Monday, 22 July 2019

Crochet Tie Knot Headband Alice band – free tutorial

Crochet Tie Knot Headband Alice band – free tutorial

The tutorial below will give instructions on how to cover a hairband the same size as mine, but also tips on how to adjust the tutorial to suit your hairband if it is a slightly different size!

This pattern is written in UK terms. See below for US conversions and stitch descriptions.

You Will Need

  • A plain rigid plastic headband – TIP if your headband is the same width all the way around, this will be easier to cover.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 3.5mm hook and DK/heavy sport weight yarn 

  • 4.5mm hook and Aran/worsted weight yarn

Stitch descriptions

Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull this loop through first loop on hook
Double crochet (US single crochet): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops

My hairband was bought from my local supermarket (cheap and cheerful!) and measures approx. 41cm (16in) long and 2.5cm (1in) wide.

Tube section

DK weight yarn (Aran weight yarn)
  • Using a 3.5mm (4.5mm) hook, create a magic ring and chain 1.
  • Make 10 (8) double crochet into the ring and pull closed.
  • Working in a continuous spiral (do not slip stitch to join each round), work 1 double crochet into each stitch.
  • Continue working double crochets, creating a tube, until your tube measures 41cm/16in (or the same length as your headband). Don't try and crochet around the headband: crochet the tube first and then put the headband in after.
  • Slip stitch to fasten off, cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing up later. 

TIP – after a couple of rounds, check your headband fits the tube. If it is too tight, restart and add 2 stitches. If it is too loose, restart with 2 less stitches.

Tie knot section

DK weight yarn (Aran weight yarn)
  • Using a 3.5mm (4.5mm) hook, chain 10 (8), turn.
  • Chain 1 (this does not count as a stitch now or throughout), make 10 (8) double crochet into each chain, turn.
  • Chain 1, make 10 (8) double crochet into each chain, turn. Repeat this step until your long flat strip measures 54cm/21in (the length of your 41cm/16in headband, plus 13cm/5in)

At this stage, check your tie knot section is long enough before you fasten off the yarn: find the mid point of the long flat strip you have just made, and tie a knot in the middle, around the headband. Create a knot as tight or as loose as your like the look off, and keep it central on the headband. The two ends of the long flat  strip should reach the ends of your headband. If you need to pull gently to get them there, this is fine, but if they are far too short to reach, untie and add a few more rows.

Slip stitch to fasten off, cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing up later.

Making up

  • To make up the headband, first slide the tube onto your headband, and sew up the open end. Leave the tail.
  • Find the middle point of your long flat strip and tie around the middle of your headband, you can adjust at this point until you are happy that the position is central and the knot looks how you would like it.
  • Sew the ends of the strip section to the end of each hairband, by wrapping the strip round the base of the ends, and bringing the two bottom corners of the strip together on the inside of the headband. Sew the strip to the tube, and fasten off, sewing in any ends. Repeat on the other side.

How to modify the pattern for a different size headband

To make this pattern fit a wider or narrower headband, I recommend you do a test chain first. Using your hook and yarn, chain 12 sttiches. Hold this chain up against your headband, to see how many chains wide it is. If your headband is 6 chains wide, for instance, you will need to create a tube that is double this: 12 stitches around, and a flat strip that is 12 stitches wide.

Ta da! Your headband is complete. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please do tag me as #lottieandalbert or @lottieandalbert online if you create the headband so that I can see it!

Lindsey xx

Ps you are free to make and sell headbands from this pattern, as long as you credit me as the designer. You are not free to distribute or sell the pattern itself.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Crochet Starburst Mirrors - Free Pattern

Crochet Starburst Mirrors - Free Pattern

Ahh, the magic of blocking with craft glue! 😆 These Scandi-inspired starburst mirrors are crochet, but not as you know it. Learn how to block using water and glue for a statement make that holds its own shape and makes an impact. Crocheted in the round, enclosing the mirror, the arches are added last using simple chains.

Scroll down to find the free tutorial. Please do tag me as @lottieandalbert if you make the mirrors, I'd love to see them! Lindsey x

I was paid to create this tutorial for Creative Rox, but the concept and what I made it from were left completely up to me ☺️

You will need 

5.5mm crochet hook
Mirror 26cm (10in) diameter (I used a decorative charger plate from the pound shop!)
yarn needle
PVA or clear-drying craft glue
Craft paint brush
Foam mat (or blocking board)
Old towel
Spray bottle with water
Stainless steel dressmaking pins (or blocking pins)

Finished size

Approx 40cm 

Click here for the full tutorial 

 Before blocking

 During Blocking

After blocking!

Click here for the full tutorial 

Please do tag me as @lottieandalbert if you make the mirrors, I'd love to see them! Lindsey x

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Meet the Makers - 48 hours in Bath

A crafty trip to Bath, UK

This post contains gifted experiences marked by a *, although I was under no obligation to include them in this guide and all opinions are my own!

Fancy a trip to Bath's Indies, craft spots and best gelato? Beautiful Bath is well known for is gorgeous Georgian architecture, links to Jane Austen and (bonus) being only 1.5hrs from London by train, it's long been a heritage hotspot and destination for overseas travellers too. But if you are looking to add to your trip with a few crafty treats (who isn't?!) and want to support Bath's independent makers and shops too, I've put together a suggested itinerary below for 48 hours in Bath!

Use this as a starting point, or pick and choose a few of the sights, it's totally up to you! This is of course not as exhaustive guide, but you can find loads more info at Visit Bath,, who kindly gifted me parts of this trip!

Day 1

Morning shopping at Wool Bath

First thing's first, you'll want your yarn hit 😉 Wool Bath is one of the friendliest and helpful wool shops I've had the pleasure of popping into (and there have been a few..). If you are into indie dyed yarn, then have an entire wall dedicated to the good stuff, including yarn from local dyers! More of an acrylic girl or guy? They've got that too, plus tools, books, loads of samples for inspiration and a range of courses you can book on to to brush up on your skills. Oh, and a super cute dog and staff who are more than happy to wind skeins for you to take away! Also check out: the fabric and quilting shop opposite, Country Threads.

Glass Blowing at Bath Aqua Glass*

A definite crowd pleaser and fun group activity, be sure to visit Bath Aqua Glass in the heart of the Artisan Quarter to blow your own bauble, and watch a demonstration of this age-old craft. The way the glassblowers work the molten medium is fascinating in it's own right, and if you blow a bauble today you can come back and collect it tomorrow! If you don't fancy making your own, there's also a shop filled with treasures to browse.

Get your interiors fix at Graham and Green*

This gorgeous Indie store is practically opposite Bath Aqua, so it would be rude not to pop in on your way past now, wouldn't it? The whole store is packed with relaxed luxe pieces, combining British charm and elegant French furniture, with a whole host of other electic influences thrown in. I was particularly taken with the rug selection 😍 and seriously considered if I could bring one of each cushion home with me on the train.

Lunch at Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen*

All that crafting is exhausting, make sure you pause and refill at Acorn. I can't rave enough about their donkey carrots (carrots deemed suitable only for donkeys by the rest of the food world, due to their size and looks!). The restaurant describes itself as pushing the boundaries of vegetarian cuisine. Now, I'm not a veggie but I can tell you that every dish tasted sublime. Enjoy too their calm interiors, cosy setting and attention to detail with tableware and artisan-made crockery.

A Gelato Stop at Swoon*

It is a fact universally acknowledged, that every good day out must include gelato/ice cream/a frozen pudding of some kind (delete as appropriate). Thankfully, you can stay in Bath for this hit of the Italian good stuff from Swoon. Just look at my happy preggo face to know how good it is. They also offer vegan and GF options, and regularly feature guest gelato combos. If you happen to see a Bath Bun X Swoon guest gelato on the menu when you visit, you can thank me for that suggestion 😂.

Treat yourself at Grace and Ted*

Wipe down those gelato hands, we're popping over the road to handle some seriously swoon worthy fashion finds at Grace and Ted next. An indie specialising in the resale of pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women, it's a veritable treasure trove of goodies waiting to be discovered. If you are a UK size 4 with a slightly larger budget than me, please buy these beautiful shoes 😭

Wine, Dine and snooze at the Abbey Hotel*

Alright pals, we've packed a lot in today, it's time to put your feet up and enjoy some dinner, drinks and seriously good Zs at The Abbey Hotel. Recently renovated, the restaurant at Koffmann & Mr White's and the ArtBar next door are boasting gorgeous interiors and delicious food. (The loos are pretty fancy too - see the pic 😂). I can also personally praise the mocktails the bar staff were only too happy to whip up for me in the ArtBar after dinner. Very *nearly* as good as the real thing! 😆

Day 2

Early morning sightseeing

Here's my biggest tip for you - want to take in the sights of Bath without the crowds? Pop put for a pre-breakfast stroll before the city starts filling up again with day trippers. Pulteney Weir and Bath Abbey are on the Abbey Hotel's doorstep (hence the name 😉). Enjoy a crowd-free stroll for half an hour before refuelling for day 2.

Spend the morning in Topping Books*

Depending on if your cocktails last night were the real deal or not, you may be in need of a slower start to your second day! I can't think of a better place to while away the morning than Topping Books. With over 45,000 titles, free tea and coffee and the most helpful and knowledgeable staff, actually it's hard NOT to spend hours in there. Swinging from ladders pretending you are in Beauty and the Beast is not necessarily encouraged, but no one frowned upon it when our group did 😉 Don't miss: head to the back left of the shop for the craft and interiors books.

Flower Ribbon Headdress Workshop at VV Rouleaux*

Post refreshing walk, brekkie and tea and books, we're ready for some crafting again! The highlight of my trip to Bath was definitely this gifted workshop at VV Rouleaux. We were shown how to make ribbon flowers, and attach them with feathers, wire and florist's tape to headbands. I had the BEST time creating a Carmen Miranda/Frieda Kahlo-inspired fruit and flower number, then wearing it around Bath for the rest of the day (much to the dismaying glances of the other more serious travel bloggers on our trip 😉). If you don't have time for a workshop, be sure to pop in and browse the rows of ribbons, braids, trimmings, fluff, and other pretties.

Lunch at Beckford Bottle Shop*

Your stomach's not wrong, it's time for more food. My foodie highlight of my whole trip to Bath, I have NO hesitation in recommending Beckford Bottle Shop for lunch. Their description of themselves as offering 'inventive small plates' doesn't really do justice to the mouthwatering delights they serve up. A group of 2-3 could order 5-6 plates and be gloriously full for the rest of the day. I also appreciated the range of pasteurised blue and soft cheeses they were able to offer me, catering for my pregnancy food requirements. Don't Miss: the gorgeous snug downstairs, especially if visiting in Autumn or Winter. Choose from one of the 250 bottles of wine they have in store and while away a happy afternoon on the crushed orange sofas with the wood fire roaring.

Final pit stop at Good Day Cafe*

Thought you'd had enough food and drink for the day? You were wrong. You need to pop to Good Day Cafe if not only to get some Instagrammable snaps in their Plant on Pink interiors. I had a chai latte and a slice of banana bread in a take away box to enjoy on the train on the way home, and it was possibly the best decision I made all weekend 😉

I hope you have enjoyed my guide to Bath's lesser know independents and makers! I'm sure there's still so much for me to explore, and I'd love to hear your recommendations for makers and crafting spots too! Let me know what you think in the comments or head to @lottieandalbert to watch my stories highlights (inc videos) from this trip too! 💕 Thanks again to Visit Bath for a wonderful gifted press trip and the 48 hours I spent in this beautiful City!

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