I came up with this small cluster headband a few years ago, when I made them for my now 8 and 10 year old daughters. I wasn't happy with the photos that I had, so I decided to take this opportunity to make one for my 11 month old. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)
My original pattern called for only 2 colors. The flower center was the same as the headband. Well, my 4 year old insisted that this flower needed have a blue middle. Who am I to argue? Turns out, she made a good call! I like this one even better that the originals!
Little did I know, her interest in this project was went beyond a flower's blue middle. When I showed her the finished product, she promptly put her order in for "a stwiped headband wif a butterfly on it".
I guess I know what I will be working on next!
This small cluster headband is quick and easy to make. The clusters are stacked one upon another, giving the headband a nice texture with almost a braided look. The flower is worked in three simple rounds, the third being the petals. You can easily customize the colors, or even use a different applique (say... a butterfly, for instance). The flower applique can also be used in various projects. This headband makes a great gift or a quick item to fill your craft booth.
Small Cluster Headband with Flower
Size F crochet hook
Worsted weight cotton yarn of your choice
Small Cluster (cl): [yo, insert hook and pull loop through, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook] repeat 2 more times. Yo, and pull through all 4 loops on hook. Cluster made.
For the headband:
Row 1: Ch 4, cl in 4th ch from hook. Turn
Row 2: Ch 3, cl in top of previous cl. Turn.
Rows 3-?: Repeat row 2 to desired length. I needed 27 clusters for my 11 month old. You can use my Hat and Headband Size Chart to determine the length you need.
Join with sl sts to make a circle.
Finish off and weave in ends.
For the flower:
Leaving about a 6 inch tail, ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc. Finish off.
Switch to new color, and join to first sc.
Round 3 (the petals): [ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in the next 2 ch, sl st in the next sc of the base.] Repeat around, joining the last with a sl st to the base of the first petal. You will have 8 petals.
Finish off, leaving another 6 inch tail. Weave tails to back side of the flower center. You can use these to sew flower to headband.
Secure flower to headband and weave in all ends.
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