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Free Pattern: Retro-Inspired Crochet Headband

This pattern was inspired by necessity, as I wanted a cute way to cover up my undercut during cold winter months on days when I wear my hair up. But of course, you don’t have to have an undercut to wear this headband.

It’s a pretty simple crochet pattern, and involves just a little simple sewing for the finishing touches.

fingering weight yarn (I used Woolike, which is an acrylic/nylon blend since I have quite a bit in my stash that I’m trying to use up, but I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend it, as it tangles and knots on itself a lot withing the skein which is a huge pain, but it has a good bit of stretch and nice drape, which works well for a headband)
G/6-4.25mm hook
small darning needle
3 in. by 1 in. piece of leather (or material of choice)
leather punch
sewing thread
sewing needle

Stitches Used: (US terms)
Foundation Single Crochet (FSC): see tutorial here
single crochet (sc)
double crochet (dc)

Finished headband should measure approximately 20 inches circumference and 6 1/2 inches wide. Size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting FSC stitches and rows. (Note: Headband should have a bit of a snug fit, to help it stay in place when worn. Keep this in mind when adjusting size.)

FSC: 94 stitches, turn
Rows 1-41: (For Row 1: holding FSC row with “v’s” on bottom and ch side on top, work into FSC as seen in FSC tutorial linked above. This gives the headband an instant finished edge) *ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat * to end of row, turn

Row 42: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Seam ends together using method of choice (whipstitch, mattress stitch, single crochet, etc), using yarn.

Cut a small piece of yarn, about 8-10 inches long. Scrunch seam of headband and tie piece of yarn around it using a double knot to hold in place. Tie several times to make secure. Cut/weave in any ends.

Cut a piece of leather 3 inches by 1 1/4 inches. Use a leather punch to make holes along short sides of leather, about a centimeter from the edge. I made 4 holes along each side. (Be sure to adjust leather size if adjusting headband size). You can also substitute another material if you don’t want to use leather. Wrap leather around scrunched part of headband and line up punched ends, making sure ends meet on inside of headband, so they will be hidden when headband is worn. Use sewing thread and needle to sew sew leather ends together, working back and forth several times to secure.

And you’re finished!

If you have any questions, just ask. Please credit Tales of Butterflies and myself, Mindy Waters, for any finished headbands. Please do not reproduce, copy, or sell this written pattern, just link back here. Thank you!

Waters Wears: Sunshine Stripes

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In case you haven’t picked up on it from previous outfit posts, most of my wardrobe consists of clothes given to me by friends and family after closet cleanouts. I’ve received items that aren’t my exact size in the past, but that’s led to me figuring out ways to wear them and actually influenced my style a lot (I love pairing something baggy with something form-fitting, eg. big cardigan + skinny jeans and I’ve developed a love for layering. I could probably do a whole post, or several, on making too-big items work. :P). Now if someone says, “Hey, I have some clothes I’m getting rid of, do you want any of it?” I’ll take most anything. If it’s not wearable the fabric can be used for projects and if I take something I wind up never wearing I can pass it on to the next person.

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This yellow striped tank is no exception. My friend pulled it out as she was offering me clothes to take and I was like yes, yes, I love that. I’ve been on a yellow kick for years now, ‘kay?

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This past weekend I was desiring to wear very comfortable clothes, so I paired it with some “workout” shorts. When my husband and I were in Germany I used these shorts for pajamas and lounging around, but on a short trip to Rome where I ill-packed for the much hotter weather, I needed some shorts for the train ride back to Germany, and that is when I realized I loved wearing these shorts, rolled up, in everyday attire. It’s been a while since I’ve worn them as such, but the warmer weather and the fact our Saturday would be spent at Bible study then my brothers-in-laws’ football game led me to put them on.

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A personal goal for this blog was to not only post outfits I like, but that any outfits I post have to include something I’ve made, altered, mended, etc. This would be a breeze in fall and winter since scarves, hats, and gloves are all common crochet fair, but starting with warmer weather moving in has made it more challenging. I decided to wear a headband I made a while back, which I wore in the very first post on this blog, here. I’ve been growing my bangs out, and they’re at just the length where finding ways to pin and twist them back and actually have them STAY back is difficult, so I decided to try out the headband and see if it worked. For the most part, it did pretty well.

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It was the first time my husband and I had been able to make one of his brothers’ games, and it was a good one. Although there was a lot of drama and almost fights, especially from the other team, because people get ridiculous and tense when playing football , the game itself was pretty exciting and our team wound up winning right at the end. So that was pretty cool. Hopefully we can catch some more of their games in the future.

Tank Top: Love To Love (I think, the label was hard to read)
Shorts: Danskin Now
Shoes: Converse
Headband: made by me

Waters Wears: Blue Flowers

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I’m kind of loving this shirt right now. It was passed on to me by my sister-in-law, and was always one of my favorite tops of hers. Now that the weather’s warm I’ve worn it several times. I love the neckline, it’s different from all the other tank tops in my wardrobe, but it’s not finicky; it covers regular bra straps well enough.

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Long pants were fine enough this day, but the next day we finally reached 80+ temperatures, so it may be a while before I attempt to wear pants again. (I was even silly enough to take a 2 1/2 mile walk with friends in this weather, in these pants. So silly, what were we thinking?)

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This is Phoenix, our tiny girl cat. She happened to stop and chill for a second in frame.

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I’ve worn this headband before here. Basic headbands like this have been a favorite of mine for a long time. I like that they’re so simple to put on, and can be used to pull bangs back and out of your eyes if desired. One of my favorite things about the fact that I can crochet is that I can quickly whip one of these up if I want. It’s just a simple chain stitch, which was the first stitch my mom taught me and which I would make long, long strands of as a child.

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Top: Old Navy (old)
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Sandals: Faded Glory (several years old)
Headband: made by me

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