Tutorial: Crochet Bow Headband
As I have said previously, there are a TON of tutorials for headbands. However, I have never seen one just like this. I know a little girl who loves pink, and this tutorial sprung from brainstorming birthday gift ideas for her. It’s pretty straightforward—you only need to know how to make chains and single crochets.
Here are the materials you will need: headband (I got a pack of eight at the dollar store), worsted weight yarn, 5mm crochet hook, and a large blunt tapestry needle. Optional materials include coordinating thread, sewing needle, beads, sequins, ribbons, and glue.
Get your yarn on your hook. Start single crocheting around the headband as well as your yarn end (to hide it), encasing everything in a “tube” of stitches:
This will feel a little awkward. Make sure you crochet as tight as you can and as close to the last stitch as possible:
Keep going, scrunching the stitches close together as you go and making sure everything is nice and neat:
It’s gonna get a little sketchy toward the end. To make life easier, squish the stitches as much as you can to the right, leaving more headband exposed. When you think you have enough stitches to cover the headband, gently pull the squished stitches back to the left. Make sure everything is nice and even, and leave a little bit of the band exposed on both ends:
Finish off your stitches and cut the yarn, leaving a sewing end. Thread your yarn end back up through the tube of stitches, pull it tight, and cut off the excess:
In the “test” headband I made (which I will keep for myself), I dabbed a little glue on the headband ends and slid a few stitches over the glue. This was an extra precaution. Because I am giving the pink headband to a little girl, I omitted the glue. If you are going to use glue, and you are giving this to a child, please make sure that the glue you use is non-toxic.
If you want to get fancy, this is where we start. If you’re not feeling fancy, skip down to the bow-making section. Grab your needle and coordinating thread. Cut a big old length of thread (single ply). I think I measured three to four times the length of the headband and doubled that. Fold your thread in half and put the two cut ends into your needle. This will make a loop at the end for you to use as a “knot.”
Insert your needle into the first single crochet and back through your loop. Pull it tight. Now your thread is attached:
Grab some beads (or sequins). Put a bead onto your thread. Insert your needle into the next single crochet (under the “V”) and pull your thread tight. Put the next bead on, and continue weaving the thread and beads back and forth through the stitches:
When you get to the end, knot your thread tight around the last stitch:
Then, hide your thread end inside the “tube” of stitches just as you did with the yarn ends:
Now, we’ll make the bow. Chain 24. Single crochet into the second chain from your hook (if you want to be extra neat, crochet into the little bumps on the back of the chain rather than into the “Vs”—this makes your edge look more finished). Single crochet into each chain. When you get to the end, chain 1, turn your work, and crochet into each stitch back across. Make three rows. Finish off. Cut yarn, leaving a sewing length. Weave in the short yarn tail.
To make the bow “knot,” chain 7. Continue just as you did before, making three rows of single crochet. Remember to leave a sewing length. Now you will have two strips of crochet that look like this:
Right now is the perfect time to embellish your bow (with beads or woven ribbon), if you are choosing to do so. Grab the longer strip. With the right side facing out, use your sewing length to whip stitch the edges together, making a ring:
Thread your needle with the sewing length of the short piece. Stack your bow “ring” on top of the short piece (on the wrong side of the short piece), then stack your headband on top of that (making sure you like the placement of your bow). Make sure the seam of the bow ring will be hidden by the knot piece. Squeeze everything together really tight and whip stitch the ends together, pulling the yarn as tight as you can:
When you get to the end, knot your yarn, weave in the end, and cut any excess:
Done! You can really shake things up with this by adding a flower or other embellishment instead of a bow, or you can weave ribbon through the stitches instead of beads. Or, you can omit any embellishment and just have a plain single crochet headband.
I made a matching little pink purse to go with this headband, and I will share the pattern for that as soon as I can!
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