Thursday, 28 May 2015

Beginner Chain Headband


A very simple tie-back headband, in sizes newborn through to adult, and perfect for beginners to crochet. This pattern uses only 3 techniques – chain, single crochet and slip stitch, even for the flower! Very easy, very fast.

Difficulty: Beginner

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.

Materials: Approx 10 – 20 yds sport/baby weight yarn (Grade 2, fine); 3.5mm hook; yarn needle for tidying up ends and sewing on flower.

I used Vanna’s Glamour in colour “Jewel”; Weight Category 2, Sport Weight, Fine; 1.75 oz/50g (202 yd/185m)

You can also use standard Double Knit (Grade 3, 8 ply) for this pattern, but go down a hook size as the band will turn out slightly longer.

It is very easy to make this to the exact size you require. Using the Gauge stated, simply take the number of inches you require the band to be (minus ties), and multiply by 5. That gives you your starting chain.

Gauge: 5 chain to 1”

Newborn figures are written first, other sizes are in brackets as follows:

Newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months; 1-3 years, 3-10 years, Preteen/Teen, Adult)

Sizing is as follows (minus ties):

Newborn          12”
3-6 months      14”
6-12 months    16”
1 – 3 years        18”
3-10 years         19”
Preteen/Teen  20”
Adult                  22”

Abbreviations used: sc = single crochet; ch = chain; sl st = slip stitch

You can make each size smaller or larger as you wish by simply adding or subtracting 5 chain per 1” +1.

You will be working on both sides of the starting chain.

All sizes:

Row 1: With 3.5mm hook, chain 61 (71, 81, 91, 96, 101, 111); sc in 6th chain from hook. *ch3, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end. Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch5, sc in same chain as last sc worked. Now working on the other side of the starting chain, *ch3, skip 2 chain, sc in next ch (the same ch in which you worked an sc on the other side); rep from * to last sc. Sl st to beg chain 5 loop (which was made when you worked into the 6th chain from the hook at the start. Sl st to centre chain of 5 ch loop, ch 36 (36, 36, 40, 40, 50, 50, 55). Fasten off.

Attach yarn to centre chain of 5 ch loop on the opposite end, ch 36 (36, 36, 40, 40, 50, 50, 55), fasten off.


Round 1: Ch5, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring. ch1, *sc into ring, ch2; rep from * 5 more times; sl st to beg sc. (6 loops).

Round 2: Sl st to next ch2 loop, ch1, sc in same loop, *ch4, sc into next loop; rep from * 4 more times, ch4, sl st to beg sc.

Round 3: Sl st to next loop, ch1, sc in same loop; *ch6, sc in next loop; rep from * 4 more times, ch6, sl st to beg sc. For baby sizes, fasten off, leaving a tail of about 7".

For larger sizes, you may wish to make a larger flower, in which case, add the following row:

Round 4: Sl st to next loop, ch1, sc in same loop; *ch8, sc in next loop; rep from * 4 more times, ch8, sl st to beg sc.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of about 7".

Tidy up tail end and work it in toward the centre back of the flower, then use it to attach the flower to the headband.

Tidy up any ends, and your headband is complete!

©AG Handmades 2015

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