Show your pride with this I made it myself Captain America Shield headband.
I made this piece of awesome geekdom well over a year ago. I shared the pattern on my blog and my ravelry.com projects. I thought it was about time to share it here. I do believe that I should have shared it sooner perhaps prior to the Avengers movie. Anyhoo, here it is. I have to make another one in a couple of days for my daughter for the first day of school (she's geek and proud) I'll add some videos and photos soon. If you don't know how to crochet follow the link to my blog I am beginning crochet lessons on there.
When I made this I was living on a very tight budget, so it was made with cheap acrylic yarns that I had laying around. It didn't cost me anything but, to make it even with the soft cotton yarns, like Hobby Lobby's I love this Cotton, Peaches and Cream's Cotton yarn, or Sugar and Cream's cotton yarn, it is still a cheap project with enough yarn to have for several more small projects.
ch – chain
st - stitch
slst – slip stitch
sk - skip
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc- double crochet
() – crochet amount indicated in same stitch
 – repeat pattern number of times indicated
First gather your supplies. Having the specific yarns are not required. Some people prefer a more Americana blue, I like the hot blue it's a homage to the old school comic book inks. but I digress. The gage is semi important, you will want to have a size Hook and make your stitches tight other wise the shield will look floppy and we all know vibranium isn't floppy.
Next you'll want to follow the pattern... I always start with the Star because it can be a little larger or smaller each time. That way you can adjust the shield to fit it. :)
round 1 ch 3, in 3rd ch from hook do (10 hdc), slst in top of first hdc to join
first point. ch 5 slst in second ch from hook, sc in nect ch, hdc in next ch, dc in ch, sk hdc in rnd, slst to next hdc in rnd.
bind off and weave in all ends
points 2-5 do the exact same thing until you have a five pointed star in your hand! It’s pretty simple and goes really fast once you get the hang of it.
Next you will want to start on the shield base. If you're familiar with crochet you can form your ring however you feel comfortable.
Shield Base Pattern:
This is simple too. It’s just the basic flat circle, it will look a little wavy at times but all you need to do is shape it a little. Because, lets face it, there’s no such thing as a perfect circle.
With blue yarn ch2
Rnd 1 (6 sc) in second ch from hook, slst to first sc to join
Rnd 2 ch1 (2 sc) in every sc around slst to first sc to join (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ch 1 [sc, (2sc)] repeat all around slst to first sc to join (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ch 1 [2 sc, (2sc)] repeat all around slst to first sc to join (24 sc)
Rnd 5 [3 sc, (2sc)] repeat all around slst to first sc to join (30 sc)
OK, here is where you want to take your star and see if you need to continue with another round of blue or not by sizing it with your star.
Rnd 6 you can ch 1 or join the red yarn , [4sc, (2 sc)] repeat all around, slst to first sc to join (36 sc)
Rnd 7 join either your first row of red here or your white [5sc, (2 sc)] repeat all around, slst to first sc to join (42 sc)
Rnd 8 join white or your last row of red, [6 sc, (2 sc)] repeat all around slst to first sc to join (48 sc)
Just in case you needed that extra row
Rnd 9 join red, [7 sc, (2 sc)] repeat all around, slst to first sc to join. Bind off and weave in all ends.
You can now sew the star to the center of your shield. This can be done to your preferences, as we all have different levels of sewing skills. I prefer to hand sew it on with the white yarn and a tapestry needle. You are more than welcome to use a sewing machine or plain needle and thread, or my sister's favortie option take it to your big sister or grandmother and have them do it for you. ;)
When I hand sew my crocheted item I like to sew the under side of the stitch to the top side of the other so that the sewn stitches are not visible.
With that now finished you now have yourself a Captain America Shield! (as a warning I will tell you that this shield is clearly not made of vibranium and therefore obviously not indestructible, do not use it for defense against bullets, knives, or other heavy objects.)
Adding it to a headband. I have two that I commonly make. One, my personal favorite is a pattern that you can find here: http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/2008/05/simple-crochet-headband.html
You can also use a basic single crochet or double crochet headband pattern.
Jami's Headband Pattern:
With the H hook ch 94 for sc and 95 for dc. Now just sc or dc evenly across, sew ends together and weave in all lose strands.
You can also if you so choose, just slap her on a store bought headband. The best part of it is hand made who cares really? With everything do what feels best for you. If you're making this for someone with a melon head like my eldest daughter (we can never find a headband that fits her comfortably) you can attach it to a hair clip. Have fun with it!