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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- End your headband with one last single crochet row.
- Use the yarn needle to weave the loose ends into the headband.
- Line your buttons up on the opposite end of the headband from the button holes. Sew in place.
- Enjoy life without hair in your face! This is a major priority for me!
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