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I have a super quick and easy pattern for you today!
I’m not sure how many people still wear straw hats in the summertime (other than me!)…
In case I am not alone…here is a simple way to add a crocheted hat band to your favourite straw hat.
Free Crochet Hat Band Pattern
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Hook: 5.00 mm (H)
Gauge is not important
Band width approximately 0.80″
Band length approximately 22″
R1: ch 5, turn sc in the 3rd st from the hook, skip 1 st, 2 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn 
R2: sc in the 1st st of the row, skip the next st, 2 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn 
R3: repeat R2 until your band measures 22″ (or the desired length to fit around your sunhat! I made mine about a 1/2″ shorter than the outer circumference of the hat to allow a snug fit), FO and whip stitch the seam closed, weave in ends
R1: ch 3, sl st into the 1st ch to form a loop; 12 sc into the loop
R2: *(1 sc into the 1st st, ch 5, 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in the next ch, 1 sc in the next ch; 1 sl st into the next st of the round)* – you have created the first petal – repeat from * to * for a total of 6 petals
R3: you will now work around the petals, 1 sc into each st around the petals and 1 sl st in the st between each petal (where you sl st in R2). FO and weave in ends.
I used a button I made (Yes I made it all by myself!!) to embellish the flower before I attached it to the band.
My Sponsor Wholeport sent me some fantastic supplies to play with this month and one of the items I received was this:
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I used this mold to create my buttons and it worked like a charm 🙂
I used Fimo Clay I had on hand and rolled it into little balls, flattened the balls on the counter with the palm of my hand and then pressed them into the silicone mold.
I tapped the clay into the mold with my fingers, gently but firmly and once the back looked flat and even I popped the button out of the mold and Voila! My own buttons.
I used a wooden skewer to make holes in the clay – large enough for my metal darning needle to fit through with my yarn (can you say FINALLY a button with big enough holes!?) and then I baked them.
I placed the buttons on a baking sheet, on a piece of parchment paper and baked them for 15 minutes at 230°F (110°C). I used this baking chart here: Baking Polymer Clay Perfectly Every Time to determine the time needed to bake.
This is the first time I have worked with polymer clay and I must say I am very happy with my first buttons!
The button I used to embellish the hat is the medium sized button on the mold in the image above.
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I can hardly wait to see what I get next month!