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Easy Crocheted Flowers: Use Up Your Yarn Scraps

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Recently I found great deals on hair elastics and headbands.  Since they were plain, I wanted to add something to make them extra special.  I experimented with my yarn scraps (leftover from crocheting my “Aunt Ida” hats), and made a bunch of easy crocheted flowers.

Easy Crocheted Flower soft headband Operation Christmas Child

I needed a simple and quick item to mass produce, and several of these easy crocheted flowers could be made in less than an hour.  Mine are destined to be “filler” items for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  I knew I would be making alot.  But these headbands would be also fun to include in a party goody bag, Easter basket or even a Christmas stocking!

I have made hundreds of decorated hair ties.  Then I saw pictures of girls in Africa with shaved heads or little hair.  I thought soft headbands might still be a fun item for them.  Here is an adorable little girl from Rwanda who just received her gift today!  She found this headband with a big bow inside her shoebox, immediately put it on and wouldn’t take it off.  Look how she glows!

Instructions:

First tie the yarn onto the elastic.   You could of course crochet the flower separately and then sew it on – but I prefer to crochet right on the headband.   I find it saves time and an extra step.

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 1 Tie the Yarn to the headband

Using an I (5.50mm) hook (like THIS ONE from Amazon or part of THIS PACK here) or smaller (depending on the yarn and the look you want to achieve) pull the yarn around and under the elastic to make the first chain.

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 2 Bring Yarn around and under to begin a chain

Chain 4.

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 3. Chain 4

Slip stitch around and under the elastic to join and make a ring.

Now chain 3 (this counts as the first double crochet), then 15 double crochet in ring, join with slip stitch in top of chain 3 (16 stitches), but at least 4 dc (or a few more!) catch not only the chained circle but also around the elastic as well.  This will keep the flower tightly onto the elastic and will display it well when wearing.  (Depending on the yarn thickness and hook size, you can increase or decrease the number of stitches in the circle, as long as they remain an even number.)

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 4.

As you double crochet around, also go over that tail from the initial tie.  It disappears, holds well, and saves you the step of weaving in later.  You can see from the photo below the back of the flower and how it grips onto the elastic.

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 5. See the back of the flower..

From here — each easy crocheted flower can be different.  You can also change color, use up your different yarn scraps!  In my pictures and to save time, I used a single color.

One variation for MY Easy Crocheted Flowers is:  Chain 5, skip 1, slip stitch into the next stitch.  Chain 5, skip 1 and slip stitch….repeat all around, at last sl st, cut yarn, pull tight to make a knot and weave in tail. (8 petals)

Easy Crocheted Flowers step 6. One variation.

Other variations:

  • chain 5 , slip stitch, repeat (don’t skip a stitch)—makes a tighter flower with longer petals.
  • chain 3, sc and repeat all around without skipping stitches—also a tighter flower, but with much shorter petals.

Remember, crocheting is very forgiving and accepts any experimentation!   Once the center circle is made, any regular repeat of chains and stitches would look wonderful.  Match or contrast the elastic!

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