Free Pattern – Band-Kerchief — 7 Comments

  1. ok so i worked this up as far as the end of the headband today. with the correct size hooks and yarn. my finished headband had 2 problems. 1–the base chain has no stretch to it. 2–the finished headband will barely fit a toddler. I have NO idea what I did wrong. So , I’ve frogged it out and I’m starting over.

    • oh no! ok, let’s look at some possibilities:

      Did you do a gauge swatch and were you able to get the right gauge? You may just crochet tighter than I do, so you may want to go up a hook size.

      Did you double check your stitch count before you frogged? I can’t tell you how many times I get stuck and it’s a simple matter of having miscounted.

      What yarn are you using? Is it a fingering weight?

      Also it sounds like your starting chain was too tight. To help keep your starting chain looser, you may want to work it with a much larger hook (like 2 sizes larger). The ribbing will stretch quite a bit, but it will be limited by the starting chain, so you want to be sure to chain loosely (in fact, I think I’ll add the word “loosely” to the pattern).

      If you’re familiar with foundation double crochet, that’s much stretchier, so you could try using that for the first row instead of the chain – just work 80 fdc for row 1. There’s a great tutorial here: I didn’t write the pattern with that because it would have upped the difficulty and it can be a bit fiddly with thinner yarn if people aren’t used to it.

      I hope this helps and you’re able to identify the problem!

    • mine is also looking like it will fit a toddler, next one I will make with a bigger hook and different yarn, probably cotton, I love this though it’s a pretty awesome idea thank you for the pattern

  2. Based on the comments and after reviewing the tester’s projects, I have added a note regarding the yarn weight. Please do go up in yarn size if you’re having trouble meeting gauge with a fingering weight yarn 🙂

    • Oh good, thank you for telling me! I was starting to think I was going crazy 🙂 I guess that little bit of difference between different crocheters tension really matters on this one.

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