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Sunday, 1 August 2010

Easy Peasy Headband Tutorial

Ok, so I've noticed that other people often use their blogs to give back in the way of doing a tutorial. I thought it would be nice to do the same. This is a super easy project that you can complete in just a couple of hours and at the end of it you have something new to wear - yey! I'm proudly wearing the one I made last night for the tutorial photos :)

This is the first time I've written a tutorial so please let me know if I've missed a crucial step or my instructions aren't clear. So here goes...

"How to make an easy peasy knitted headband with crochet flower embellishment" 

by lou bluebird

Ok, here's what you need:

1. around 50g of yarn. Any kind, it doesn't matter as long as it has some stretch or it'll fall off your head all the time!
2. a small amount of a complementary yarn. This is for your flower embellishment.
3. size 4mm knitting needles
4. crochet hook (I think mine is 4mm but it doesn't really matter, you'll just have a slightly bigger or smaller flower)
5. embroidery needle

Step One - Making the band (wasn't that a tv show?)

First, cast on 8 stitches and knit two rows. It should look like this:
Keep knitting every row until the band goes around your head (forehead to nape of neck), stretching it a little so it'll have a bit of purchase when it's on. Mine measures about 60cm when stretched. Just keeping checking it against your head as you go.

Once you've knitted the desired length, cast off your stitches and cut the yarn. Be sure to leave a length of around 20cm for sewing together, like this:
Hold the two ends flush together and use a simple blanket stitch to join them. Neaten by using the embroidery needle to pull your loose ends through the join and snipping off. It should now look like this:

Now just turn it the right why out...
That's your band finished! Told you it was easy.

Step Two - Making the flower

To begin, make a slipknot, leaving about a 10cm tail,  and then make 3 chains:

Next, insert the crochet hook into the first chain and make a slip stitch, forming a small circle.

Chain 1. Make 5 treble crochets into the centre of the circle. It can be a bit tricky to find the centre so you might need to pull the stitches out a little to get in there. 
Once you have made all your trebles, insert the hook into the first stitch and make a slip stitch to join the circle:

To make one petal:
  • Chain 2
  • Make 2 treble crochets into same stitch
  • Chain 2
  • Make a slip stitch into next hole
You now have one petal, like this:
Repeat these steps to make 5 petals. Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 cm tail and pull the last stitch tight.
Use the embroidery needles to pull the tail through to the back of your flower. You should now have 2 lengths of yarn coming from the middle.

Step 3 - Putting it all together

Position the flower on the top side (right side) of the band where you want it to sit. I like mine slightly off centre. Pull the tails through to the back of the band using the crochet hook and tie tightly in a knot. Snip off the excess yarn but be careful not to cut too close to the knot or it might come undone.

Turn it back out the right way and that's it, you've finished! Now wear your headband with pride! 
Now you've made one, you can experiment with be different colour combinations, maybe add more flowers or some buttons. It's up to you to make it your own. 

Enjoy :)

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