Vanna’s’ Choice or similar  weight yarn, similar to double knitting yarn (DK).
One ball in colourway beige – 123 (cream) or another colour of your choice. One 100g ball will make three headbands.
Crochet hook 4.25mm.
Your label (optional).
As we are based in Canada, this pattern uses USA or Canadian crochet stitch notation and not the UK or South African terminology.
Double Crochet (dc)
This means that a double crochet (dc) is made as follows: Yarn over, and insert the hook into the stitch, or gap, pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. Only one loop remains on your hook and the double crochet stitch is complete.
Headband measures, width 8 cm (3 inches) x folded length 24 cm (9½ inches).
Gauge / Tension
14 stitches and 7 rows to 8 cm (3 inches) x 8 cm (3 inches).
Four balls; one ball each in topstitch (gold), stonewash (light blue), classic (mid blue) and brand new (dark blue).
Crochet hook H (5.25 mm).
78 inches x 13 inches (114cm x 33cm).
US/Canadian Crochet Terminology
This pattern uses USA or Canadian crochet stitch notation and not the UK or South African terminology.
This means that a double crochet (dc) is made as follows:
Yarn over, and insert the hook into the stitch or gap, pull through (three loops on hook),
yarn over, and pull through two loops on your hook (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook.
Only one loop remains on your hook and the double crochet stitch is complete.
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The war between knitters and crocheters continues unabated.
If you are not a knitter or a crocheter you may not be aware of the subtle war that rages on in parlours and coffee shops across the land.
I was chatting with my friend Nicole at Canadian Frost Apparel the other day about this very issue.
Like most wars, there is a pointless tension between the knitters and the crocheters. No one knows when the animosity began, but it crept in and is seemingly here to stay.
Let’s get straight to the point.
Knitters use two needles with points. They may use a circular needle with points at both ends and a wire joining them, or, just to get tricky, they could use four double pointed needles for socks and tube-like things.
They have many stitches on their needles at once and sometimes hundreds for a large piece.
If they drop a stitch and it runs, it takes serious effort to retrieve it. Yes, knitted stitches will run away from their mistresses.
Knitters often feel superior to crocheters as though to knit is to be better in some way. Crocheters never look down on knitters but they see them as their crafty cousins. Both use the same yarns and buy their supplies at the same store.
You can have a “knitting bag” but who has heard of a “crocheting bag” I mean really.
Crocheters use one hook and yarn. The hook can have a thicker handle to aid tired hands and make the act of crocheting easier for extended periods of crafting. This feature on hooks makes crocheters calmer and relaxed.
Crocheters have one stitch on the go at once.
Crocheters can easily make a circle, square or any three-dimensional shape. In fact, crocheting has been used to demonstrate the Möbius strip-like in the March Möbius cowl, hyperbolic crochet and other spatial concepts.
If you can knit and crochet be careful in which camp you pitch you tent.
Myths surrounding Crocheters and Knitters
Knitters are better looking than crocheters. False
Crocheters only use one hand. False
All knitters can crochet but not all crocheters can knit. False
I once joined a knitting and crochet meetup group. When I arrived the eight women there were all knitting. As I took out my crocheting there were gasps of horror from the assembly.
Who was this woman? What was she doing here, and with a hook?
One pleasant looking woman turned and said to me, “Oh, can’t you knit?”
I replied, “Yes I can knit, but not tonight. I’m enjoying my crocheting time.” Gulp.
I can knit and crochet. But, these days I prefer crocheting. It is easy and quick. I can do small squares everywhere I go and take them home to create a beautiful blanket or lapghan.
Out and About
I can crochet in the car or trapped in an aeroplane seat at 35000 feet. Here I have to use bamboo hooks as they get twitchy these days. But you can’t knit in a plane even with bamboo needles. It’s the point of the needle that annoys the authorities.
In the end you have to do what you like. Don’t be knitting because your mother did. If you prefer crocheting then forsake knitting for a while.
If you prefer the rhythm of knitting and can do it without looking then let that be your therapy.
Do what you love and love what you do.It will permeate into your items and the love will shine through your completed items whether you used a hook or needles. 💛
Wraps are rectangles and shawls are triangles. This is the general consensus. You can get semi-circle wraps as well. But in this post I’m discussing the structure of crocheted triangles.
A triangle has three sides and three corners. Typically there is one long side and two shorter sides both the same length. This is known as a scalene triangle and is the most popular shape for triangle shawls.
Crochet Designs for Triangle Shawls
If you are making a shawl in a solid piece as opposed to granny squares or other motive shapes then it will be made in one piece.
The starting point sets the stage for the design and there are only a few ways to construct a triangle shawl in crochet.
Any type of stripe or pattern stitch can be used but the way the shawl grows will be the same.
Point Up – Horizontal
This is a popular method where you work from the bottom point and go up in rows which increase each row. In this design you can stop or keep going once the size is suitable.
In this design the full-width of the top side is set, typically as a chain length, and cannot be adjusted later. Here you work rows down towards the point. Each row is shorter than the previous as you decrease at the start and end of each row.
Here you work rows down towards the point. Each row is shorter than the previous as you decrease at the start and end of each row.
Center Top to Sides – Both Diagonal
In this design you start at the center top and make a triangle immediately. This can be seen in the half granny style. Each row adds to the sides and the point grows downwards.
The center top to sides design can be adjusted when the size is reached or you can continue to add more rows.
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Foundation chain: With black ch 24.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (as 1st st), 1 sc in every chain to end (24 sts), 2 sc into same st (as side corner), 1 sc into every st up the other side, 2 sc into same st, (52 sts). Do not join with sl st. Place a stitch marker into next st.
Rnd 2: Immediately make the next st into the first st of rnd 1 and continue in a spiral from here.
Work until completed 12 rnds and end at stitch marker side. Leave black (do not cut),
Join pink, work 1 sl st into next 2 sts then continue in sc, complete one rnd, leave pink, pick up black and work 1 sc into each of the sl sts from the rnd below and then continue.
From this point you will have two spirals (one pink and one black) with two thread in use. Continue until you have five pink and five black rnds completed. End at the stitch marker side. With black make 1 sl st into the next 2 sts. Cut black and fasten off.
With pink continue and work every st and go over the 2 black sl sts with sc all the way round. Continue spiral in pink for twelve more rnds. End at stitch marker side. Turn.
Row 1: 1 ch (as 1st st), 1 sc into next 24 sts, turn (25 sts).
Row 2-8: Repeat row 1. Fasten off.
Turn item inside out. Fold flap down and neatly sew down both sides making sure not to go through to the front. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.
Sew on your label at the right hand side bottom 1cm in from the corner (optional).
Your niche is the special segment in your industry that you know well and where you are skilled.
In the large world of craft, crochet is a section of craft. Hats are a section of crochet in crafts. Baby hats are a section within hats in crochet and in crafts, and writing patterns for baby hats, in hats, in crochet, in crafts is a niche.
Your niche is the place where you are good and can do, whatever it is. You could call it a passion and if you can – then you know.
Millions of people craft and thousands of them crochet. Many individuals make hats, some folks make baby hats and a few of them write patterns for baby crochet hats.
Maybe you make crochet baby booties and that is your niche. Perhaps you create amigurumi animals and that is your niche. Or you produce cotton bohemian tops and that is your niche.
Your niche is not only the actual item it can be the type of crochet
You may be a specialist in tunisian crochet, Irish crochet or filet crochet. Perhaps you only work on freeform crochet like hyperbolic crochet and the Mobius. These are examples of techniques that could be your niche and you may make various items within these segments.
Your niche is the thin area within your main industry where you excel.
How to find your niche
Look at your stash
Do you have many yarns? What thickness of wool and cottons do you have? Only thin or only chunky yarns? Only natural fibres or some acrylics?
What is your colour palette? Do you mainly have brights, darks or pastels. Or maybe only neutrals? Which colours appeal to you? Are you a fan of variegated yarns?
My stash is very different to your stash and your stash will be different again to the next woman. Individuality is shown by the type of yarn and colour combinations in your stash.
What do you usually make when you crochet?
Blankets, scarves, doilies, kids stuff, bags or what?
What about size? Is your work often in little projects that can be finished in a day or big afghans that take a month to complete or are they something in between?
How about the methods you use. Do you work top-down so you never have to sew seams? Do you do circles and work in-the-round, or squares like granny squares or log cabin? Are you likely to create projects with tonal stripes like light blue, mid blue and dark blue or color blocks? Do you love intricate stitch patterns or plain repetitive stitches?
By a simple consideration of what you normally buy in yarns (as shown by your stash) and what you usually make (in item) and the techniques your employ all suggest the direction of your niche.
If you can say “I make baby hats in natural cotton which I market online,” or “I specialize in lacy wedding shawls which I sell to local bridal boutiques,” then that is your niche.
Bear in mind that you niche may be wide for example, if you crochet kids fun clothing in primary acrylics, then that is your niche..
Your niche does not have to be narrow but it typically becomes so. Over the years you may slip into making a certain thing in a particular yarn with the same hook for a definite market.
Embrace your style and hone your skills to become the best within your niche.