How-To Tuesday — Fourth of July Headband with Bow

Yay! My first free pattern/tutorial! This is the first of what I hope to be many “How-To Tuesday” posts.

It’s almost Independence Day here in the good ‘ol US of A. In honor of the upcoming holiday, my first How-To is for this cute little 4th of July themed headband/bow combo. My adorable bow model is not feeling well today, but she’s certainly still gorgeous enough to pose for pictures!

fourth of july headband tutorial

A sweet little accessory 🙂

bow modeling

You can just feel her enthusiasm, can’t you?

finished headband

That is just too cute!

These are so fun and festive! And so FAST to whip up, you have plenty of time to hook up a ton of them to pass around to friends and family before the fireworks.

Here is what you need before you begin:

crochet project materials

I’ve made mine with 100% cotton in my favorite shades of red, white, and blue, and an ‘I’ hook. You need a very small amount of each color.

With your main bow color (I used red), chain 13

crochet instructions chain 14

Row 1: HDC into the 2nd chain from the hook

HDC next 4 st

half double crochet into next five stitches

Sl st into the next 2 chain stitches

HDC next 5 st

finished first row

Row 2: Ch 1

HDC next 5 st

second row

Sl st into next 2 st

HDC next 4 st

HDC in last st as normal until last step (3 loops on hook) and change to bow trim color (I used white). Finish last st with new color, and ch 1.

Last stitch step one

3 loops on hook

last stitch step two color change

finish stitch with new color


sc in each st all the way around your bow (even in the sl sts from the previous rows)

*Tip — Before you turn a corner when trimming, ch 1 to give your work a little more room. This helps to keep the integrity of the shape of the item, and keeps your corners from bunching up.

single crochet border around

When you get to the very last sc, cut a length of tail to make a clean finish — you don’t HAVE to do this, as you’ll be hiding this part with the center of the bow, but I do it this way. Grab your yarn needle and thread on your tail. Insert into the center (between the top loops) of your beginning sc. Bring the yarn back to the last sc and thread through the middle and back end of the stitch. You should have a clean finishing stitch. Weave in the end.

finish with a clean edge

Insert under the top loops of the beginning stitch

pull back through center of last stitch and weave in your end

Insert needle between the top loops of the previous stitch and weave in your end.

Take what’s left of your trim color and thread it onto your yarn needle. Stick it through the top center and tie a little knot with a small tail.

thread remaining trim yarn onto needle insert into top and tie a knot

Keep that tail out to the side for this next part. Now, take your length of trim yarn and wrap that sucker around the center of the bow. Don’t be afraid to do it a little tightly (not TOO tightly). When you are satisfied with the look of your bow’s center, thread the end onto your yarn needle. Weave it through the middle of the backside of your bow and tie it in a knot with that tail you kept to the side.

finished bow


Voila! A bow in 2 of our patriotic colors! Now, on to the headband. This is significantly less complicated to describe than the bow 🙂

With your headband color (I used blue):

headband yarn

Chain 63

DC in 3rd chain from hook and all the way to the end (60 DC)

Fasten off.

headband and bow

Almost done!

I add a button to one end to make it an adjustable headband.

Finished bow

I have attached the bow permanently to this headband, but you could put a button on the bottom to make it interchangeable with other headbands, or you could attach a clip to the bow to make it an independent accessory.

Happy Tuesday! And Happy *almost* Fourth!

As well as being my first How-To Tuesday installation, this is also my very first picture tutorial. Please let me know if you have any difficulty following the pattern, and I will do my best to explain better!

*This is a pattern that I came up with on my own. I did not come up with the idea of a bow in general, or headbands,  nor am I a founder of our country or an originator of the 4th of July holiday. I’ve posted this pattern for you to use for whatever you want to use it for. If you enjoy it enough to post about it in your blog, I’d love to read it, so link back if you don’t mind. I’d prefer it if you would just refer people here to get the pattern for themselves, but whatever. I’m not your mom. The pictures are mine though, so leave those alone.



Hey…That’s MINE!

You may see the title of this post and assume that I’m about to tell you a story about my 4-year-old. Sadly, you would be assuming wrong.

Let’s talk a little about one of my biggest pet peeves as a crocheter.


Do you already know where I’m going with this? The crochet community (and all handmade, from what I understand) has been abuzz recently with much talk, and even more confusion about what “copyright” encompasses in the world of handmade goods. I’m going to focus on crochet, because that’s what I’ve familiarized myself with.

Some designers seem to be under the impression that if they write a pattern, it gives them license to determine how things are produced by that pattern, and furthermore, what may become of any items created using it. These designers are either blatantly making up their own ‘laws’, twisting the existing law to suit their purpose, or are simply unaware of the details covered in the actual law. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume it’s the latter.

Crochet Design Copyright

What I imagine some people are actually doing (see Sweet Brown .gif below ha!).

Please forgive my crude drawing skills 😛

In a nutshell — or read directly from the copyright law website here— the copyright ends with the written pattern. The end. Easy peasy, right?

There is no “for personal use only”. There is no “You may sell after the purchase of a cottage license”. There is no “you may not sell any finished items”. There’s not even a legal “Please link back to my web address”. That is just a common courtesy (that we really all should follow. I mean, really, let’s give credit where it’s due).

This is a pet peeve of mine because we’re all in this together. We all started somewhere. We’ve all taken the time to learn how to crochet the stitches, and read the patterns. I don’t understand where this sense of entitlement came from (MINE!! MINE!! MINE!!). This idea that someone else owns the rights to something I created, essentially from a piece of string, is outrageous. The crochet community is, for the most part, a very tightly knit (no pun intended) group. I guess there are always a few “bad apples”, as they say.

In my opinion, it boils down to this (I literally cut and pasted this from an online discussion I was in earlier today and apologize for any redundancy):

As much as the authors don’t want you to sell anything made from their pattern, they have exactly ZERO right to tell you not to. As has been very thoroughly discussed in this thread, copyright does not extend to finished items. It covers the pattern only. Pattern authors can ASK people not to sell finished items, but in my opinion, that only hurts their business because, as I’ve said here, I will personally never buy a pattern that has a contingency. We’re all crocheters. We’re all fiber artists in our own rights. If we’ve gone through the process of learning how to follow a pattern and actually crochet the item, that finished item is ours to do with whatever we want. Not all of us crochet to sell, but a LOT of us do. I don’t understand WHY a person would go through the trouble of writing/formatting/listing a pattern to sell and expect no one to sell their work!? WHY?! Most of the time, it’s because they themselves are selling the finished items and want to try to control the amount of competition in the market. Well, too bad. Once you sell the pattern, it’s mine. Not to sell (the pattern), but the items I create with my hands and my hooks are mine, and I will sell them all day. If they don’t want people making their items to sell, they should *probably* not put the pattern out there.
Like I said, it’s a pet peeve of mine. One that I feel very strongly about. I intend to post free patterns (of my own), links to free patterns that I love, and links to patterns that I love that are not free. I will NEVER try to tell you what you can and cannot do with items that come off of  YOUR hooks. If it is made by you, it is yours. If you make it and love my pattern or my blog and you want to let people know where you got it, great, but I don’t “require” that of you — I get enough mothering in with my own children. I don’t have time to mother fellow crocheters. It would be cool to see some link love, not gonna lie, but it’s your choice.  I will also NEVER link you to a pattern designer who puts these stipulations on their patterns. I don’t support selfishness, and I won’t propagate the misuse of “copyright” law.
Sweet Brown

Seriously — Ain’t nobody got time for that.

That being said, it’s isn’t ok to use someone else’s pictures as your own. I actually suggest you watermark your pictures to deter people from using them. It’s also not ok to use someone else’s blog content as your own (actually covered by copyright law), and you obviously cannot take a pattern (free OR paid for) and call it yours, or redistribute it without permission.
Where do you stand on this topic? I’ve found there seem to be very few people who side with the “do not sell-ers”, but I’m open to hearing why you disagree with me if that’s the case.
*Be forewarned, I’ll delete bullying comments (even if they’re in agreement with me), so be nice. I’m looking for lively conversation, not crafter-bashing. Thanks!
*The above .gif is not my own creation. I borrowed it from a terrific .gif site I found, http://www.gifrific.com. I’d hate to infringe on copyright in the midst of my copyright post!


My First Post!

Well, I’m doing it. The FIRST POST ::gasp!::.

I guess I will start with an introduction. Hi! I’m Jen. I live in Colorado (jealous?) with my little family — husband, two girls, and our crazy, loveable, freak of a dog. This is my family:

My husband, Jake

My husband and I out for a date night.

Jake — He is the breadwinner and the reason I get to stay at home and share with all of you here :). He’s a serious workaholic in all things. He gives everything he has to his work week, and everything that is left to projects around the house. Which there are a LOT of. We recently bought and moved into “a fixer-upper” — a 3000 square foot fixer-upper with an endless supply of home improvement projects. I help with some of those projects (and create my own projects). You can expect to see some before and after and DIY tutorials on this blog, but back to Jake. We have been married for just over five years and it seems like forever  has been wonderful! I kid, of course. I could say that every moment has been blissful, but then you would (rightfully) assume I was a big fat liar and quit reading my blog. Therefore, I will be honest and say, that we have our challenges — like every marriage — but we power through with open communication and have a happy and solid relationship. He is the best partner I could ask for and a pretty wonderful dad who loves our girls with a deep and fiercely protective intensity that makes me feel sorry for any boy who is ever serious about them or, God forbid, does something to make them cry. To sum up — I’m married to a pretty great guy.

My Girls:

My oldest daughter, Kacie

Kacie and I at an Awolnation concert

Kacie —  My first born. One incredibly talented chick. She’s a phenomenal artist. She plays several instruments (piano, violin, viola, guitar, drums), and is in a garage band that is actually pretty good! I know I’m her mother, but I don’t pull any punches with her. If they sucked, I would not be shy about it. She’s also wicked smart. If she’s not already smarter than I am, she’s not that far behind. I happen to know for a fact that she far surpasses my abilities in several areas anyway. She’s also proud to be so smart without being snobby and show-offy. Also, she’s gorgeous. Look at her! Amazing, right?! Obviously, I’m an incredibly proud mother. Smart, beautiful, level-headed,… teenager? Wait, what? Really. Best. Kid. Ever. She’ll even roll all of the windows down in the car and jam out to 4 Non Blondes “What’s Going On” with me. To the point where people are laughing at us in traffic, but neither of us care. Even if her friends are in the car. Ha! Man, I love that girl.

My youngest daughter, Lilly

Lilly posing for a sweet picture

Lilly —  The youngest. This girl is going to get what she wants out of life. Even if what she wants is in someone else’s hands and she has to rip it viciously from their clutches. When she is sweet, she is very sweet. When she isn’t…well.. She really isn’t ha. She may be slightly spoiled — as per “the youngest” norm, but I don’t care. She’s my baby (*probably* the last one, although we’ve been debating just one more). They (whoever they are) always say that no two children are alike, but as parents I think we always, at least kind of, expect our kids to be similar because we raise them in the same manner. In some ways my girls are identical — Lilly is also wicked smart and has been reading since before she was two, and is also gorgeos (look at her!) — in other ways they are polar opposites. Lilly is rarely as easy going and mild mannered as her sister. She demands attention and she loves to be in charge (she gets that from her dad lol). She is also very stubborn (she gets that from her mom lol), but not as stubborn as I am. She is very outgoing and friendly, where her sister (at the same age) would play alone at the playground before she would walk up and introduce herself the way that Lilly does. I hope she always keeps her spirit, because the same argumentive, demanding attitude that drives me nuts sometimes is going to take her wherever she wants to be in life. Man, I love that girl, too!

Our dog, Layla

Layla, aka “The Dog”

Layla —  The dog. Oh… the dog. This dog. Look at that sweet, innocent (looking) face. She is a purebred Chocolate Lab. We, and by we I mean, MY HUSBAND, bid on her at a charity auction a little over a year ago. And by, bid on her at a charity auction, I mean, he suddenly lifted our auction paddle without discussing it with me and kept up with a bidding war despite my repeated and frantic stage whispered objections. Obviously, I lost that one. I’m glad though. She is a pain in the ass great dog, and bane of my existence wonderful addition to our family. Sure, she may eat Lilly’s toys, smudge up the windows with her wet dog nose, dig under the fence, track mud all over everything in the house, and wait.. where was I going with that? I really am kidding. She absolutelly does all of those things, but she is also absolutely a very sweet, and wonderful family dog. She is smart, and listens well when she chooses to. She  is a lover dog, and we sure love her back. She and Lilly are like sisters more than pet/owner. There is something magical about the bond between a girl and her dog. That alone makes all of her faults more endearing than unbearably annoying.

Me — Like I said, I’m Jen. I’m “The Mom”. Even better, “The Stay-At-Home-Mom”. If you are also a SAHM, you definitely know the difference. I’m the everything in this house. The housekeeper, teacher, chef, taxi-driver, “gogetmemy-er”, bedtime guru, hygiene enforcer, appointment maker, grocery shopper, “noyoucan’thave-er” extraordinaire. I don’t mean to make it sound like I hate it. I don’t. I actually love it almost all of the time. I genuinely enjoy making sure my family is well taken care of.  In order to keep my sanity and sense of  self, I have things that are just for me. Like crochet, and my DIY projects, and this blog. These things balance me so I don’t feel like I am defined as “Jake’s wife” or “Kacie/Lilly’s Mom”. I’m Jen. I run my own home business, and I write about it for other people like me. I run, I love punk music, and music in general (but mostly punk, and reggae/dub), and art, and creating things, and READING, and learning new things. Which brings me to this blog and what you can expect to see here.

As the name suggests, I crochet. The LP is a shortened version of the original name, LillyPops, which is what Lilly used to call lollipops, and I found incredibly adorable. Ultimately, however, I found it a tad on the “cutesy” side and decided to shorten into something a little more “everyone friendly”. For example, I find it more likely that a man would purchase a hat for himself from LPCrochet, than from LillyPops with the cute little owls on the banner. Anyway, that’s the story behind the name. Nothing earth-shatteringly inspired there.

This blog will be shamelessly self promoting, but also as helpful to fellow crocheters and DIYers as possible. Do I want to sell the fruits of my labor? OF COURSE! But I also want to help you. Are you new to crochet? I will be featuring picture tutorials (and maybe some videos, I haven’t decided) of everything in crochet that I think will be useful to you. Basic stitches, simple patterns, fun stitches,  etc. I will also feature links to some of my very favorite free (and not free) patterns. Don’t know how to read/follow patterns? Have no fear! I will be covering that as well! Crochet not your thing? Well.. this might not be the blog for you, but stick around anyway. There may be something here for you. Buy a finished product from my online store, read about my DIY projects. I’ll feature some in depth how-tos on repurposing old furniture and inexpensive home decor ideas.

I hope to hear from you! I’m excited for this new adventure and I will be asking for your criticism, so don’t be afraid to tell me if you hate something here. I’m writing for me, but I’m also writing for you. Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

Also — I’m still learning about page layouts. Any suggestions with inserting pictures in a less sloppy looking way would be appreciated! 🙂 AND — Yay! It’s Friday!