Making the Headband
Make a slip knot with your yarn, then make a foundation row five chains long. (The fifth stitch is your turning chain.) Turn your work. Make sure the tail of your slip knot is about 6 inches long -- you will use this to stitch the two edges together.)
Row 1) Crochet one chain and single crochet (sc) to the end of the row. (4 sc st.)
Row 2) Repeat Row 1.
Row 3) Crochet two chains and half double crochet (hdc) to the end of the row. (4 hdc st.)
Row 4) Repeat Row 3.
Row 5) Crochet three chains and double crochet (dc) to the end of the row. (4 dc st.)
Row 6) Repeat Row 5.
Row 7) Crochet two chains and hdc to the end of the row. (4 hdc st.)
Row 8) Repeat Row 7.
Row 9) Crochet one chain and sc to the end of the row. (4 sc st.)
Row 10) Repeat Row 9.
Row 11) Crochet two chains and hdc to the end of the row. (4 hdc st.)
Row 12) Repeat Row 11.
Row 13) Crochet three chains and dc to the end of the row. (4 dc st.)
Row 14) Repeat Row 13.
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.