Monday, December 24, 2012
Ribbed Headband with Flower Trim
WW yarn (I used Bernat Special Value yarn)
Large button (optional)
DC (Double crochet)
HDC (Half double crochet)
FPDC (Front post double crochet)
BPDC (back post double crochet)
TC (Triple Crochet)
Even if you have never done post stitches before, you should be able to make this headband. Here is a link to an article from Crochet Today that explains how to do post stitches, and shows some of the lovely effects that can be achieved with them. (If you Google front or back post stitches, you'll find lots more tutorials for these stitches.)
Size: 4 inches wide by approximately 18 inches in diameter.
Can easily be modified to make larger or smaller.
My headband is worked quite loosely so it is somewhat lacy in appearance. Using a smaller hook and working more tightly will create a more solid headband. You will need more rows to get enough length, and a longer beginning chain to make it as wide as mine. The pattern works with any uneven number of DCs in the first row. The stitch pattern could also be used to make a ribbed scarf.
Chain 15 fairly loosely.
1st row: DC in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. (13 DC) (Ist two chain count as a DC in this row.)
2nd row: Chain 2, (counts as first HDC here and throughout rest of pattern), turn, *FPDC in next stitch, HDC in next stitch* repeat from * to * to end of row, working last HDC into the turning chain. (7 HDC's and 6 FPDC's)
3rd row: Chain 2, turn, *BPDC in next stitch, HDC in next stitch*, repeat from * to * across, working last HDC into the turning chain
Notes: Each row has 13 stitches in it.
You will always BPDC into the previous rows FPDC and vice versa. All HDCs are made into the HDCs of the previous rows.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until headband is long enough to fit around your head snugly. (I did 32 rows, all worked loosely, and my headband was about 18 inches long before I sewed the ends together.) Sew ends together.
Chain 4, join with slip stitch to form a ring. *Chain 3, slip stitch into ring to form a loop*. Repeat from * to * 6 or 7 more times, making chain 3 loops around the outside of the ch 4 ring. (each loop will form a petal, and you can make any number of petals, I made 7)
Once you have your loops made, you will stitch into the loops to form petals.
Into each loop do: 1 SC, 2 HDCs, 2 DCs, 1 TC, 2 DCs, 2 HDCs, 1 SC . This will form a petal. In between each petal I slip stitched into the area between each loop, but I don't think this is necessary.
Sew flower to headband, using it to hide the area where you joined the ends. If desired sew a button to the center of the flower.
Alternatively, a row of large buttons or a felt flower would also be an effective and attractive way to hide the seam. (or maybe your sewing is better than mine and your seam looks good and doesn't need hiding!)