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26 September 2007 @ 12:20 am
International Symbols in Crochet  

Pretty Pink Headband
A friend of mine and I were discussing Mr. Funky's Super Wonderful Crochet, which does have American translations of patterns, but also has charts. Personally, I love charted crochet, and learned to crochet from magazines that had a lot of charts. This friend however wasn't sure she could understand them, so I promised her a tutorial. So.. here it is.

It isn't quite done, I'm sewing elastic in the "buttonholes" on the ends, so it will be nicely snug without tying. Since my daughter had her hair bobbed, it's hard to keep it out of her face.
I used a size D hook, and Cool Crochet fashion yarn I got clearance priced from Wal*Mart, but heads are different sizes, and different people like different things, use what you're comfortable with.
Stitch Key

Foundation Chain

Chain 10, the last chain is a turning chain.

Row 1

Single crochet across (9 single crochets)

Row 2

Chain 1 to turn, doesn't count as first stitch, single crochet across.

Row 3

Chain 2, counts as first double crochet, double crochet in next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, double crochet in next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, double crochet in next stitch, double crochet in last stitch.

Repeat rows 1-3 for pattern, ending it with rows 1 and 2. (two rows of single crochet)

Because the pattern is pretty open, it's also got a bit of stretch to it, check on your own head, and only make it long enough to go from base of one ear to the base of the other, the tapered end rows will add a bit to it, then you'll want some open space to put the elastic.

Ending rows:

Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Row 3- ch 1 to turn, decrease single crochet over next two stitches (insert hook in first stitch, pull up a loop,2 loops on hook, insert hook in next stitch pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all the loops), single crochet in next 5 stitches, decrease single crochet in last 2 stitches. (7 stitches)
Row 4- Chain 1 to turn, single crochet in each stitch
Row 5- ch 1 to turn, decrease single crochet in first two stitches, single crochet in next 3 stitches, decrease single crochet in next 2 stitches (5 stitches)
Row 6- Repeat row 4
Row 7- chain 1 to turn, single crochet in first stitch, chain 3, single crochet in last stitch
Row 8 Repeat row 4, break off and weave in yarn.

Add yarn to the foundation chain, and do the same thing on that end.

Finishing- Cut a piece of 1/4 inch elastic twice as long as the distance you need to span on the ends for it to fit properly, thread through buttonholes, and overlap the ends and stitch them together securely.

If you make it using size 10 thread, you'll have to do a lot more rows, and it will turn out a lot skinnier, you may want to use round elastic knotted securely to join it, if you use worsted weight yarn, it will be wider, and you'll need fewer rows, make it a little shorter because the tapered ends will be longer too.
I didn't use any triples or more in this pattern, but they are shown with the same T as the double crochet.

The number of crosses it has shows how many times you yarn over for the stitch, so this would be a triple.

Some Jem icons just for fun.

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(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
just a random comment
I just was perusing crochet patterns and I noticed your Jem icons. this is my first time on your site and I wanted to tell you I thought those icons were awesome! My mom still has my Jem doll with the blinkie earrings and all. Great site! Keep up the good work!
shala_beads: Synergyshala_beads on October 11th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: just a random comment
Thanks. I was talking to my husband, trying to figure out if we can use friendly plastic and leds to make a pair of Jem blinkie earrings for me. :)