Friday, March 15, 2013

Crocheting Hairbands

I love to experiment with paints, pencils, yarn (pretty much anything) to achieve new results.  After trying a number of different hairbands that were either too tight, gave me a headache, or just didn't feel right, I decided to try and make my own.  Here's the result of my experiment.  You are welcome to try this too and modify the instructions for the size and width that you would like.  The possiblities are endless.

I have pictures too, so don't worry if you're not quite sure about my instructions (I don't like typing all of them out and I might miss something... )

You will need:

-Any type sport or heavier weight yarn; baby yarn does NOT work as well with this. You need somthing sturdy that will hold its' shape.
-size G hook

Step 1:  chain 70, keeping the chain as straight as possible(this is the size that works for me and my daughter).  Wrap around your head going behind your ears to see if it works for you.  As long as you chain to an even number, this should still work for you.

Step 2:  chain 4, and then turn (this will count as your first DC (double crochet) and chain 1).  1DC in the 6th chain from the hook, then chain 1.  Skip the next chain, 1DC, chain 1 in the next (you are working in every other chain).  Repeat to the end, DC in the last chain.

Here's a closer view:

Step 3:  Turn, chain 4, 1 DC in top of DC, chain 1, repeat across.  DC in 2nd chain of 4 at the very end of row.

Note:  If you want your headband to be thinner, only crochet one row of double crochets.

Step 4:  hold ends together; single crochet in both ends all the way across while holding together.  Fasten off; trim ends.

Here's the final product:

I recommend hand washing these before wearing to make sure they aren't itchy.  By crocheting in every other space, it allows the hairband to be stretchy but still hold its' shape.  But the variations to this could be endless. 

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