T-Shirt Yarn Headband

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Loops and Threads T-Shirt “yarn” is a really fun material to work with and comes in a variety of colour combinations – black/white, yellow/white, red/white, purple/white and light blue/white. You may have seen this used before for crocheting rugs. I’ve often passed by this at Michael’s and thought it was a bit tacky and unusual, but have recently discovered that it’s great for making headbands.

It is a bulky yarn, 100% polyester, with a lot of stretch, and doesn’t pill like most yarn does, which is important when trying to create a headband that is likely to get a lot of wear and tear. It’s also a very forgiving yarn which could be good for beginner crocheters. The stripes cover up imperfections in a project as the material crochets up to have a marbled effect.

This headband can be made up in a very short time and is extremely versatile; it is useful for working out to keep your hair back and it is machine washable so you can toss it in the laundry (lay flat to dry), but it also looks great to dress up an outfit. It doesn’t feel heavy on your head although it’s sturdy and keeps its shape well.

We tried this in two variations to get different looks. The black and white is made up of two opposite-facing rows of shell stitches and the blue and white is a row of double crochets with a row of shell stitches on either side for a wider band. The black and white version has a nicely-defined circle effect that looks more delicate than the blue.

What’s nice about this project is that it is a functional piece and is a fun departure from the usual crocheted yarn look. The pattern is available for free below in both variations. We improvised these patterns slightly so apologies if the instructions are a bit confusing, but as mentioned above, it’s a forgiving material to work with so try improvising as well 🙂

Materials:

  • 1 ball of Loops and Threads T-Shirt yarn (100 yards – will make a few headbands)
  • 5 mm crochet hook

Facing Shell-Stitch T-Shirt Headband in Black and White

1) Create a chain measured to the circumference of your head. The one pictured below was made with a starting chain of 60.

2) Double crochet in the second chain from the hook. Double crochet four more times in the same space. Skip 2, and single crochet in the next stitch. Skip 2, and stitch 5 double crochets in the next stitch. Repeat until the end of the chain.

3) Chain 2. Single crochet on the opposite side of the row of shell stitches, where the tail of the yarn is (from where you tied on). *Crochet 5 double crochets in the space of the shell from the opposite side. Single crochet in the space between the two shells from the opposite side. Repeat from * until the end. End with a single crochet and then slip-stitch the ends together to form the headband. Tie off.

Note: The space where you are single crocheting between the shells needs to be improvised slightly as you will be crocheting into the opposite side of the starting chain and it can get a bit messy. Try to make your single crochets evenly spaced between where you are shell stitching.

 

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Double Crochet and Shell-Stitch T-Shirt Headband in Blue and White

1) Create a chain measured to the circumference of your head. The one pictured below was made with a starting chain of 60.

2) Double crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each stitch across. Turn.

3) Chain 2. Four double crochets in the stitch closest to your hook. *Skip 2. Single crochet in the next stitch. Skip 2, 5 double crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from * until the end. End with a single crochet.

4) To get around to the point parallel to where your hook is currently, add single crochet stitches (4 or 5) along the end of the band so that you can start a row of shell stitches on the other side of the double crocheted row.

5) Repeat Row 3 across. End with a single crochet and slip stitch the ends together to form the headband. Tie off.

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