need for the Round head or head circumference, (Please read note above first).  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fdc and in each fdc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end. Turn.

Once again.. decision time.  How thick / wide do you want your headband.  Remember that this is just the first strip, and we’re making three of these.  So depending on that thickness.. work your repeats.

Rows 3 - 4 : Rep Row 2.  Turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Part 2 : Plaiting & joining the three strips

  


 



crochet headband
1.       Before you start on this portion, hold one of the strips against your head, from the centre back to just past your ear onto your forehead, and mark this point
2.     Using an embroidery needle, stitch together two plaits along the longer sides , till this marked point.
3.     Then stitch the third plait onto these two plaits till the same marked point.
4.     Lightly pin down the strips you’ve just sewn to keep it flat while you work the plait.
5.     Lightly plait the three strips - *lightly* as we want only a few plaits and we want the strips to be kept as flat as possible within the plait
6.     Pin the three “free” sides down next to one another in preparation to sew them together
7.     Sew the three “free sides” like you did for the other end.

Now basically you’re more than halfway done.  Here you need to decide if you’re going to stitch your plaited section all the way down, or leave it loose to show as plaits.
You will then neatly join the two ends of your headband / ear warmer and we’re done.
The other idea I can throw out here is that you could opt to add press buttons instead of sewing the ends together.  This will work particularly if you have (mis)calculated and have a longer headband than you need J

So assuming you have miscalculated, do not panic.  Just add a set of buttons on one flat end, and add press buttons or loops on the other end.  If you decide on loops, you will need to work a row of sc along that edge, and then work in loops off that sc row.  
AND if you are adding buttons, make them nice and large, so that there is this one feature on the front (the plaits) and then the large buttons along the back!  After all, this is what creativity is all about!

And Ta da!! You are done!

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