Friday, October 3, 2014
This pattern does more than keep your hair in place. Wide, showy headbands are hot in fashion right now, so you can keep your ears toasty with this earwarmer-style headband. A simple Love Knot panel bordered in scallops adds a touch of pretty lace while the solid pieces add warmth and structure.
A large button and a frilly flower combine the finishing touches to give this piece a bunch of character without adding a ton of work. The pattern is also centered so you can wear this headband with the lace in the back, which looks awesome with short haircuts or updos. You can check out the photos at the bottom of the page to see some examples of how it can be worn differently.
Finished size is: 4" (10 cm) wide.
19" (48 cm) circumference when buttoned.
Length unbuttoned is almost 20" (exactly 50 cm).
Super fine (1) Loops and Threads Woolike in Lavender
- less than 25% of a skein
Crochet hook size E/4 - 3.50MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle or smaller hook to weave in ends
A 1" (2.5 cm) button
2 repeats of pattern (3 rows of single crochet, 1 row of double crochet), 12 stitches across = 2" (5 cm)
1 Love Knot mesh = 1" x 1" (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm)
-When turning rows for Love Knot, remove hook, insert from the back side, then turn to avoid twisting the turning sts.
-The written pattern is designed to help you understand the four different sections, but you will only need to bind off twice:
The LK panel is worked first, rotated, then the first earwarmer piece is worked from it with the same working yarn. Do not bind off until you have completed the first earwarmer. The working yarn is then re-joined on the other side of the panel, and the second piece is worked from it. The border is then worked from the second piece. Do not bind off until you have completed border.
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Love Knot, also known as the Lovers' Knot or Solomon's Knot (LK) - Pull up a long loop about 1" (2.5 cm), hold length securely. Insert hook in bottom loop of stitch (loop to left of hook), pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through both loops.
-or- Pull up a long loop about 1" (2.5 cm), hold length securely. Insert hook in loop to left of hook, make 1 sc in loop.
Single crochet two together (sc2tog) - Insert hook, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Single crochet three together (sc3tog) - Insert hook, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). (Insert hook in next st, pull up a loop) twice (3 loops, 4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Double crochet two together (dc2tog) - Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st. Pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
*The weather here has been stormy and unpredictable, so it's been difficult to control the light for photos. Sorry they don't look so good this time, but I've added them anyways. Hopefully they're still helpful.
Love Knot Panel:
Finished size of panel is 5" (13 cm) wide by 4" (10 cm) high.
Ch 2, 1 sc in farthest ch from hook. Make 10 LK.
Sk 3 sc (4 LK), 1 sc in 4th sc from hook. (2 LK, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc) 3 times.
Make 2 LK, turn. Sc in the first available sc (1 half-mesh). (2 LK, sc in the 2nd available sc) 3 times. For half-mesh at end of row: Make 1 LK, 1 long sc in next sc. Close long sc with a sl st. (1 half mesh, 3 mesh, 1 half-mesh made)
Make 2 LK, turn. Skip the first sc, 1 sc in the next. (2 LK, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc) 3 times.
Rows 5 - 8:
(Repeat row 3, repeat row 4) 2 times.
First ear piece:
Rotate to work down side of panel.
Finished size of solid panel is 4" (10 cm) wide by 2 1/2" (6 cm) high.
Sl st in the LK sp, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc).
3 sc in same sp.
(4 sc in next sp, 2 sc in the following sp) 2 times. 4 sc in each of the next 2 sps. (24 sc)
Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each of the next 23 sts.
Repeat Row 2.
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 1 dc in each of the next 23 sc. (24 dc)
Rows 5 - 7:
Repeat Row 2 (3 rows of 24 sc).
Repeat Row 4 (1 row of 24 dc).
Rows 9 - 11:
Repeat row 2 ( 3 rows of 24 sc).
Ch 3, dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next 18 sts. Dc2tog, 1 dc in last st. (22 dc)
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in the last st. (20 sc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in the last st. (18 sc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc last st. (16 sc)
Ch 3, turn. Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next 10 sts. Dc2tog, 1 dc in last st. (14 dc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in last st, (12 sc)
Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each of the next 11 sts. (12 sc)
Repeat row 18.
Ch 3, turn. 1 dc in each of the next 11 sts. (12 dc)
Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in the last st. (10 sc)
Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (8)
Ch 1, turn, sc3tog twice, 1 sc in last st. (4 sc)
Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. 1 sc in the last st. (3 sc) Bind off, weave in ends.
Second ear piece:
Join yarn with a sl st in end LK sp.
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 3 sc in same sp. (4 sc in next sp, 2 sc in the following sp) 2 times. 4 sc in each of the next 2 LK sps. (24 sc)
Rows 2 - 20:
Repeat Rows 2-20 of first ear piece.
Repeat Row 18. (3 rows of 24 sc)
Repeat Row 20. (24 dc)
Rows 25 - 27:
Repeat Row 18.
Rows 28 - 31:
Repeat as for Rows 24 - 27 (1 row of 24 dc, 3 rows of 24 sc).
Ch 3, turn. Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog. 1 dc in the last st. (10 dc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog. Ch 4, sk 4, sc2tog. 1 sc in the last st. (8 sts)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, 2 sc in ch-4 sp. Beg in last available st of ch sp, sc2tog. 1 sc in last st. (6 sc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog twice. 1 sc in last st. (4 sc)
Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (3 sc)
Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Working down side: Make 1 sc in each sc post sp, 3 sc in each dc post sp to LK panel. *(1 sc, 4 dc, 1 sc) in each of the next 2 LK.* Beg in same sp and ending in next, sc2tog.** Repeat from * to ** 2 more times, from * to * once. Working into next ear piece: 1 sc in each sc post sp, 3 sc in each dc post sp to end of row. 1 sc in each of the 3 sc across. Continue working up other side with 1 sc in each sc post sp and 3 sc in each dc post sp to LK panel. Repeat * to ** 3 times, * to * once. Continue working up side of next ear piece with 1 sc in each sc post sp and 3 sc in each dc post sp to beg ch-1. Join with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.
Use same yarn, or matching thread to attach button in middle of Row 21 of the first ear piece.
Check your fit before you weave in the button ends. If your finished piece is slightly too large, you can attach the button a few rows back to tighten the fit.
Finished size is 2" (5 cm) in diameter.
Beg with a magic circle.
Make 12 sc in magic circle.
(Ch 3, sl st in next st) 11 times.
(Ch 2, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, ch 2, sl st in next sl st) 11 times. Bind off, pull circle tight. Weave in ends, leaving enough tails to attach to headband.
Use tails to attach to Row 1 of second ear piece. This one has been attached in the center of the row, but you could add it to either side, or omit it.
Weave in ends.
Headband without flower:
Worn with the lace at the top, the button will be slightly behind the ear:
Worn with the lace in the back, the button will be in front, with the flower slightly behind the ear:
Rear view with lace worn in back:
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Have you used this yarn yet? Don't hesitate to share your comments!
Starbella by Premier Yarns is an acrylic mesh tape yarn available in a large variety of colors. This super bulky (6) weight yarn comes in 33 yd (30 m) skeins.
I have to be honest and tell you that I wasn't impressed with Starbella when Premier Yarns first introduced it. I didn't make a point to try it out because I wasn't interested in making a ruffle pattern at the time. Plus, I really thought the only thing you could make out of mesh yarn is a potato chip scarf. But, I've finally broke down and bought some (half-price!) because of a yarn sale.
I got a hook out almost as soon as I got in the door with my new purchase. And then...Wait a second... How do you use this stuff?
Luckily, Premier offers free video tutorials for how to crochet and knit with their product, and free patterns. The first thing to learn was the difference between the top and bottom of the mesh. The solid band is the finished bottom, and the open mesh spaces are the top, where you work your stitches. Beginning with the mesh yarn was also more difficult than I anticipated, until a visit to Premier's website.
After learning the "proper" way to use Starbella, and practicing with a few different patterns, I could see the good points of working with this yarn. Although it might be difficult for a beginner at first, once you learn the right way to use it, you can make fancy or fun ruffles that work up quickly with a minimal amount of effort.
It can also be used as a bulky yarn, held together. This makes giant chains that grow by the second. The variegated color I'm working with has dramatic color changes with every few inches of chain. Using Starbella as a tape yarn created a more satiny, silky feel than the fluffy ruffles have.
Discovering new ways to work with this yarn definitely changed my original (and uninformed) opinion. It led me to more experimentation and an awesome new pattern. Starbella can absolutely be used for so much more than potato chip scarfs!
I love the color I picked out, Canyon Sunrise. After visiting their website, I also fell in love with the colors Purple Rain, Faded Jeans, and Seabreeze. Plus, I thought a skein of Birthday Cake would be great for making something for a little girl.
However, I have to admit that I'm a little reluctant to work with this yarn again. You can create so many different effects with it, and the color choices are awesome, but I had a hard time using it. It twists while you're working, it sticks to the tiniest rough spots on your hands, and it picks up every bit of dust (or cat fur) around it. On the bright side, you could use scraps of leftover skeins to make a very useful duster.
I hate to give something a bad review just because I had difficulty using it. Maybe I need to practice some more, or try a few more patterns to really like it. I'd like to see the results of the project I made after a few more washes, too. I have a feeling it's not going to look so pretty if I keep throwing it in the washing machine. I could have sworn the (lost) label on my skein stated "machine wash gentle, dry low", but the product website says to hand wash. Starbella is definitely better off being washed by hand, because I can already see signs of fuzz and loose threads, even using gentle cycle. It's my mistake that it was put in the washer, so the fact that it didn't fall apart and it's not ruined yet is a plus for Starbella.
My conclusion is that I can see the benefits of a yarn like this, but it's just not my cup of tea. I love the variety of the available colors, and I love the softness of my completed project, but... I just didn't love working with Starbella.
Don't let my negative opinion stop you from trying this product at least once. The yarn itself offers so many possibilities, and Premier's website offers FREE tutorials and patterns. Click here to get more information, check out all the colors and patterns, and find help with using Starbella.
Crochet is the Way will soon have a new free pattern for you to use Starbella with.