I find that many crocheters aren't familiar with a chain-less foundations. I think that it's a great technique especially for headbands. What the chain-less foundation stitch provides is a little extra stretch that a traditional chain doesn't. it's great for things that have to pulled over your head like sweaters, shirts, or ponchos. Here is a fabulous video from one of my favorite crochet blogs- The Art of Crochet by Teresa! Her videos and tutorials are all top notch and I recommend her to any one learning to crochet.
The easiest project to learn this stitch is a simple headband. It can be made any size using any yarn and appropriate hook
Materials I'll be using:
Worsted Weight yarn acrylic or cotton (4) - I love this yarn by Hobby Lobby
General sizing: When measuring measure how you would normally wear a headband not like you would a hat or cap. It tends to be a little larger than a hat measurement but not by too much.
Newborn -- 13"
0-3 months -- 14-15"
3-6 months -- 15-17"
6-12 months -- 16-19"
Toddler (1-3 yrs) -- 18-20"
Child (4-10 yrs) -- 19-22"
Adult -- 21-24"
Do the Chain-less foundation until it's the length you need (un-stretched), join to form a circle, weave in ends.
Note: I find that this technique will give you about 2 inches of extra stretch.
Then you can add a crochet flower or any applique you choose like my owl. When you sew on the applique put it in the spot where you joined. It will hide the seam :)
Here are a few I've made and sell in my shop!
You can also do sc and dc chain-less foundations for a thinner or thicker headband. More videos for these can be found on Teresa's blog. Try them all and see how you can use them in your next projects!
I hope you are able to learn a new not so well known technique! Feel free to share you projects with me! I love to see what you do!
I hope you love it as much as I do. If you do sell items made from this pattern I just ask that you link back to me :)