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My boys call my mom Mimi and even though I had never heard that name when I was a child, it seems to be quite popular for a grandmother’s name. I believe it started out as “Grammy”, but one of my twins changed it when he couldn’t say Grammy.
Mimi tries to make it to the boys sporting events and we’ve faced a wide variety of weather conditions here in PA while supporting the kids.
Since my twins decided they LOVE soccer and want to play it twice a year now (spring and fall), Mimi asked me to make her a headband—with a flower. When I asked her what she wanted, she said, “Purple. And you know me, I like big and flashy!”
While the flower isn’t “flashy” per se, it is definitely large and makes a statement. If I left the full design up to my mom, I probably would have had to bedazzle it or add a sparkly beaded fringe!
Besides, I didn’t want to make something too outrageous. I do have to sit next to her at the field! Shhh, don’t tell her I said that. LOL! We are complete opposites when it comes to style. I’m more wallflower, please don’t pay attention to me. Her, not so much, but in a good way. 🙂 Like I always tell my boys—everyone’s different and like different things.
The headband is wide enough to cover your ears completely and the stitches are basic where you are alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches. I love that it makes the fabric thick and without the holes, the cold air won’t penetrate to irritate your ears. (My mom and I both have sensitive ears.) Even the crocodile stitch flower isn’t complicated. The headband itself is adjustable with three buttonholes to choose from so that it is sure to fit every head size and hair thickness.
The Caron Simply Soft yarn is exactly what it says it is. Soft. And I added just a touch of Caron Simply Soft Vanilla that I had left over from another project to create the flower and trimmed it out in purple—just to give it a little POP! If the flower is a little too much for you, you can always leave it off. It’s your choice.
I think I may have to make a matching scarf very soon…
Mimi’s Ear Warmer Headband
- Less than 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft – Purple 6 oz / 170.1 g; 315 yds / 288 m
- Small amount of Caron Simply Soft – Vanilla 6 oz / 170.1 g; 315 yds / 288 m
- 5.00 mm (H/8) hook
- 4.25 mm (G/6) hook
- 2 – ¾” wooden buttons (a 1” button for the flower could work better than the ¾” I used.)
- Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
22 ½” L x 4 ½” W
14 stitches (single crochet plus double crochet counts as one st) and 12 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
FC – foundation chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc(s) – double crochet(s)
st – stitch
ea – each
ch – chain
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
FC: Ch 9
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 2: 8 sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in 1st st; 6 sc across; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 4: 10 sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in 1st st; 8 sc across; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 6: 12 sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 7: 2 sc in 1st st; 10 sc across; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 8: 14 sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc in 1st sc; *dc in next st, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * across. (Always end row with a dc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 10 – Row 63: Repeat Row 9
Row 64: Sc in ea st across; ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 65: Repeat Row 64.
Row 66: Sk 1st st; sc in next 5 sts; ch 2;sk 2 sts; sc in next 5 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (12 sc) (Button hole was made)
Row 67: Sk sl st; sc in next 12 sts; ch 1, turn.
Row 68: Sk 1st st; sc in next 4 sts; ch 2; sk 2 sts; sc in next 4 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (10 sc) (Button hole was made)
Row 69: Sk sl st; sc in next 10 sts; ch 1, turn.
Row 70: Sk 1st st; sc in next 3 sts; ch 2; sk 2 sts; sc next 3 sts; sl st in last st; ch 1, turn. (8 sc) (Button hole was made)
Row 71: Sk sl st; sc in next 8 sts; ch 1. Don’t turn.
Switch to the G hook.
Round 1: Sc evenly around entire headband, 2 sc at corners; sl st in top of 1st sc of round, ch 1.
Round 2: Repeat Round 1. Finish off. Weave in end.
Crocodile Stitch Flower
FC: Ch 4; sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Row 1: 7 sc in ring.
Row 2: *Ch 8; sl st in next sc* Repeat from * to * around. (7 ch-8 spaces) Sl st in 1st sc of row.
Row 3: In ch-8 sp, *(sc, hdc, 6 dcs, ch 2, 6 dcs, hdc, sc)* Repeat from * to * in all ch-8 spaces. Finish off.
Row 4: Sc in ea st around the petals of the flower continuously; sl st in 1st sc of row. Finish off. Weave in ends.
With Tapestry needle, sew button and flower, slightly off center of top crest of head. (About 9 ½” in from the button hole side) Arrange the petals so they overlap.
I’d love to see your finished projects as well! Feel free to post any of your finished projects made from the patterns found here at Highland Hickory Designs to my Facebook page. We can have our own little showcase! (No spam please. It will be deleted. Thank you for understanding.)
Note: For more winter wearables, please check out the Jess Mess-y Bun Hat, the Cream Clusters Extra Long Infinity Scarf, the Navy Clusters Hat, the Navy Clusters Infinity Scarf, the Taupe Slouch Hat, the Taupe Infinity Scarf, and the Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband! They also make great gifts!