FO Friday: Crochet Headband (Belt!)




You know, I have almost 600 'pins' on my Crochet board and some of my favourite finished objects are crocheted, yet I rarely pick up a hook. Strange. This week I decided it was time to put that straight and to have the first crochet ta-dah of the year... no matter how small.  

This started life as a belt, but when she saw the ribbon I used, Little Miss wanted to wear it as a headband. Now I need to make a(nother) belt. Maybe it'll give me a chance to practice sewing in a straight line - something I find almost impossible, as evidenced in the final picture (which is also blurry as she doesn't keep still). 
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If you have a little person who might like one, this is a really quick and simple 'make' - even if you don't usually crochet. It's rare for me to write up any crochet 'recipes', but I do regularly get asked for stitch counts etc when I've forgotten the specifics, so here's what I did:

Materials
  • approx 1 - 2 m of ribbon in chosen colour  (I used 1m so it can be tied in a bow)
  • scrap yarn in a co-ordinating shade (I used less than 13g of cotton DK )
  • crochet hook suitable for the yarn used (I used 4mm)
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
Method: (UK Terminology is used.) 
  1. Measure around the head (or waist) and crochet a foundation chain which is slightly shorter than you need to go around, leaving 5-6 cm for a belt and 3-4 cm for a headband. For me this was ch 70 for the belt (60 would have been better for a headband)
  2. Turn and work a half-treble (htc) into the 2nd chain from hook,  then continue to make a htc into each stitch.
  3. Work 3 htc into the final chain stitch to continue working around the "corner" and along the other side. 
  4. Repeat at the other end (increasing the number of htc until you have a neat rounded end) and continue to work until you have something like the picture below when you will be ready to finish off and sew in the ends. 
Headband 'recipe' post

Pin one end of the ribbon in place so that there is enough left at both ends to tie a bow of the desired size (we went for a big bow!) and then sew it on, remembering not to stretch the crochet while stitching as this will cause kinks in the ribbon. I reinforced each end with some extra stitching (see top picture). That's it! It really doesn't get much easier than that. Of course there is no need to stop at ribbon, you can embellish as you wish. I'm fancying another one with buttons. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend - if you're in the UK and under a severe weather warning, please stay safe. Don't forget you can still get 10% off sock yarn if you're participating in the Next Step Sock  knitalong from A Stash Addict - the code is CCKAL13.  The discount code has now ended. 

21 comments

  1. That is so cute! If only my girls would wear a headband.

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  2. Gosh she looks so happy with her new headband:) You did a great job! Hope you don't mind that I've pinned your recipe onto my crochet pinboard?

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    1. I can't pin:) Anyway, I like your headband!

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    2. Thanks :)

      I'm having problems with pics hosted on Flickr and have emailed support so just waiting for an answer as I can't find any reason for them not to be pinnable - so frustrating!

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  3. The belt/headband is absolutely gorgeous, and the model too adorable. It turned out wonderfully!
    x

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  4. That is so cute. Your model is going to be a great asset to your blogging in the future, as she grows prettier every time we see her!

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  5. That is really so cute and what a great idea. I'll keep it in mind for my little ones, it looks like it could be good practise for my hook and something they would enjoy. (I can't sew straight on my machine either!)

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  6. Oh my goodness it is so cute, I love what you have created!

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  7. Such a cute headband! Perfect for your little girl :)

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  8. That's a really adorable headband. I'm loving that ribbon.

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  9. Adorable headband idea, especially for a little girl

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  10. It's adorbs! Looks great on her, too.

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  11. Hi Sarah, thank you so much for paying me a 'visit'!!
    Love the little headband, cute. :)

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  12. I am saving this, as I know my daughter would love a hairband like that. I can't crochet, but learning is on my to do list, and your band looks more possible than most crochet for me.

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  13. It's just the sweetest!
    I wish I could crochet.....

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  14. such a cute little model to go with a cute headband

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  15. She is such a darling and lovin' her new headband. What a great way to combine two crafty disciplines.

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