Crafts for Kids: Textured Crochet Headband Pattern

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This versatile headband can be made for almost any girl in your family, from preschooler (4-5 yrs old) all the way up to adult. There are a bunch of fun stitches in this pattern, which makes it fun for learning and improving your skill! If you don’t know how to read a pattern already, I give a brief overview in this post. If you need more instruction, head on over to YouTube and search for videos about learning to crochet.

Let’s begin! If you get stuck, I’ve included some pictures of the steps to help you out.

Materials Needed:
5mm (H) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
50-75 yards of Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool in Birch Tweed
Yarn Needle
Scissors
1″ button

Stitches Used:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half-double crochet
dc = double crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (decrease)
YO = yarn over

Additional Stitches:
-Small Puff stitch: YO, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, YO, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop 2 more times. YO and pull through all 7 loops.
-Working in the 3rd loop of hdc. Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop. When working in rows, this “3rd loop” will be facing you!

Gauge:
8 sc or hdc in 2″

Measurements:
Headband measures 3 1/4″ wide with edging added.
See Pattern repeat section for length suggestions.

Additional Notes:
-The way this headband is written makes it work for all head sizes from preschooler to adult!
-ch 1 does not count as a stitch

Textured Crochet Headband:
Row 1:
ch 6, sc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across, ch 1, turn(5)
Rows 2-8: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (5)
Row 9: 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in final stitch, ch 1, turn (7)
Row 10: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (7)
Row 11: 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in final stitch, ch 1, turn (9)
Row 12: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (9)
Row 13: 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, 2 sc in final stitch, ch 1, turn (11)
Row 14: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row), turn (11)

Row 15: small puff stitch in next stitch, *ch 1, skip stitch, small puff stitch in next stitch* repeat * to * 4 times, dc in final stitch of row, ch 1 turn (11)

Row 16: sc in each stitch across. Place final sc of row in the top of ch 3, ch 3, turn (11)
Row 17: small puff stitch in next stitch, *ch 1, skip stitch, small puff stitch in next stitch* repeat * to * 4 times, dc in final stitch of row, ch 1 turn (11)
Row 18: sc in each stitch across. Place final sc of row in the top of ch 3, ch 1, turn (11)

Row 19: hdc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (11)
Row 20: working in 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in each stitch across, ch 3, turn (11)

Repeat rows 15 to 20 (referred to as a pattern repeat) until your headband is about 5-6 inches shorter than the head circumference of the person you’re making it for.

Note: My headband was a little bit loose since I don’t like tight things around my head. If you want your headband to have a more snug fit, you may want to do fewer pattern repeats.

In my headband each pattern repeat was 2 1/4″ long. This translates roughly to:
-3 pattern repeats to make a preschooler headband, 17 1/4″ long.
-4 pattern repeats to make a child’s headband, 19 1/2″ long.
-5 pattern repeats to make a teen/adult’s headband, 21 3/4″ long.

Repeat rows 15 to 17 one more time, then continue with the ending.

Ending:
Row 1: sc2tog, sc in next 7 stitches, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (9)
Row 2: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (9)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 5 stitches, sc2tog, ch 1 turn (7)
Row 4: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (7)
Row 5: sc2tog, sc in next 3 stitches, sc2tog, ch 1 turn (5)
Rows 6-13:sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (5)
Row 14: sc, ch 3, skip 3 stitches, sc in final stitch of row, ch 1, turn (5)
Rows 15-17: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (5)
Row 18: sc2tog, sc in next stitch, sc2tog (3)

This picture demonstrates how to single crochet 2 together, starting with the ch 1, and turn:
Pull up a loop in the first stitch, pull up a loop in the next stitch, pull your yarn through all 3 loops on your hook.

This picture shows you what the button hole should look like, and finishes with the sc edging.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging:
Attach yarn to edge of headband and sc evenly around. Note: to get the best results put 1 sc in each sc, or hdc, and 2 sc in each dc stitch. Make sure you are on the right side of the headband!

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Sew button to the end of your headband.

Weave in all ends.

And, that’s it! If you enjoyed today’s craft, you can find my other kids craft features below:

Easy Sashay Chunky Cowl Pattern
“Essentials” Toiletry Bag Pattern

More of my original crochet patterns can be found on my site, HERE.

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Essentials Toiletry Crochet Bag

Kid’s Craft — “Essentials” Toiletry Bag Crochet Pattern

Today’s craft is a toiletries bag that would be an excellent item to make and donate to your local homeless shelter, or Community Service center. It would also work well to keep drawing supplies, or other small items in while traveling.

Simple sewing and braiding are also part of this easy craft that you’ll be able to finish in an afternoon or a couple of evenings, depending on how fast you crochet.

Essentials Toiletry Crochet Bag

If you are not familiar with how to read a pattern, please see my previous post from September, that describes how to do this. If you’re ready, let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

  • 4 mm (G) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 balls Peaches and Cream cotton yarn in Navy, or 2 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in “Blue Jeans”
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • 1″ Button

Stitches Used:

  • ch = chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet

Measurements:
5 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ wide

Gauge:
16 sc stitches in 4″

Additional Notes:
-When working the design for the flap, you will want to make sure your stitches are off-set so the each slip stitch has a half-double crochet worked into it, and each half double crochet has a slip stitch worked into it.
-ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.

“Essentials” Toiletry Bag Pattern:
Row 1: ch 33, sc in second stitch from hook, sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn (32)
Rows 2-52: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (32)
single crochet rows
Your rectangle should measure 11 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ wide at this point.

Row 53: hdc in first stitch, sl st in the next *hdc in next stitch, sl st in the next* ch 1, turn (32)
Row 54: hdc in first stitch, sl st in the next *hdc in next stitch, sl st in the next* ch 1, turn (32)
Repeat rows 53 and 54 13 more times.
half double crochet, slip stitch rows

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Fold your rectangle in thirds, cut two 18″ lengths of yarn, and sew up each of the lower two sides, but not the textured flap. This will create a pouch.
sewing the side of the pouch
After sewing, turn the pouch inside out. If it’s a little lumpy along the edges, gently tug and press on the seams to straighten them. You’ll be stuffing these with goodies, which should help to straighten out some of the bumps.

Securely fasten off the ends, and weave them in.

Ties:
Cut six three-foot pieces of yarn. Use three pieces to make each braided tie. Knot the ends.

Attaching the ties:
Fold first tie in half, and push the center through the flap (making a loop). Pull the ends of the tie through the loop, and snug tight.

threading the ties through the flap.Repeat with the second tie at the other end of the flap.

Stuff your essentials bag with toiletries like combs, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, or dental floss, and donate to your local homeless shelter or church outreach center.
Tie by wrapping the ties around the bag. The length of the ties allows for more items to be stuffed in the bag!

Did you like this pattern? See more of my free crochet patterns, here.

 

Rock On!

Have you heard of Kindness Rocks? They are hand painted rocks, usually in bright colors, often with affirming words or phrases put on them, that people decorate and hide as random acts of kindness! I had seen them here and there on the internet this summer but didn’t look into it at all.

Then in mid August we found our first rock! We had gone to the library for story time, and found it sitting on the bench outside the front door of the library. Someone was really excited to find it!

It turns out that the city we live in launched their own little branch-off of Kindness Rocks on July 4th. The back of the rock directed you to the Facebook group (that has nearly 2,500 people in it) where people were sharing pictures of rocks they found and giving hints to where rocks were hidden. That afternoon we went out and got ourselves some rocks and some cheap acrylic paints and started making our very own rocks to share.

Serenity picked the colors on the very first rock that we painted and hid. She painted all the pink all by herself. We hid the rock when we made a run to our local Post Office.

The wonderful thing about being in the local rock group is that we get to see every day the joy that our rocks bring to people in our community. Whether it’s through them finding rocks that we decorated or us finding rocks that they have decorated, it’s a treasure hunt that brings joy to all that participate. The local police and fire departments have decorated their own rocks. A fire department rock will get you a tour of one of the fire stations if you bring it back to them. A police department rock will get you a cool swag bag if it’s brought to the police station.

Our local lumber yard has gotten in on the rock fun too. They are selling rocks for $1 per plastic grocery sack full.

I highly recommend doing Kindness Rocks as a homeschool art project. It’s a great way to connect with your community, to teach sharing, and to appreciate the art of others. We have discovered new places in our city that we didn’t know about (even though we’ve lived here for 10 years), discovered incredibly talented artists, and met new people.

Serenity decorated this rock all by herself. She painted it with pink metallic craft paint, and then drew an octopus on it with purple sharpie. (Sense a color theme?)

This is her favorite rock that we have decorated. It was painted by dripping different colors of old nail polish over it. It was finished off with a googly eye in the middle. 🙂

This is one of the pretty rocks we found on our first outing to a new park we learned about through the rocks Facebook page.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

It’s that time of year. I’m rather new to this whole homeschooling thing, but from what I understand, frustrations run high in May. Some parents choose a more relaxed approach and homeschool year-round, but for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who choose nine-months-on-three-months-off, May can get interesting. (When is it for the Southern Hemisphere? November?) Tensions mount, and excitement runs dry. New homeschooling parents are prone to panic attacks when they realize little Johnny may not master a certain criteria by the end of the year. And, little Johnny is equally frustrated when the skill he has practiced a thousand times is still challenging for him.

Don’t be afraid to lay some of those battles aside for a time. There is no stop-watch in homeschooling! Remind your child (and yourself) that millions of April-shower raindrops precede the beautiful blooms of May. Tell them their practice, their trials, their repeated efforts are like the little raindrops. The raindrops are not bad. They are not a problem. The frequent efforts, though not as fun as sunshine, will all add up in time to beautiful flowers of skill.

My child’s raindrops, those lessons unmastered and often frustrating, might be that one piano song he’s tried so long to learn; writing the letter E, or S, or K; or maybe mastering the sound of the letter Q. And, here’s what I will do:

An Encouraging Project

I will record the rain and celebrate the flowers whenever they come. Here’s how. Cut out paper raindrops and write on them the unmastered skills (little ones, as well). When the skill finally blossoms, make a flower together with your child, and write their new accomplishment on it. These can be mounted on a wall, or you could even put their raindrops in a jar and make 3D tissue paper flowers to celebrate. The bigger the success, the bigger the flower! Their growing garden or bouquet will be an encouragement to them as they continually face new challenges, a way to look back and remember that practice really does make a difference.

Scissor skills, spelling, riding a bike, fractions, tying shoes… What are your child’s raindrops? What do they struggle with? When will their skill bloom? Different flowers bloom at different times, and so it is with skills. Some come early, some come late, but each is beautiful and well worth the rain.

Nurturing in a Dynamic Way at the Nursing Home

It has been our beautiful experience this year to visit the nursing home several times. What is homeschool (or church for that matter) worth if we aren’t learning compassion, community, and how to communicate despite age or restriction? I’m the director of our church’s Adventurer program (the homeschool-related benefits of such are for another post), and we made these visits with the Adventurer and Pathfinder groups. However, I know, at least from my childhood, that you don’t need an Adventurer program to make a trek to the local nursing home!

In my childhood, we only sang. The singing was beautiful, the singing was important, but I always felt a disconnect…a large chasm between me and the residents. So, I was very intrigued when a friend told me how they take crayons and color with the residents after singing.

I wanted to take it a step further. I have been talking to my kids about the importance of touch, that when we go to the nursing home, our hand on the shoulder, arm, or hand of a resident does much to brighten their day. A side note: Always remember hand-sanitizer before and after visiting. They don’t want our germs as much as we don’t want theirs, but they crave our touch!

Kids are often frightened to go up and shake someone’s hand, but — I’ve seen it with my own eyes — when they are actively engaged in an activity with them, touch happens naturally, and without fear.

So, what activities are safe for little kids, safe for aging (often senile) adults, easy to do with less-than-fine motor skills, easy to clean up, and not too expensive? Here’s what we’ve done so far…

I called the nursing home’s activity director. She was delighted and said that we were more than welcome to do something extra with the residents. I found a tissue paper fall tree craft that begins with a traced hand and wrist. I asked the students to pair up with the residents so that they could trace each other’s hand and help each other with the glue. Instant touch! And the effects were visible on faces. Comfort of the child, and joy of the aged.

They tore off bits of colorful tissue paper, wrapped them around the eraser-end of a pencil (it’s easier to hold) and used the pencil to push the tissue-paper leaves into the glue on the “finger branches.”

I always encourage the students to give their finished product to another resident that wasn’t able to come to activity time on our way out, but of course that’s optional.

Our latest venture was a beaded sun-catcher craft. Just a thin pipe cleaner, translucent pony beads, some odd beads, a twist, and a thread to hang it from. I wanted to sparkle-up their rooms!

I brain-stormed for a month and finally landed on this idea. I could just see them all working together to string the beads. I could hear the objection from the residents, “My eyes aren’t good enough for this,” and my answer, “Well, good news! I brought good eyes and lots and lots of little fingers with me!” And then, the day before we went, the activity director emailed me and said “about half the residents can’t have beads…they’ll try to eat them.”

Aaahhhhhh!!! I hurriedly packed crayons and fun coloring sheets in addition to the beads. The director said that she could seat them at separate tables. (The twist-up crayons encased in plastic are perfect for older hands.) “Half” turned out to be only 4 residents, so the majority got to work with beads, and it was wonderful to watch student and resident working together to make it happen. Haha, remember to ask before you plan.

Jesus knew the value of touch. Sometimes it speaks what cannot be heard…especially if your hearing is not all that good.

Comment below if you have some touch-promoting ideas for me. We are loving it and looking forward to next time. I think one of those giant toy parachutes with all the handles is in our near future!