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Simple Crocheted Headband

My mother and grandmother taught me how to knit when I was really young.  I can’t remember how young, but the first thing I made was a blanket for my doll, so that should give you some idea!  My mother and my other grandmother taught me how to sew.  My first project was a drawstring bag with pig fabric.  I still use that bag (20-ish years later!)  to hold toiletries on camping trips!  All three of them along with my dad taught me how to cook and bake.  All this domestic training and not a single one of them taught me how to crochet!  I did inherit several crochet hooks from my knitting grandmother, but I don’t remember ever seeing her crochet.  The point is, I felt the need to teach myself.

At some point when I was a kid, I taught myself how to crochet a chain.  I was pretty proud of myself at the time, but chains aren’t particularly difficult or interesting by themselves.  Lion Brand Yarn has some excellent videos for the crochet beginner.  I just started crocheting a few rows and thought it was so easy I couldn’t stop!  I decided to turn my practice project into a headband.

Note: Ignore the wet hair in the picture above.  I was headed out the door and wanted to catch Husband to take the photo while he was actually home.  Yes, I do leave the house with wet hair…blow dryers are too much of a bother!  Also, I realize my headband isn’t perfect, but keep in mind that it is my very first attempt!

Materials needed:

  • Worsted weight yarn (scrap yarn works because this really doesn’t use much yarn)
  • H crochet hook
  • 2 buttons (mine are about 1/2″ diameter)
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Start with a chain of about 8 stitches.  I’m not sure if they are technically called stitches, but I’m a beginner, so that is what I will call them.
  2. Single crochet rows until the headband is as long as you want it to be.  I made mine a little loose because I hate when headbands pop off the back of my head.  Am I the only one that has this problem?  Also, no hair wedgies with a loose headband!
  3. Add 2 button holes with one row between them.  I didn’t bother researching the proper way to create a button hole, so you may want to do this or you can follow my directions.  It’s pretty easy!  Since I started with 8 stitches, I single crocheted the first three stitches, chained the next two, and single crocheted the last three.  Single crochet the next row as usual.  This should leave a hole in your headband just large enough for a button.  You may need to adjust the size of the hole based on the size of your buttons.  Repeat this process for the second button hole.
  4. End your headband with one last single crochet row.
  5. Use the yarn needle to weave the loose ends into the headband.
  6. Line your buttons up on the opposite end of the headband from the button holes.  Sew in place.
  7. Enjoy life without hair in your face!  This is a major priority for me!

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Super Easy Cat Toy


I haven’t had much time to craft or post recently because of school work and my new workout schedule (P90X…bring it!), but I came up with this super easy cat toy!  Its about time I give the kitties some attention!  The ball looks like the basic pom pom, but the center is a tight ball of yarn.  This makes it more durable and gives it some extra weight for better games of fetch (for lack of a better term).  This project uses up extra yarn scraps, which I always seem to have left over at the end of any knitting project.  If you don’t have enough of one yarn to complete the project, mix ’em up!  Color is always a good thing!  I added catnip to this toy as well because Mango (the cat) up there is OBSESSED!

Materials needed:

  • Scrap yarn (enough to make a small ball and have some left over)
  • Knitting needle
  • Catnip (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start with a small ball of yarn about 1″ to 1-1/2″ in diameter (the small ball on the left side in the above picture).  Make sure the ball is tight to prevent it from falling apart.  Any time I finish with a knitting project, I have a habit of balling up the extra yarn, so my yarn happens to be ready!
  2. Thread the loose tail through the knitting needle and pull the needle through the center of the ball.
  3. Leave the end loose.  The ball will keep the end in place.
  4. With the leftover yarn on the needle, thread the needle through a few strands of yarn on the ball.  Pull the yarn on the needle about 2″ out of the ball.  Cut the other end of the yarn to the same length.  Tie these two tails in a knot to secure this piece of yarn to the ball.
  5. Repeat all over the ball until the desired coverage is achieved.
  6. Dip the ball in catnip to make it extra appealing!  You can also add a catnip pouch to the center of the ball if you want.  I didn’t think about this option until I was already finished!

Like I said, super easy and what cat doesn’t love a yarn ball?

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Share the Love!

Ah!  The Moebius scarf!  This is a really fun scarf as it is knitted using circular needles and contains a twist as shown in this picture.  The scarf isn’t the point of this post though.  Therefore, I am not going to include instructions.  If you really want to make one (which I highly recommend), you can find the pattern in this book by Cat Bordhi.

The purpose of this post is the yarn!  In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s share the love!  Of course you should focus on your loved ones on a day like today, but why not share the love around the world too?

My mom recently took me to a yarn shop in Bel Air, MD called Ewenique Yarns to pick out a yarn for this scarf.  Knowing how much I love all things fair trade and globally conscious, she pointed me in the direction of a basket of gorgeous yarns made by Manos.  My limited spanish vocabulary allows me to translate the word “manos” to “hands”, which is a very appropriate title considering that everything made by this cooperative is handcrafted.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of fair trade, here’s a crash course.  Unfortunately, much of the stuff you buy in stores today isn’t made in the U.S.  Importing companies buy it from factories across the world.  Far too often, the workers in these factories work long hours in poor conditions for ridiculously tiny wages.  Sweatshops.  Cooperatives pop up in different locations around the world and export the goods of local artisans for a fair price.  They offer local people jobs, decent wages, and dignity.

This particular co-op has been around since the 60’s, employs 350 artisans, and offers their employees benefits like health insurance and even maternity leave!  I LOVE the fact that my yarn was hand-dyed by a woman named Karen in Uruguay, who will be able to feed her family tonight because of this organization.  Just look at how gorgeous these colors are!

I promise to get off my soapbox, but not before sending some words of gratitude out into cyberspace.

Thank you, Karen.  I love my yarn.

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