Friday, July 29, 2011

No Sew Ruffle Rose & Ribbed Headband

I used worsted weight yarn and an H (5mm) Hook for both the headband and rose.

First the headband -
This is super easy. Ch to the width you want your headband to be plus 2.  In the picture I chained 8 because I wanted the headband to be 6 stitches across. It can be any width.

** I never count the chain up at the beginning of a row as a stitch and I crochet into each st across. Even the first one that the chain up is connected to. This is an assumption in the pattern.***

R1: Hdc in the 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. Turn

R2: Ch2, hdc in the back loop of each stitch until the last stitch, hdc in both loops of the last stitch.

Repeat R2 until your desired length. It's best to measure the head of the person who will wear this, but here is a general guide. 
Newborn = 13"
0-6 Months = 15"
6-12 Months = 17''
Toddler =  19"
Preschooler = 20 -21"
Child = 21-22"
Teen to Adult = 22-23" or more
I have a big head and it measures about 25" (It's true, I do. When I was born I was only 6 pounds but when people saw me wrapped up they all thought I was huge - like 10 lbs. from the size of my head. Like you needed to know that about me! ;-)

Once you reach your desired length fold the headband matching up the 2 short sides. Both sides of the headband are the same so there is no right or wrong side to worry about. Now you can either slip stitch these 2 ends together or cut a long tail, get out your tapestry needle and whip stitch them together. Tie off and weave in the yarn ends and the headband is done. You will be sewing the flower over the seam.

Now for the Flower. 
Most roses have you crochet a long scalloped strip, roll it up and sew it together. This one is different. It's not scalloped or sewn. I got the idea from making fabric roses out of gathered material strips.

Join each round with a sl st in first st as indicated.
R1: Magic Loop. Ch 1, 6sc in magic loop, pull loop tight
R2: Ch1, 2 sc in front loop of each st around, join in front loop
R3: Ch1, * sc in front loop of the first st, 2 sc in the front loop of the next *, repeat * to * around, join in front loop
You have made a circle that will be the base to the rose. Turn your circle over. You will see a spiral made up of the back loops of each st and the joining slip stitches. I will now refer to each loop in the spiral as a loop. 
Working in these loops - ch 2, crochet 3 dc in each loop, following the spiral all the way around to the last loop. In the last loop work - dc, hdc, sc.  Tie off with a long tail for sewing. Sew the tail through the center of the flower. This will make the ruffle curve nicely into the center. Sew on the headband over the headband seam.
Crocheting into the spiral of loops can get tricking. I find it helpful to fold the base of the flower at the loop you are trying to work into. 
Enjoy this pattern. Please email me if you have any questions!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Facebook Giveaway!!!

Hi All! I know I have been absent lately. I have been out of town and dealing with many family issues. I am back for a few weeks before I move to Hawaii on Sept. 1st.  Here is a link to my Facebook Page HERE   

Here are the details!
THE PROMISED GIVEAWAY! Help me get to 200 fans. Winner will win their choice of 2 patterns or one handmade item from my Etsy Shop. To Enter - comment on this post or the fan page wall. Get you friends to like the fan page & mention your name in the post (that's another entry for you & one for your friend). This will giveaway end when I reach 200. 1-2-3 GO!!!