Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Megan's Headband ~ Free Crochet Pattern Coming!
It's February 1st and it seems like a good time to offer a new free crochet pattern. I've been contemplating which of my patterns I'd like to share. Megan's Headband is near and dear to me because it was inspired by my young friend Megan. Megan and her family are from Singapore and one day (a few years ago) Megan came to preschool wearing a very cute headband. I was so intrigued by the design that I asked Megan's mom if I could borrow her headband.
I adapted the design into the crochet pattern you see here. I can't take credit for the original concept, but I have made some changes of my own. I love this pattern because there is something sweet and almost vintage feeling about it. It's like a combination kerchief and headband. From the front, it appears just like a headband, but it does an even better job of keeping your hair back and out of your eyes. From the back, it's a striking lace perhaps reminiscent of times gone by.
The other thing I like about this pattern is that it looks cute on everyone from little girls to grown women. With all the varieties of yarn out there, it can take on countless looks. I've made them out of everything from the ribbon yarn you see here to eyelash fibers and other novelties as well as straight cotton yarn. It can be quiet and understated or fun and furry, whatever your heart desires.
Here's one in black using a variegated novelty fiber to cover the headband. How cute is that?
I hope you will join me as I begin my next crochet tutorial. I think you're going to love this one! I need a couple of days to prepare. In the meantime, we can begin gathering our materials. I'll be writing this pattern as a one size fits most, but please remember, if you use a very fine yarn and a smaller hook, you will have a smaller finished product. I'm going to be recommending medium weights and sizes. If you decide to make one for a toddler, a sport weight yarn and an F or G hook may be just perfect, however for youth to adult, medium weight yarn and a size H hook are ideal.
You will need:
One fabric covered headband - I prefer fabric covered for this project because it keeps the stitches from sliding. I like to look for ones about 1" wide, but that's just my preference. The width can vary.
Medium weight yarn - I'll be using Lion Brand's Incredible in Rainbow. This pattern is the perfect application for a ribbon yarn, but anything you have on hand is fine. 80 to 85 yards should be more than enough. (It's been a while since I've made my headband so I can't remember exactly how much and the amount will also vary depending on the yarn itself.) It's nice to pick a yarn that compliments or matches the color of your headband because the ends will be left uncovered. Of course this part of the headband is behind the ears, so you don't have to worry too much.
Crochet hook size H(8)/5.00 mm
Okay, so tell your friends, there's a new free pattern on the way. I'll be back in just a couple days to get us started. This is a quick project and a fairly easy one too. I think you'll have fun making these as gifts, but don't forget to make one for you!
Megan's Headband ~ Free Crochet Pattern ~ Part I
Megan's Headband ~ Free Crochet Pattern ~ Part II