Crochet Crown Headband {a tutorial}

Not for lack of WIPs, I just made something new. It is a problem I assure you. Here I was sitting knitting on my second color affection when I thought to myself. “Crowns!” I need to crochet a crown. I also need it to be a mini crown because EVERYTHING is cuter in miniature. Just think of anything and google it and add miniature to it.

What do you do with a miniature crown anyway? You glue it onto a headband and make a 5 (6 in two days) year old extremely happy.

They are very easy to make.
I made two variations one using DK yarn and a 3.5 mm hook and sports weight yarn and a 3 mm hook.
You can use any weight yarn and hook as long as it gives you a tight fabric because you don’t want a flimsy crown. I also tend to crochet and knit tight so make sure you test it out and see if it works.

Version 1: {greens and blues}

Make a 30 stitch chainless foundation. You could also just chain 30 but it is always a good idea to learn something new.
Slip stitch into the first SC to join the round.Make sure you don’t twist.
Round 1 – 3: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 4: Turn your work around so you will be working on the wrong side. SC in same stitch, *4DC in same stitch, SC* repeat until the end of the round, then slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round. Turn around the work so you are back to working on the right side.
Round 5: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 6: DC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 7: *SC in same stitch, Skip two stitches, in the next stitch (4 DC, CH3, 4 DC ), skip 2 stitches*, SC in next stitch, slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round.

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends.

To attach to the headband, I cut a felt circle the size of the base of the crown,sewed it to the crown then glued that onto the headband.

Version 2: {purple}

Make a magic loop, chain 3 (counted as first stitch) and 11 DC.

Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch (24 stitches), slip stitch into first stitch and CH 1.

Round 3 – 5 : *2 SC in same stitch, SC* all around,  slip stitch into first stitch and CH 1.

Round 6:  Turn your work around so you will be working on the wrong side. SC in same stitch, *4DC in same stitch, SC, SC* repeat until the end of the round, then slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round. Turn around the work so you are back to working on the right side.
Round 7 – 8: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round. CH 1.
Round 9: *SC in same stitch, Skip two stitches, in the next stitch (3 DC, CH3, 3 DC ), skip 2 stitches*, SC in next stitch, slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round.

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends.

Since this one has a circle for a base you can just glue it directly to the headband, that is what I did, but in retrospect I think a felt circle might have helped it keep its shape better.

 

 

Summer in winter {Wednesday’s WIP}

After finishing the big dots bag I had some leftover yarn (a lot of it) and because my OCD makes it hard to accept yarn that has no purpose I just started another bag. I still haven’t decided how it will look like in the end but I have some different ideas.

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Big Dots Bag {Free Pattern}

Sometimes I am just compelled to make something. An idea pops into my head and I feel helpless against stopping myself. Not that I really ever want to stop myself from making something special.
I felt the need to make a bag on Saturday. I knew exactly what it should look like. It would be smallish, crochet, made up of squares and mostly blue. I had some fake leather handles that I knew I could use and so I got the yarn and started making it.
I was done last night so it is a fairly quick project.
24 squares all together and a gazillion ends to weave in.
I think the weaving in was the only boring part of this project.

A PDF file for this pattern is available at the end of the post.

The yarn:
I used DK weight yarn and a 4 mm hook. The yarn is a cotton acrylic blend, because cotton on its own tends to sag and lose its shape quickly. I also prefer cotton bags because the weather here is warm most of the year so this makes the bag more usable. You are of course welcome to use whatever yarn blend that makes your heart sing.
You might also choose to use a thicker or thinner yarn, just use a suitable hook for it.

Yardage

I used approximately 130 meters of the solid color and 200 meters of the multicolored yarn.

Abreviations 

Terms used are all American.

CH chain

SC Single Crochet

DC Double crochet

HDC Half double crochet

To make the squares:
Round 1: Make a magic circle, chain 3 and DC 12 into it.
I will be ignoring the chain 3 and skip them when I slip into the first DC to close a round. I found that this worked better for the circles.
Slip stitch in the first DC to complete the round. [12 stitches]

Round 2: CH 3, DC 2 into each stitch. Slip stitch in the first DC to complete the round. [24 stitches]

Round 3: CH 3, DC 2 into  same stitch, DC 1 in next stitch, *DC 2 in next stitch, DC 1 in next stitch*. Slip stitch in the first DC to complete the round. [36 stitches.]

You should now have a circle made up of three rounds. If you are using the same color yarn for the frame then continue if not then cut off the yarn and join a new one in any stitch.

Round 4: Squaring the circle

CH 1, SC in same stitch, SC, HDC, HDC, DC 2 in next stitch, CH 2, *DC 2 in next stitch, HDC in next two stitches, SC in next 3 stitches, HDC in next two stitches, DC 2 in next stitch, CH 3* (repeat 3 times),  DC 2 in next stitch, HDC in next two stitches, SC in next stitch. Slip stitch into first SC to complete the round.

I like to finish all the circles, then all the frames, then weave in all the ends. What can I say, I like having a system. This works more like an assembly line and saves the time of stopping, putting down the hook, changing yarn, finding scissors and all that.

Now comes the fun part, joining the squares, the pink line is the fold line and the dark blue lines show you which side of which square joins where.

 

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I found this on My craft bay. Go on over and check it out, she has more images like this that show you how to join a bag or a garment.
You can use whichever method of joining that makes you comfortable.  I used a slip stitch with the wrong sides facing together because I wanted the join raised and obvious to give it an interesting textured look.  Obviously this is a matter of preference, so do whatever makes you happy.

Measurements

Each square messed 7.5 cm on the side, the handles measure 32 cm long from tip to tip.  The bag itself  is 29 cm at the widest point and 24 cm at its highest point.

I didn’t line my bag because I plan to use it mostly for quick errands or for holding my projects.

Finally sew on the handles and enjoy your bag.

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New Knitting Reference Cards {Free Printable}

Back in 2010 I created some Handy Reference cards for knitters and crocheters.  I have been meaning to update them for a while. Something cleaner and clearer.

 

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So I present the new Handy Reference cards.

They include a knitting needle conversion card, crochet hook conversion card and a yarn weight reference card.  I also added a blank card so you could add whatever it is that you want to write instead of having to look up every once in a while.

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All you have to do is print on card stock, cut out then glue every two together, back sides together.  Add your notes to the blank card and laminate.

I added 4 inch marks to mine so I could check gauge if I need to without having to find my ruler.
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Doily crochet rugs

I have always wanted to make one of these. I think doily rugs are super cute. They are also great for small areas or in bathrooms. I got myself some super bulky yarn and a 10mm hook and just started making a giant doily. I love how doilies look but never felt they would work with my home. The 5yo would probably abuse them anyway.

And then I made another one. The first one is made with acrylic yarn which is the perfect thing for bathrooms or kitchens because you can wash them regularly without worrying. And it just felt so wrong using high quality wool on my bathroom floor. The second one is made with four strands of sport weight cotton held together, I like the pattern more but the pink one works better. It is a little bit floppy and ruffles slightly at the edges and doesn't keep its shape so well. But still everything is a learning curve.

I think the next step is to try making one using t shirt yarn. I think it might be just perfect. It should hold its shape and hold up well with washing too.

 

A work in progress; a baby blanket

Not colors I would normally pick out but they are so pretty together.

I spent quite some time deciding what I wanted to crochet. Then it hit me. A simple granny square blanket.

Weaving in the ends was a pain, but totally worth it.

I am now working on the border. I am loving it. Bright and happy.

Wednesday’s WIP: Return of the crafter with ADD

That would make a really lame movie title.  Do you remember when the little voices told me to go buy yarn? No? You’re not really concentrating then are you? Well you can go take a peak.

Stripey Dress

To be honest, I am done with it. It is a dress. A striped dress. The recipient can’t wait to wear it so I don’t have an action shot yet. It is always a happy moment when the 4 year old (almost 5 now) is happy with an item.

And then the naughty voices made me buy 5 of this
Himalaya Efsun in Beige

and three of this
Alize Cashmira in Grey

and these
New Hooks

It also turns out that I can also blame them for buying stitch marker supplies
Stitch Marker Making Supplies

which turned out into these:
Stitch markers

I loved making them. It was slightly harder than I thought. Or my hands are just more used to handling yarn than dealing with pliers and wire and things that need a lot of oomph.

My actual WIPs for this week are these gloves
First Real Gloves

and a crochet shawl/scarf I am not sure yet.
A little crochet

What are you all upto?