I haven’t gotten a chance to take pictures with a good camera that can show you the stitches up close, so bear with my iSight shots from inside the apartment on a cloudy day.
This pattern is lovely and simple — it may look busy, but it’s really easy to memorize once you get it going, and it fit my head perfectly. (Which, uh, was great for me, but I have a huge head, so people with normally-sized heads might want to size down the hook.)
You can also see that it’s really thick; that’s because it’s meant to be kind of an earwarmer, too. But if you want just a fun headband for everyday use, it would be really simple to adjust the pattern to make it narrower in width by just eliminating some of the rows.
You can’t see, but in the back (or on the sides of the headband when it’s unfastened), it’s finished off with tabs of Tunisian simple stitch, which is an INCREDIBLY handy thing to learn. The simple stitch produces a fantastically thick and strong fabric which looks EXACTLY like the stockinette stitch in knitting (see here for an example). The tabs are made with a slightly smaller hook to make a tighter stitch, and you’re meant to sew Velcro on to the tabs to keep the headband shut. The only drawback to the stitch, though: it curls like a pillbug. I definitely, definitely had to block this before it was usable.
This is actually my second crack at this pattern. There’s an embarrassing first attempt hidden away in a bag somewhere in my apartment. It was one of the first crochet patterns I ever tried that wasn’t amigurumi, which is crocheted in the round — and when the pattern said “turn,” rather than turning the way you would in knitting (duh), I crocheted the pattern back down around the other end of the base chain. I actually completed the whole headband, following the pattern, but crocheting in the wrong places the entire time. This resulted, somehow, in little nipply raised bumps at the points where the zigzags are supposed to be. It’s pretty funny. I’ll take pictures sometime.
As always: click through to find the Ravelry page for information about the pattern.
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