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Easy Braided Headband in Crochet

 Easy Braided Headband in Crochet 

 Crochet a Braided Headband: A Fast and Easy Accessory for Your Wardrobe    

by:  Yolanda Soto Lopez 

Are you looking for a fun and simple crochet project? Look no further! In this blog post, I will guide you through the steps to create a braided headband using basic crochet stitches. This stylish accessory is not only quick to make but also adds a casual touch to any outfit. Let’s get started! 

crochet braided band

Braided Crochet Headband

Supplies Needed:

To crochet your own braided headband, you’ll need the following materials:

Worsted weight yarn in your preferred color(s)  Approx. 3 oz

Crochet hook (size H/5.0mm works well with worsted weight yarn)


Yarn needle

Step 1: Making the Foundation Chain.  Working with 2 strands of yarn at the same.  (Make 3 sections) 

To begin, create a foundation chain using the chain stitch. Make sure to leave a long tail at the beginning for later use. The length of your chain will depend on the size of your head. A chain of approximately 40- 50  stitches should work for most people. However, you can adjust the length to fit your preference.

Step 2: Forming Rows with Double Crochet

Once you have your foundation chain, it’s time to start forming the rows with double crochet stitches. Crochet a double crochet in each chain beginning on the 4th chain from the end. 

Double crochet is a basic stitch that creates a taller stitch and works up quickly. Here’s how to make a double crochet stitch:

Yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front).

Insert the hook into the third chain from the hook.

Yarn over and pull the yarn through the chain, so you have three loops on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, leaving two loops.

Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.

Repeat the double crochet stitch across the row, working into each chain stitch. Continue this pattern until your headband reaches the desired width. Remember to keep your stitches loose and even throughout the project.

Step 3: Joining the Ends

Once you’ve reached the desired width, it’s time to join the ends together. Fold the headband in half, matching up the beginning and ending chains. Insert your hook into the first stitch of the foundation chain and make a slip stitch to connect the two ends.

Step 4: Adding the Braid

Now comes the fun part—creating the braided effect! Divide your headband into three equal sections. Cross the left section over the middle section, then cross the right section over the new middle section. Repeat this process until you’ve braided the entire length of the headband.  Make sure to make braid loosely.

Step 5: Securing the Braid

Once you’ve finished braiding, secure the end of the braid by making a slip stitch through all three layers. Trim any excess yarn, leaving a small tail.

Step 6: Final Touches

To give your headband a polished look, weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle. Make sure all ends are secure and trim any excess yarn.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully crocheted your very own braided headband using basic stitches like the chain, double crochet, and slip stitch. This project is not only fast and easy but also allows you to add a stylish and casual accessory to your wardrobe. Whether you wear it for a casual day out or a sporty activity, this headband is sure to enhance your look. Enjoy your new creation and keep exploring the wonderful world of crochet!

Here is another way you can make your headband:  

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Thick Pot Holders – Easy Crochet Project

Thick Pot Holders – Easy Crochet Project

Making new items for your home is always fun, in this post we will make these thick pot holders – Easy crochet project.  

This item uses only basic stitches and works up super fast.  These pot holders make great housewarming gifts.  Now you can use colors that match your home decor.  It’s also great because it uses so little yarn that it is a great way to use up partial skeins of yarn. 

Cotton yarn is the ideal fiber since it can absorb water and heat.  Also it will not burn the way that acrylic yarn does. 

I have to admit that I just love these kinds of projects.  They are fast, easy and I just like to have a stack of gifts ready to give on every occasion.  Whether for a housewarming gift, bridal showers or just when I know someone may be feeling a little down and needs some encouragement.  


Crochet Thick Pot Holder     by  Yolanda Soto-Lopez

Pot Holder

    Pot Holder

Skill level:  Beginner  


  approximately  3 – oz.  Cotton Yarn, Medium Weight (worsted) 


Yarn Needles 

K Size Crochet Hook (7mm) 

To Begin: 

Working with 2 strands yarn 

Chain 25,  Double crochet in 4th chain from end

Row 1: dc in each stitch,  chain 3 turn work over  (22 dc total) 

Row 2:  Dc into first stitch, dc in each stitch,  last stitch goes into chain 3 chain, ch 3, turn work

Repeat for a total of 11 rows.   Leave a tail to sew edges together. 

Fold corners into the middle  to form a square (see photo)

    Fold your pot holder like this in order to sew

Sew along edges…sew in tails 

Sewing guide for pot holders

    Sewing guide

In one corner join yarn,  chain 10. join into first stitch.. bind off.  sew in tail.   Use this loop to hang pot holder.  That’s it, Enjoy 

If you are a more visual learner click on this link to be see my free YouTube video Tutorial: 

If you enjoy fast and easy crochet  items here is another project you may enjoy: 

Easy Crochet Ribbed Hat – A beginner level Crochet Hat


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The Joy of Hobbies

The Joy of Hobbies: Discovering the Magic in Our Free Time

In our busy lives, it’s essential to find moments of respite and engage in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. Hobbies play a significant role in enhancing our overall well-being, allowing us to explore our interests, express creativity, and find a sense of accomplishment. In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons why people enjoy having hobbies so much, explore popular hobbies for men, women, and children, discuss the history of hobbies, touch upon their costs, and highlight some popular hobbies around the world.

The Allure of Hobbies:

Hobbies provide an avenue for personal growth and self-discovery. They offer a break from the daily routine, allowing individuals to engage in something they are passionate about. Hobbies provide a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem, and foster a positive mindset. Whether it’s painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, or sports, hobbies allow people to tap into their unique abilities and find fulfillment.

Popular Hobbies for Men, Women, and Children:

  1. Men: Men often enjoy hobbies such as woodworking, fishing, golfing, and gaming. These activities provide opportunities for hands-on craftsmanship, adventure, and friendly competition.
  2. Women: Women often find solace in hobbies like painting, cooking, reading, and gardening. These pursuits provide creative outlets, relaxation, and opportunities for self-expression.
  3. Children: Children often gravitate towards hobbies like drawing, playing musical instruments, sports, and collecting. These activities help develop their creativity, physical coordination, and social skills.

A Brief History of Hobbies:

The concept of hobbies as we know them today emerged during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. As machines replaced manual labor, people had more leisure time, prompting the rise of hobbies. Initially, hobbies were primarily pursued by the upper classes due to their free time and financial means. However, as the middle class grew, hobbies became more accessible to a broader population.

Costs of Hobbies:

The costs associated with hobbies can vary widely. Some hobbies, like reading or writing, require minimal investment as they mainly rely on access to books or writing materials. On the other hand, hobbies such as photography, painting, or playing certain musical instruments might involve purchasing equipment or materials. However, it’s worth noting that many hobbies can be pursued on a budget, with various alternatives available for different price ranges.

Popular Hobbies Around the World:

Hobbies vary across cultures, reflecting the diverse interests and traditions of different communities. Here are some examples:

  1. Japan: Origami, the art of paper folding, has been popular in Japan for centuries, providing a way to express creativity and patience.
  2. India: Traditional Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam or Kathakali are not only hobbies but also integral parts of the cultural fabric, preserving ancient traditions.
  3. Brazil: Samba, a vibrant and energetic dance style, serves as both a hobby and a celebration of Brazilian culture.
  4. Australia: Surfing is a beloved hobby in Australia, allowing people to connect with nature and ride the waves of the country’s beautiful coastline.


Hobbies bring joy, relaxation, and personal growth into our lives. They allow us to explore our passions, express ourselves, and connect with others who share similar interests. Regardless of age, gender, or location, everyone can find a hobby that resonates with them. So, let’s embrace the magic of hobbies and make time for the activities that bring us happiness and fulfillment in our lives.  I’m sure you already know what some of my favorites.  

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The Art of Crochet

The Art of Crochet

A Colorful Thread of Benefits, Diversity, and History  by Yolanda Soto Lopez 

 Crochet is an ancient craft that involves creating intricate fabric by interlocking loops of yarn with a hooked needle. Beyond being a hobby, crochet offers a multitude of benefits, both physical and mental, while embracing a diverse range of possibilities. Let’s dive into the colorful world of crochet, exploring its advantages and a brief glimpse into its fascinating history.

Benefits of Crochet:

Crochet offers numerous physical and mental benefits. On a physical level, it improves fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. The repetitive motions of creating stitches can also promote relaxation and stress reduction, making it a therapeutic activity. Crocheting can even provide a gentle workout for the hands and arms.

Mentally, crochet stimulates the brain and enhances cognitive abilities. It improves focus and concentration, requiring attention to detail and following complex patterns. Crocheting can also boost creativity, allowing crafters to experiment with different colors, textures, and stitch combinations, thereby nurturing their artistic side.

The Diversity of Crochet:

One of the most beautiful aspects of crochet is its diversity. Crochet patterns and designs span a wide range of styles and purposes. From cozy blankets and hats to delicate doilies and intricate lacework, the possibilities are endless. Crochet also extends beyond traditional items, with modern trends incorporating the craft into clothing, accessories, and even sculptures. The versatility of crochet ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age, gender, or personal taste.

A Brief History of Crochet:

The origins of crochet can be traced back centuries, although its exact birthplace remains uncertain. The craft gained popularity in Europe during the 19th century and later spread to other parts of the world. Initially, crochet was practiced using fingers alone, but the introduction of the hooked needle revolutionized the technique, allowing for greater precision and speed.

Over time, crochet evolved from a necessary skill for producing clothing and household items to a beloved pastime and form of self-expression. With the rise of online communities and social media, crochet has experienced a resurgence in recent years, connecting enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

Crochet is more than just a craft; it is a journey of creativity, relaxation, and personal growth. Its physical and mental benefits, along with its diverse range of possibilities, make it a captivating art form accessible to people of all ages. As you delve into the world of crochet, prepare to be enchanted by the colorful threads that weave together tradition, innovation, and the joy of creating something beautiful with your own hands.

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Fun and pretty plant pot covers

Fun and Pretty planter pot cover project

Summer is here and what better way to prepare than by crochet some fun and pretty plant pot covers.    There is no need to be stuck with plain plant pots.  Some of my favorite pots have started to look a little old, and a bit worn out.  They definitely needed a makeover.   Since I love to crochet I decided what better way to spruce them up than by crocheting some pretty covers. 

I used acrylic yarn in this example but cotton yarn would also make a great choice.  The plant pot that I decided to cover were purchased at my local Dollar Tree store.  In case you haven’t heard items are no longer priced at $1.00 but rather prices have increased to $1.25.  I see that inflation has even hit our favorite discount store.  Still, the price is right to pick up some plastic planter pots and get started with this project. 

What I like about these fun and pretty plant pot covers is that you can use whatever colors you have on  hand.  It’s also a perfect project for using partial skeins of yarn.  I hate to throw away yarn and with a little creativity you can create solid colors covers or use several colors for fun  stripes.

Crochet Planters Covers/Cozy Instructions: 


3 oz. Medium Weight yarn of your choice

L Hook (8 mm) 


Yarn needle

Optional embellishments such as ribbon, silk flowers, etc. 

To begin:  

Working with 2 strands at the same time thru out project. 

Chain 4, slip stitch into first chain to form a circle

Round 1:  chain 3, (counts as double crochet here and thru out project),  7 double crochet into circle,  slip stitch into the third chain (starting dc)  ( 8 stitches) 

Round 2:  chain 3,  dc into same stitch,  2 dc into each remaining stitch,  slip stitch into third chain   (16 stitches)

Round 3:  chain 3,  dc into same stitch, dc, * 2 dc into next stitch, dc,* repeat from * to *, slip stitch into 3rd chain (24 stitches) 

Round 4:  (Working in back loops only)  chain 3, 1 dc into each stitch, slip stitch into 3rd chain (24 stitches) 

Round 5:  chain 3, dc into same stitch,  dc into next 5 stitches,  *2dc (increase), dc into next 5 stitches* repeat from * to *, slip stitch into third chain  ( 28 stitches) 

Round 6:  chain 3, dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 6 stitches, * 2dc (increase), dc into next 6 stitches*, repeat from * to *,  slip stitch into third chain   ( 32 stitches) 

Round 7 – 9:  chain 3, dc into each stitch, slip stitch into third chain  (32 stitches) 

Optional trim:   ch 1,  reverse single crochet into each stitch (crab stitch)  fasten off, and sew in tails.    Embellish as desired.   


If you are a visual learner here is the free YouTube video 

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