Last month, when a friend of mine saw all the ones I had crocheted, she fell in love and commissioned me to make a rainbow version of the Adjustable Shells Headband as a special gift for Mother's Day. Which happens to be December 8th here in Panama.
Her special request was... A thick version with BOLD colours and lots of them!
So, I poked around my stash and found little bits of several fun colours, but before I settled on an exact number, I wanted to see how I could best work the headband WITHOUT having to fasten off at the end of each row...
I determined that I would need an odd number of colours in order to do it the way I wanted it done.
I already had the lighter blue centerpiece of the headband crocheted from when I was working on the headband video tutorial, so I decided to start the rainbow in that blue - the exact colourway is 2500 by Circulo Clea Yarns.
Then, I followed it with a purple (colourway-6614), pink (6092), orange (4156), yellow (1289), and green (5638).
Now I had the six basic primary and secondary colours. All I needed was one more.
It took me a few moments to compare the other threads I had on hand with the six I was using so thus far. That's when I decided a navy (2859) would look amazing!
Hurray! Back to crocheting the headband...
Luckily, I recently discovered a clever video tutorial from Briana K that allowed me to turn one skein into a bulky yarn instead. YAY!
Off I went, switching colours at the end of each row, carrying them up the rows, and when I was ready for the same colour again, it was right there waiting for me. :D
I ended up crocheting more shell rows for this one, than I did for the dusty rose variation.
This was partly due to the loss of stretch on the sides of the headband from carrying 3 colours up the rows on each side.
And of course, I wanted to end the the headband on the lighter blue for balanace.
In the end, I ended up with 43 shell rows, which gave me 6 FULL colour repeats around. :D
It fit my head nicely with a good amount of leeway and stretchiness, which was perfect!
Especially considering the recipient's head is larger than mine.
I had it ready for her just in the nick of time too!
The day before Mother's Day, she came to collect it and gave me three hugs.
I just love seeing the happiness that comes from a happy customer!
Don't you? :D
Also, be sure to add your projects to Ravelry, so I can see your creativity too. :D
Wishing you a most wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year...