Friday, January 24, 2014

"Crochet it Forward" - Crocheting for charities and other good causes

Paying it forward a stitch at a time.


I recently asked this question of my testing group and also on my facebook page:  "What are some things we can do with crocheting to benefit others?"  It could be a "pay it forward" kind of thing or a charity.  Here is a list of some of the things we came up with.


Beanies for Soldiers:  http://snappytots.webs.com/bfb


Project Linus:  Every child gets a blanket when in the hospital.  http://www.projectlinus.org/

Crochet for Cancer:  Donate hats to cancer centers.  http://www.crochetforcancer.org/

Pink Slipper Project:  Provides warm handmade slippers to women and children living in shelters. https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject


Angels for Hope:  Non-profit organization that sends crocheted angels to those who need a special lift.  http://www.angelsforhope.org/


Knit A Square:  Knit or crochet a 8" x 8" square to be donated and made into a blanket for a vulnerable or orphaned child in Africa.   http://www.knit-a-square.com/



Other ideas for local donations:


Donate blankets to battered women shelters, homeless shelters, foster care, etc.

Baby booties, socks, bibs, hats, other baby items for crisis pregnancy centers.

Donate blankets or lap throws to nursing home residents, lap throws for dementia units, lap afghans to veterans in hospitals.

Homeless people that you see asking for help - keep extra hats in the car ready to donate when needed.

Hats and scarves for the homeless veterans.

Blankets for the elderly at Christmas.

Donate blankets for local animal shelters.

Crochet nests for local SPCA.  http://vbspcawildlife.com/node/105

Donate preemie hats to your local NICU.

Memory blankets, memory kits for still births, miscarriages.  See "Afghans for Angels" above.

Crochet breasts for women who can not afford prosthetics:  http://crochet-with-cris.blogspot.com/2012/01/faux-boob-breast-prothesis-pattern.html

Police officers will often carry things like stuffed animals, hats, and blankets for when they have to remove children from their homes.  Ask if they will accept donations.

Low income schools can often use donations like hats and scarves for the children.  These would often come out of the teachers' pockets otherwise.

Food banks.  Some collect hats, gloves, and scarves along with food donations to put in their Christmas baskets.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Classic Stretch Headband - Free Crochet Pattern

Photo copyright Chelsea Relander of OKAMommy.  Thank you, Chelsea!

Classic Stretch Headband Crochet Pattern
Download a printable PDF version of this pattern here.

Materials:  
Measuring tape, elastic hair band, yarn needle

Yarn:
2 oz or less of (#4) worsted weight yarn (I usually make mine with Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton).  

Gauge:
Gauge is not crucial for this pattern as there are multiple checkpoints.  

Hook Size:
“J” (6 mm) hook or to match yarn -- I use Boye brand crochet hooks.

Headband Size Chart:
0-3 months:  10-12” circumference
3-6 months:  12-14” circumference
6-12 months:  14-16” circumference
Toddler/Child:  16-18” circumference
Teen/Adult:  18-20” circumference
Large Adult:  20-22” circumference

Head Size Circumference:
(Headband should be 2” smaller than head size; it will stretch.)
0-3 months:  12-14” circumference
3-6 months:  14-16” circumference
6-12 months:  16-18” circumference
12-24 months:  18-19” circumference
2T-4T:  19-20” circumference
5T-Preteen:  20-21” circumference
Teen/Small Adult:  21-22” circumference
Adult Standard:  22-24” circumference

Abbreviations Used:
st or sts - stitch or stitches
ch - chain stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip
ea - each
prev - previous
YO - Yarn Over

Special Stitches Definitions:

Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc):  Working from the front, YO and insert the hook from right to left under the post of the double crochet indicated from the previous round.  YO and complete the stitch as a double crochet.



Half Treble Crochet (htr):  YO twice, insert hook in indicated st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.


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2” Wide Classic Stretch Headband:  (Baby to Large Adult)  
(See photos below)

Note:  ‘ch 2’ is counted as a dc in stitch count.  Do not use the first st or “same st as ch 2”; make first st in the next st.  When pattern says to “fpdc around next fpdc”, it is referring to the fpdc from the prev row, which appears as a bpdc from the current side.

Row 1:  Make slip knot, work 7 sc around elastic hair band.  (See photos below)

Row 2:  ch 2 (counts as first dc), turn, sk base of ch 2, dc in next st and ea st to end of row.  (7)

Row 3:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (7)

Row 4:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (7)

Repeat Row 4 until headband reaches measurement below (including the elastic band, un-stretched):

0-3 months:  Continue until headband measures approximately 10-12”.
3-6 months:  Continue until headband measures approximately 12-14”.
6-12 months:  Continue until headband measures approximately 14-16”.
Toddler/Child:  Continue until headband measures approximately 16-18”.
Teen/Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 18-20”.
Large Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 20-22”.

Joining:  ch 1, turn, (without twisting headband, bring other end of headband up and bring hook under elastic band before making each st), sc in ea st to end of row.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends with yarn needle.  (There is no right/wrong side so it doesn’t matter which side is on the outside.)

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3.5” Wide Classic Stretch Headband:  (Toddler/Child to Large Adult)

Note:  ‘ch 2’ is counted as a dc in stitch count.  Do not use the first st or “same st as ch 2”; make first st in the next st.  When pattern says to “fpdc around next fpdc”, it is referring to the fpdc from the prev row, which appears as a bpdc from the current side.

Row 1:  Make slip knot, work 7 sc around elastic hair band.  (See photos below)

Row 2:  ch 2 (counts as first dc), turn, sk base of ch 2, dc in next st and ea st to end of row.  (7)

Row 3:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (7)

Row 4:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (7)

Repeat Row 4 until headband measures 3” (toddler/child) to 4” (teen/adult to large adult) including the elastic band, un-stretched.

Row 5:  ch 2, turn, dc in same st as ch 2, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 3 times, fpdc around last fpdc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.  (9)

Row 6:  ch 2, turn, fpdc around 2nd dc from prev row, dc in top of same post just used, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 3 times, fpdc around post just used for last dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (11)

Row 7:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 4 times, fpdc around last fpdc, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (11)

Repeat Row 7 until headband reaches measurement below (including the elastic band, un-stretched):

Toddler/Child:  Continue until headband measures approximately 12-14”.
Teen/Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 15”.
Large Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 16”.

Decreasing Rows:

Row 8:  ch 2, turn, sk first fpdc, dc in next dc, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to last 2 sts, sk last fpdc, dc in top of turning ch.  (9)

Row 9:  ch 2, turn, sk first dc, fpdc around next fpdc, [dc in next dc, fpdc around next fpdc] twice, sk next dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (7)

Row 10:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (7)

Repeat Row 10 until headband reaches measurement below (including the elastic band, un-stretched):

Toddler/Child:  Continue until headband measures approximately 16-18”
Teen/Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 18-19”.
Large Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 19-20”.

Note:  For best appearance, the narrow ends should match perfectly.

Joining:  ch 1, turn, (without twisting headband, bring other end of headband up and bring hook under elastic band before making each st), sc in ea st to end of row.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends with yarn needle.  (There is no right/wrong side so it doesn’t matter which side is on the outside.)

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4.5” Wide Classic Stretch Headband:  (Child to Large Adult)

Note:  ‘ch 2’ is counted as a dc in stitch count.  Do not use the first st or “same st as ch 2”; make first st in the next st.  When pattern says to “fpdc around next fpdc”, it is referring to the fpdc from the prev row, which appears as a bpdc from the current side.

Row 1:  Make slip knot, work 9 sc around elastic hair band.  (See photos below)

Row 2:  ch 2 (counts as first dc), turn, sk base of ch 2, dc in next st and ea st to end of row.  (9)

Row 3:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (9)

Row 4:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (9)

Repeat Row 4 until headband measures 4” (including the elastic band, un-stretched).

Row 5:  ch 2, turn, dc in same st as ch 2, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 3 times, fpdc around last fpdc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.  (11)

Row 6:  ch 2, turn, fpdc around 2nd dc from prev row, dc in top of same post just used, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 4 times, fpdc around post just used for last dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (13)

Row 7:  ch 2, turn, dc in same st as ch 2, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 5 times, fpdc around last fpdc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.  (15)

Row 8:  ch 2, turn, fpdc around 2nd dc from prev row, dc in top of same post just used, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 6 times, fpdc around post just used for last dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (17)

Row 9:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] 7 times, fpdc around last fpdc, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (17)

Repeat Row 9 until headband reaches measurement below (including the elastic band, un-stretched):

Child:  Continue until headband measures approximately 13-14”.
Teen/Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 15”.
Large Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 16”.

Decreasing Rows:

Row 10:  ch 2, turn, sk first fpdc, dc in next dc, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to last 2 sts, sk last fpdc, dc in top of turning ch.  (15)

Row 11:  ch 2, turn, sk first dc, fpdc around next fpdc, [dc in next dc, fpdc around next fpdc] 5 times, sk next dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (13)

Row 12:  ch 2, turn, sk first fpdc, dc in next dc, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to last 2 sts, sk last fpdc, dc in top of turning ch.  (11)

Row 13:  ch 2, turn, sk first dc, fpdc around next fpdc, [dc in next dc, fpdc around next fpdc] 3 times, sk next dc, dc in top of turning ch.  (9)

Row 14:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc] repeat to end of row, last dc is in top of turning ch.  (9)

Repeat Row 14 until headband reaches measurement below (including the elastic band, un-stretched):   Note:  For best appearance, the narrow ends should match perfectly.

Child:  Continue until headband measures approximately 16-18”
Teen/Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 18-19”.
Large Adult:  Continue until headband measures approximately 19-20”.

Joining:  ch 1, turn, (without twisting headband, bring other end of headband up and bring hook under elastic band before making each st), sc in ea st to end of row.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends with yarn needle.  (There is no right/wrong side so it doesn’t matter which side is on the outside.)

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Savannah Rose Crochet Flower





Pearl cluster button found at Joann’s fabric and craft store.

Use hook size appropriate to yarn you are using.  (I make mine with worsted weight cotton and a “J” (6 mm) hook.)

Rnd 1:  ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring, ch 1, work 8 sc in ring, join with sl st in first sc.  (8)

Rnd 2:  ch 1, sc in first st, [ch 2, sc in next st] 7 times, ch 2, join with sl st in first sc.  (8 ‘ch-2’ spaces)

Note:  The sc stitches of rnd 2 will serve as the anchors for rnd 4.

Rnd 3:  (sl st, sc, 3 hdc, sc, sl st) in ea ch-2 sp to end of rnd.  (8 petals)

Rnd 4:  ch 1, fold petals forward so you are looking at the back of the flower, *sc around first anchor sc of rnd 2, ch 4*, repeat with each sc anchor to end of rnd, join with sl st in first st.  (8 ‘ch-4’ spaces)

Rnd 5:  (sl st, sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in each ch-4 sp to end of rnd.  (8 petals)

Rnd 6:  ch 1, fold petals forward so you are looking at the back of the flower, *sc around next anchor sc of rnd 4, ch 6*, repeat between *...* to end of rnd, join with sl st in first st.  (8 ‘ch-6’ spaces)

Rnd 7:  (sl st, sc, hdc, 2 dc, htr, 2 dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in each ch-6 sp to end of rnd, join with sl st in first st.  (8 petals)  Fasten off.  Weave in ends. 

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Classic Stretch Headband Photo Tutorial: (2” width shown)











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Copyright Notice:

First photo is copyright Chelsea Relander of OKAMommy.  Thank you, Chelsea!
See Chelsea’s Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/OKAMommy 

Pink/White Headband photo is copyright Holly Fisher McMunn.  Thank you, Holly!

You are absolutely welcome to sell your finished items from this pattern in any manner you choose.  However, do not copy, share, or redistribute the pattern itself in any way.  Please provide a link to my website if you sell your finished items online.  (If you change the name when you sell your item, please mention the pattern name in the link so other people can find the pattern.)

You can link like this:
Classic Stretch Headband Pattern by Crochet by Jennifer

If you have any questions or need help with the pattern, please email me at info@crochetbyjennifer.com, I’ll be glad to help you.  Thank you for trying my pattern, I hope you enjoy it!   ~ Jennifer