Thursday, February 14, 2008

Easy Peasy Headband

I made this really simple headband the other night. It is the second one I have made and both have turned out really soft and hold my hair back well. I used a ribbed stitch which I also like to think of as crochet elastic, as it has a bit of stretch in it. I use this stitch a lot. It seems to be a foundation stitch of my patterns. This is super quick and easy, so perfect for anyone new to crochet.
Easy Peasy Headband
8 ply cotton - not a great amount is needed. This is a great way to use up left over yarn.
Size 4mm Hook

Sc = single crochet

To Begin:

Chain 5
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and sc in each ch to end (4 sc) 1ch, turn.
Row 2: Skip first sc. Sc in the back loop each sc, ending with a sc in the turning 1 ch. (4 sc) 1 ch, turn.
Row 3 - 68 : Repeat row 2.
Fasten off.

As you are nearing the 68th row check the headband by wrapping it around your head. When you have about a 2.5cm gap left between the ends, without stretching, then it is big enough.

Join the ends together with sc and weave in the ends.

Viola! One headband ready to wear.
I embellished my headband with a simple heart. The free pattern can be found here

Here is another great website with a free pattern for embellishing crochet.

If you would prefer your headband to be wider, then just add more chains to your foundation. I made one for Mum using 9 chains to begin with. She says it is the perfect width.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Easy Bunny

Just in time to get started for Easter......

I found this great little tutorial on how to make this bunny. It is a great project for someone just starting to knit or crochet and it works up easily in one night. If you already have gauge squares then you can use those too.

It is a knitting pattern, but as it starts as a square it can easily be adapted to crochet.

I used a 4mm hook and 8 ply wool and single crochet for mine. The pattern does need a bit a stretch. If I was to make it again I would use a 5mm hook and a hdc or probably even a ribbed stitch.

I really sucks at embroidery so the facial features came out looking a little evil. I will name him Evilbunny LOL