Handmade Off-White Wheat Winter Crocheted Headband Soft & Thick Off-white Wheat Headband, or Ear Warmer. I used a high quality super-bulky wool blend yarn that creates a very thick and warm crocheted fabric. The color is called Wheat, an off-white with very thin black strands scattered throughout. The close-up picture shows this detail perfectly. Lion Brand describes this color as a cream, but I would consider this to be a true off-white Over the past few years I've had so many requests for hats and ear warmers that coordinate with my scarves, that I've come up with a simple headband pattern that will look nice with the Wool-Ease scarves and neck warmers in my shop. COLOR OPTIONS: I'm able to make this headband in different colors, all from the Wool-Ease Thick N Quick line of yarn. Please choose your preferred color when checking out. I have labeled photos of all the colors after the headband photos. Yarn Content: 80% Acrylic/20% Wool Yarn Brand: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick N Quick Yarn Label Color: Wheat Approximate Length (full circumference): 20 inches/50cm Approximate Width: 3.5 inches/8.5cm SIZE: One size fits most (adult women). This headband will fit best on a head size of 21" to 22" (53 - 56 cm). If you need the headband to be slightly larger or would just like it to be a little looser, send me a message and I can increase the size a little. The mannequin In the photos has a head size of 22 inches/55.8 cm. From my own experience with winter headbands I've made for myself, I've designed this one to have a minimal amount of stretch on one edge to reduce the amount of stretching overall. This means there's actually a top and bottom to the headband, the top edge has only so much "give" so that the headband won't slip down too far. When I ship the headbands, I will add a marker of some sort (such as a ribbon) to the top edge to indicate which edge is the top. :) This headband is crocheted "in the round" to eliminate seams, but the area where I turn to start each new row will look different than the rest of the headband. This area can be seen in the fifth photo. PLEASE NOTE: This yarn contains some wool, so if you're allergic to or even sometimes irritated by wool, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this item. As far as wool/acrylic blends go, this one is great quality & very soft, but will still bother those of us who tend to get itchy when wearing wool. (: CARE INSTRUCTIONS Can be washed in cold and dried in dryer on low setting. However, I recommend either hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry, or washing on a gentle cycle in a lingerie bag and drying only a few minutes in the dryer. The gentler washing & drying prevents the yarn from frizzing over time. Avoid washing with heavier garments that cause friction. If using washing machine, avoid washing with items that have zippers, buttons, etc that may snag the yarn loops and pull on them or make the yarn fray. The general rule for washing crocheted items and keeping them looking as new as possible: the gentler, the better. (: The headbands are small enough that they're really easy to hand-wash in a sink, gently roll up in a towel to squeeze out excess water, then reshape and air dry. I like to add just a tiny bit of fabric softener when hand-rinsing to make the yarn even softer and static-free. Note: All yarns come with a bit of "factory residue" that causes a little stiffness. This will disappear with regular handling and/or the first wash, bringing out the true softness of the yarn. U.S. SHIPPING: I keep shipping to a minimum and offer First Class Package as the best value for price & speed. For multiple orders, I often use Priority Mail. For Ready to Ship items, I'll ship within two business days. For items made to order, I'll ship as soon as I have the scarf finished (within the time-frame stated in the listing title). I use the PayPal/USPS integrated shipping system whenever possible, so you will be provided with a delivery confirmation number by email from PayPal and/or Aftcra. Most First Class packages take about two to five days to arrive. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I always combine shipping for multiple orders. I most commonly use USPS First Class International for shipping outside of the US. First Class International may take a longer time to arrive than other services, but it's much more affordable than Priority International (which usually runs $25 or more for a few ounces). Delivery time for international packages is usually 5 to 15 business days. Customs, bad weather, or national holidays can sometimes slow down a package with the occasional shipment taking around 30 days to arrive. This only happens to about 5% of my international shipments. (: As of January 27th, 2013, USPS has raised prices for First Class International, in some cases almost doubling the amount they used to charge. On a positive note, they are starting to include tracking and delivery confirmation as part of the First Class service. They are beginning with Canada and will be adding other countries in the future. International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. PAYMENTS: I accept PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, you will still be able to pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal. You can also pay from your bank account using an E-check (also through the PayPal system), but I won't be able to ship until the check has cleared, PayPal says it's okay to ship and allows me to print out a label. RETURNS: For now, I am not accepting returns, but am completely open to resolving any problems that may occur. I feel the best strategy is to head off any problems before they even happen. If you have any questions whatsoever about any items I am selling, please ask. Thanks for looking!