How to Make Waffle Fabric Headbands With Yarn

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How to Make Waffle Fabric Headbands With Yarn
Crochet a chain as a foundation for the headband. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A headband made by crocheting with a waffle stitch creates an attractive accessory and a good amount of stretch. The pattern is not difficult and it allows room for experimentation with a variety of yarns and hook sizes. Using a worsted-weight yarn creates a good thickness that will hold back hair. Use a thicker yarn for winter protection, or a lighter yarn for a daintier headband.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Crochet hook, size G
  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the head circumference following the line below the rear hairline and around the forehead below the front hairline. Subtract 1 inch. The resulting measurement will be the size of the headband.

  2. 2

    Crochet a foundation chain as close as possible to the adjusted measurement for the headband, using a size G hook and worsted-weight yarn. The foundation chain must be in multiples of a 3-plus-1-stitch for the waffle pattern.

  3. 3

    Begin the waffle pattern by turning the foundation chain so the hook is on the right side. Complete a double crochet in the fourth chain. Complete a double crochet in all remaining chains of the foundation.

  4. 4

    Turn the headband so the hook is on the right side, and begin the second row by completing three chains and a double crochet into the front post of the second stitch, instead of the loops at the top of the double crochet. Complete two normal double crochet stitches, using the top loops. Repeat this three-stitch pattern across the piece.

  5. 5

    Chain three stitches and complete a normal double crochet into each stitch that was a front post double crochet on the previous row. Complete a front post double crochet on each stitch that was a normal double crochet on the previous row. This row is two front post double crochet stitches and one double crochet stitch for the three-stitch pattern.

  6. 6

    Turn the work and complete three chain stitches. Repeat Step 4 by completing the pattern across the entire row for row four and all even row numbers.

  7. 7

    Turn the work and complete three chain stitches. Repeat Step 5 by completing the pattern across the entire row for row five and all odd row numbers.

  8. 8

    Crochet the even and odd rows until the headband is the desired width, generally between 2 and 3 inches wide. Cut the yarn so there is a 6-inch tail and pull the loop out to create a knot.

  9. 9

    Hold the two ends of the headband together so the right sides of the band are touching. Single crochet or slip stitch through the two layers to sew the headband into a loop. Complete a slipknot on the end and weave the end through the seam to secure it in place. Clip off the remaining yarn.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a test block that is about 3 inches long and wide to test the gauge of the yarn and hook you are using. This will help you determine the correct number of chains needed for the foundation strip.

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