written by: Genevieve Van Wyden•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 3/22/2011
Crocheted baby headbands work up quickly. Because you only need to crochet a few inches (in general, about 9 inches), to have a sufficient length to fit around the circumference of the baby’s head. Because baby headbands are also narrow, each row is quickly completed.
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You have a new daughter, niece or grandchild in your family. As you think of what you can give to this new addition, don’t overlook an accessory that her parents will cherish and keep as their daughter grows up -- a baby headband.
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Size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook
DK weight yarn, light pink or other pastel color of your choice
Large tapestry needle
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What You Need to Know
Before beginning this project, you need to know the basics of crochet. Specifically, you need to know how to complete single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) stitches.
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Find out from the baby’s parents what color they would like their daughter’s headband to be. Gather the remaining items needed to make the headband and store everything in a tote bag.
Row 15) Crochet two chains and hdc to the end of the row. (4 hdc st.)
Row 16) Repeat Row 15.
Row 17) Crochet one chain and sc to the end of the row. (4 sc st.)
Row 18) Repeat Row 17.
Continue this pattern (two rows of single crochet, two rows of half double crochet, two rows of double crochet, then reverse order until the headband measures approximately 15 inches long. It should be about 1 inch shorter than the baby’s head circumference so that, when you secure the edges together, it fits the baby’s head snugly, but not too tightly.
Using your large tapestry needle, thread the tail from the slip knot and neatly stitch the two ends together. Don’t allow the edges to overlap -- allow for baby’s sensitive skin and position the two ends so they meet, then stitch them with an even whipstitch. Cut the remaining ends of yarn and, again with your tapestry needle, neatly weave the ends into the stitches.
**If the baby’s head is smaller or larger, subtract or add rows to the headband.
Once you have made the first headband for the baby, her parents may ask you for headbands in other colors. Because they are so quick to work up, it should be easy to meet their request.