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Hearts and Lines Headband Free Pattern

An Original Design by Sandi Marshall


This wide winter headband displays a heart theme design on the front of the piece, while ribbing rows give the headband some stretch for a comfortable fit.

Materials Used In This Example
Worsted weight yarn in the following colors:
Color A - White
Color B - I used Bernat Super Value "Lite Damsn" Color No. 315
US size G hook

Finished Size: 3 3/4 inches wide on the front portion and 3 1/4 inches wide on ribbing rows x 19 1/2 inches long before sewing end together (this length fits an average size adult female head. You may need to adjust the finished length to fit the size head of the person you are making the headband for)

Gauge: 7 ribbing rows = 2 inches, 9 sc on ribbing rows = 2 inches
Note: Individual gauge is not crucial on this project. The important part is the finished length (to fit the size head of the person you are making this for) and the length can easily be adjusted by making fewer ribbing rows or more ribbing rows.

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Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ea = each
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch

See the Related Resources box on the right for links to how-to pages for these stitches.

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time. A slip stitch does not add any height and is used to join a chain or stitch to another place in the crochet piece. It can also be used to add a decorative ridge to an edge.

To Begin: With Color A, chain 42.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (41 sc)
Rows 2 - 14: ch 1, to turn, sc in ea sc across. (41 sc)
At end of row 14, do not end off yet but continue in same color for Outside Rnd.
Outside Round: Working down the side of the piece, ch 1, sc in end of first row (ch 1, skip end of next row, sc in end of next row) 7 times, then, ch 1, sl st loosely in ea st across bottom edge, then, ch 1, working along other side: sc in end of first row, (ch 1, skip end of next row, sc in end of next row) 7 times, then working along top edge: ch 1, sl st loosely in ea st across top edge. Do not end off yet.
Starting Ribbing Rows: sl st in back loop only of first sc on the short side of the piece (to be in the right position along the side of the front piece, to begin the ribbing rows).

The photo on the left shows a portion of the ribbing rows that are worked in short rows along the side of the front piece.

Ribbing Row 1: ch 1, working in back loops only for the entire row: sc in ea sc across the side. (14 sc)
Ribbing Rows 2 - 31 or until desired length is reached: sc in back loop only of ea sc across. (14 sc)
Before Finishing: Try it around the head of the person who will be wearing it. Be careful not to stretch it too much when trying it on so that there will be some stretch left available in the ribbing rows for a comfortable fit. If it is too large, pull some ribbing rows back out until you have the right fit. If it is too small, add some more ribbing rows until you have the right fit.
When You Have The Right Fit: Leave a long strand of yarn to use for joining the pieces (but don't join yet because it will be easier to do the cross stitch design on the front piece before the headband ends are joined).

Following is a photo showing what just the front piece of the headband looks like with the cross stitch added:


Working The Cross Stitch Design On The Front Piece: Note that there is one stitch left unworked on each side and also one row left unworked on both the top and the bottom, as shown on the chart. Thread a large-eye needle with worsted weight yarn in color B. If you are new to cross stitch on crochet or have questions on how to proceed, you may wish to read through my hints and instructions on How To Cross Stitch on Single Crochet on this web page: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa111702.htm. When you are ready, follow the chart to add the cross stitch design to the front piece, reading the chart as: one square on the chart = one single crochet stitch.

The chart is too wide to fit on this page. You may print out the chart from the printer-friendly page at: http://crochet.about.com/library/n021905.htm

When Finished With The Cross Stitching -
To Join By Crocheting: Hold the right sides together of the two ends (so that you are working on the wrong side) and slip stitch in the front loops only of the rows (to keep the same ribbing look showing on the right side of the piece as you have on the first ribbing row).
Or ... To Join By Sewing: Using a large-eye yarn needle, thread a strand of yarn (of the same color as you used on the ribbing rows) on the needle and hand sew (with wrong sides facing you) through the front loops only of the two ends, to join.
When finished, end off. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

Copyright: This headband is my own original design. My example photos and my written instructions on this page are copyright 2005 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. You are welcome to link to this page but, per copyright law, do not place the actual content of the page on your own website; do not redistribute in any form! If others would like to have the instructions, please give them the URL of this page, so that they may come here for themselves. Thank you! Any reproduction or redistributing of the pattern instructions or pattern images on this page involves the written permission of both myself and About.com and involves the drawing up of legal paperwork detailing the specific permission to be granted, any fees for the requested use in reproducing or redistributing the pattern and signing of said legal paperwork by the parties involved. In light of the fact that having the exact same content on multiple websites can damage the original web site's standing with search engines, permission to reproduce on individual websites will not be granted. Permission for companies or publishers for print publication will be considered.
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