Our DIY Artisan Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte, came up with the cutest Halloween DIY project. Crochet headbands using our soft Woolly merino wool yarn with animal ears. You can stitch these up quickly and have a super adorable costume for your little one. In Rachel's words:
Crocheting is such a relaxing and fun activity to do, and with these creative patterns, you can make the cutest animal headbands for your little ones! These headbands could be the perfect start to an awesome Halloween costume, birthday party outfit, or just a cute ear-warmer for the winter. We are super in love with DMC’s Woolly Merino Wool, and they have the best colors for this project!
Below, we’ve provided you with headband patterns for a bunny, unicorn, and mouse.
Base Row: Make a FSC (foundations single crochet) chain, using 80 stitches all the way around. You can also measure the chain around your child’s head if you are making the headband for differ- ent ages. Make sure to allow for stretching room! Join the slip stitch to start the single crochet.
Pattern Rows: In your chain, work a row of counterpane stitches, then join with slip stitch to the beginning stitch. Repeat the pattern as many rows as you desire! We used 16 rows.
Final Row: Chain, then single crochet in each stitch. Finally, join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet. Fasten off, and you have yourself a headband!
You can use this as the base for all of our different animal headbands. Now it’s time for the fun part- Let’s add some ears!
Bunny Ears Headband:
We recently added a new baby bunny to the Faucett family, so we just had to include a bunny head- band in this project! We got some help from Oombawka Design for the pattern for these adorable bunny ears. Thanks, Rhondda!
OUTER EAR (DARK BLUE):
Round 1: Chain 12 stitches (you will be working around this chain on both sides), make 1 SC (sin- gle crochet) in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 HDC (half double crochet) in each of the next 6 stitches, 1 DC (double crochet) in each of the next 3 stitches, and 3 DC in the last stitch. Now turn over your work to begin working along the bottom edge of the current row: make 1 DC in each of the next 4 stitches, 1 HDC in each of the next 6 stitches, 1 SC in the last stitch, and then SS (slip stitch) to the skipped chain (what would have been the first chain of round 1).
Round 2: Start 2 SC in the first stitch (the same stitch you SS to in the end of round 2), 1 HDC in each of the next 5 stitches, 1 DC in each of the next 7 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 7 stitches, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 stitches, and the SS to the 1st SC of round 2. Round 3: Starting in the next SC (2nd SC of round 3) SS around and fasten off.
INNER EAR (LIGHT BLUE):
Round 1: Chain 9 (you will be working around this chain on both sides), 1 SC in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 stitches, 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches, 3 DC in the last stitch; Now turn your work to begin working along the bottom edge of the current row; 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 stitches, 1 SC in the last stitch, and SS to the skipped chain (what would have been the first chain of round 1).
Round 2: 2 SC in the first stitch (the same stitch you SS to in the end of round 1), 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 3 stitches, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches, and then 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches. Round 3: Add 1 SS in each stitch around and fasten off. Yay! Your bunny ears are complete!
HOW TO FASTEN THE EARS:
After sewing the inner ear into the outer ear shell, stitch the bottom part of the ears closed to give them some extra shape.
When stitching the pieces together, stitch between the posts of SC round and the final SS round (it tends to hide the stitches within the work).
Before stitching them to the headband, I count stitches from the middle of the headband to try to ensure that they are evenly placed. You can use bits of yarn to mark placement (or safety pins). Now it’s time to try it on! I hope your little bunny likes it!
Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn when they grow up? I know I do! For your magical unicorn ears, you can use the same pattern as the bunny ears - all we did was switch up our color palette! Now for the most important part– the horn! Repeat Crafter Me has a super fun unicorn hat pattern, so we borrowed some tips from her to complete our headband.
Round 1: Start with making a Magic Ring, then chain 1 and make 4 SC inside ring(do not join)- continue to SC in rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: SC in each stitch around (4 SC). Alternate colors every 2 rounds. Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC).
Round 4: SC in each stitch around (6 SC).
Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (8 SC).
Round 6: SC in each stitch around (8 SC).
Round 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (10 SC). Round 8: SC in each stitch around (10 SC).
Round 9: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (12 SC). Round 10: SC in each stitch around (12 SC).
Round 11: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5, repeat around (14 SC). Round 12: SC in each stitch around (14 SC).
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew onto the hat. We stuffed the horn with some extra yarn, but you can use poly-fil as well. Lastly, sew the horn onto your headband. Now you can fly over rainbows while wearing your new unicorn headband!
We really enjoyed making this adorable mouse headband! For more detail, you can add facial expressions to your headbands if you choose.
Round 1: Make a magic circle, CH (chain stitch) 1, then 8 HDC (half double crochet) inside magic circle. Join the first HDC and pull the ring tight.
Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC in each HDC around. Join to the first HDC.
Round 3: CH 1, **2 SC in next HDC, 1 SC in next HDC. Repeat from ** around. On the last round, change to the navy blue color. Then join to the first SC and Fasten off!
We had so much fun making these headbands for the kiddos (our team had fun wearing them too). We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Love and Threads,
The Commonthread Team