Headgear

Covering the ears is one if my main goals when making any kind if head wear. I think it stems from being a kid; I always had to have my ears covered, even in the bath tub because of my frequent ear infections. I do it to my son too, “Cover those ears!”
I recently made a batch of requested head wear for a few folks and one of them is a headband. I know I’ve talked about headbands already, but this one is my own pattern so I thought I would share with you how to make your own. It is a great ear warmer!!

The materials that you will need are:

H hook

Worsted weight yarn, two colors if you want strips like mine

Scissors

Yarn or tapestry needle

 

Here’s the pattern:
Ch 10
Row 1: HDC In third ch from hook and HDC in each ch across, ch1 and turn (8HDC)
Row 2: HDC across, ch1 turn.

Continue until you reach the desired size to snuggly fit around your head. When the desired length is reached do not tie off! Simply ch1 and turn the work as if you are going to start another row, but instead hold the two ends together and slip stitch across. Then tie off the end and weave in ends. If you want stripes like mine, I switched color every third row. To ensure a smooth color change make sure you finish the last stitch of the row before you intend to switch by pulling up the new color when you have two loops on your hook.

Happy crocheting!

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Granny Squares

There are lots of books out there with wide arrays of crochet patterns and tips and tricks that, to be honest, can be found free of charge most the time. I find myself to be hard pressed to find a good crochet book that is really useful to me. One such book that I have managed to find is The Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert. This book is full of nothing but beautifully delicious granny squares.
The granny square has been around for as long as our grannies have been, pun intended. In the 70’s they were plentiful in the form of shorts, vests, and all other forms of clothing. The beauty of the granny square is that, while you can make them as large as you like, you can also make them smaller, more traditional in size. Because of this traditionally small size, it makes the perfect scrap stash buster! All of those little balls of yarn floating around all lonely and feeling unneeded in the bottom of your stash or project bag can see the light of day again, or at least the light of the reading lamp by your bed.
Granny squares can be sewn together to make just about anything from pillows to blankets to bathing suits to wash cloths to purses and so on. The Granny Square Book provides its readers with so many granny squares to choose from in bright attractive colors that the possibilities are endless.

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Headband Patterns

One of the quickest patterns to whip up is the headband. It can be made with a thinner yarn to be worn in warmer weather or with a bulky or super bulky yarn for colder weather to keep your ears warm. Either way it is a great project for instant gratification. There are a lot of great patterns out there with lots of variety to choose from. You could pick one with a flower, a bow, a braided one, or just a plain one. Add in some creativity with color and the choices are endless. The latest headband I made is very simple; it came from the blog All About Ami and is her Knotted Headband pattern. I included a picture of my finished version of this pattern below. Here is a list of some of the many headband patterns available for free across the web with the blog/website name and the pattern name as well as a brief description of what makes each pattern unique.

Knot Your Nana’s Crochet: Braided Crochet Headband – This is a cute and simple braided headband. She has lots of cute patterns for babies and adults also.

Little Things Blogged: Summer Crochet Simple Headband – This pattern is very simple and can be made in any variety of colors to make for a cute headband in the summer. She also has many other great patterns available on her blog.

Craftstylish: Button-Bedecked Headband – A very unique pattern that can be embellished in infinite ways and color combinations. Linda Permann created this pattern and she is an amazing crochet designer. I love all her patterns and she has books available as well.

Classic Inez: Knitted-Look Flowered Headband – A big, thick headband that is sure to keep your ears and head warm. There is a pretty flower on it as well.

Hopeful Honey: Lady in Read Headband – Simple headband pattern that functional and fashionable. This one has a flower attached but you can put whatever embellishment you want on it or just leave it without one. She has other great patterns available also.

So, there are a few headband patterns for your crocheting pleasure. There are many more out there, so keep looking around and you will find the perfect one for you if it isn’t already on the list.

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