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I had mentioned in my earlier post about a project that is under works based on my own pattern (hopeful about finishing it in the next 3-4 days :).)

Before I started it, I was trying out stitches to see what works and what doesn’t. I made swatches in order to check them out better and 1 trial swatch started to look like a prospective pattern (although not usable for the project at hand)!

I ended up converting the swatch into a head-band for my 10 year old 🙂 (Had to unravel it to start with the ends, though).

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The pattern is very simple using only Single Crochet (SC) and Double crochet (DC) as well as a Single Crochet decrease (SCD). The decrease is done by doing a SC in 2 stitches together.

This video will help with that : Single Crochet Decrease

The following are the materials I used and how it was done :

Materials :                                                                                                                1. Mercerized cotton (I think if you use a Worsted weight yarn, it could work up quicker with lesser number of rows and with a lot more stretch. Before starting, Please see remarks above Round 10 to decide type of yarn you’d like to use)
2. 4 mm hook
3. Needle for weaving in ends
4. 1 Button

Pattern :

Round 1 : Chain 5. Single crochet (SC) in 2nd chain from hook and across. Turn. (4 SC)

Round 2 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 2 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (5 SC)

Round 3 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 3 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (6 SC)

Round 4 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 4 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (7 SC)

Round 5 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 5 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (8 SC)

Round 6 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 6 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (9 SC)

Round 7 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 7 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (10 SC)

Round 8 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 8 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (11 SC)

Round 9 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch and in the next 9 stitches. Make 2 SC in the last stitch. Turn. (12 SC)

Remark : From the next round on, I had to work the pattern until the 70th row in order to get the band to fit, after also considering space for the other end of the band which will be Rounds 1 – 9 in reverse order. If you use a Worsted Weight yarn, you probably will get your desired length around the 30th or 40th round.

Round 10 – 70 or until band is of desired length : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch. [DC in the next stitch, SC in the next stitch] across; ending with a DC. Turn. (12 stitches)

Round 71 : Chain 1 and SC in each stitch across. Turn. (12 SC).

Round 72 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (11 SC)

Round 73 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (10 SC)

Round 74 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (9 SC)

Round 75 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (8 SC)

Round 76 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (7 SC)

Round 77 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (6 SC)

Round 78 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (5 SC)

Round 79 : Chain 1. Do a SCD. SC in the remaining stitches. Turn. (4 SC)

Round 80 : Chain 1 and SC in same stitch, Chain 6, skip the next 2 SC and SC in the last stitch and Fasten off. (The space formed from the chain 6 was for the button-hole).

Weave in ends.

Sew on a button on the other end of the band.

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I also did a surface slip stitch all around the rectangular portion of the band.

Video link for a surface stitch can be found here : Surface Stitch

I know the instructions look too long. But the whole thing was done in 2 hours, flower and all! (The flower is a modified smaller version of The Blooming Flower pattern by Attic 24). But you can find plenty online.