Keep Your Baby Fashionable With Crochet Headbands

Headbands have served their purpose as a
clothing accessory ever since the Greek and Roman periods. Back then,
they took the form of hair wreaths and were worn during spe…

Headbands have served their purpose as a
clothing accessory ever since the Greek and Roman periods. Back then,
they took the form of hair wreaths and were worn during special
occasions. By the early 20th century, they became even
more popular for their health benefits. It was a common belief among
people of the time that tight pressure around the forehead helped
prevent headaches and relieve pain. But with the evolution of
fashion, that significance was soon overshadowed by style, as
headwear has become more embellished, incorporating exotic fabrics
and lace and ribbon accents, with small rosettes, feathers and gem
decors. Their popularity peaked in the 1920s and a century later,
they remain to be widely used, and even innovated with more elastic
versions in the form of crochet headbands.

Now, these head pieces are usually made out of
horseshoe-shaped materials (either plastic or metal) to give it a
stable form. It is covered by textile, so that it can be more
comfortable and attractive to wear. Some of them are toothed to
ensure that they can hold hair in place. However, given the
suppleness of a child’s head, this conventional structure is
discouraged in favour of softer counterparts. Hence, baby
headbands are usually created out of cotton and ribbon yarns.

It’s easy to find one online available for
purchase. But it would be more sentimental to make your baby’s
first crochet headband yourself. Apart from the convenience of being
able to personalize it according to your preference and your baby’s
comfort, you also get to save on costs. This is an attractive
prospect considering the financial demands of motherhood. To get
started, you should secure scissors, a soft lightweight yarn, a
crochet hook, an elastic base and a tape measure.

The first step would be to measure the head so
you know how long you have to make the baby headbands. Then,
you should decide on how wide it would be – an inch or two would
suffice. Next, chain five to nine stitches together – a single
crochet on the first and second, and then a double crochet on the
next two chains; switching back to single and double alternately
until the first chain is finished.

Afterwards, work with the same pattern to the
end of the row until you reach the intended length. For more
thickness, you can make another crochet headband using the same
technique and then stack both finished products so you can stitch
them together on the edges. You can then glue or hem some lace,
ribbon or sequins on the final output to give it that feminine touch.
If you are making one for a boy, you can put together crochet bugs
and animals as ornaments instead.

It seems like a worthwhile endeavour. But, if
you are not experienced in do-it-yourself projects, then you could
just rely on retailed crochet headbands. You just have to be
extra conscious about what you pick, to avoid getting something that
might irritate your child’s skin. You can choose those made out of
cotton, acrylic and bamboo to be safe. If there is wool, you can have
that as an alternative. However, you should keep an eye out for
allergic reactions and make sure to pass up the “super wash”
kinds of clothing, because they can be dowsed with chemicals.