Pretty Shells Headband – Free Crochet Pattern
A few months ago, a friend asked me to make a bow tie and a headband for a newborn set of twins. I already shared the pattern for my Easy Holiday Bow Tie with you and now I am so excited to share the pattern for the Pretty Shells Headband! This headband is made with both yarn and elastic. I designed it in a newborn size but you can easily add more elastic to stretch it out and make it bigger. I hope you enjoy the pattern! Happy Crocheting!
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Pretty Shells Headband
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- Approximately 20 yds of Category 4 medium weight yarn in 3 colors:
- Approximately 12 yds of Color A; I used Cascade 220* in the Goldenrod (7827) colorway
- Approximately 5 yds of Color B; I used Cascade 220* in the White (8505) colorway
- Approximately 3 yds of Color C; I used Cascade 220* in the Palm (2409) colorway
- Size H 5mm Crochet Hook*
- Yarn Needle* for weaving ends
- Approximately 4″ of fold over elastic*
- Needle and thread
- 3/8″ Pearl Shank Button* (optional)
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated
4.1 stitches & 1.3 rows = 1″ (in dc)
Approximately 1.5″ wide and 9″ long (without elastic): Fits newborn head size
- This pattern is written in US terms.
- Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. Gauge is not necessary for this pattern but if you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
- This project utilizes fold over elastic to give it some stretch. You will need a needle and thread to sew the elastic on to the finished crochet project.
With Color A,
Row 1: 2 dc into the 4th ch from hook (sk 3 ch counts as 1 dc), *sk the next 2 sts, 1 sc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, 5 dc into next st; Repeat from * until there are 3 sts remaining, sk the next 2 sts, 4 sc into the last st. (37 sts)
Row 1 cont’d: Turn your work so that you are now working into the bottom of the foundation ch, sk the first st and the next 2 sts, *5 dc into the next st (same st as the other shell), sk the next 2 sts, 1 sc into the next st; Repeat from * until there are 3 sts remaining, sk the next 2 sts, 3 dc into the last st, join in top of beginning ch-3, fasten off. (33 sts)
With Color B,
Magic ring, ch 1,
Round 1: 6 sc into magic ring, join in beginning sc. (6 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, 3 dc into the first st, ch 2, sl st into first st, sl st into next st, *ch 2, 3 dc into the same st, ch 2, sl st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join in beginning ch 2 with a sl st, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (18 dc)
Leaf (Make 2):
With Color C,
Row 1: 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 sc into the same st. (5 sts)
Row 1 cont’d: Turn your work so that you are now working into the bottom of the foundation ch, ch 2, 1 sc into the next st (same st as the sc on the other side of the ch), 1 hdc into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 sc into the last st, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (5 sts)
- Sew the elastic onto each end of the headband using a needle and thread.
- Using yarn needle and yarn tails, sew the leaves onto the center of the headband.
- Using a needle and thread (or yarn and yarn needle) sew decorative button on to the headband. (Please note that this step is optional. If a button is being used, it should be securely fastened to the headband, or completely omitted if you plan to use this on a regular basis for a baby or small child.)
- Position the flower onto the center of the leaves and sew on to headband using yarn tail and yarn needle.
- Weave all ends.
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Love the headband, will making a couple for this Easter Baskets Thank for the share
That’s wonderful Cindy! I bet they would be really cute for Easter 🙂 I hope you enjoy the pattern!