I pattern tested this for my friend Rebeckah of Rebeckah’s Treasures. I am always blown away at her creativity, and the energy and detail she puts into each of her patterns and projects. She designed this as part of the Designers Potpourri CAL, a year long crochet-a-long featuring four designers and 15 free crochet patterns! I had fun testing this pattern out, and didn’t want to take off the headband once I was finished. Initially, I grabbed a skein I thought was light gray and was just going to go with it, but it ended up being Ivory and the shell pattern really came through beautifully! (Though, I think it would have in the light gray as well, or any lighter color – I think a darker color may be harder to see the shells).
Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Adjustable Shells Headband and link up your project to it!
*Originally, I worked my Ivory headband with a chain 2 as the beginning stitch count. After working the whole piece, and sewing together, I found that my headband was too tight along the edge where the last stitch is worked into the beginning chain 2. I thought maybe a chain 3, or chainless double crochet would be alternatives next go ’round. In between headbands though, I worked the Staggered Stitch Cowl, which I faced a similar issue – but worse! To help ease the side of the cowl, I worked a chain 4, and then worked the last stitch into the 3rd chain of this beginning chain. I decided to try this on my second headband, and it worked out perfectly!
Overall, this is a great tutorial chalk full of lots of helpful information and photos, and the pattern is really easy to follow and memorize and produces a beautiful headband with great crispness using cotton thread. I can’t wait to bust out thread from my stash and make a bunch more in other colors!
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