This crochet project was created just before Christmas 2012 and was such a handy present for little girls! My fellow Ravelrers have made some lovely tiaras which they've posted on the project page here. Seeing all their pretty tiaras and reading the sweet feedback makes me feel all sparkly on the inside!
solid headband of any thickness (the ones I use are about 8mm thick)
yarn (preferably no thicker than 8 ply)
crochet hook to suit ply of yarn
gems, sequins, beads & hot glue gun or needle & thread
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble
sl st - slip stitch
picot - ch3 then sl st into first chain to create a little point
sk - skip stitches
sts - stitches
*uses US crochet terms
R1: single crochet around the headband until it is completely covered (around 90 sts in 8 ply with a 4mm hook) then tie off and cut yarn. To learn how to crochet onto the headband, check out this link which shows how to crochetinto a ring but the idea is the same :)
R2: You need 24sts in the middle of the headband in which to create the peaks and you want an equal amount of sts either side of these 24 to make the tiara look even... so if you have made 90 sts, count in 33 sts from one end. Now attach yarn to stitch number 34, *ch3, sk2, sl st into next sc* (repeat from * to *twice), ch5, sk4, sl st into next sc, *ch3, sk2, sl st into next sc* (repeat from * to * twice). You should now have 7 'chain spaces' on your headband. These form the foundation for the peaks of the tiara.
R3: Turn your work and you are now working into the 'chain spaces'. 2dc, 1picot, 2dc, sl st into first 3ch space (repeat from * to * for the next two 3ch spaces). Into the 5ch space, 2dc, 1tr, 1picot, 1tr, 2dc, sl st. Into the next 3ch space, *2dc, 1picot, 2dc, sl st* (repeat from * to * for the next two 3ch spaces), tie off and thread in ends.
Now you should have a pretty little tiara all ready to be blinged up!
Grab a hot glue gun or needle and thread and attach gems, sequins or beads. I like to put a big 'sparkle' in the centre peak and smaller ones either side.
If you want extra sparkle, you could crochet a metallic thread with your yarn or add extra gems. Customise them any way you like and feel free to sell them too - if you would be so kind as to link back to my blog, I'd really appreciate it, thanks!
I hope your little Princess enjoys her new tiara! I'd love to see pics of any tiaras you make :D