Make This Quick Back-to-School Crochet Project in No Time!

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and it’s time for students to head back to school. I’m not in school, but my summer has flown by so quickly, and unfortunately, my summer to-do list is nowhere near being done. Whether you can believe it or not, the time for school has come, and what better way to send your student back to school than with something both handmade and useful?

The Scamp Bandanna fits both of those criteria, and you’ll be able to whip it up faster than you can spell “crochet.” Not only does it work up quickly, but it also gives you an introduction to Bruges crochet. After you make one, I’m sure you’ll be asked to make one for each of your student’s friends, so get ready!

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I’ve already made one, with slight modifications, and I’m making another for my sister. This project didn’t use a whole ball of yarn, so I’ll be able to make her headband in the same yarn. When I’m done, we will truly be matchy-matchy!

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If this project has struck your—or your student’s—interest, here’s all the information you need:

Finished Size: 6½” width and 16″ circumference (will stretch to fit a range of head sizes).
Yarn: Schulana Merino-Cotton 135 (distributed by Skacel) (53% merino, 47% cotton; 148 yd [135 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #63 aqua, 1 skein.
Yarn Weight: #3 – Light
Hook: Size F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: About 2″ diameter elastic hairband; yarn needle.
Gauge: 3 columns of 4 rows each in main body st patt = 4½” x 4¾”.

Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Summer 2014

I didn’t make my headband with the yarn used in the original, but the yarn I substituted—Araucania Alumco in #102 Florida blues—was simply AWESOME. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out.

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So . . . did you get everything done on your summer to-do list? Do you have a go-to project for the students in your life? If so, please let us know!

Happy stitching!

Featured Image: Hadiye CANGOKCE; Dan Mirica

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