These past few weeks have been a blast. Travelling over the US has meant I’ve left my cares behind and been able to open my mind to all the beautiful scenery and wonder the world has to offer. I’ve hiked, I’ve swam and I have definitely shopped! And if there’s one thing I’ve noticed in every US store once Labour Day has been and gone- it’s Halloween! EVERYWHERE. So, inspired by my love of the US and their love of Halloween, here is the Candy Corn Headband.
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Pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, witches, ghouls. Every corner of every store in the US is in full-blown Halloween mode! This one came to me on the flight home, while munching on a bag of Candy Corn (because it’s never too early, right?). I thought about the cute shape and how adorable a hair accessory would be.
Halloween is celebrated in the UK but definitely not on the same scale as over the pond. I can usually get away with wearing a witches hat to work, but I thought this Candy Corn Headband would be the perfect not-so-understated alternative I could rock at my desk this year.
Now I know there’s probably nothing scarier than crocheting with black yarn. It’s enough to make anyone scream, so if you’re not up for a little haunting, you can just stick to the bow and add it to a headband of your choosing!
I used the gorgeous Sirdar Ella as it has a little spooky sparkle that I think makes it look like a bit of spiderweb woven in between the stitches. Definitely a gorgeous result after all that effort, don’t you think?
This pattern is written in UK terms with US terms in the Abbreviations section below.
The Headband is worked in Rows and the Candy Corns are worked in Rounds.
The ch1 at the start of every Row does not count as a stitch.
There are simplified instructions if you don’t want to make the original Lemon Peel version of this headband.
DC = UK double crochet (US = single crochet)
Ch = chain
Ch-sp = Chain space
St = stitch
Sts = stitches
SlSt = slipstich
TC = UK treble crochet (US = double crochet)
You will need:
4mm and 3.5mm crochet hook (I use a KnitPro Waves hook which you can get here)
50 meters / 55 yards of DK weight yarn. I used Sirdar Ella in shade 0010.
25 meters / 28 yards of a yellow DK weight yarn. I used Stylecraft Special DK in Sunshine.
18 meters / 20 yards of an orange DK weight yarn. I used Stylecraft Special DK in Jaffa.
30 meters / 32 yards of a white DK weight yarn. I used Stylecraft Special DK in White.
Using 4mm hook.
Chain an even number of stitches +1. Enough so that it will go around your head fairly tightly (as it will become looser as you crochet your first row)
If you don’t have your model to hand, here are some standard head measurements you can use:
Row 1: DC into the 2nd st from hook. Alternate TC, DC across the row until you reach the end (ending with a TC). Ch1, turn.
Row 2: DC, TC across the row until you reach the end (ending with a TC). Ch1, turn.
[[Simplified version: Once you have made your starting chain, DC into 2nd ch from hook, DC to the end of the row. Ch1, turn.
Row 2: DC into every stitch across the row. Ch1, turn.]]
Repeat Row 2 until desired width is reached. My adult sized headband was around XX width.
Sew the two shorter ends together. Don’t worry too much about how neat it is, as you’ll hide this with the Candy Corn Bow!
Using 3.5mm hook and yellow yarn.
Round 1: DC into 2nd Ch from hook. DC into next 8sts. 3DC into last st. This will turn the corner and now you will be crocheting into the underside of your starting ch. DC across 8sts and finish with 2DC into the last st (which is the first st of the round)
Round 2: 2DC into the first st, then DC into the next 8sts. Turn the corner by 2DC in the next 3sts, DC in 8sts and then finish with 2DC into the last 2 sts remaining. (28)
Round 3: 2DC into the first st, then DC into the next 11sts. Turn the corner by 2DC in the next 3sts, DC in 11sts and finish with 2DC into the last 2 sts remaining. (34)
Round 4: 2DC into the first st, then DC into the next 13sts. Turn the corner by 2DC in the next 4sts, DC in 13sts and finish with 2DC into the last 3 sts remaining (42)
Round 5-7: DC in each st around (42)
Change to orange.
Round 8: *DC in 17sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat. (38)
Round 9-10: DC in each st around. (38)
Round 11: *DC in 15sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (34)
Round 12-13: DC around (34)
Change to white.
Round 14: *DC in 13sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (30)
Round 15: *DC in 11sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (26)
Round 16-17: DC around (26)
Round 18: *DC in 9sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (22)
Round 19: *DC in 7sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (18)
Round 20: *DC in 5sts, dc2tog in next st, dc2tog in next st* repeat (14)
Round 21-25: DC around (14)
Once you have two parts, you’re going to sew them together at the ends with the opening. You can stitch straight through both sides of each piece as they don’t need to be open. Don’t worry about your stitching either as we’ll be making a piece to go over the middle of the bow and conceal this!
Row 1: DC in 2nd Ch from hook. DC to end. Ch1 and turn.
Row 2: DC across. Ch1 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until piece covers middle portion of the joined Candy Corns.
My middle piece was 9 rows to make it 8cm wide.
Sew the middle piece at the short ends around the joined Candy Corns.
This is your Candy Corn bow.
Sew the Candy Corn bow to your Headband.
And here you have it! A sweet treat for your head! Make sure to tag me on Instagram @lovealyuk or hashtag #lovealyuk for your chance to get featured! I’d love to see your finished Candy Corn Headband!