Saturday, May 9, 2015

Make A Hairband from Crochet Hat Pattern



The hairband is made by simply working half-way through a hat pattern which starts at the base. You finish when you reach the desired width of the hairband. My hairband is worked in worsted weight yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook.

The resulting width of the hairband is 3 inches with 10 rounds. The finished hairband here shows 5 pattern repetitions, with the last 2 reps in decrease stitch to taper the hairband. The upper edge of the hairband is crocheted with simple picots.



I include the hat pattern symbol chart above as reference. It is from a Japanese crochet magazine that I bought several years ago. The written instructions further below describe the modification of the hat pattern. You can use modify most hat patterns to make a wide hairband that fits your size.

Hairband Pattern Foundation chain starts at the base of the hat/hairband. Chain a multiple of 6 stitches +1. (The average circumference of hats is 22 inches. You may wish to make a half inch or so smaller for a hairband)


Interlocking shell pattern:

Sc in 2nd ch fr hook.

Rnd 1: Skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, rep fr ending last rep with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, sc in middle dc of 5-dc shell, in next sc make (dc, ch 3, dc), rep fr ending last rep with ch 3 and sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sc, sc in 3-ch sp, 5 dc in next sc, rep fr ending last rep with sc in last 3-ch sp, 2 dc in first sc, sl st in top of ch-3 to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in top of same ch-3, in next sc make (dc, ch 3, dc), sc in middle dc of 5-dc shell, in next sc make (dc, ch 3, dc), rep fr ending last rep with sl st in first sc to join. (This completes 2 rounds of the basic interlocking shell stitch pattern).

Rnds 5-6: Rep rnds 3-4.

To make the first shell pattern decrease, you make a 4-dc shell instead of 5 (in the first round), and a 2-ch sp instead of 3 (in the next round). Thus:

Rnd 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in same sc, sc in 3-ch sp, 4 dc in next sc, rep fr ending last rep with sc in last 3-ch sp, 2 dc in first sc, sl st in top of ch-3 to join.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in top of same ch-3, in next sc make (dc, ch 2, dc), sc in 3rd dc of 4-dc shell, in next sc make (dc, ch 2, dc), rep fr ending last rep with sl st in first sc to join.

Rep rnds 7-8 to complete the hairband. End the round with a simple picot edging, for example 3 sc, picot, 3 sc …etc.

To make the second shell pattern decrease, you make a 3-dc shell (in the first round) and a 1-ch sp (in the next round). This will radically decrease the circumference of the piece to taper into the shape of a hat.

To finish off, a closing round of sc in each ch-1 sp is made.