- Worsted weight yarn. The sample used Shine Worsted in Pistachio and French Blue. 42 g, 63 yards total were used in the sample.
- Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook or size to get your desired stitch size.
- Gauge is not essential for this project
- Finished Size: 3" wide x 19.5" around. (Fits Adult Small Head)
- Notions: Tapestry Needle, Sewing needle and thread (optional), pins (optional)
Spliced - A Chained Crochet GENEie Headband Crochet Pattern (NEW! There is now a video tutorial on how to create the Spliced DNA design!)
- Chain 12 stitches in the main color (MC)
- Turn and double crochet (DC) in the 3rd chain from the hook. DC across. (10 DC sts)
- Turn and Ch3. DC in every stitch across.
- Repeat until your piece measures 19.5" or is long enough to fit around you head. (Note: My head is 22" around and this headband will fit with negative ease.) Do not fasten off.
- In a contrasting color (CC) for the DNA chain, create two crochet chains 36" long. If you are creating a larger headband make the chains a bit longer, too. It is better to have these chains be too long than too short, you can always unravel them!
- Starting at one end of the headband, pin one chain to the headband to create one side of the DNA double helix. You can use the knitting chart from the GENEie Cable Version as a guide. (You could go straight to stitching the chain down, but I wanted to be able to make the helix appear regular so I decided to pin first. Plus this allowed me to take some more step by step pictures )
- Pin the second chain to the headband to complete your DNA backbone. Take care to thread this chain under the first at every other join to maintain the appearance of a twist.
The backbone is pinned and ready to sew down.
- Stitch the backbones in place. I used a sewing needle with blue thread to stitch down the design, but you could also use yarn and a tapestry needle.
- Create the bonds to represent base pairs using a back stitch and your contrasting color. I created three bonds with each twist on my headband.
- With MC, join the two edges of the headband together. You can either stitch them closed with a whip stitch or you can create a flat single crochet seam.
- Connect the edges of your double helix. Since my DNA didn't line up exactly at the edges, I found an intersection point for the crochet chains and then inserted the excess onto the wrong side of the fabric. I stitched down the ends and added another base pairing. I unraveled any excess chain and wove in the loose ends on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Weave in any remaining loose ends.
Ideas with this technique - Spliced is really an applique/embroidery pattern, more than a crochet pattern. You can apply the Spliced DNA Helix onto a number of different projects. Here are some ideas:
- Crochet a pussyhat and apply the embroidered double helix to make a crochet version of the GENEie Pussyhat.
- For a denser fabric, crochet a headband with HDC or even SC stitches.
- You can also add the DNA applique and embroidery onto any knit garment or even onto a commercial fabric.
- Use the applique technique to create an applique resistor headband!
|A comparison of Spliced (center) to two GENEie the Next Generations Headbands.|
When I went to take a selfie of the in progress Spliced Headband, Lucky came up and said, "Cheese!" I told him to go put on his GENEie The Next Generations Headband and pose with me.
The March for Science is quickly coming up on April 22, 2017. Are you making a pattern from the GENEie Collection? There are 6 different hat and headband knitting patterns to choose from, and now with Spliced you could crochet a headband, too!