Hello hello hello!!! Can you believe it’s September already?!? Which means it’ll be Christmas before we know it! So what better time to start making gifts and cute cold weather wear?? This is one of the quickest items to make and they turn out so so adorable you can hardly stand it. I mean just look at my niece / Jen’s adorable baby sporting this seasons’s latest fashion.
Not that the headband by itself isn’t to die for, but Jen wrote a post on how to attach a handmade flower to a headband as well which just makes it even more adorable! However, first thing first, making this awesome headband.
There are a couple of different ways to make your headband, you can complete it in the round or you can make it straight across and sew the ends together. I prefer the straight across method because I feel it’s easier to control the tension of the foundation row making both the top and bottom of the headband the same. The pattern that follows will be for the straight across method, if there’s a real want for the in the round method please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to post that method as well.
Easy Peasy Lemon Peel Fall Headband
So the best part about this pattern is you don’t really need to worry about gauge and you can use whichever type of yarn you’d like. The main thing you have to do is measure the length of your band. I found this awesome guide for band measurements from The Friendly Red Fox blog:
Using this graph I made my nieces headband for the 6-12 months, band size 15-17″. If you’re able to, it’s always best to measure the head of the intended party, but if you’re not able to I would go down the middle.
- Crochet Hook
- Measuring Tape
- Tapestry Needle
Stitches for the Lemon Peel Pattern
- CH-Chain Stitch
- DC-Double Crochet (video tutorial at end of post)
- SC-Single Crochet (video tutorial in video section of blog)
Pattern for Lemon Peel Stitch (Video tutorial at end of post)
The main thing to remember for this pattern is that the foundation chain must be an odd number. So chain however many you need in order to reach your band length. For mine it will be 15″ for my niece.
After desired length is achieved beside to count how many chains you have, so originally I had 56, but I know I need an odd number so I chained one more to 57. Don’t worry if this ends up being slightly too big, we can adjust that at the end if needed.
Now that we’ve completed our chain we are going to start our Lemon Peel Stitch! I LOVE this stitch, it’s so easy and has so much texture. It’s hands down one of my favorite stitches. When working our foundation chain for this project we want to work our stitches into the back bump of our chain. This makes sure our foundation chain doesn’t end up tighter than the last row of our work and it also has a more finished look. If you’re not familiar with working in the back bump hopefully the images below will help you out.
It’s kind of hard to see, but if you look at the back of your chain there is a little bump, and that is where we want to put our hook.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row. (You should end with a DC)
Row 2-4: SC into previous rows DC (the first stitch), DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row
*If you want to make an ear warmer for an adult, just keep repeating rows until the desired width has been achieved*
At the end of row 4 you want to leave about 18″ of yarn tail before cutting. Once cut, yarn over and pull through the last stitch to end your work.
If you have the intended wearer available this is the time to make sure it’s the right size. If it’s a little too large you can fix it with this step. Bring the ends of your band together and thread your tapestry needle with the yarn at the end of you work. Next you’ll sew your ends together, it doesn’t have to be pretty/perfect because this part will be covered.
Once your ends are sewn together pinch the top and bottom portion of your seems together and place a stitch through them to create the “bow” in the headband.
Once you have made this last stitch, wrap the remaining yarn around the seamed portion of the headband in an even manner until you have a section that looks like this:
With the remaining tail of the yarn you’ve just used and the tail of the yarn from the beginning of your chain, tie them together in the back. After you’ve made a nice tight knot, weave in the rest of your ends in the back. And that’s it!! Besides these headbands being super easy, they don’t use much yarn at all. In fact, if you’re on a budget you can pick up these little balls of yarn at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents! And if you get them on their sale week their 69 cents, and you can easily make two headbands.