- Yarn: Stunning String Bundles: Plum Dandy – Super Fine  Stunning Superwash Hand Dyed Yarn, 100% Superwash Merino 3 ply, 10 yards/9 meters; 2 grams of each of the following Colors: Purple Rain, Plum Frost, French Lilac, Wisteria, Spring Iris, Thistle, Tangier Plum and Aubergine
- Hook D (3.25 mm) Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)
23 inches long and 4 inches wide before ‘assembly’
(16 dc and 15 ch1sp) in 4 inches and 11 rows in 4 inches
US Terminology used
beg – beginning
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain one space
dc – double crochet
R – row/round
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
- Stitch Multiple of any odd number + 3 chains
R1 (RS) – Leave an 8-10 inch length of yarn, ch 34; working in the back bumps of the starting chain work 1 dc in 6th ch from the hook. (Note: the skipped 5 chs count as 1 dc, ch 1). *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 dc next ch**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [16 dc, 15 ch1sp]
R2: Ch 4 (Note: counts as 1 dc, ch 1). Sk 1st dc; sk ch1sp. *1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** across to last ch (Note: the ch immediately following what we are counting as the final ch1sp). [16 dc, 15 ch1sp]
Rep R2 until you reach a minimum length of 23 inches. If you want a larger headband (adult sized) continue until you reach a minimum length of 27 inches. Ch 1 and do not cut your yarn end – you will use it in the Assembly/Finishing section.
To finish this headband you have a couple of options – I wanted a narrow style for Darla’s headband but depending on the purpose you may wish to leave the majority of the back of the headband unseamed to hold stray hairs for an ‘updo’ style hair style.
For the headband featured in the images please see the following diagrams (which will hopefully explain visually what I will also try to explain in words!).
Step 1: Your finished rectangle should measure 23 inches long by 4 inches wide (unless you are making the adult size or you wish to have a larger ‘bow’). The bow ends on the 23 inch will be approximately 1.5 inches on each bow end.
Step 2: Fold the outer side edges toward the center-line of the rectangle (as shown in the diagram using Side A, Side B and Center Line C).
Step 3: Seam (whipstitch) up the center line (if you wish). If you want the ends to be ‘neat’ and tidy and the back of the headband to be extra wide (instead of narrow) seam only the 2.5 inches on either end (a and b). This will give you your tidy bow ends but leave the rest wide open to cover up any flyaway hairs you may have when you use this with your hair tied up. Sew up the ends (a and b) so they are neatly closed (unless you prefer the open look ended look).
Step 4: Take your a and b ends and tie a tight and tidy double-knot leaving approximately 1.5″ on either side of the knot for the ‘bow’ ends.
Step 5: Optional (I did not do this): You can tack the tied bow into place with needle and yarn if you never want it to come untied.
Word of Caution: The fabric created by this stitch, using this yarn and hook combination, is somewhat stretchy – you can substitute with a different yarn and hook and work to the dimensions discussed in the instructions above, but this will cause the stitch stretchiness to change too – i.e. if you are using worsted weight yarn it may not be stretchy enough to hold its shape and it may simply slide off your head after you have tied it in place.