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Exercise Sweatband or Summer Headband in Solid Shell Stitch

An original, designed by Sandi Marshall

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1 oz. cotton worsted weight yarn - Lily Sugar'n Cream color 07 Ivory was used in the example
US Size H crochet hook

Click on underlined name of stitch to go to the how to for that stitch:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tr = treble

For a photo explaining working in the back loop only, see this page.

Finished Size:
Width: About 2 1/4 inches wide - The headband width can vary somewhat and look just fine when worn, so don't overly worry about the gauge of the width on this piece.
Length: Finished piece (before sewing ends together) is about 19 inches long (unstretched).

3 sc ribbing rows = 1 inch, 4 sc stitches = 1 inch
3 solid shell stitch rows = 1 6/8 inches (measuring from bottom of shell of row 1 to top of shell above it, of row 3)

Pattern Instructions:

Starting Chain: Chain 8.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch-3 just made, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, skip 2 dc, 3 dc in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in first st, skip 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in last dc. Turn.
Rows 4 - 20: Repeat rows 2 and 3 consecutively.
Row 21: Ch 1, sc in first st, hdc in next, dc in next, tr in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in last.
Ribbing Rows -
Row 23: Ch 1, in back loop only of each stitch: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, until 1 st remains, 2 sc in last st.
Rows 24 - 55: Ch 1, in back loop only of each stitch: sc in each sc across. End off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing the last row to row 1. Before sewing, do the finishing rows.
Finishing Rows: Attach yarn to edge of row 1. Ch 1, sc in end of each row, with 2 sc where there is a dc at end of row and 1 sc where there is an sc at end of row. Stop where ribbing rows begin. Slip stitch in end of first ribbing row. End off. Do not crochet in ends of ribbing rows (which would interfere with the stretch of these rows). Reattach yarn on other side of headband and work single crochet edging, in same manner, in ends of row 21 through row 1.
End off.

To custom fit headband to person who will be wearing it: Before sewing last row to row 1, safety pin ends together for a temporary joining, then try headband on head, to test size. Use less or more rows of ribbing as needed. Keep in mind that the ribbing part of the headband will stretch and that you may want a fairly snug fit.

Sewing together: With large-eye yarn needle and color B yarn, (with right sides together, so wrong side is facing you) sew end of row 1 to last row, catching front loop only (loop nearest you) of last row. When sewing is completed, turn right-side out. How to Sew Crochet Pieces Together

End off. Weave in ends.

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