When you have been crocheting or knitting for a while you tend to accumulate bits of extra yarn. I know I have a basket full! One of the best ways to make use of yarn scraps are quick easy projects such as this Shell Pattern Baby Headband.
This baby headband takes less than an hour to make and they are so cute! I made a couple for my one and only granddaughter Harper, my grandsons were not interested in any! Once you make the basic headband you can decorate it with just about anything, or leave it plain, it’s pretty enough to stand alone.
I made a couple of different ones for Harper, one with a big bow and the other with a big flower. I have directions for both add-ons. I made these for Valentine’s Day, hence the colors of pink and red, but you can make it any color you want!
This is a great project for beginners! To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain, the shell cluster is made by working (SC, DC, SC) in the same stitch. The headbands I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference. You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning. just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.
Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching. If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.
For the pink headband with a bow I used 100% cotton yarn for the band and sparkly #4 yarn for the bow.
For the red headband with the flower I used #4 yarn for both.
But you can use any kind of yarn you have.
Gauge: 7 SC = 2″
4 rows of SC = 2″
Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)
Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Sh Cl = Shell Cluster (SC, DC, SC) in same stitch
Sk St = Skip Stitch
St(s) = stitch or stitches
Sh Cl in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St in next st, Sk St, Sh Cl in next st* repeat ** until you reach the last st, in last st work Sh Cl, Ch 1, turn the work so that you can work on the bottom of the foundation chain, *Sh Cl in same st as Sh Cl above, Sk St, Sl St in same st you worked Sl St above, Sk St* repeat ** to the end, ending with Sh Cl in the same st as the first cluster you made. Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band. Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
FPSC = Front Post Single Crochet (see video tutorial from CrochetNCraft if need to learn how to work this st)
For this bow Ch 1 at the end of each row does not count as a st, it is just a turning st.
Row 1: SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)
Row 2 & 3: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)
Row 4: FPSC in each st across, SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (20 Sts)
Row 5-7: Repeat Row 2 , Do not fasten off
Border: SC around entire work, working 3 SC in each corner, fasten off, weave in ends.
You should now have a rectangle.
Taking yarn wind it around the middle of the rectangle to form a bow. Wind yarn around at least 15 times. Tie knot in the back to secure bow. Stitch or tie bow to head band.
I made my flower to have 4 rounds of petals, you can make it bigger by adding more rounds, just follow the increases in the pattern to make more rounds with larger petals. (add chain 1 ch to chain rounds & 2 DC to the petal rounds).
You can make it smaller by working less petal rounds.
Petals are worked in clusters in the Ch spaces created in the previous round.
This pattern can get a bit confusing for beginners, best way to work it is to hold petals forward so you can see where to place the stitches for the next round which will always be a Ch round.
Rd. 1: Ch 2, 4 SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, join to 1st. SC. (4SC)
Rd. 2: Ch 1, 2SC in each st around, join to 1st. SC. (8SC)
Rd. 3: (Chain space round) *Ch 2, Sl St into next st*, repeat ** around, Sl St into first Ch2 space. (8 Ch spaces)
Rd. 4: (Petal Round) work SC, DC, SC in each Ch2 space. (8 Petals)
Rd. 5: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch2 space you made in Rd. 3, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 4, Ch 3* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 3 space. (8 Ch spaces)
Rd. 6: (Petal Round) Work SC, 3DC, SC in each Ch3 sp. (8 Petals)
Rd. 7: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch3 space you made in Rd. 5, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 6, Ch 4* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 4 space. (8 Ch spaces)
Rd. 8: (Petal Round) Work SC, 5DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 4 Sp and fasten off. (8 Petals)
Rd. 9: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND workp into the Ch4 space you made in Rd. 7, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 8, Ch 5* Reeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 5 space. (8 Ch spaces)
Rd. 10: (Petal Round) Work SC, 7DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 5 Sp and fasten off. (8 Petals)
If you want a larger pattern continue this pattern for more rounds adding 1 ch to create Ch spaces, and 2 Dc to each petal in the next round. If you want a smaller flower make less petal rounds.
Click here for a free printable version of the flower pattern!