Before I start to TRY to tell you how to make them, please remember I'm not really a crocheter, so I might not be able to use the proper terminology. And if you know a better way, please share with me!
To start I chained 12 or 13 for adult size or 10 or 11 for child size. (Leave about 8 inches of tail yarn length for sewing it up later.) This will be your width. Then, chain 3 more. This is the first double crochet stitch. Now, starting with the next chain over, double crochet in each stitch to the end.
|I don't know if you can see my finger peeking threw the stitch next to the 3 chains. That's where you start the double crochet stitch.|
Chain 3 and turn your work. Starting in the next stitch, double crochet in each stitch to the end. Chain 3 and turn your work. Repeat this until it is the desired length. You want about 2 inches overlap to sew together. I think for adult, mine were about 20 inches long and child size was about 18 inches long. But if you are making it for yourself, just keep wrapping it around your head until it is the right size.
I like the way the chain 3 along the edges kind of makes a scallop edge.
When it is the right length, cut the yarn to about 10 inches and pull through the last stitch. Using the tail ends of yarn, I sew the headband together, making sure to line up the edges. There will be about 2 inch overlap here. I don't stitch right along the edge of the top overlap. I stitch about 3/4 of an inch in. I try to make both strings end up in about the same place at the back to tie them together in a knot. But don't cut them, you can still use them to sew on your flower or buttons.
Now, onto the flower. I like making a two layer flower and again, it's just using the double crochet stitch. For the smaller one, chain 7. Then slip stitch into the first chain. This makes a circle.
|This is the slip stitch. Put the hook through the stitch, yarn over with the yarn and pull through.|
Now, just like the headband, chain 3. You're going to double crochet right into the circle. Double crochet 3 times, chain 3, then slip stitch into the circle again. Make sure you are working away from the yarn tail. Repeat 4 times to end up with 5 petals. Snip the yarn to about 6 inches, then pull the yarn through the last slip stitch. Tie the 2 yarn tails together. Then I sewed each tail through the back of one petal and snipped the yarn.
The large size flower is made the same way, only start with chaining 11 and making 6 or 7 petals.
I first sewed on the large flower, then the small flower, then I sewed on the button in the middle. And this is the finished product;
My personal preference is just sewing on 2 buttons like this;
These headbands are great because they don't use that much yarn. I just used some scraps I got from a lady from church.
That is how I crochet headbands.
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