stringstrandstrung: About a month ago, a friend of a friend…

stringstrandstrung:

About a month ago, a friend of a friend commissioned me to make a braided headband that ties at the back of the head. She asked if I had any other designs aside from those she saw at my table at the event where we met. I said she could look for other designs on the net, send me the picture, and I’ll see what I could do. I emphasized to search for crochet because I haven’t mastered knitting yet. Lo and behold she sends me a picture of a knitted braided headband. Yey. Not. So I’ve been putting off making the thing. I thought of making the headband using crochet, but since I’m OC, I know that somewhere along the way, I will get annoyed and frog the thing. So I finally picked up my knitting needles. I researched for free patterns as reference. I crocheted the ends so I could have a nice place to put the string.

I used a size 3 knitting needle (3.25 mm) and a 3.5mm crochet hook. For the yarn I used Red Heart Super Saver in Mid Brown.

Cast On 9 stitches

Row 1: K9

Row 2: P9

Row 3: Bar Increase (or any increase you’re comfortable with), K7, Inc

Row 4: P11

Row 5: Inc, K9, Inc

Row 6: P13

Row 7: Inc, K11, Inc

Row 8:  P15

Row 9: K5, Place stitch holder on the remaining stitches

Row 10: P5

[Row 11: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 12: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1]

Row 121: K5

Row 122: P5 

Repeat Rows 11 and 12 until desired length is reached (Mine was 120). Place stitch holder after Row 122. Then go back to Row 9 to make the 2nd and 3rd band. Then braid evenly.

Put all the stitches back on the needle (15 sts)

Row 123: K15

Row 124: P15

Row 125: K2tog, K11, K2tog

Row 126: P13

Row 127: K2tog, K9, K2tog

Row 128: P11

Row 129: K2tog, K7, K2tog

Row 130: Bind off on Purl side.

For the crochet edging:

Right side facing, insert through first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, chain 1, sc on same stitch, ch1, skip 3 sts, [hdc, dc, dc, picot, dc, hdc] all in next st, ch2 (not a mistake: two chains look better than just one), skip 3 sts, sc on last st. Repeat on other side.

For the string:

Cut about an arms length. Fold in half. With right side facing, insert hook through the picot, pull up a loop, and pull the tail end of the strand through the loop. Trim if necessary. Then tie a knot on the ends. Repeat on the other side.

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