Thursday, 15 June 2017

BEAUTIFUL TIARA FOR A BABY GIRL

free crochet pattern for baby tiara

BEAUTIFUL TIARA FOR A BABY GIRL 

As you know I have been on a baby dress spree for a while, and have been exploring new ideas to add to the baby dress gift parcel.  So far, I have experimented with and successfully created several motifs that can work as head accessories or those that can be pinned onto the dresses.  I found a pattern for a crown that I loved, and thought I’d use part of that pattern to make a tiara.  I just love how this has turned out .. and as you have joined me here today, guess you agree with me ;)

This is not my pattern.  I have tweaked the pattern a bit to suit my requirement.   This is the crown that inspired me (not my photo)



Materials used : Today I’ve just a little bit of our Indian Anchor knitting cotton with a 2 mm crochet hook and a few beads
For Indians : I’d also suggest using our Anchor knitting , Red rose , White Rose or Alize knitting cotton yarns – and you can get all of this with an easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)       
For Non - Indians : The yarns that I have used similar to our Indian Anchor knitting cotton are Aunt Lydia Cotton 10 and Hilaza Rustica Eclat Cotton (metallic) yarns. 

Skill level : Intermediate (only because of the calculations involved.  Stitches used are basic)

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

How to add beads in crochet : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to join using whip stitch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYfdRgy5II




Crown Pattern Instructions 

free crochet baby girl tiara pattern

For the beautiful crown, I was inspired by the free pattern at

I have decided to make only one side of the crown (from the above pattern link) and attach it onto a handy (slim metal) headband.  Yes, it’s a little dicey using a metal headband for a small baby girl, but I plan on working a few loops along the base so one could also use a set of bob-pins to hold the tiara in place. 

I have just added beads as and where it felt right – so go ahead, string on a few beads before you start and create something unique.

Of course, if you decide to use the whole crown, then go ahead to the pattern sheet now.

Start : with fsc in multiples of 6 + 1 for the length of the crown.  Turn

The last row of the crown is worked in the middle of a 5 stitch-set. 
So this means that you will need a minimum of 30 (+ 1) for one large crown feature (on the last row I mean). 
I’ve started with 31 fsc.
 
Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ;
*ch 9, sk next 5 fsc, sc in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*11 sc in the next ch-9 ; sl-st in the next sc ;
rep *to* till the last sc ; sc in that last sc.  Turn.
Note : I’ve added the bead just after working the sl-sts on this row.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 5, sk next 5 sc, sc in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next 5 sc, sc in the next sl-st* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

In the following row, the designer has used dc. You can opt to use sc or dc.
Row 4 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*5 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sl-st in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 2 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sl-st in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Row 6 : sc in the 1st dc ;
*2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

In our following row, we’ll use the trc or treble / triple crochet stitch.
Row 7 : sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 14, sk next 11 sc, sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) once ; sk next 5 sc, 11 trc in the next sc ; sk next 4 sc, sc in the next sc ; rep (to) 2 times ;
Turn.
Note : I’ve added the bead in the centre-most trc.

Row 8 : sc in the 1st sc ; ch 7, sc in the next ch-14 sp ;
(ch 9, sc in the next ch-14 sp) ; ch 9, sk next 2 trc, sc in the next trc ;
ch 9, sk next 5 trc, sc in the next trc ;
ch 9, sc in the next ch-14 sp ; rep (to) once ;
ch 7, sc in the last sc.  Turn.

In this last row, we’ll use a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).  For a quick refresher on how to work a picot, check the top of this blog.

Row 9 : sc in the 1st sc ;
[4 sc + picot + 3 sc in the next ch-7 sp ; sl-st in the next sc] ;
(5 sc + picot + 4 sc in the next ch-9 sp ; sl-st in the next sc) ; rep (to) once ;
{4 trc + picot} in the next ch-9 sp ; rep {to} 2 times in the same ch-9 sp ; 4 trc in the same ch-9 sp ; sl-st in the next sc ; rep (to) 2 times ; rep [to] once.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Note : I’ve added the bead in the centre of each set instead of a picot.


Finishing :
I would suggest that you block your crown. 
First lightly iron it (using a light muslin cloth as a cover between the iron and your work – i.e do not iron directly on the work.  If you have used beads, please be extra careful with heat over beads).  This stretches and flattens down your work.
Use white glue (Mod Podge or Indian Fevicol) as a stiffener.  I used 1 part glue to 2 parts water and make a light paste, and then I lightly applied this over the back of my work using a paint brush.  Allow to flat dry. 

Once dry, you need to attach this to the headband using an embroidery needle. 
Two ideas again.  You can attach your tiara permanently for which you would then attach yarn at one end of the tiara, and use one of the joining methods to join it to the tiara
OR you can attach your yarn at one end, and using a crochet hook, work a small loop (like a picot) evenly along the length of the tiara base.  So you could work a sl-st or sc in between your picots.  You will then use these picots to thread your metal head band neatly through.  This is not permanent and you can use the headband for other motifs as well.


Ta da ! One beautiful princess crown headband all ready to go!

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