Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flower Headband Tutorial

I have wanted to share a freebie with everyone for quite some time and the time is finally here!  Craftaholics Anonymous is hosting a readers tutorial week and I am thrilled to have been picked!!  Super Exciting!  I am not too sure when it will post; I do believe this week sometime.  So my wonderful readers, you get the sneak peak first!

Flower Headband

Today I have a great little crochet headband tutorial. I am going to make it in a newborn size, but you could make it to fit as large a head as you need. I definitely will be tossing one of these in my hospital bag...you know, just in case this baby is a girl.

Here we go!

Supplies
H hook
Few yards of worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choices.
          (I used I Love This Cotton Brand and Peaches and Cream.)
yarn needle
scissors
measuring tape (to double check how long your starting chain is)

Abbreviations- I will use these minimally for the newbies
ch: chain
st: stitch
sk: skip
skst: skip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Gauge is not really important since you will be measuring your own work.

As stated above this is a great newborn headband, the band isn't too thick and is super soft. I made mine to fit approximately a 14" head.

Let's get started;

chain 50 or the number you require to reach your head measurement, use your measuring tape to measure.

Slip stitch to join to the beginning. Be sure chain is not twisted!

half double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join (again be sure it's not twisted) {50 hdc}
Chain 3 and flip under your headband then turn headband; this may sound a little confusing so here is a quick video clip. Essentially you are going to ch 3 so that you can reach the other side of your headband. You are turning the band so that the front of your stitches will match the other row.
here is the video if you need a little extra help

half double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join {50 hdc}
fasten off (knot) and using your yarn needle weave in those tails!
Now your band is complete!

 Let's start on the flower.

You will start with a chain; the longer the chain, the larger the flower. If you would like a larger flower increase your chain in increments of 3 and add 1 to that total. I am going to make mine 30 + 1 chain for skipping.  This makes a flower approx. 2" wide.

Chain 31

Skip stitch closest to hook and single chain across (30 sc)

Ch 1, turn, (sc in next stitch, 4 dc in next, sc in next) repeat 10 times (10 petals made)

fasten off (knot), leave approx 18" tail for sewing to headband.

Roll your scallops into a flower shape, you can do this as loose or tight as you'd like.  When you get the desired look using your yarn needle on the longest tail sew through all layers of flower randomly around to keep in place. 


Decide where you want the flower, using your yarn needle stitch to headband.
I try to keep the stitches in the very edge so they are less visible.

When it is stitched on well pull long tail out near short tail.  Tie a small know in between the band and the flower.
You are done!  Fast and easy!
This is a very basic pattern. You could make this as large or as small as you'd like, more flowers, etc... Get Creative!
 
The Stitch-A-Long is starting soon!!!  Stay tuned for more details!

8 comments:

Thera Joyce said...

Yay! I can't wait to make one of these for myself. hehe. :)

Sarah Louise said...

Super cute! :) I can't wait to make it! Thanks for the free tutorial!

Bean said...

Yeah! Thanks so much! I've been wanting to get my hand on a pattern for headbands! Can't wait to try it out!!!

Kelsey Bendixen said...

Oh I LOVE it!! I can't wait to try it for me and my daughter. Thanks :]

Elisabeth S. said...

I'll have to make some of these ! super cute!

Aisyah Helga said...

What a cute tutorial! I've linked it to my blog to share with my readers. Thanks for sharing!

The Stevens Family said...

Made this this afternoon, and it's too cute. I decided to give it as part of a shower gift for someone at work who's having a girl. :) I also saw your link to those cute little slippers which I want to make, and I think a diaper cover will complete the gift!
Thanks!

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