Not ONLY can you use ANY yarn / hook and crochet this headband to ANY width / size, but you'll get to crochet with cables and learn a brand new stitch too!
And it just so happens to use the crochet stitch, of the same name, that I personally designed several years ago when I was working on a special baby project.
This project is my final contribution to the Designer's Potpourri CAL for December 2016, and is one of three headband patterns I shared this month. See all 3 gorgeous headbands here.
Creating crochet headband patterns is something I have been wanting to do for years, but there was always another project that was more pressing. The Designer's Potpourri CAL gave me the opportunity to check a few headband designs of my list, which was really great!
One of my most favourite things about each of my new headband designs is how flexible they are. No need to go hunting for yarn for this project - not to say you can't, you totally should if you want to and can do so - but you can use whatever you've got on hand, no matter the weight.
It's so easy to get the right fit, and one size will fit many!
Do you prefer a relaxed, loose fit? Crochet more rows. Do you prefer a tighter fit? Crochet fewer rows.
Do you like your headbands nice and wide? Add more starting stitches to the first row!
Or do you prefer a dainty, delicated headband? That's great too! Simply start with fewer stitches. :D
UPDATE - January 2017: This crochet pattern was available to view for free on this page for the month of December 2016 ONLY. Now, this crochet pattern is exclusively available as a printer friendly, 10-page PDF download. It's only $3.75 + when you purchase TWO headband patterns, you'll get the 3rd variation free! FULL DETAILS on this promotion can be found on the PDF listing page here.
The accompanying photos and video tutorial will remain here as support for those with this pattern.
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- thread or yarn of choosing in choice colour, suggetions (tip - thicker yarn = less yardage):
- sport (2:Fine / 5 ply UK) yarn - about 8m (8.75yd).
- hook of choosing to match yarn weight, suggestions:
- 3.75mm (F/5) hook works great with sport yarn.
- 1 thin, strong quality elastic hairband (approx. 2.75" (7cm) wide when folded in half) - you can use a smaller elastic, but the wider the elastic, the bigger the stretch. Any metal clasp will be hidden.
- medium-large safety pin
- tapestry yarn needle
- ruler/measuring tape
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology Used~
*...** - repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed ~ I always highlight the repeat directions for this in purple so it is easier to see.
(...) - work ALL the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed.
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for.
ch - chain
Criss Cross Diamond - (special instructions below)
cont - continue, continuing
dc - double crochet
dtr - double treble crochet - yo 3
f/o - fasten off
FP - front post
hdc - half double crochet
rem - remain / remaining
rep - repeat
rnd(s) - round(s)
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tr - treble/triple crochet
WS - wrong side
yo - yarn over
The headband width is determined by the number of X's per row, whereas the finished circumference is determined by the number of rows crocheted + the width of the hair elastic.
Standard Head Circumferences:
It is always best to measure the head circumference of the intended recipient. When this is not possible, use the following size chart as a guide...
- Preemie / Newborn - 12" (30cm)
- Baby (0-6m) - 13" (33cm); (6-12m) - 14" (36cm)
- Toddler (1-3years) - 14-17" (43-46cm)
- Child (3-12 years) - 17-18" (46-56cm)
- Teen to Adult (13years+) - 18-22" (46-56cm)
*The finished headband circumference should be shorter than the above measurements by roughly 2-4" (5-10cm). Use a shorter gab for a looser/relaxed headband fit, or a wider gap for a snugger fit.
Size of Model/Demo Headbands:
- Navy - 2 X wide x 63 rows long = 1" (2.5cm) wide x 14.5" (36.8cm) long (not including elastic - add 2" (5cm) for elastic). Use cotton thread size 10, a 2.1mm hook and start with 10 sc onto the elastic.
- Pink/Orange - 3 X wide x 63 rows long = 1.5" (3.8cm) wide x 14.5" (36.8cm) long (not including elastic - add 2" (5cm) for elastic). Use cotton thread size 10, a 2.1mm hook and start with 10 sc onto the elastic.
- Green - 2 X wide x 43 rows long = 1.75" (4.5cm) wide x 15" (37cm) long (not including elastic - add 2" (5cm) for elastic). Use sport yarn, a 3.75mm hook and start with 10 sc onto the elastic.
*Each fits a child's 18" (46cm) - a woman's 21" (54cm) circumference head.
**Note: These headband sizes are approximates.
Plan in advance the width of your headband or make similar sized headbands by following these swatch guidelines and the included gauge pattern.
9 X x 19 rows = 4" (10cm) in thread size 10 with a 2.10mm hook.
3 X x 7 rows = 2" (5cm) in sport yarn with a 3.75mm hook.
Pattern for Gauge is included in the PDF pattern.
TIP: Thread/Yarn weight and hook size are flexible. Use lighter weights for narrow, dainty headbands, and thicker weights for wider cozy headbands.
Also, these have a really good stretch, so one size will fit many sized heads!
This headband is worked by attaching to a hair elastic. This allows a good amount of stretch, which secures the headband into place without compressing the head. Make sure you test your elastic first by stretching it out to ensure you have a quality one that won't break and ruin your headband.
Add more starting sc stitches to the attach row for a wider headband, and fewer starting sc stitches for a narrower headband. Increase or decrease the number of rows according to your needs.
When the number comes after the stitch, crochet across the stitches. However, when the number comes first, this is indicative of an increase, so work them into the same stitch or space as directed.
The Criss Cross Diamond Stitch looks exactly like it sounds, but when there is only own row of this stitch, it just looks like X's lined up in a row. Extensive notes on this and sand a link to its tutorial are included here.
When working the dtr sts for the Criss Cross Diamond, you'll want to keep the lps on the hook as tight as possible.
Additional notes are included as needed throughout the pattern.
Special Stitch Instructions:
The base row of the criss cross diamond stitch (a.k.a. row 3) is the only time where it is necessary to count stitches to figure out where the surface stitches should be made. All other criss cross diamond rows will be worked in a similar fashion, but into the top slants of the previous set of criss cross diamond stitches.
In order for the Criss Cross Diamond Stitch pattern to work, there needs to be a multiple of 4+2 stitches in the row. The multiple of 4 make up the actual Criss Cross Diamond stitches. Whereas the +2 are the anchor stitches - one for each side, which secures the post stitches of the Criss Cross Diamnd into place.
Break up the stitches in each row, where you will be working the criss cross diamond, into groups of 4 stitches and number them from 1-4 - do NOT count the anchor stitches on either side of the project. This way, the stitches always line up and the following instructions make sense.
Criss-Left = work a dtr into the FP of the 4th st of the group from the prev odd row OR (for future rows) into the top of the 2nd dtr slat - a.k.a. top of the Cross-Right slant - of the group from the prev odd row.
Cross-Right = work a dtr into the FP of the first st of the group from the prev odd row, hereby crossing over the last dtr made and creating an "X" OR (for future rows) into the top of the first dtr slat - a.k.a. top of the Criss-Left slant - of the group from the prev odd row crossing over the last dtr made.
Criss Cross Diamond = Criss-Left, sk 1 st of current row, sc 2, [Cross-Right, Criss-Left, sk 2 sts of current row, sc 2] rep across section until only one more st of the section rems, Cross-Right, sk 1 st of current row.
- Each time you Criss Cross Diamond, you make one X.
- One X equals one group, 4 stitches and ONE Criss Cross Diamond Stitch.
- The first dtr of each group (Criss-Left) creates the top-right to bottom-left slant like this = /.
- The second dtr of each group (Cross-Right) creates the top-left to bottom-right slant like this = \, AND crosses over the first dtr of that group completing the X.
- The top of the dtr will always be in line with the current row, whereas the bottom of the st will always line up with the previous odd row.
- IMPORTANT: Work the dtr into the TOP of the post where the stitch space is and NOT around the post.
- You may need to play with hook sizes to get a perfect X shape with your yarn/thread, but it is perfectly normal for the X to look more elongated. I think it adds a unique look!
- For more info on the Criss Cross Diamond Stitch, including a video tutorial, see this post.
The second part, creates the headband using the criss cross diamond stitch. Since it is worked from side to side with few repeat rows, this helps to make it fully adjustable to suit your size needs. Also, since the rows themselves are repetitive too, you can adjust the headband to ANY width you like!
Here's how the headbands look from the back...
Three Flowers + One Butterfly:
They look best on headbands with EVEN X's per row, since the center point, where the slants meet, are where they are worked. With an odd number of X's, the applique won't be perfectly centered.
You'll know you've got the right spot because there is a small hole where the slants meet!
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UPDATE - January 2017: Since this project was part of my contribution to A Designer's Potpourri CAL for December 2016, the PDF version, normally $3.75, was completely FREE of charge for the first 24 HOURS of release!
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