Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Red Headband with Beaded Buckle




A young Mum asked me to make this for her  and I thought I would share a pattern with you. If you are new to crochet, this is a quick way to learn some simple stitches. This pattern uses chain, single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch.

Finished size 20 inches. This is to fit head circumference 22 inches.

Material: 1 skein Lion Brand Amazing Rose variegated yarn, 50 gr, 147 yards/135 m. I purchased mine from Amazon.com
Hook size G/4mm
Yarn needle
A beaded rectangular buckle  (available from bead shop or sewing supplies) or you can buy the sew on buckle and make one like I did.
5 grams glass beads
a beading needle
a yard of beading thread
Gauge: 14 st over sc and hdc pattern = 4 inches
16 rows of sc and hdc st = 4 inches

The Band
Ch 71, join with sl st carefully not to twist the ch, ch 1.
R1: Sc across, join with sl st, ch 1.
R2: Sk next st, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), ending with 1 sc, join with sl st on top of
ch-1.
Repeat 2nd row till the band measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn, and weave in ends.

Ribbon
Ch 31
R1: Sc across, ch 1, turn.
R2: Sc in same ch-1 space, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), turn.
Repeat 2nd row till the ribbon measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn leaving 1-yard tail.

The buckle
Thread the beading needle leaving a 6 inches tail, slide one bead into the thread, insert the needle into the same bead again one more time (this is called a stopper bead). Insert the needle from the wrong side of the clasp and sew in the beads leaving no more holes on the buckle, remove the stopper bead then tie a knot to finish. Dab a glue to prevent frying.

Assembly
 Slide the ribbon into the buckle. Find the side of the band where joining is visible (btw I learned invisible joining from Planet June, so check that one out). Thread a half yard of yarn with a yarn needle, attached the ribbon into the band by sewing it several time, careful not to pull the yarn too hard. Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Using the tail from the ribbon, sew in the four corners to the band. You might want to stretch the band before doing this by asking someone to wear it then mark the place where you want to sew the corners or roll a big towel and slide the band in.  I actually slided it into my rectangular cosmetic bag which size match perfectly with the headband, nice! ☺ Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
© Iin Wibisono 2014