Hello World! Welcome to crochetbytes.com, I’m Tracy 🙂
For the month of November 2018 I will publish a new free pattern every weekday. Because today is now November 2nd, there will be at least one weekday when I publish two free patterns. Yay!
The first pattern is a headband. I’m calling it the Stoon Headband. Stoon is the local slang for Saskatoon which is a city here in Saskatchewan, Canada. That’s where I live. Today my model is my 10 month old Cane Corso/Pitbull Puppy Grumpy. He isn’t actually very grumpy anymore unless we try to cut his toenails! Then he acts like we are attacking him with knives for no reason. He’s a bit of a Diva Dog and our vet was happy when I said I was keeping him because she knows I can handle him and keep him on the side of good 🙂
You may notice as you crochet that I always start in the first stitch. Some crocheters skip the first stitch but I prefer to crochet into it. This helps me to keep my rows straight and if I get distracted and forget to count my stitches I find it helps make life easier. When you get to the end of the row you will always crochet into that first stitch not your chain. If this seems confusing at first, an easy way to keep everything straight is to mark your first stitch with a Bobby Pin or a scrap of yarn or a stitch marker. I use coloured Bobby Pins from the dollar store because they are cheap, stay put and come in big packs.
- Chain Stitch (c)
- Single Crochet Stitch (sc)
- Single Crochet in Back Loop Only (scblo)
- Double Crochet Stitch (dc)
- Crossed Double Crochet Stitch (crdc)
- Skip a Stitch (sk)
- Slip Stitch (ss)
- 6mm Crochet Hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Ombré in the colour Deep Teal)
- Yarn needle to weave in your ends
Row 1 – Starting in second chain from hook, Single Crochet (sc) in each chain (16)
Rows 2 – 5 Ch 1 scblo of same and across ch1 turn (16)
Row 6 – dc in first stitch, skip one stitch dc in 3rd stitch, go back and dc in the stitch you skipped. Continue doing crossed dc across your headband you should end on a dc, ch1 turn (dc, 7 crdc, dc)
Rows 7 -11 scblo across (16)
Row 12 – dc in first stitch, skip one stitch dc in 3rd stitch, go back and dc in the stitch you skipped. Continue doing crossed dc across your headband you should end on a dc, ch1 turn (dc, 7 crdc, dc)
Rows 13 – 17 scblo across (16)
Row 18 – dc in first stitch, skip one stitch dc in 3rd stitch, go back and dc in the stitch you skipped. Continue doing crossed dc across your headband you should end on a dc, ch1 turn (dc, 7 crdc, dc)
Continue doing scblo in 5 rows and crdc in 6th row until you have 48 rows in total. This row count does not include your chained row. Your piece should now measure 51 cm (about 20 inches).
The side facing you is the right side.
Fold piece so the right side is inside and ss together along the short sides. Ch 1 cut yarn and pull through the ch 1 to lock it weave in your ends.
I hope you like my first crochet pattern and will give it a try. You can use any yarn you like to make this and really you can use any hook. Just chain an odd number until your chains measure 11.5 cm across (about 4 1/2 inches) and then follow the pattern stitches until your piece measures 51 cm (about 20 inches). Then follow the instructions for sewing the sides together. If you don’t like the look of slip stitches you can always thread your yarn tail onto your yarn needle and just sew the ends together. Whatever is easier for you.
Have a great day from Tracy K. 🙂