I used my recent headband discovery (you know, the one where I found a way to keep them from stretching out until they were too big to actually hold hair back) to add some structure to the crocheted part, which had the added bonus of making it even more sparkly, and your crochet expert friends will never be able to figure out how you made it.
The other thing that I think is super cool is that it only takes about 25 yards of yarn to make them, so for the price of one skein of yarn you could whip up a batch of headbands for all of the girls coming to the birthday sleepover. Very cheap, very cool party favors!!!
BIRTHDAY PRINCESS HEADBAND
to fit beautiful girls of all ages from 5-105
Loops & Threads Payette in Sterling Silver - approximately 25 yards (you can substitute Vanna's Glamour by Lion Brand Glittery in Platninum, but it won't be quite as sparkly because it doesn't have the sequins)
Size G crochet hook
1/8" elastic - approximately 13"
Sewing machine (optional, you could also hand sew these)
R1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across (70 st)
R2: ch 1, hdc in each st across (70 st)
R3: ch 1, (sc, ch 2, skip next 2 st, 2 sc) 14 times (70 st)
R4: ch 1, [sc, skip next st, (hdc, dc, ch 3, dc, hdc) in ch space, skip next st] 14 times, sc in last st
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Attach yarn at end, and make a row of 70 slip stitches in between the stitches of R1. Fasten off.
Make another row of 70 slip stitches in the holes created between R1 and R2. Fasten off.
Make a third row of 70 slip stitches in the holes created between R2 and R3. Fasten off.
Weave in all the ends. The finished crocheted crown piece should measure approximately 13 1/2".
|It should now look like this, with the 3 additional rows of slip stitches|
It won't be as long, and it will be MUCH less floppy and stretchy
Cut the elastic in half to make two 6 1/2" pieces.
Pin the two pieces to the ends of the crown, one at R1, and the other at R3.
Sew in place. Trim elastic ends if needed (to minimize headband related headaches! :P)
Try that sucker on! Everyone is beautiful in a crown!
(If you wanted to make one to fit the smaller heads of toddlers, I would make the crocheted part exactly the same, but make the elastic 5" long. I don't think I would recommend making this version for a baby...)
Because of the elastic in it, this headband fits my daughter perfectly, and it also fits me comfortably. I have several adult friends that will LOVE being birthday QUEENS this year! Even if you're not a headband-type, who doesn't love a sparkly crown?!