Crochet Headband in Salmon Pink (click on the picture to see this item in my Etsy Shop)
While reading over my last post (DIY – How to Make a Crochet Headband – Part One) I realized I’d forgotten a couple of important points.
(before I begin, I’ll just mention again, that if you don’t have the time or desire to make this headband yourself, I have many different styles available in my Etsy Shop – Catalina Inspired if you want to check them out.)
First, when you complete each square and tie it off, you should leave a 7″ – 8″ tail of yarn remaining before you cut. This reduces the number of ends you have to weave in. If you’ve already woven the ends in, however, all is not lost. I’ll explain more on that when I get back to the pattern.
The second point I forgot to mention concerns everyone’s personal style of crochet and resulting gauge. The gauge (stitches per inch) can be pretty flexible in this pattern since the headband doesn’t need to be a specific width. For reference purposes, my squares, using the bamboo blend yarn, end up being just a little more than 2″ square. However, some people crochet tighter or looser stitches. The squares are often a little tight around the edges (represented by a slight curl or pucker) but this is ok since we will be stitching around the outside of the squares which will stretch them a bit. If you think your squares are really misshapen though, you can alter the pattern slightly to accommodate your own style.
For example, in round 3 of the motif, you can try doing 4 single crochets in each ch3 space instead of 5. Of course, you will then need to subtract these stitches from the 4th round.
If any of this is confusing, you’re having trouble with the pattern or something doesn’t make sense (an error on my part), please feel free to leave a comment with the details of your issue and I’ll be happy to help.
Ok, to pick up from where we left off in the last post…
You should now have 5 squares completed. If you did leave a 7″ – 8″ tail of yarn off each square, here’s how to proceed. You’ll need a large, plastic, blunt ended needle. Line up 2 of the squares so that both tails are facing down off the bottom of each square and thread the needle like this (make sure the correct side of the square is facing up)…
Crochet Headband – Joining Two Squares – Step One
Next, pass the needle through the center ch of the top, right ch3 space on the bottom square, like this:
Crochet Headband – Joining Two Squares – Step Two
Pull the thread through but leave enough slack so that the squares are still lined up. Then pass the needle over and through the center ch on the bottom, right, ch3 space on the top square like this…
Crochet Headband – Joining Two Squares – Step Three
Now pass the needle under and back through the same center ch of the top right ch3 space on the bottom square. Adjust the yarn at this point so that it’s not too tight or too loose going from the tie-off point to where it enters the first stitch. As you sew the two squares together, make sure you catch the slack part of the yarn (from the beginning) in each stitch so that it cannot be seen. Also, when sewing the two squares together, pass the needle only through the back loop (the two loops closest to each other) of the sc like this…
Crochet Headband – Joining Two Squares – Step Four
Continue joining the squares by sewing through the back loop all the way to the center ch of the ch 3 spaces on the left. Weave the end back through and cut. It should look something like this…
Crochet Headband – Joining Two Squares – Step Five
Continue joining the other three squares in the same manner. If you didn’t leave a 7″ – 8″ tail of yarn on each square, all you have to do is cut a piece of yarn about 9″ long and sew the squares together in the same manner, only leaving about 2″ before the first stitch. Sew over it as you go across the edges of the square. Here’s what the 5 squares should look like when they’re joined together…
Crochet Headband – All Five Squares Joined Together
Again, please feel free to comment with any issues or clarification of my instructions. I realize I’ve been leaning heavily on pictures here, but I’ve never actually written one of my patterns down and I’m a visual person, so I think it comes across more clearly this way. If not – let me know! Click here for part three of the crochet headband pattern