I’ve updated this pattern to include a button closure. See this post.
I’ve been working on a design for a headband. My version is all one piece and works up quite quick. It only uses three stitches, slip, sc and dc. I also used a chainless foundation technique to keep it from tightening up on one edge. This pattern ended up fitting an adult woman. You can change your hook size or decrease the number of stitches by an even number to adjust the circumference.
Worsted Weight Yarn
H – Hook
Stitches used: chainless foundation slip stitch (fslst), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) & double crochet (dc). Worked in rounds after the second row.
Row 1: Leaving at least a 6″ tail, using the chainless foundation method, work 60 fslst. Join with slip stitch into the first stitch creating a large ring.
From this point, you will no longer join, but work in rounds. At the beginning of each new round and after the first 16 slip stitches, just alternate between starting with sc or dc depending on which you had done in the previous row. Dc’s go into the sc of the row below and the sc go into the dc below.
Round 2: sl st in the second stitch from the hook, Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. *Sc into the next st, dc into the next st and repeat from * to the end, 60 st.
Round 3: Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. *Dc into the next st, sc into the next st and repeat from * to the end, 60 st. Please use both loops when doing dc and sc in this pattern. Only the slip stitches are in the back looks only.
Repeat rounds 2 & 3 three times.
Round 10, Sl st into the next 16 stitches, working in the back loops only. Sc into each stitch around. Do not alternate between dc and sc on this last row. It will create a more finished look that matches the beginning edge of your headband. When you reach the end of the round, go ahead and sl st into each of the first 16 sl stitches. When you reach the end of the slip stitches, you can fasten off or use a blind or invisible finish. It depends on your tastes.
I prefer to do a blind finish using a yarn needle. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, you can find these great photo tutorials on Sarah London’s blog. or at Planetjune. My favorite is a video tut from Sandra Petit at Crochet Cabana.
Just to keep things neat and tidy, go back and use your beginning tail to repeat the invisible finish technique here as well. There is a slight gap where you joined to the beginning of the foundation, but if you take the time, you can have a nice, finished look.
For anyone not familiar with the chainless foundation slip stitch, it is also known as a double chain. I found a video tut by Bethintx1 and a photo tut on Vashti’s blog. Both of these are informative, however, Crochet Geek is my absolute favorite for video tuts. I didn’t find one for this particular technique, but you could use her video on a foundation sc, and just shorten the directions. When you get to where you’ve inserted your hook into the base stitch, done a y/o and come back through with 2 loops on the hook, just do one y/o and pull through both chains on the hook. If you’re confused, just holler at me and I’ll do my best to help. Here’s Teresa over at Crochet Geek’s tut.
This looks really cool with an oversized flower. All the girls are wearin’ em these days…