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.

 

 

Friday’s FO: the dress

I finally finished the dress. The stockinet was mind numbing. But the end result was definitely worth it. And just in time for the warmer weather. She sure loves her dresses. So worth it in fact that I cast on a second one. I knit this one from the bottom up using on colorway that had really long color repeats. This time I am using three colors and knitting from the top down.

The 5 year old chose the colors herself. I am pleased she picked colors that were not pinks or purples or typically girly colors. I am already at the skirt portion.

The skirt will be striped using all three colors. I am enjoying it so far but I think the bodice on the bottom up version was more interesting. But then again I will find out when it is done.

I also cast on a pair of socks for her using some leftover sock yarn because she has suddenly outgrown most of the socks I knit for her. She actually likes hand knit socks. I mismatched them intentionally. I have a thing for socks that are not twins. They look more fun and carefree. I am knitting them toe up and two at a time. Not my favorite technique but it is perfect for using up the yarn until the last yard.

Oh I have another FO, it is not really an FO but it is still a cool thing. I finally found some fold over elastic at my local store.

And made a bunch of headbands. I went back and got another 6 colors and made 2 of each color and the little one took them to school and shared with her friends. They literally take minutes to make and they are so comfortable and they look really nice too.