QT Head bands – free pattern!


These headbands have been one of my best sellers this autumn season (so if you can’t crochet head on over to my facebook page QT Stitch or my instagram @qtstitch and you can order one there!)

I was in search of an easy heandband pattern but was never really happy with the ones I had found on Pinterest etc. I needed one that I could go to easily for different sizes without having to always guess chain amounts and the one I did with just a starting chain I found really tight on the one side. So for these bands you will need to know how to Foundation Half double Crochet! It still is slightly tighter but gives a lot more easier when pulling it on your head! I crochet quite tightly just a side note.

Yarn – pretty much anything from 8ply-12ply that is nice and soft! ( I tend to use two strands with some of the stallion 8ply is it’s on the thinner side and I like my headbands thick!)

5mm hook

0-3mths FDHDC 48 and slip stitch together to form a circle ch 2 and turn, 48 HDC’s around join, ch 2 and turn until you have 10 rows total. I found turning it gave a slight ribbed effect which I really like. When you finish off leave a long tail for wrapping around over the joins (hiding them completely and giving you a seamless look!)

3-6mths FDHDC 52 – then 9 more rows as above
6-12mths FDHDC 56 – 9 more rows as in the 0-3mth pattern
12-18mths FDHDC 60 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3mths pattern
18mths – 10yrs approx. FDHDC 64 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3 mth pattern
Tween – adult FDHC 68 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3mth pattern

I call the bands Quinn (no bow) and Taylor (bow) – these were the two top name choices for Mr 3 had he been born a girl and the Q and T work in with my crochet business name!

For the bow FDHDC 25 and work the same as the bands and to the same height as whatever size band you are making. Leave a long tail and secure on to the band before wrapping the rest of the tail around.

As you can see below the colour combos are limitless!

If you’re on instagram tag me so I can see your work!

Happy hookin’!

You may sell items made from this pattern. Please direct people back to this page and do not sell or distribute as your own. Please use your own images

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Hello Blog sorry I forget about you

So wow its nearly the end of May already! We’ve had an insanely busy past 5mths.

I’ve been crocheting left right and centre for friends, family and paying customers. Boys have been back at school a term and had school holidays and are back again! The big two are both in Kapa Haka this year, Peyton marched proudly in the Anzac parade up at Stockade hill, got three kea scout badges and turned 8. Hunter has improved his writing skills dramatically, more confident at school thanks to his awesome teacher and turned 6. They both did swimming lessons and big improvements from both of them there!

We did bowling and then across the rd for McDees for both the big two this year. Easy peasy, and no mess at my house! Bonus is do it on a Thursday and bowling is half price!!

Eli is now enrolled back at public kindy to broaden his horizons! He started swimming lessons this turn and loves them  so yah!

I went to an amazing Ed Sheeran concert and had the best side stage seats ever. Seriously fluked getting seats that good! Was Epic.Ed is amazing – seriously go see him live!

We booked our holiday! Argghhh! Super over excited! Disneyland here we come – all five of us are mega excited. !64 sleeps to go!

That’s pretty much the past few months in a nutshell. Everything is going awesome! Happy kids, happy husband happy me! Life is good

Crochet Fox hat pattern by QT Stitch


So I am completely crap at keeping this blog updated! But I’m in an awesome little group (well ok there is over 1000 of us) on Facebook started by Sarah from Repeat Crafter me for all of us crocheters to hang out and share our work and share our love of all things crochet! It’s a pretty inspiring group and there are some crazy talented people in there!

Anyway I’m pretty good I think and seeing a hat on Pinterest and making up my own pattern but I’m not good at writing them down and recently I’ve been asked if I have a link to the pattern I used and I’m all uh no I made it up and didn’t write it down. I just keep that stuff locked up in my head which I’m sure by now my brain just looks part Mummy, part camera and the rest resembles a ball of yarn.
But but but I finally did it!!! I wrote down the pattern for the Fox hat I made. I sat there at 5.45am this morning and while it was still fresh in my brain scrawled it down in my notebook.

So bare with me! I’ve never written a hat pattern before – I’ll be careful not to make mistakes.

Sorry it’s only in a child’s size at the moment – I might figure out the smaller sizes and really making it bigger shouldn’t be that hard for a good crocheter to do (I’d just make the redish part longer and keep the white/cream the same amount of rows so the face still works nicely)

You will need

Red coloured or orange yarn in 12 ply or I used 2 strands of 8ply held together as I really liked the colour of the yarn I had found)
cream or white 12ply yarn
black 12ply
small amount of brown 12 ply
6mm hook and a 4.5mm hook
stitch markers if you don’t like living dangerously

tapestry needle for weaving in all those pesky ends

This pattern is written in US terms
Starting with red yarn and 6mm hook Chain 2, 12 DC in first stitch. Join and ch2
2 DC in each st around. Join ch2 (24 DC)
1 DC, 2 DC (creating an increase) around. Join ch2 (36 DC)
1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC(increase), Join, ch2 (48 DC)
1 DC in the next 7 stitches then 2 DC in the next giving you 54 DC in total, join ch2
Rows 6 – 10 are continued in the red with 54 DC around and joining and chaining 2 at the end of each around. Change to the white/cream and the end of row 10 and ch 2 with that colour.
Rows 11-14 54 DC around join, ch 2 and fasten off and then end of row 14

Ear flaps – Join white/cream and ch 1, 1sc in the same space as the join. SC across 11 more times (12 sc), ch 1 and turn
Decrease, 8 sc, Decrease, ch1, turn
Decrease, 6sc, decrease, ch 1, turn
Decrease, 4 sc, decrease, ch 1, turn
Decrease, 2 sc, decrease, ch1, turn
Decrease x 2, ch 1, turn
Decrease and fasten off.

For second ear flap repeat same as first one but do not fasten off at the last decrease. Instead Ch 2 and double crochet all the way back around then join and fasten off.

Braids – 12 long strands of the redish yarn for each ear flap

Ear outer (worked in the round) using the 6mm  hook (make 2)
Ch 2 with red yarn, 4 sc in the 1st ch
2sc in each st around (8sc)

1sc each st around (8sc)
1sc, 2sc increase (12sc)

2 rows of 12 sc
1sc, 1sc, 2sc increase (16sc)
1 row of 16sc
1 sc, 1 sc, decrease x 4 (12 sc) and fasten off

Ear inner with 6mm hook and white/cream (make 2)
I used a Foundation single crochet of 7 – of you don’t know how to foundation chain (seriously it’s like life changing in the crochet world) then I would chain 9 and sc back on the 2nd chain giving you a row of 7sc

At the end of that row ch 1 and turn
Decrease, 3 sc, decrease (5sc) ch1 and turn
Decrease, 1sc, decrease (3sc) ch1 and turn
Sc the last 3 stitches together, ch1 and turn
1sc and fasten off.

Sew the inner to the outer ear and then attach ears to the top of the hat.

Nose – red part (6mm hook)
Ch 9, Dc in the 3rd ch from the hookand then across to end of row (6dc), ch 2 and turn
DC decrease, 2 dc, dc decrease (4 dc) ch2 and turn
DC decrease x 2, ch 2 and turn
1dc, fasten off

Nose – black(6mm hook)
Ch 2, 6 sc in the 1st st
2sc, 2hdc, 2hdc, 2sc (all increase stitches) fasten off

Attach black part of nose to red part then sew on to hat so nose point is in the centre of the front of the hat

Eyes (make 2)
with 4.5mm hook and black yarn ch 2 and 6sc in the first ch, change colour to brown
2 sc in the next 4 (8sc fasten off
Small thread of white yarn to make eye catchlight

Attach eyes right where the cream meets the red on the hat on each side of the nose

Ta da your foxy little hat is done!

You may sell  items made from this pattern – just link people back here etc, don’t be a dick and sell the pattern as your own . Don’t use my images as your own

May your yarn be plenty and never have knots!

I hope like heck this pattern was easy to understand!

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