Last week I shared with you my first retro headband pattern, the Rosemary Floral Headband, which I was inspired to make from the character by the same name in the 60's film, Your's, Mine, and Ours. From the same film is another female character by the name of Colleen. She is red-haired and wears a pink floral headpiece during the wedding that inspired this new pattern.
Introducing the Colleen Floral Headband!
I wrote about the initial 60's styles in a post titled, Retro Fashion Sketches Inspired By Retro Dresses. Take a look to see my watercolor sketches and actual screenshots from the movie.
(A little retro tones for a retro headband!)
I crocheted 26 roses for this pattern and sewed each one to the headband, securing it with hot glue. Compared to the Rosemary headband, these flowers were a little more involved but just as fun. Each one is made in 2 rows and then coiled around itself to form a rose. It is such a simple but fun method for creating roses!
I have taken way too many pictures, as usual, but maybe they will help you better while crocheting! Let's get started!
(Keep reading for a free, new crochet pattern! Or soon you can purchase a concise PDF version at Etsy or Ravelry!)
Colleen Floral Headband Pattern and Tutorial
Skill Level easy
Size of the headband
Light Weight Yarn – Anne Geddes Baby Yarn in Taffy and Rosie
Yardage: 36 yards of color A (pink), and 10 yards of color B (light pink)
Crochet Hook G (4.00mm)
Headband (I used Scuncii's The Most Comfortable Headband Ever)
Rose measures 1 1/4 inch in diameter.
Making the Roses!
Here is the pattern for the Rose, which I used a darker pink for, while the lighter pink I used for the Buds. Make 18 Roses, or as many as you think you will need.
Round 1: ch 20, sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across: 19 sts
Round 2: ch 2, turn, dc in first st and next 3 sts, * sc in next ch-1 space, 2 dc in next sc, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in next ch-1, (dc, sc) in last st: 27 sts
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Begin coiling the rose from the start of the row toward the end, like I am doing in the photo. You don't want a tight coil or your roses' petals will look smooshed. Then again, you don't want too loose of a rose or the petals will flop about. Practice a few times before stitching your rose together. Don't worry, it's not as hard as it sounds.
Using the end from Row 2, stitch through base of rose 3 or 4 times in opposite directions to ensure the flower doesn't uncoil. Fluff your rose a little and pull the petals apart gently.
Now make 8 Buds with light pink. It's essentially the same pattern as the Rose, only shortened by a little.
Round 1: ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across: 9 sts
Round 2: ch 2, turn, dc in first st and next 3 sts, * sc in next ch-1 space, 2 dc in next sc, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in next ch-1, (dc, sc) in last st: 12 sts
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Coil and stitch the same as for the Rose pattern.
Once you have a sufficient amount of flowers, it's time to gather the rest of your supplies: the hot glue gun, headband, yarn needle, scissors.
I just adore a pile of roses! Gorgeous little bundles of yarn!! And don't they just look wonderful against the light blue cloth?!
Attaching Roses to Headband
Take a rose and thread a tail with your yarn needle. Starting in the middle, sew around band 3 times, going into base of rose each time. Thread second tail and do the same. Tie both ends in a knot and dab hot glue on the knot to secure. Cut off excess strands.
ALWAYS be careful when using hot glue! Give the glue plenty of time to cool before continuing. And don't underestimate how hot the barrel can get. The one I have is my mother's, meaning I don't know about modern hot glue guns, and it gets scorching. Hardly ever do I come out of a project without having burned myself.
Attach another rose the same way. I like to attach them just to the side of where I actually want it, and when the glue is dry, I slide it into place, up against the others.
AVOID hot gluing directly on the underside of the band where it sits on the head. You don't want the headband sitting higher on your head because of the bulky glue.
I added about one bud every three roses, making a pattern where a bud never touched another bud, but feel free to add them as you like. You can get a better idea of my pattern in pictures below.
In this picture I went ahead and attached a handful before hot gluing, which was not such a good idea since the knots were kind of hard to get at.
Here's what a rose looks like while attaching. Like I said before, I slid my flowers close together to prevent any gaps. I wanted a lush, flowery piece, not spriggly.
After finishing one side of the band, start back at the center and complete the other side, following the same pattern.
And there it is! The finished piece. Leave about 3 inches of headband so that the flowers will practically disappear into your hair.
I had to make a few a more than I had originally, and then had two buds more than I needed. Just goes to show you never know how many you need. Hence the term, "flying by the seat of your pants".
Where the underside of the Rosemary headband was white, you can see the alternating strands of pink and light pink, lending an artistic effect.
Dab on a little more hot glue in any areas that might need it for a more secure hold. I might suggest dabbing a little at the very ends to keep the flowers from slipping down, though I highly doubt they will.
From the side, you can see my pattern: roses surrounding the buds. Two roses and a bud, two roses and a bud, alternating the bud from side to side.
My original sketch had green flowers intermingled but I didn't have the green yarn I wanted and I didn't care to wait until I could get it, so I went on without it and I don't think it's any worse for wear.
My two retro headbands together, Rosemary below and Colleen on top. What do you think? Which one is your favorite?!
I first considered using a variegated yarn for the flowers. I didn't want to use just one color and I didn't think making row one a different color would change much. However, while designing the roses, I wondered how little pink buds mixed in would look. I'm glad I did it!
As always, thanks to my lovely, sweet sister (who, by the way, pouted when I didn't use her last week) for modeling my creations. What with the knowledge my family has of photography and the gracious cooperation of the "models", I have my own little corporation. Makes my job that much easier!
And that does it for this weeks crafty creation! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and are all prepared to go and make your own retro floral headbands. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll help you out!
Soon I will have an inexpensive PDF version of this pattern available at Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy and Ravelry! I will also be selling copies of the headband itself for those who are interested.
Come back Monday for the first part of my The Designing Process series!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.