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Zig-Zag Stripe Headband

Pattern Created by Sandi Marshall

Front of Headband:

In response to a question on how to make a ripple or zig-zag pattern have a straight edge, I started with a basic zig-zag and experimented with some progressively taller stitches, creating this pattern as an example of one way to make a straight edge on a zigzag item.

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Front of Headband, Another Example:

Closeup of a Portion of the Headband

Materials Used In The Examples: About 1/2 oz. worsted weight yarn for the headband (I used Red Heart Supersaver Multicolor - color Painted Desert in the example at the top of the page and TLC Essentials - color Dark Brown yarn in the other example), small amount of a contrasting color for the zig-zag center (I used Red Heart Supersaver - color Warm Brown in the first example and White in the other example), US size H hook
Finished Size: About 2 inches tall x 10 1/2 inches long (when folded in half, with ends joined)
Gauge: 4 sc rows = 1 inch, 6 1/2 sc = 2 inches
Note that gauge is not crucial to this project. The proper fit is determined by adding more rows or fewer rows when crocheting the short rows of the back.
Abbreviations: ch = chain, ea = each, hdc = half double crochet, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, sts = stitches, tr = treble

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.
How to Crochet in Back Loop Only: http://crochet.about.com/library/blbackfrontloop.htm
How to Skip a Stitch: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa071804.htm
How to Half Double Crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/blhalfdouble.htm
How to Crochet a Treble: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa101897.htm

Pattern Directions
Designed by Sandi Marshall, copyright 2006 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.
See terms of use below the pattern directions. Please keep the copyright statement with the pattern directions when you print out or save the pattern.
Starting Chain: chain 43.
Zig-Zag Row 1: work in one loop only of each of the chains; the remaining loops will be used later when crocheting Second Side Row 1. sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 3 chs, * 3 sc in next ch, sc in ea of next 4 chs, skip next 2 chs, sc in ea of next 4 chs **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then 3 sc in next ch, sc in ea of next 4 chs. End off color A.

First Side Row 1: Attach color B in first sc. ch 3, tr in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in ea of next 3 sc, * hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, tr in next sc, skip next 2 sc, tr in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in ea of next 3 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, tr in ea of next 2 sc.
First Side Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in ea stitch across. End off.

Second Side Row 1: Attach color B in first sc on other (unworked) side of zig-zag row 1. Work in the remaining loop of ea st of the zig-zag.
ch 1, sc in first ch, * hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next ch, skip next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in ea of next 3 chs **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next ch, skip next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch.
Second Side Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in ea stitch across.

First Row Made On The Short Side: ch 1, then working down the short side, sc in end of first 3 rows on side, work 2 sc around the post of the tr on edge of next row, sc in end of last sc row.

Short Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in back loop only of ea sc across. (6 sc)
Short Rows Note: This is sized to fit an adult size head. To make it for a child, do fewer short rows, trying it around the head of the child who will wear it when you are close to having enough rows and adjusting with more or less rows as needed for the proper fit.
Short Rows 3 - 36: ch 1, turn, sc in back loop only of ea sc across. (6 sc) This row is worked in the back loops so that there will be stretch for a comfortable fit.
Check to see if this number of rows will be the proper fit for the person who will be wearing the headband. Add more rows (or pull out some rows) if needed.
End off, leaving a long strand for sewing the ends together.

Joining: Fold piece in half with the wrong sides together. To join the two pieces, thread the ending-off strand on a large-eye needle and sew through both thicknesses along the two short sides of the piece. Joining Crochet Pieces
Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

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