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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.

Supplies:
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
scissors

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

Dimensions:
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.)

Directions:
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 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: Striped Tunic First Draft

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I completed this first draft of a tunic earlier this year. It features a high-low hem and high slits on the sides, along with leather button loops on the sleeves.

While I’m hoping to release the pattern for this tunic sometime next year, there are a few changes to be made first. Mainly, the neckline is wider than I intended, even after altering and adjusting it while making this first draft. I’m still happy with it, though – the rest of it turned out pretty much like I’d pictured, and it’s received so many nice compliments any time I’ve worn it (which is great to hear as the designer).

The next step is to work up a second version and make the intended changes, then I’ll get pictures and begin editing and finalizing the pattern.

Psst: If you’d like to keep up with day-to-day behind-the-scenes of my design process and projects, I’m pretty active on my Instagram account.

Waters Wares Pattern: The Collector’s Drawstring Bag

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The pattern for this lovely drawstring bab is now available in my shop, here –

The Collector’s Drawstring Bag Pattern

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I used to have the bag itself available for purchase in the shop, but I’ve been considering offering the pattern for a long while now. It’s a great easy/intermediate level pattern.

Pattern Editing

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Writing this pattern was simple; I’ve gotten into the habit of writing my patterns down as I make them, for the most part. Editing it to get it ready for the shop has taken a good bit of time, though, because this particular pattern involves a few techniques that need more detailed directions than most patterns. This meant getting lots of pictures, then editing all those pictures, putting them in the written pattern, and making sure directions are hopefully clear and understandable.

I tried to get pictures on clear days, so that the light coming though my window would be more consistent, and several days where I had planned to shoot turned out to be overcast and rainy. But finally, I have all the pictures needed.

On top of all this, I’m making the pattern in right-handed and left-handed versions. I crochet left-handed, but I know that the majority don’t. I also know from being a left-handed crocheter that there aren’t a lot of patterns that cater to lefty crocheting, and sometimes following patterns can get a bit confusing because of this. Making these two versions meant editing pictures doubly – once for lefties, and then again flipped for righties, and putting those pictures into two separate files. Sort of extra work, but worth it, in my opinion, because since this pattern has a lot of pictures, people can now choose the orientation that best makes sense to them. No headaches or confusion from having to reverse directions in your head.

I’m still finishing up the last few bits, but I’m hopeful that it won’t be too much longer until the pattern is ready and in the shop! It should be a great project and garment for fall and winter. Keep an eye on the shop for the pattern’s release.

Waters Wears: Tied T-Shirt

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I had intentions of getting outdoor pictures of this outfit since it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had outfit pictures outside of my house on this blog, but alas, we’ve had rain since this morning.

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I saw another pregnant lady wearing this style, and I thought it was great. Wear a skirt or dress and tie your pre-belly tees at empire waist level. Gives you a way to continue wearing them throughout even the later months of pregnancy.

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I’m still figuring out how to put together outfits as this pregnancy progresses, but though it feels a little rocky at points, I think I’m getting there. Trying to figure out ways to wear as much as I can from my normal wardrobe, while buying mostly maternity items that will also work after the baby is born.

Shirt: Faded Glory
Dress: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Ring: gift from my husband
Necklace: several colors available here

Custom Sherbet Baby Blanket

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This is a custom baby blanket I made for a sweet lady who saw me crocheting one day and asked if I could make one for her coming grandchild. I finished it a few weeks ago.

They didn’t yet know the gender when she asked me to make the blanket, so she requested these colors, especially the minty green. The colors look so sweet together, and they remind me of sherbet.

(yarn used: Caron Simply Soft)

Now, to get onto making my own baby a little blanket, albeit my plan is for a very different one from this…

A Few Things…

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I learned from a friend who was pregnant just a few months before me that their are a lot of common pregnancy issues that for some reason are never mentioned, referenced in books and film, told to girls and women as they grow up, even though they’re pretty standard pregnancy “side effects,” if you will. One nobody told me about? Subluxated ribs. Basically this means loose or dislocated ribs, and it can happen even before the baby is big enough to punch and kick in that area. Thanks, relaxin. :P

I’ve been dealing with a lose rib for months now. Some days it’s worse than others, but still a surprising nuisance I might have liked a bit more warning for. Haha.

In the picture above, a first attempt at a little sweater for our baby, in progress. It’s worked top down in a raglan style, and due to needing some special shaping for the collar it will have, I had to frog and restart several times. But it’s looking good now. Although, somehow I’ve wound up with more stitches in the cuff of the second arm than the first, and haven’t yet been able to figure out, even with counting stitches, comparing, etc. where the cause is. Fun when stuff like that happens, huh?

“The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

Ever seem to have a verse follow you? Well, this one has followed me for several years now. Sometimes I won’t see it for a while, but then, suddenly, two people post versions on Facebook, someone quotes it on Instagram, a friend mentions it in conversation all within a few days.

In Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” “be still” means to cease striving. To stop and just know that God is powerful and has control over all things. That he defeats the enemies and brings peace regardless of our strengths or our weaknesses.

In Exodus 14:14, the message to Israel is much the same. They were afraid of Pharaoh and his armies, who were pursuing them. They began to question Moses, “Were there no graves in Egypt so you brought us here to die? It would have been better for us to stay and serve the Egyptians than to die here in the desert!” But Moses responded by telling them to have faith, that they would survive and would never see the Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still…food for thought…

Waters Wears: Crochet Underbust Dress

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I started this dress two autumns ago, back in 2013. I halted the project after a bit because, well, it was getting warmer, anyway, and I also couldn’t find the right buttons – while I love mix-in-match buttons, I knew I wanted these to all be the same. This winter I decided I wanted to finish the dress, and once the right buttons were here, all that was left were the straps.

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This dress was actually my first go at pleats. I think they look great, but the main thing I learned was that the stitches of the pleat “fold” don’t need to go all the way behind the pleat; they do on this dress and it makes for a lot of fabric that’s a bit heavy. The straps work fine, though, and the dress still looks okay overall. Waiting so long, in fact, probably aided in this working out so well despite the heavier skirt – just over this summer I discovered a better way to do wide straps that are strong and are less prone to stretching.

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I put together this outfit just to show it off for you on the blog, but I really, really like it (there’s maybe a little wishful thinking for warmer weather with the choice of bare legs and tennis shoes). Now I just need somewhere to wear it to before it gets too warm.

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All in all this turned out just as I’d pictured in my head, and I could definitely see myself refining the pattern and making it again.

Dress: made by me
Thermal: Faded Glory
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklaces: old, belonged to my mom and grandmother; I believe they may be Sarah Coventry

Waters Wears: Crochet Pleated Skirt

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I started this skirt MONTHS ago, probably at least last summer, stopped working on it for a while (not because I was frustrated with it or anything like that, I was just working on other things), then picked it up and finished it just before Christmas. I’m really pleased with it.

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It’s honestly a really easy item to just throw on and mix and match with winter layers, and I think it’ll be great in spring and summer, too. I made it to fit high waisted (a personal favorite waist height), but the elastic is strong enough that it can be worn closer to the hips, too. It’s also just really comfortable.

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In reality, the overall time for making this skirt is probably less than a week, working a few hours a day, especially after getting the pleat forming down, even though it took me longer – Honestly, I had been working on it pretty leisurely, while my husband and some friends played tabletop, then I joined them, so I put the skirt away to focus on learning what I was doing. That’s why it got pushed aside for so long.

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All in all, one of my favorite projects I’ve written and made; it works up well and also looks okay when worn.

(Pictures taken by my husband.)

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

UPDATE: There is now a pattern for this skirt available here, in my online shop.

Top: Faded Glory
Scarf: unknown
Skirt: made by me
Tights: gift
Socks: Forever 21
Boots: Minnetonka

Crochet Crowns, Two Free Patterns

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I recently designed a couple little crochet crowns for my friends’ baby, and I thought I’d share the patterns here for you. These are a great project for a beginner crocheter looking to stretch their skills, as they let you play around with a couple stitch patterns and possibly learn some new techniques, and also an easy but satisfying project for more experienced crocheters.

Notes:

While the starting foundation chain counts given are for (and crowns pictured are in) a small adult size, you can adjust the crown size by adding or subtracting pattern repeats. Starting chain count suggestions are given at the beginning of each pattern, but you can adjust the size to your personal needs.

Stitches used: foundation single crochet (see stitch tutorial here), slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, chain

Please do not reproduce or sell these patterns, as they are my property. These crowns have gotten a lot of attention, and I’ve been touched by so many of the stories! If you would like to sell your finished crowns, please ask/let me know first (It’s nice to know that people enjoy the pattern!), and give credit for the design to Waters Wares or me, Mindy Waters, that is all I ask. Thanks a bunch! And feel free to make and gift as many as you like!

Hook Size: F/5 – 3.75mmish
Yarn: Medium weight, No. 4

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Circlet

Estimated starting chain counts – Baby: 50 stitches, Toddler/Child: 60 stitches, Adult: 70/80 stitches

Row 1: FSC 70 stitches, join with sl st into 1st ch
Row 2: working into ch spaces of FSC, 1 sc in each stitch around, join with sl st into first sc
Row 3: working into back loops only, *skip 2 stitches, then work 3 dc, 1 trc, 3 dc into same stitch, skip 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 5 stitches* repeat around. Join into first dc
Row 4: working into back loops only, *1 sc in each dc, sc into top of trc, ch 3, sl st into front loop of sc just worked, 1 sc in each dc, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next stitch, ch 3, sl st into sc just worked, 1 sc in next 2 stitches repeat around. Join into first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Starch if desired.

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Crown

Estimated starting chain counts – Baby: 50 stitches, Toddler/Child: 60 stitches, Adult: 70/80 stitches

Row 1: FSC 70 stitches, join with sl st into first ch
Row 2: working into ch spaces of FSC, 1 sc in each stitch around, join with sl st into first sc
Row 3: working into back loops only, *skip 2 stitches, then work 3 dc, 1 trc, 1 ch, 1 trc, 3 dc into same stitch, skip 2 stitches, sl st into next stitch, skip 1 stitch, then work 2 dc, 1 trc, 2 dc into same stitch, skip 1 stitch, sl st into next stitch* repeat around. Join into first dc.
Row 4: ch 3, *work 3 dc, 1 trc, 3 dc, into ch space of 1st point, 1 trc into sl st space of previous row, ch 2, 1 sc into top of trc of point below, ch 2, trc into sl st space of previous row* repeat around. Join into third ch of starting ch 3.
Row 5: working into back loops only, *1 sl st in each dc, ch 3, sl st into trc, ch 5, sl st into same trc, ch 3, 1 sl st in each dc, 1 sl st in trc, 1 sl st in each ch, sl st into sc, ch 3, sl st into same sc, 1 sl st in each ch, 1 sl st in trc* repeat around. Join into first sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Starch if desired.

If you get confused at any point with either pattern, just comment below or message me, and I’ll do my best to help you out!

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