Thursday, 13 October 2016

9 MORE HEADBANDS FOR CHARITY

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9 MORE HEADBANDS FOR CHARITY


I am thrilled to be writing this blog. When I started designing, I’d decided that I’d put up one pattern for sale, and the next one for free. I also decided that I would donate income made to some charity.
When the world of blogging came along, I joined that bandwagon, and decided to write patterns out for free here.  Many of the patterns that I write out are not my own patterns, but they’re all my notes as I work on the patterns there in.
The reason for my blog is simple – In India, we do not have as large a range of locally available yarns, but do have a pretty large population of crocheters.  So my blog is just to translate (literally) the way the pattern works out with our local yarns.

Now in this blog in particular, I am making headbands for a local girls’ home – to give the girls something new for Diwali.

I thank my good friends +Prabha NC and +Anuradha for setting me on this path.  Anuradha’s mum has been sewing dresses for these young girls for years and I am honoured to be adding a little bit to that gift.

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)

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

These headbands are being made for young children ages 5 – 15, so I’m going to make them a standard 19” circumference. Working on the stretch of your yarn, as well as the tension of your work, please vary as needed.

The first three patterns are really similar .. with just a small change of pattern, we have three relatively different headbands. Smart, huh?


Headband # 1 

free crochet headband pattern


Start with 70 fsc (or an even number of fsc) which equals about 18”. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st ensuring that you keep the fsc chain flat.

Round 1 : hdc in the 1st fsc ; (ch 1, sk next fsc ; hdc in the next fsc) ; rep (to) all around ; ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

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

Rounds 3 - 5 : Rep Round 2.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st hdc ; (sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.





Fasten off and weave in ends.

Total width : 1.75”
Total length /circumference  : 18”


For the cute little flower embellishments, check this link http://makeanddocrew.com/free-crochet-flower-headband-pattern/



Headband # 2 

free crochet headband pattern

Start with 70 fsc (or an even number of fsc) which equals about 18”. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st ensuring that you keep the fsc chain flat.

Round 1 : hdc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

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

Rounds 3 & 4 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; hdc in the same ch-1 sp ; (ch 1, hdc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) all around ; ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Rounds 5 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; (hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around ; ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st hdc ; (sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For the cute little flower embellishment, this is a small variation on the existing patterns.





Start with a 16 fsc (or multiples of 3 + 1).  Turn.

Row 1 : sk 1st fsc ; (sc ; hdc ; 3 dc ; hdc ; sc) all in the next fsc ; *sk next fsc and work (to) in the next fsc* ; rep *to* till end.  Fasten off leaving a long tail to attach your flower.

Flower  finishing : You have a row of little petals for the flower.  We will now roll up our flower petals from the end, such that the long tail is exposed and can be used to stitch the base of our flower petals together.

Total width : 2”
Total length /circumference  : 18”


Headband # 3 

free crochet headband pattern

Start with 70 fsc (or an even number of fsc) which equals about 18”. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st ensuring that you keep the fsc chain flat.

Round 1 : hdc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

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

Round 3 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; (hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Rounds 4 : Rep Round 2

Rounds 5 : Rep Round 3.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st hdc ; (sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.




For the cute little flower embellishment, use the above two ideas.

Total width : 2”
Total length /circumference  : 18”


Headband # 4 

free crochet headband pattern

I’ve had made a shelled headband earlier, and I am going to tweak that just a bit to get a different size here.

Total width : 2.9”



Start with a 72 fsc, (or in multiples of 6, 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 , 7 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. 

We will now work on the other side of the same fsc start chain, and we will be working 7 dc in the same fsc that we’ve worked in for this 1st side.


So basically rep Round 1, but on the other side of the fsc chain.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Total width : 1”
Total length /circumference  : 18”


For the cute little flower embellishment, we will work a set of stitches to make up each petal, directly into the magic circle.




Start with a magic circle ; (sc , hdc , 2 dc , hdc , sc) in the magic circle ; rep (to) 4 times and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a tail to join to headband or project in hand.

Headband # 5 

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern


For the headband, I’ve used the same pattern as for Headband # 4.  I’ve changed the little flower embellishment here.

So. It’s the same basic magic circle , using two colours, so that we get a centre for the flower, and can have petals in a different color, is as follows.



Start (with Colour 1 ) : with a magic circle ; and work 5 sc in the magic circle.
Fasten off Color 1, and join Color 2 for the petals.

Round 1 (with Colour 2 ) : (sc , hdc , 2 dc , hdc , sc) in the 1st sc ; rep (to) 4 times in each sc all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a tail to join to headband or project in hand.

Total width : 1”
Total length /circumference  : 18”



Headband # 6 

free crochet headband pattern

For this headband, I’ve been inspired by a photograph of a knitted creation.  I am not sure if there is a crochet version, but here’s what I’ve done.



So for this creation, we will work from one end of our headband to the other in a straight line, side to side, and then we’ll add a button hole on one end, and a button at the other to join it all up.

So there’s going to be a flat portion on either end of our headband and lovely chains that go across the head for the centre of the headband.  Got it?

This pattern has no stitch count repeat.  You will make your first chain as long as you need to get around the head of the child you’re making this for.

Start with as many fsc as needed to go neatly around the head of the child.
Turn.

Note : Remember that depending on the stretch of your yarn, and your stitch tension, you will get more length on continued use, so I’d suggest you work a little less than the actual measurement needed.

However also remember that you are going to put your button a little away from the end, which means that you will have a little less circumference. 

OK.. now here’s the next calculation.  We will be leaving 10 sts on both ends and working just chains in between these two ends (see photograph).

free crochet headband pattern

So this means that say you have started with 70 fsc ; you will work sc in the 1st 10 fsc ; work a length of 50 ch and then work in the last 10 fsc to get a total of 70 sts each time. Got it?
As each of us are probably working with a different number of start stitches, I will just say work a chain length in the instructions below.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st 10 fsc ;  work a chain length ; sc in the last 10 fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st 10 sc ;  work a chain length ; sc in the last 10 sc.  Turn.

I’ve decided to work only 5 rows, so Row 3 will be my centre row and that’s where I need to get my button hole in.

You need to decide how large a button you’re going to use and also calculate how many stitches are needed to accommodate your button.
I am assuming that skipping 3 stitches will suffice, but please work according to your button size and gauge.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st 10 sc ;  work a chain length ; sc in the next 4 sc ; ch 3, sk next 3 sc ; sc in each sc till end.  Turn

Row 4 : sc in the 1st 10 sc ;  work a chain length ; sc in the next 4 sc ; 3 sc in the next ch-3 sp ; sc in each sc till end.  Turn

Row 5 : sc in the 1st 10 sc ;  work a chain length ; sc in the last 10 sc.  Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach your button on one end, and you’re done !

Ain’t this just the cutest little creation?!

Total width : 1”
Total length : 18”



Headband # 7 

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern

free crochet headband pattern


For this headband, I’ve used this freebie from



As per pattern, I started with 66 fsc, and had a chain length of about 17.5”.  I did only one repeat of the puff stitch, and then worked 2 rounds of sc to finish.

Total width : 1.75”
Total length : 18” (I worked till I had 18” to suit the size I’m working on presently)



Headband # 8 

free crochet headband pattern



For this headband, I’ve used this freebie from



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