Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Pattern: Fall Flower and Cable Headband



  When you think fall colors, you probably get the impression of browns, oranges, and reds. The fashion industry has a bit of a different idea for the fall of 2014. The usual warm, cozy colors are still there, but with cooler aluminumpurples, and even blue hues added!

  The unusual picks on the fall color palette inspired me to rummage through my yarn stash, in need of a headband for those upcoming breezy fall days. I didn't have an exact match, but I began experimenting with anything close to it, and came up with something pleasing to the eye. The colors I put together not only coordinate with this season's fashion, they will remain in style through the winter months also.
 
  Royal blue is the focus point, adding a pop of bold color with an accessory. I was lucky when the Burgundy I had came in very close to this season's Sangria, and Coffee, although darker, took the place of Cognac nicely. The faux cables made with chains and slip stitches create an interesting design, while the added flowers quietly accent each of the colors.

  You can use the colors I chose, match them to the fashion industry's picks, or make one for any season in your own color choice. This pattern is a great scrapbuster, plus it's easy enough to adjust the pattern to fit little girls and babies, too! My original design wasn't what I was looking for, so I made some changes. Since both designs are cute and simple, I've provided directions for both, so you can make yours in the style you prefer.

In women's size:
Finished size for the non-elastic band is about 20" (50 cm) circumference.
Finished size of elastic band is 14" (35.5 cm) circumference, compressed; will stretch to fit up to 20" (50.5 cm).
Both are about 1" (2.5 cm) wide.



Skill Level:






Materials:
Worsted weight (4) yarn
Red Heart Super Saver, a few yards of each:
  Burgundy - Color A
  Royal - Color B (version 1), Color C (version 2)
  Coffee - Color C (version 1), Color B (version 2)
Crochet hook size J/10 - 6 MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Elastic crochet thread (optional) - If you don't have elastic thread, you will need to make the band for version 1.
Stitch markers, if you are new to foundation stitches

Gauge:
Without elastic thread - 4 FDC = 2" (5 cm) wide, <1" (2.5 cm) tall
With elastic - 6 FDC = 2" (5 cm) wide, 1" (2.5 cm) tall

Notes:

  • Adjustments are simple, therefore not written into the pattern. 



  • Average head measurements: 12" (30.5 cm) for premie size, 14" (35.5 cm) for baby, 16" (40.5 cm) for toddler, 18" (45.5 cm) for child, 20" (50.5 cm) for women.



  • Pattern is written for a woman's size band. 



  • Subtract 2 stitches from the band for each size decrease.



  • Adjusting the size of either version may make it necessary to "fudge" the cable a bit on odd numbered repeats. Don't worry about it...use this area to attach your flower(s), so it won't be noticed.


Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain - ch
Slip stitch - sl st
Foundation double crochet - FDC: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *Yarn over, insert hook in fourth (4th) loop from hook, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through one (1) loop (foundation chain). Mark loop just made.(Yarn over, pull through two (2) loops) twice.* Repeat from * to * for each FDC. Marked loop = foundation chain.


Directions for version 1:



Non-elastic band - With color A, FDC 40. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Bind off, use tail to join gap at bottom, weave in ends.

Cable - 
Join color B with a sl st to any dc post. (Ch 1, sl st around to next dc post) 39 times [your numbers will be different if adjusting sizes]. Ch 1, join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Join color C to any dc post above color B. Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post below color B. (Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post above color B, ch 1, sl sl around the following dc post below color B) 22 times [Your numbers will be different if adjusting sizes]. Ch 1, join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Chrysanthemum flower,
One (1) of each color:



Begin with a magic circle.

Round 1:
(Sl st, ch 2) in magic circle 6 times.

Round 2:
*In next available ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 1) twice, sl st in same sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, leave tails to attach to band.

Assembly:
Use tails to secure each flower around 2 dc posts.
1. Weave tails to the center of the flower.
2. Attach first flower around 2 posts below "cable", secure with a snug overhand knot.
3. Move over to the next 2 posts to secure flower 2 above the cable.
4. Attach the third flower around the following 2 posts below the cable.
5. Secure the edges of the flowers to the band while weaving in ends.


Directions for version 2:



Elastic band -With color A, FDC 48. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Bind off, use tail to join gap at bottom, weave in ends.

Cable -
Join color B with a sl st to any dc post. (Ch 1, sl st around to next dc post) 47 times [Your numbers will be different if adjusting sizes]. Ch 1, join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Join color C to any dc post above color B. Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post. *(Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post below color B) twice. (Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post above color B) twice.* Repeat from * to *  11 times. [Your numbers will be different if adjusting sizes. If  your cable ends on an odd repeat, attach you flower(s) over this spot.] (Ch 1, sl st around the next dc post below color B) twice. Ch 1, join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Chrysanthemum flower,
One (1) in Royal:



Begin with a magic circle.

Round 1:
(Sl st, ch 2, sl st, ch 1) in magic circle 6 times.

Round 2:
*In next available ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 1) twice, sl st in same sp. Sl st in following ch-1 sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, leave tails to attach to band.

Assembly:
Use tails to secure the flower around 1 dc post.
1. Weave tails to the center of the flower.
2. Attach the flower around 1 post, going between "cables", secure with a snug overhand knot.
3. Weave in ends. 

  You can combine any combination of cables or flowers to either band. Remember to attach your flowers over an uneven cable.
  
  I know from experience, if you have thin or straight hair, the non-elastic band will be difficult to wear over the top of your hair. It can still be worn around the forehead, but use elastic for the best fit. Elastic thread can be sewn into the piece after completion if your band doesn't fit. If you have textured hair with body, either band will work well for you.

Did you make yours with a different combination? Please share your own ideas!


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