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Red Headband with Beaded Buckle

A young Mum asked me to make this for her  and I thought I would share a pattern with you. If you are new to crochet, this is a quick way to learn some simple stitches. This pattern uses chain, single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch.

Finished size 20 inches. This is to fit head circumference 22 inches.

Material: 1 skein Lion Brand Amazing Rose variegated yarn, 50 gr, 147 yards/135 m. I purchased mine from Amazon.com
Hook size G/4mm
Yarn needle
A beaded rectangular buckle  (available from bead shop or sewing supplies) or you can buy the sew on buckle and make one like I did.
5 grams glass beads
a beading needle
a yard of beading thread
Gauge: 14 st over sc and hdc pattern = 4 inches
16 rows of sc and hdc st = 4 inches

The Band
Ch 71, join with sl st carefully not to twist the ch, ch 1.
R1: Sc across, join with sl st, ch 1.
R2: Sk next st, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), ending with 1 sc, join with sl st on top of
Repeat 2nd row till the band measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn, and weave in ends.

Ch 31
R1: Sc across, ch 1, turn.
R2: Sc in same ch-1 space, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), turn.
Repeat 2nd row till the ribbon measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn leaving 1-yard tail.

The buckle
Thread the beading needle leaving a 6 inches tail, slide one bead into the thread, insert the needle into the same bead again one more time (this is called a stopper bead). Insert the needle from the wrong side of the clasp and sew in the beads leaving no more holes on the buckle, remove the stopper bead then tie a knot to finish. Dab a glue to prevent frying.

 Slide the ribbon into the buckle. Find the side of the band where joining is visible (btw I learned invisible joining from Planet June, so check that one out). Thread a half yard of yarn with a yarn needle, attached the ribbon into the band by sewing it several time, careful not to pull the yarn too hard. Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Using the tail from the ribbon, sew in the four corners to the band. You might want to stretch the band before doing this by asking someone to wear it then mark the place where you want to sew the corners or roll a big towel and slide the band in.  I actually slided it into my rectangular cosmetic bag which size match perfectly with the headband, nice! ☺ Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
© Iin Wibisono 2014

Yarns Organizing Idea

Here is one yarn organizing idea for you. I have uploaded this yarn roller idea in a fb group before which received  remarkable feedbacks but have never published it in this blog. Now people are asking again for the same ideas so I thought I will post it here for easy reference for all.  

    You need several household items such as:

    1. a plastic basket with holes
    2. yarns in cake shape as above works better
    3. drinking straws
    4. a knitting needle
    Here is how:
    Slide the needle inside the straw, if more straw is needed to cover the needle cut another  straw. 
    Locate the most top hole on one side of the box. Slide the straw covered needle through the hole, string the cakes carefully, pass the needle though the opposite side of the box. 
    Now you have it. Turn your work from time to time to avoid tangling. When stringing the cakes make sure you pull the threads all in the same direction toward you. If you prefer you can insert each of  the threads through the holes in the box to separate them.
    Get the box from Carrefour outlets or from online store such as Organizeit. 

    Finishing Your Crochet Project – Tutorial Round-Up

    Today I bring you several pictures and video round-up on how to neatly finish your crochet project.
    After my last trip to Bali and saw all those beautiful crocheted  items and purchasing some– I came home with the thought that there is room for improvements here on how those pretty fabric can last for a long time so you can keep them as treasures. Here are some useful technique I found on the web.

    • This article talks about tapestry needle and why you need it in crochet. I always keep at least of them along with a scissor and measuring tape in my hook case.  
    • EliZZZa of Knitaholics show you  how to tie a Frankfurt Knot. 
    • Finishing ends tutorial from Red Heart
    • Bethinx1 demonstrates how to break off your yarn and secure it from unravel using several methods.
    If you find more tutorials which can benefit crocheters like us, please share them in comments below. xoxoxo