Friday, December 23, 2016

Criss Cross Diamond Headband - Crochet Pattern Review - Rebeckah's Treasures

I pattern tested this for my friend Rebeckah of Rebeckah's Treasures. It definitely tested my crochet abilities, and patience. There is lots of information in this pattern, and it took some time of reading and re-reading, working, ripping back, working and ripping back some more. She does have a link included for photo tutorial of the stitch, which I needed to refer to a couple times, but it definitely helped out a lot. If you are looking for a challenge, here's a good pattern to start with, and produces a really pretty stitch pattern.

**You will find this Criss Cross Diamond Headband on the Rebeckah's Treasures blog for FREE until the end of December!!

Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Criss Cross Diamond Headband and link up your project to it!

Materials I Used:
     - Small Amount of Artiste #10 Cotton Crochet Thread (Hobby Lobby) in the Poppy Red colorway
     - D3mm Crochet Hook
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving
     - 4.5mm & H8/5mm Crochet Hooks (optional - for Part 1)
     - Criss Cross Diamonds Headband, Paid Crochet Pattern by Rebeckah's Treasures

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Aunt Lydia's Classic #10 Thread. 

Time Spent:
     I had mine finished in just over two and a half hours. 

     1 3/8" Wide by 16.5" Long (including band) 


Pattern Notes:
     After working Part 1, I pulled out my H8/5mm hook to shape the tube, then I used my 4.5mm hook to pull the rubber band through. Probably much easier to hook a safety pin around the rubber band and pull through, but because I didn't have one, the hook worked too.

The pattern is very detailed with suggestions for starting stitches. I wanted a thinner headband so I started with 14 single crochet onto the band, which left me with three X's. I worked a total of 67 rows to equal 16.5" long (including the band, which is 2.5" long when folded). The headband came to be a little looser than I would have liked. Haven made a few headbands now (other reviews to come), I would make it to 15.5" long (including the band).
I found that even though my starting stitch count was the same as the other headbands I have worked (like the Pebble Bobbles Headband), this headband came to be about half an inch shorter in width. I am sure it had to do with my tension on the X rows. If I worked another, I'd add to the beginning count to work four or more X's.

At the end, I chained 1 and turned. Then I folded the work as to work across, and I did so as the pattern stated working onto the other side of the band. Once across, I fastened off, and turned my piece so the X's were facing on the right side.
I will say though, the wrong side of the piece (seen above) also has a pretty pattern on it, which resembles a knit-look, making it a reversible piece - two in one!

I did not end up embellishing my headband, but tutorial also includes free crochet patterns for flowers and butterflies that you can work right into the headband.

Overall, this is a great tutorial chalk full of lots of helpful information and photos. The pattern is a little difficult to follow until you get the hang of the stitches, and takes a little extra time to memorize, but produces a beautiful headband sure to get many compliments.
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