Waffle crochet headband instructions

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Waffle crochet headband instructions
Use the waffle stitch to make a headband with deep texture. (crochet project image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

The crochet waffle stitch produces a fabric with a textured, waffle-like grid. The dimensional stitch looks complicated, but it's actually simple to work up. The stitch's deep texture makes it an ideal choice for accessories. If you want to practice the crochet waffle stitch and create a wearable item in the process, work up a quick waffle-stitch headband. Even if you only know crochet basics, you can complete one of these headbands within a few hours.

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Things you need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Crochet an 8-inch foundation chain. Your chain should equal a multiple of three plus one additional stitch.

  2. 2

    Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook; yarn over, insert the hook under both legs of the stitch's v-shaped top, yarn over and draw through the stitch. Yarn over and draw through two loops on the hook, and yarn over and draw through the last two loops on the hook to complete your first double-crochet stitch. Work double crochets into the remaining chain stitches. This is row one of the waffle stitch pattern.

  3. 3

    Turn your work, chain three, skip the first double crochet stitch and front post double crochet into the next stitch. Double crochet as usual, but instead of inserting your hook into the stitch, you'll work around the post--the tall bottom part of the stitch. Yarn over, insert your crochet hook between the post of the previous stitch and the current stitch, bring the hook behind the current stitch and insert the hook between the current stitch and the next stitch to bring it back to the front. Work the rest of the double crochet as usual. Double crochet into the next two stitches. Repeat the front post double crochet one, double crochet two, sequence to the end of the row.

  4. 4

    Continue crocheting rows in the established pattern, work all odd-numbered rows as for row one and all even-numbered rows as for row two. Chain three and skip one stitch at the beginning of each row. When your work measures 4 inches from the edge of the foundation chain, break your yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail, and draw the tail through the last crochet loop to secure your work.

  5. 5

    Single crochet along the short edges of the waffle-stitch panel. Make a slipknot around your hook, insert the hook into the first-side stitch, yarn over and draw through the stitch. Yarn over and draw through the remaining two loops to create your first single crochet stitch. Work a single crochet stitch into each edge stitch until you reach the end of the row.

  6. 6

    Turn your work, chain one and skip the first stitch in the row. Work a single crochet decrease into the next two stitches. Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw through the next five stitches. Single crochet into every stitch, and when you get to the last two stitches in the row, work a single crochet decrease.

  7. 7

    Work a decrease at the beginning and end of each row. When you no longer have enough stitches to work both decreases, decrease all the remaining stitches into one; insert your hook, yarn over and draw through all the stitches, and then yarn over and draw through all the loops on your hook. Crochet a 10-inch chain into the last loop. Break your yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail and draw the tail through the last loop.

  8. 8

    Repeat the single crochet pattern sequence along the waffle stitch panel's other short edge. Use a yarn needle to weave in the loose ends of yarn.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use any yarn to create this headband, but a loosely-spun organic cotton will yield a soft headband you can wear throughout the year.

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