This is the third and final post in a series on how to make the crochet headband pictured. Here are the two earlier posts:
Please refer to the first post for stitch abbreviations, which are standard. Also, as I’ve previously written, if you don’t want to make the headband yourself, visit my Etsy Shop, Catalina Inspired where I have many different colors available.
Ok – on to the pattern. Now that you’ve joined all five squares, the next step is to crochet all the way around twice.
With the front side facing up, YO and insert the hook into the top right ch3 space and sc 3 times. Then sc in each sc across the end of the headband till you come to the next ch3 space but skip over the center sc. There should be 6 sc across the end, not 7. It should look like this:
Sc 5 times in the corner ch3 space. Sc in each sc to the next ch3 space. If you followed the pattern exactly there should be 7 sc along each square side. 2 sc in ch3 space. Insert the hook into one of the stitches made to sew the squares together (two layers of yarn), pull up a loop and sc. 2 sc in next ch 3 space. Here’s what it should look like so far:
Continue with 7 sc, 2 sc in ch 3 space, sc in between squares and 2sc in ch3 space until you get to the next corner. 5 sc in the corner ch 3 space and 6 sc across headband end, skipping over the center stitch which prevents the end from puckering. 5 sc in next corner and continue crocheting the second side, the same as the first. When you get to the end, sc 2 in the first ch3 space and sl st in first sc. It should look like this:
For the next round, sc in each sc all the way around except for at the corners. See picture for instructions on the corners.
Each corner should look like this when finished:
Continue all the way around, slip stitch with the first sc and tie off. It should now look like this:
After tying off, yarn over and insert the hook into center sc at right corner. Ch1. Sc in each sc across until you reach the center corner sc on the left side. Ch1, skip 1st sc and sc across to the 1st sc on previous row. Ch1, skip 1st sc and sc in each sc across to the 1st sc in the previous row. Continue to decrease stitches until there are 6 sc across. Now it should look like this:
Now, after you’ve decreased to 6 stitches, ch 2 then dc across all 6 sc. Continue making rows of 6 dc until the tie is long enough. To measure, place the center square of the headband on the top of your head and pull the tie down until it’s long enough to tie a square knot with. When you think it’s long enough, tie off and repeat the same instructions on the opposite side. If it turns out that the tie isn’t long enough when you finish, just add a few more rows until it’s the perfect length. Then weave in any loose ands and trim. Here’s the finished product.
I hope these crazy instructions, though a bit unorthodox, were understandable. If not, please comment on anything you don’t understand and I’ll try to clear up any confusion. I used a lot of pictures for this pattern, but as I wrote in the first post, I’ve never actually written one of my patterns down. I found it a bid difficult to communicate something that I’ve done intuitively for so long. So, again, I apologize if it didn’t make sense. Happy hooking !