I was in the mood for something that I could work up quickly and wear out that day. With my hair in a ponytail, I thought, why not a fun headband using one of my favorite stitch patterns?
I picked crochet #10 thread because it’s lightweight, crisp in stitch definition, durable, and can easily be machine washed and dried. It does stretch a bit being 100% cotton, but the hair-tie helps it bounce back, and keep its shape.
I had already decided on the Granny Stitch pattern, but I went a step further and worked it from the hair tie out to the center so the stitches wouldn’t be just one direction. In the center, I used my favorite Pull Loop Through (PLT) join method to add extra security and a little decorative element, but you could also use a simple whipstitch to join.
Working two pieces and joining together gives you the freedom to create any combination of two tones, but it also looks great in one solid color. You could also wear it with the hair tie in the front instead of at the back.
Toddler: 13.5” (34.25 cm) circumference, to fit a head size of 19 – 20” (48.25 – 50.75 cm)
Child/Adult Small: 15.5” (38.5 cm) circumference, to fit a head size of 21-22” (53.25 – 55.75 cm)
Adult Large: 17” (43 cm) circumference, to fit a head size of 23” (58.5 cm)
Artiste #10 Cotton Crochet Thread (100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton; 350yds [320m]): Skinny: 101 Eggnog, 123 Jade Blue; Regular: 112 Orchid, 111 Wild Berry
I used a small amount – about 6 grams.
Size US D3 (3mm)
Not essential. In pattern, the skinny one is 0.88” (2.24 cm) wide, and the regular one is 1.5” (3.81 cm).
Please see our standard abbreviations.
Beginning chain 2 counts as a double crochet.
Except for the first row of the Band, there aren’t any chain spaces. A chain space in this case is defined as the space between double crochet clusters.
Hair Tie Instructions
Hair Tie Tube – Centered on the hair tie
Ch 7. Sc into the 2nd ch, and each across (6 sc).
Rows 2 – 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc into the 1st sc, and each across.
Fasten off with a long tail, and whipstitch the long sides together to create a tube. Fold the hair tie in half, and push it through the tube so it’s centered.
Band – Work 2 (Each End of Hair Tie)
Row 1: Attach yarn to one end of the hair tie, ch 2. 2 dc into the hair tie, ch 1, *3 dc into the hair tie, ch 1, rep from * 0 times (skinny), 1 more time (regular), dc into the hair tie [7 (10) dc].
Rows 2 – 20 (23, 25): Ch 2. 2 dc into the 1st ch-sp, *3 dc into the next ch-sp, rep from * 0 times (skinny), 1 more time (regular), dc into the 2nd ch of the beg ch.
Fasten off first side, not second.
Fasten off with longer tail, and whipstitch center edges closed.
Row 21 (24, 26): Ch 1, turn. Sc into the 1st st, PLT, *sc into the next st, PLT, rep from * 7 (11) more times [9 (13) sc].
Weave in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER: ALEXANDRA RICHARDS
Alexandra is described as a “craft, coffee and cat addict”.
Though she has always been a crafty person, she picked up needlepoint on plastic canvas in 2006. In 2015, she learned to crochet, and began her blogging journey as EyeLoveKnots, named in honor of family members affected by Retinoblastoma – a cancer of the eye.