Inspired by some of my favourite sweets (scroll to the end for a photo), I designed a headband and scarf set with a crocheted cable base adorned with simple crocheted roses and violets resembling fancy chocolates decorated with crystalised flowers. I'm really looking forward to wearing these as well as releasing the pattern!
You don’t have to choose chocolate coloured yarn though; how about a grey one too with the flowers made up in the leftover scrap yarn from many favourite projects, like a stone path in a cottage garden with unexpected flowers popping up here and there. Would someone you love enjoy these healthy high fibre, low sugar sweet treats as a gift, or might you treat yourself? Get your copy of the pattern on Ravelry with 20% off until the end of January 2023 (UK time). The discount is applied automatically at the checkout.
The hairband is sized in eight increments from 35cm (14”) baby to 61 cm (24”) large adult head. Please take the usual precautions when choosing and using wearables for young or vulnerable people, e.g. those unable to adjust clothing and accessories that slip out of position.
This is a lovely way to keep warm and enjoy the pleasure of blooms throughout the winter. The flowers are fun to work as you see them turn from yarn into something so recognisable and the open crochet cables are a very enjoyable and effective technique to get an interesting textural look in your crochet and a warm, well-fitting accessory too. It's a flexible pattern in baby to adult large sizes and you can add as many or as few flowers you like, or even none at all, and arrange those you make as you choose. I had made mine just nine ovals long, thinking that would be a good length for both a child's scarf or a shorter length adult scarf but after trying it on, I decided eleven would be better for the standard size in the pattern.
It's a very flexible pattern though; you can make it as long or as short as you like and arrange the two types of flowers and the leaves just as you wish on both the headband and the scarf. There is even a hairband version to wear further back and under a longer hairstyle at the back. That way you can get it just right to suit your face shape, hairstyle and your personal taste or the wearer's of course if its a gift!
I had so much fun making this. The ovals worked up so quickly and the fluffy yarn felt lovely. Flowers are also some of my favourite things to crochet and both of the ones here seem magically to come to life after you weave in your ends and give them a little scrunch! The leaves were an afterthought that I added to the pattern after making the sample and realising that I had a few gaps I wanted to fill. They made a big difference and the testers made such great use of them.
Confession here: I also had fun eating the photo props in the last photo on this page! There were too many for the little saucer and they were so delicious!
Speaking of testers, just look at the marvellous versions they created! I was so thrilled each time a saw a new version in progress or complete. They are all so great at photographing their creations too! Their yarn choices were lovely and their feedback really helped to make the pattern a lot better than it was when they were given their copy. Thank you testers; you are all amazing and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you!
Tester feedback suggests that this pattern is most suited to a crocheter who already has some experience rather than a completely new crocheter due to it’s flexible nature and some techniques such as cables and unusual features of the flowers. I have tried to include helpful photos of the trickier techniques, so don’t be put off trying if you have a little experience. I would think that you would want to have worked a project or projects using:
all the basic crochet stitches
increasing and decreasing
front and back post stitches
working flat, back and forth
working flat around a centre point (motif style), like a granny square or the crown of a hat
and then you should find the images and text in the patterns will guide you through all the more complicated parts of this pattern.
The written pattern is available in English in both UK and US crochet terms plus diagrams and photos for more visually focused makers.