This headband can be made in a fairly short amount of time with less than 1 ½ ounces of yarn. The ties allow it to be adjustable to different size heads, as well as reduce the bulky feel. The possibilities to customize it are endless!
1 ½ oz (40 g) any worsted weight yarn
4.25 mm hook
approx 3 inches wide before edging;
approx 17 inches not including ties
Approx. 4 stitches per inch
Approx. 4 rows per inch
This looks nice with a variegated yarn. Any stitch could be used to vary the look. When determining the exact size of your headband, take into account whether your chosen stitch has much stretch or not.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn
Row 2: (2 sc) in 1st st, sc 1, (2 sc) in last ch, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 4: (2 sc) in 1st st, sc to next to last st, (2 sc) in last st, ch 1, turn
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have 13 stitches. Work one row of plain sc, ch 1, turn. Now you are ready to begin your pattern. Feel free to insert any stitch pattern.
Pattern Row: dc in first stitch, *skip 1 stitch, work (sc, dc) in next stitch; repeat from * until there are two stitches remaining. skip 1 stitch, sc in the turning chain of the previous row, ch 1, turn
Work your pattern until it reaches approximately 12 inches from the start of your pattern (do not count the sc). See notes section about different stitches. If your stitch stretches a lot (like sc rib), you may want to work less than 12 inches. If your stitch doesn’t stretch much, you may want more, depending on the size of your head. The examples stretch some, so I made the pattern section 12 inches.
When you finish your pattern stitches, continue:
Row 1 (of decresases): Sc dec 2 st, sc to last 2 st, sc dec, ch 1, turn
Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn
Repeat these Rows 1 and 2 until you have 3 stitches remaining. Now you are ready to do the sc border and ties. READ THE ENTIRE NEXT SECTION BEFORE YOU BEGIN.
Ch 1, sc around the headband. Sc 3 in corners. When you reach the 3 sc at each end, sc in 1st 2 stitches, then ch approx 7 inches. Slip stitch in 2nd ch and across. When you reach the base, sc in the 2nd ch again, then continue around. When you get back to where you started, join to the first sc with a slip stitch. You may want to ss once more for extra stability. Fasten off and weave in ends. Tie to fit your head. You can leave it tied and just pull it on and off if you leave it slightly loose.
* This pattern was edited 18 September 2008 for clarity.