When I started crocheting again this summer, my sister immediately requested a headband with a flower for keeping her ears warm this winter.
I bought some chunky, Shetland-style wool yarn that I figured would be perfect for this project. I started with this pattern,  but for some  reason, the headband part seemed way too small to keep anyone's ears warm once I made it. I think the author's yarn was far chunkier than mine.
I used the pattern to make a flower for my sister's headband, and set out on my own to figure out how to make the rest of it.
I decided I wanted to make it with a more unusual stitch, so I tried using the woven stitch I found on the website Hooked on Needles. I used a size K needle.
I started by chaining 47, because that length seemed to fit around my head. Then, I crocheted nine rows using the woven stitch. That stitch seemed to squeeze the length, though, because by the time it was long enough, it definitely wasn't wide enough.
So, I turned it on its side, added nine even stitches of single crochet up its width in any space I could (does that make sense?) and added eight more rows of woven stitch. This tells me I probably should have started with about 10 more chain stitches in the first place. I could have started over, but this worked too.
When it was long enough, I simply matched the two sides and crocheted them together. I sewed on the flower and button at the same time using the wool yarn.
I like that the stitch is a little bit different, and I think the flower-and-button combination are really pretty. It was incredibly quick to make, too, which is great for me. I like to crochet partly because I feel like I'm accomplishing something. Making an item in less than an hour just makes me love crocheting more.
Photo by News-Gazette Photographer Vanda Bidwell.