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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ski / Sports Headband with Earflaps and TUTORIAL on: October 29, 2009 08:36:46 AM
Back Story (feel free to skip!) : My sister's just started uni about a month ago and has joined the uni Lacrosse team which is great obviously. Except for one thing - she has to wear her hair up. This is kinda the equivalent of walking around in underwear for my sister because she absolutely hates her ears. She mentioned that some of her team had ski headbands with ear-flaps but when we looked in 2Seasons they cost about 30 each which is just ridiculous. Sooo being a lovely sister (and needing distracting from my ever increasing pile of reading) I decided I'd make her one myself.

So here we have it : One fleece-lined, crocheted sports headband WITH ear-flaps in team colours.

Front-view (ignore my disgusting uni room please)


Ear-flap view


This was actually really easy to make but the instructions are a bit complicated so I'll give you two ways of doing it.
1. The complicated way that I did it that made loads of sense to my twisted brain
2. The simple way that I realised I should've done when I started writing down the pattern!

Also, in the method I've included colour changes just in case you want to recreate the same pattern as mine. If not feel free to ignore this part.

I used Hook Size 3.5 mm which is apparently Size E in American terminology.

Method Numero Uno - The Complicated One

So this method involves crocheting the ear-flaps on whilst making the headband. If this sounds crazy to you please skip straight on down to method number 2.

Row 1 : Chain 80 in Colour A. Join with slipstitch. Change to Colour B.
Row 2: Chain 2, DC in every stitch. Join and Change to Colour A
Rows 3 & 4: Chain 2, DC in every stitch, Join and Change to Colour B
Row 5 (& ear pieces): This is where it gets complicated!
Row 5: Chain 2, DC in the next 22 stitches (this is 10 stitches + the base 12 stitches for the ear pieces)

THE FIRST EAR-FLAP
(the numbers at the end of the rows are to show how many stitches you should have)

Row 6: Chain 2 and turn, DC in the next 11 stitches (12)
Row 7: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 7 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (10)
Row 8: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 5 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches ( 8 )
Row 9: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 3 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (6)
Then slip stitch back down to Row 5.

THE HEADBAND
Row 5 (continued) DC in the next 48 stitches (this is 36 stitches round the front of the headband + the base 12 stitches for the ear pieces)

THE OTHER EAR-FLAP
Row 6: Chain 2 and turn, DC in the next 11 stitches (12)
Row 7: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 7 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (10)
Row 8: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 5 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches ( 8 )
Row 9: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 3 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (6)

Then slip stitch back down to Row 5.

BACK TO THE HEADBAND
DC in the last 10 stitches and join with a slip stitch. Change to Colour A.

Final Row: SC around the band to finish with a nice edge.

As I said very complicated and quite unnecessary. To give you a bit of a better idea of what I'm talking about with the ear-flaps I drew this diagram.



See the arrows? They show which way you're meant to be working, kinda, and those pretty little ( bumps are the slip stitches going back down to the headband. Please note that they stop at the TOP of row 5 and that's where you start DCing again.
Also you can kinda use this as a reference for method two. Oh and the 8 things are chain stitches!

Ok enough blathering over something crazy...

Method 2

The Headband


Row 1 : Chain 80 in Colour A. Join with slipstitch. Change to Colour B.
Row 2: Chain 2, DC in every stitch. Join and Change to Colour A
Rows 3 & 4: Chain 2, DC in every stitch, Join and Change to Colour B
Row 5 : Chain 2, DC in every stitch. Join and Change to Colour A

AND STOP RIGHT THERE BECAUSE NOW WE MAKE THE EAR-FLAPS SEPARATELY

Sooo to make the all important ear-flaps. (the numbers show how many stitches you have)

The Ear-Flaps

Row 1: Chain 12. (12)
Row 2: Chain 2 and turn. DC in each stitch (12 - so that's the chain 2 plus 11 DCs. It makes sense in my head)
Row 3: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 7 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (10)
Row 4: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 5 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches ( 8 )
Row 5: Chain 2 and turn. Decrease DC on the next 2 stitches, DC in next 3 stitches, Decrease DC on the last 2 stitches (6)

You may find it useful to look at the diagram above to understand what the heck I mean.
Make two of these (unless you have an extra ear, then make three...) and sew them on in the right place. *This isn't half way - it's WAY closer towards the back of the headband*

When your ear-flaps are firmly stitched in place start the final row.

Remember how you'd just changed to Colour A and left it as is? Right that's where we're starting
Row 6: Single crochet in every stitch around, including around the ear-flaps. It makes the edge prettier.

Then it's simply a case of cutting your fleece to size and sewing it in.
There's no special trick that I discovered, I just placed it in, snipped off bits that stuck out, running stitched most of it (my Grandmother would kill me) and whipstitched the ears just incase.

So Ta-Da et voila! One headband ready to keep my sister's ears nice and warm and firmly out of sight for the rest of her sport playing days.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: October 22, 2009 02:16:37 PM
Me too! All 84 pages, and I'm sooo glad that people started commenting on it again 'cause with only a few pages to go it was stuck in 2007 and I was like "I can't comment on a 2 year old post"  Undecided

Thankfully I haven't had any bad experiences with people asking me to knit stuff. If I had anyone demanding I made them anything I'd tell them a flat out no but sometimes I'll get requests that I just can't do and I'll say "That's too complicated/expensive/time consuming for me to do, sorry." And sometimes I'll suggest an alternative if I feel like it and I want to share the crafty love.

For example, I made my cousin a onesie for her baby when I found out she was pregnant and my colleague asked if I could do one for her. I explained that it was a really complicated thing but that I would do booties 'cause they're fun and quick (and also soooo cute and people get so excited about how small they are!)

I did crochet the Babette blanket for my Grandma's birthday which is the biggest project I've done to date and she loved it and always has it hanging on the sofa so her friends can see I made it! (Also totally would NEVER knit a blanket - waaaay too long!)

Another tack, if people are honestly interested by homemade stuff really is to offer to teach them how to do it.

My housemate Emily had been drooling over my skirts for ages and coming into my room to "watch me sew" 'cause she was so impressed and so for her birthday I took her to buy material and then taught her how to make one herself. I've honestly never known someone to be so excited and it was really good fun and rewarding to do.

Plus then she went a bought a sewing machine and got really good herself - so much better than me - and she always tells people I taught her even though my sewing pales into insignificance compared to hers.

So yeah - happy craft related stories to balance out some of the horrors on this post!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trigger finger mitts and toque! on: October 22, 2009 08:37:55 AM
They are AMAZING.

Got a bit confused by the finger first 'til I re-read the title (duh!) but I love love love the pattern of those mitts!

Now if only I could knit.... hmm.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery on: June 12, 2008 02:15:36 PM
I so can relate to the smashing faces thing... I work in a bar where people think it's alright to snap their fingers to get your attention... I can now count to ten in 8 languages!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery on: June 12, 2008 02:13:27 PM
Ok I've been really bad and haven't posted the cards I've received for over a week now... but they are finally here!

My girlfriends and I judge your secrets in IM and give them a pass or fail. All the "pretend secrets" have failed and should be redone


I'm terrified of using the phone. I freak out even thinking about ordering a [pizza]


(You WILL Obey!) I was a Dominatrix for 3 years
Back: By the way it's legal! No sex is involved!


(Sorry for the blurriness!)
My Mom has tried to teach me to crochet about 20 times and I still don't know how to do it!!!! I'm going to work on it this year, though...


[FAT CLUB] Despite what you say, you're out of the fat club.
Back: You're barely plus size now! I don't want to hear about how fat you are!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery on: June 09, 2008 05:56:19 AM
That is amazing, I love the moving card!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thrifted & tiedied lace tablecloth = new bell sleeved empire waist dress! W/ on: May 25, 2008 03:47:41 PM
That totally rules! I am so getting up tomorrow morning and looking for a tablecloth... Cheesy
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: birmingham rag market on: May 18, 2008 01:53:19 AM
Ah I love Fancy Silks... definitely the place to go for all my fabric needs. I swear going there for me is how some people must feel going to Disneyland! Cheesy
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Signups 5/11/08-5/24/08. Sendouts 6/7/08 on: May 18, 2008 01:48:44 AM
Is it a bit keen that I've already made my first card? In my defense, I have revision I'm avoiding...
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Signups 5/11/08-5/24/08. Sendouts 6/7/08 on: May 17, 2008 07:25:12 AM
Woo! Just sent my info in, hope that I can join in this time!
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