Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Princess in Disguise Pattern

Growing up, our Halloween costumes were always homemade.  One of our favorites was a giant pair of monarch butterfly wings my dad made out of a refrigerator sized box and painted to look like the wing pattern of the migrating monarch. Another year, I went as a baker, wearing the apron and floppy chef's hat my dad made in his junior high boys home management class and carrying a cookie sheet with rows of paper cookies taped to it.

In the spirit of homemade costume ideas, I wanted to make a pattern for a crocheted crown headband.  I was inspired this morning to create a post on last-minute costume ideas, and cranked out this pattern in a couple hours. It's quick, it's simple, and if you have some crochet thread lying around, it may get you started on a quick costume for your little princess.

Note: This pattern is sized for a child... I'm holding the straps on my head in the picture, as they are a bit too short for an adult head.  In the pattern, the modifications to the straps to fit an adult head are italicized in parentheses.

  • Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook
  • A partial skein of size 3 crochet thread (I used Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread size 3 in Copper Mist) - I'm not sure the exact yardage as I was using up scraps in my stash...
  • Scissors
  • Any gems, beads or buttons you wish to add to give it a bit of sparkle...
  • ch - chain
  • slst - slip stitch
  • sc - single crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • tr - treble crochet
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • dc 5 tog - double crochet 5 together (explanation below)
To begin: ch 159 - child (199 - adult), turn

Row 1: skip 1st ch, slst in next 60(80)sts, ch2, skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, *skip 3 sts, 5 dc in next st,* repeat * * 8 times (for a total of 9 shells), skip 2 sts, dc in next st, turn

Row 2: ch 3, dc 5 tog (makes 1 diamond), *ch 5, dc 5 tog*, repeat * * 8 times (for a total of 9 diamonds), tr to top of ch 2 of previous row, turn

Row 3: ch 1, *3 sc in next ch 5 space, ch 3, 3 sc in same ch 5 space,* repeat * * in next ch 5 space, 7 sc in next ch 5 space, [2 sc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 sc] in next ch 5 space, [2 sc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 sc] in next ch 5 space, 3 sc in next ch 5 space, turn

Row 4: ch 6, sc in tr of previous row, ch 7, sc in next tr of previous row, ch 6, sc in 4th sc of 7 sc from previous row, turn

Row 5: 4 sc around ch 6, ch 3, 4 sc around same ch 6, 5 sc around ch 7, ch 5, 5 sc around same ch 7, 4 sc around next ch 6, ch 3, 4 sc around same ch 6, 4 sc in partial ch 5 from row 3, *3 sc around next ch 5, ch 3, 3 sc around same ch 5,* repeat * * in next ch 5 space, 3 slst around tr from row 2, 2 slst around ch 2 from row 1, slst in next 60(80) sts

Finishing Row: ch 1, turn your project to work along the "bottom edge" of the crown (rotate it upside down from how you have been working the crown) with the right side facing you, slst in the next 60(80) sts along the straps, *4 sc around the skipped 3 ch from Row 1*, repeat * * 8 times (9 total), slst in the 1st ch of the strap, slst in the next 59(79) sts, tie off, weave in ends

Add any gems, beads, or buttons you desire to give it some sparkle.  Block if you have time - although your princess may not be able to wait! :)

How to dc 5 together: 
yarn over (yo), insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull yarn through stitch (3 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through 1st two loops on hook, pause (you should have 2 loops left on your hook);

yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook), you, pull yarn through 1st two loops on hook, pause (you should have 3 loops left on your hook

Repeat this until you have completed five partial dc (I like to think of it as the “bottom half” of the stitches)

At this point, you should have 6 loops on your hook, yo, pull yarn through all six loops, you can “lock it” in place with a sc… or in this pattern, just move on to the next ch 5…

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Princess in Disguise by Emily Bittel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


  1. So cute! I have 3 princesses for granddaughters so thinking I will make at least 3 of these. May make more and have them for all the girls at the birthday parties! Thanks for the free pattern.

  2. I also have 3 princesses for Granddaughters. I glued 4mm half round beads on the front. I know they will love them. Thank you for this easy and beautiful pattern.

  3. I also have 3 princesses for Granddaughters. They are going to absolutely love these. I embellished with 4 mm half round beads. Thank you for an easy and beautiful pattern.

  4. Can this pattern or a slight modification of it be sold by someone else? I have seen this on Ravelry for sale?

    1. Yes, according to the license I used, they can sell this pattern or a modification of it. They just need to release their version under the same license and give credit to the original author. The pattern I believe you saw for sale on Ravelry changed the band to be elasticized rather than tied.

  5. Brilliant. Thank you - made one for my friend's hens night.

  6. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like this pattern! It was fun to come up make and I hope it brings joy to many for years to come! :)

  7. Hi, was wondering if your patterns are in American crochet terms or Uk? I'm a total novice (self taught) and although I can switch between terms easily, figuring out which to use from pattern to pattern makes me a little nervous! I thought American because of you thanksgiving post and harvest pumpkin one too but my browser is trying to tell me otherwise! Hehe. I'm making a crown for my daughter, love your pattern and so will she! She has princess dresses but she's tiny for her age so this crown will fit much better than the ones she has. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I believe I use American crochet terms. I am essentially self-taught (or you-tube taught) as well. I hope your daughter loves the pattern! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. It would be really helpful if you would include a gauge or at least an approximate length of the beginning chain. I don't have a child in the house to check it on,

  9. Super cute! Thanks for the pattern! It's easy and fun! I made it for a little girl, but I'm thinking of making one for myself too! :)

  10. Just made this to add on to a white Beanie as an 'Elsa' hat for my 3 year old. Thanks

  11. Sweet and quick-to-make design. I made the adult version for a charity walk with a princess theme. The stitch counts are slightly off though as it ended up lopsided on the ties. Looking back I see that you need to either work 70sl st on each side, or start with 199ch. As a beginner to crochet lace patterns, I found it a bit confusing when you changed from saying "in ch 5 space" to "around ch 6" - took a while to realise they were the same thing. Love the pattern though, might make more in different colours!

  12. Hi Emily It took me ages to actually get to this page and find the pattern, I don't know why! This is such a simple but brilliant idea. I am an experienced crocheter, so I shall probably adapt it for my particular purposes (selling to raise funds for Cats Protection) I hope this is ok. I shall credit your blog on anything I make.

    1. Yep! The license is set up so you can sell what you make. :) Credit is always appreciated. :)
      Have fun, best wishes raising funds!

  13. This is a beautiful pattern. I'm excited to make it for my step daughter. Unrelated to the pattern, but what typeface is the script for your titles on the website?

    1. Thanks! Hope it turns out well! The typeface is called "Homemade Apple." I like that it's a script but is loose enough that it's really readable.