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Meshed-up Crochet Headband Pattern

A girl can never have to many hair accessories.  These headbands quickly work up into a stretchy mesh perfect for keeping fly-away strands out of the face.  Changing the colour, yarn thickness and adding decorative elements such as flowers gives a wide variation on the basic pattern.   Gauge is not important for this project. The headband can be created using any combination of yarn and hook you like to create your desired thickness. As it only uses a small amount of yarn its a good stash buster for using up those little ends left over from larger projects.

Blue headband was crocheted using 3ply blue acrylic yarn and a 2.5 hook using the wide meshed-up  Headband pattern.

Grey headband was crocheting using King Cole Haze dk in grey and a 2.5 hook using the narrow meshed-up Headband pattern.

 

Instructions are written in american crochet terms.  ( Ch = chain, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, tc = triple crochet)

Wide Meshed-up headband

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Chain 17

Row 1:  Ch 5  into 10th chain from hook do 1  tc, *ch  3 and miss 3 ch , 1 tc* repeat x3 to end of chain.

Row 2 : Ch5 (counts as 1dc and 2 ch),  1 sc into  3-chain-space, 2ch  1dc into tc, *2ch 1sc into 3 ch, 2 ch 1 dc into  tr* repeat to end.

Row 3: Ch6 (counts as 1 tr and 3 ch) , 1 tr into 2nd dc, *Ch3 1tc into dc, *  repeat to end.

Row 4: Repeat row 3.

Row 5: Ch  2 (counts as first dc) *3 dc into 3-chain-space, 1 dc into tr,* repeat to end.

Row 6:   Ch6 (counts as 1 tr and 3 ch) 1 treble into 5th dc, *ch 3 skip 3 dc, 1trc into dc* repeat to end.

Row 7: Repeat row 3.

Continue repeating rows 2 to 7  until you have a headband long enough to wrap around your head.

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 Narrow Meshed-up Headband

Shown in grey in the pictures.

Chain 9

Row 1: ch 6, into the 5th chain from the end do 1 tc, 3ch, miss 3 ch. 1tc into last ch.

Row 2: 5 ch, miss 1 ch, 1 sc into 2nd ch, 2ch miss 1 ch, 1dc into tc, 2ch miss 1 ch, 1sc into ch, 2 ch miss 1 ch, 1 dc into next ch.

Row 3: 6 ch, 1 tr into centre dc, chain 3, 1 tr into end dc.

Row 4 onwards. Repeat alternating rows 2 and 3 until the headband is the desired length.

Without twisting the chain sc the ends together.

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Me modelling the headbands (ignore the roots!)

I love to see any items that you make from these patterns for yourself, gifts for friends and family and charity so please do post links or add your projects to Ravelry. This pattern can be found in Ravelry here .

Sunshine Butterflies

We’ve had tons of glorious sunshine lately which has been fantastic.   Jasmine finally can go out on walks now her vaccinations are all sorted. Lots and lots of fun has been had exploring the local parks and fields.   Her personality has really come out in the few weeks since we got her from the Rescue Centre and now she’s tearing around the place like a proper little terrier filling my life with amusement and showing the true stubborness and selective deafness that JRs are known for.  More work is needed before she realises that I am the boss of this household at all times and she can’t just listen to me when it suits her, which has earned her the nickname of “little princess”.  She’s kept the sweet side of her personality too and loves her cuddles or to curl up and sleep on my lap.  But all my playing with the” little princess” has left little time for crocheting this week.

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Me and Jasmine relaxing in the park.

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“Princess” Jasmine being carried to the vets pre-vaccinations

I finally managed to block the butterfly that I made my mum as a thankyou for getting me Jas.  However it would still benefit from a starching.    This wonderful pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/delicate-crochet-butterfly .  I found the stitches easy to do but needed to pay very close attention to every stitch to make sure I got it all in the right order.   Not a pattern to try and follow when sleepy..  The resulting butterfly is so intricate and beautiful it is worth spending the time to get it right. A  few more in reds and creams are planned to decorate my bedroom.  These are so versatile I can see them used as a doily or as added decorations on objects such as bags and lampshades.  I just have to cover my house in them to satisfy my butterfly obsession.   Perhaps in a nice glittery thread to add more sparkle to my life.

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Green butterfly doily

I’ve also been testing out old crochet patterns for trims and collars to find what works for necklace designs.  I’m starting to get the hang of crocheting with a tiny hook and thin thread and to see which ones I like the look of when hung.  This has resulted in quite a few scrapped projects that are in my wip bag so I can look at them for inspiration of what works etc.

Circle Headband Pattern

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A basic little pattern that works up quickly into a delightful headband. Given the simplicity of this pattern I’m probably not the first person to do this!!! But I thought I’d share on here as its perfect for people who like quick and easy patterns. 

 I made this one as a gift for my sister to say thank you for teaching me how to bake macaroons.

Instructions:

Chain a multiple of 8 sts. (So there are enough to fit comfortably around your head.)

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next 3 ch, in next ch make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc), ch 1, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch (shell made). Rep from * all around ending the last rep with sl st in first sc to join.

Row 2: Turn so you are crocheting back along the original chain (the shells will form a circle with the previous shell). Ch3 *in centre on shell (3dc, ch1, 3dc) ch1, sk 3 chain . Sc in next chain (where you had previously sc in row 1), ch 1. Repeat from * End last repeat with sl st in first sc to join.

To join : Sl st into the opposite end of the headband taking care to ensure it is not twisted.

To decorate: Add flowers to cover the join. I used 2Petal Puff Stitch Flowers as these are wonderfully simple to make.

Flower pattern from Easy Makes it Happy http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/6-petal-puff-stitch-flower

Although I’m from the UK I have used American terminology for the pattern. A conversion table for stitches can be found here: http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm

Abbreviations used: Ch – chain dc – double crochet, SC – single crochet, Sl st – slip stitch. sk – skip

Apologies for the poor quality of these photos  – taken on my mobile phone as I don’t have access to a digital camera at the moment.

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