Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Beaded Summer Headband (or Collar) by Tersa P Designs

It has been a while since we've done a Tutorial Tuesday! We've got a great summer project to get you in the mood for crocheting with beads. Make them for yourself, your friends, kids, nieces, and granddaughters. Today's tutorial features a Beaded Summer Headband (or Collar). This tutorial was created by Teresa Didone-Passaretti of Teresa P Designs.

Cascade Ultra Pima Fine Cotton 50g
3.5mm crochet hook, 1.25mm hook
assorted large hole glass beads

With the 3.5mm hook, chain 60
1 sc in each chain to end; chain 1 and turn
Next row *1sc, place beads* repeat across row

To insert a bead, start to do your sc by inserting hook into the stitch being worked, wrap yarn around hook and pull the loop through.
 Remove stitch from the hook and pick up a bead with the 1.25mm hook and grab the loop just made as shown above.
Push the bead further down the hook onto the loop and replace the loop back onto the 3.5mm hook.

Continue with your sc.
Repeat across the entire row until the last stitch. Do a sc, but without the bead. Ch1 and turn.
You will be facing the back of the headband now. Sc in the first stitch.

Now do a sc in the front loop of the next stitch and in each stitch across row, ending 1 stitch before the end. Sc in last stitch
Note: When sc in the front loop (the loop closest to you), make sure you insert the hook from the bottom of the stitch. 
Turn work, ch 1. Now work 1 dc in each sc across the top of the headband. When you get to the end work 1 sc in each of the 2 sc of the end. See photo below to see where each of the 2 sc should go.
Continue across the other side with 1dc in each sc, fasten off.

When you fasten off you should end up at the same point where your tail from the start of the project is. Tie the two tails together and weave in the ends. 

At this point your project should be long enough to add a jewelry clasp and wear as a collar/choker
To turn it into a headband, you will need to add ties. Reattach the yarn at one end, with the back of your work facing you and do 1 sc in each sc. 
 Turn and do 1sc in each of 3 sc. Now chain 40

When you get to the end of the chain, work back by making 1sc in each ch. When you reach the edge of the headband, sc across the last 3sc on the end and fasten off. Weave in ends. Repeat for the other end. 
 An 80 chain tie (40 on each side) should be big enough for most head sizes. You could always attach a ribbon to each side, if you prefer.

Wear and enjoy!