Hope you all had a great St. Patty’s Day yesterday. It was just another day for me because I had to work, I’m sure a lot of you were in the same boat. Since we are recapping yesterday’s events, let’s quickly discuss the giveaway. Most of you already know this but the 2014 Spring Giveaway has ended and the winner will be chosen later today. If all goes well, the winner will be announced tomorrow. So look for an email from Purl Avenue and fingers crossed!
If you’ve been following Purl Avenue on social media, you know that my most recent project is a Spring lace scarf. The scarf is a large 360 stitches so it is taking me quite a bit of time (I’m about halfway finished).
I’ve decided to take a break and start a tiny project, a stash buster. I have some left over Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn that I have been trying to get rid of for some time now. So I thought of knitting a headband. I haven’t designed one for Purl Avenue yet so this was my chance.
When I was thinking up a design for this headband, I was having a bad hair day. As much as I tried, I couldn’t get my hair the way I wanted it to look. No matter how much I fluffed and teased, it fought to remain flat and lifeless.
So I thought, “Why not knit something that has a simple design that I can wear on days like today?” If you follow Purl Avenue’s blog, you already have an idea of what my taste is like. I love designs that are simple, elegant, timeless and also functional. With that in mind, I came up with a headband that has a simple zigzag design and is highly functional and comfortable.
This headband is perfect for bad hair days, running errands or just lounging around in comfy clothes. Throw on the Easy Day Knitted Headband, grab an easy day pass and have yourself an easy day! We all deserve it once in a while.
To accommodate various head sizes, I’ve attached an elastic headband that I was not using to provide extra elasticity.
I’ve cut the elastic headband in two pieces measuring about 2.5″ (approx. 6 cm) and attached them to the finished knitted headband.
If you are a frequent sewer, you can easily run it through your sewing machine. I am not and I didn’t want to dig out my sewing machine so I sewed the pieces on by hand. Another added functionality is that the elastic headband has rubber grips on them so the Easy Day Knitted Headband will stay on longer.
If you don’t have an elastic headband like the one shown above, you can use a ponytail holder or any piece of elastic will do.
Here is the finished product:
The green edging is done with an I-Cord after the headband is completed.
The Easy Day Knitted Headband is approximately 17″ (43 cm) in length and 3″ (8 cm) wide (after blocking). Blocking is highly recommended. The blocking method that is most effective is steam blocking though this method is not recommended if you are using 100% synthetic yarn. The heat will melt the yarn which makes it shiny and sometimes hard. In this case I recommend a wet block. Because Wool-Ease is 80% acrylic and 20% wool, I didn’t steam block it for too long. Ready for the pattern? Here it is:
1/4-1/2 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted Weight Yarn
- 197 yds (180 m) per skein
- 85 g (3 oz) per skein
- US 8 (5 mm) needles
- 80% acrylic/20% wool
2 US 8 (5 mm) DPNs
Sewing needle and thread
Optional: Approximately 5 yds (4.5 m) of green worsted weight yarn for edging
RT (Right Twist): on the right side, K2tog but leave both stitches on the left needle. Knit into the first stitch again. Slide both stitches off the left hand needle.
If you need more assistance, please watch video below. Note: this video demonstrates how to knit the Right Twist Stitch where the Right Twist (RT) technique is shown.
LT (Left Twist): on the right side, knit through the back loop (ktbl) of the second stitch, leaving stitch on the left needle. K2tog through the back loops (tbl) of the first and second stitch. Slide both stitches off the left needle.
Below is a video on how to knit the Left Twist Stitch. The Left Twist (LT) technique can be seen here.
CO 4 sts.
Row 1 (RS): knit.
Row 2 and all alternating rows: sl 1, purl to end of row.
Row 3: sl 1, k3.
Row 5: sl 1, kfb, k2. (5 sts)
Row 7: sl 1, k2, kfb, k1. (6 sts)
Row 9: sl 1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1. (8 sts)
Row 11: sl 1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1. (10 sts)
Row 13: sl 1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1. (12 sts)
Row 15: sl 1, kfb, k8, kfb, k1. (14 sts)
Row 17: sl 1, k13.
Row 19: sl 1, RT (x6), k1.
Row 21: sl 1, k1, RT (x5), k2.
Row 23: repeat Row 19.
Row 25: repeat Row 21.
Row 27: repeat Row 19.
Row 29: sl 1, kfb, RT (x5), kfb, k1. (16 sts)
Row 31: sl 1, k1, LT (x6), k2.
Row 33: sl 1, LT (x7), k1.
Row 35: repeat Row 31.
Row 37: repeat Row 33.
Row 39: repeat Row 31.
Row 41: repeat Row 33.
Row 43: sl 1, kfb, LT (x6), kfb, k1. (18 sts).
Row 45: sl 1, k1, RT (x7), k2.
Row 47: sl 1, RT (x8), k1.
Row 49: repeat Row 45.
Row 51: repeat Row 47.
Row 53: repeat Row 45.
Row 55: repeat Row 47.
Row 57: sl 1, k2tog, k1, RT (x5), k1, k2tog, k1. (16 sts)
Row 59: sl 1, k1, LT (x6), k2.
Row 61: sl 1, LT (x7), k1.
Row 63: repeat Row 59.
Row 65: repeat Row 61.
Row 67: repeat Row 59.
Row 69: repeat Row 61.
Row 71: sl 1, skp, k1, LT (x4), k1, skp, k1. (14 sts)
Row 73: sl 1, k1, RT (x5), k2.
Row 75: sl 1, RT (x6), k1.
Row 77: repeat Row 73.
Row 79: repeat Row 75.
Row 81: repeat Row 73.
Row 83: repeat Row 75.
Row 85: sl1, k13.
Row 87: sl 1, skp, k8, k2tog, k1. (12 sts)
Row 89: sl 1, skp, k6, k2tog, k1. (10 sts)
Row 91: sl 1, skp, k4, k2tog, k1. (8 sts)
Row 93: sl 1, skp, k2, k2tog, k1. (6 sts)
Row 95: sl 1, k1, skp, k2. (5 sts)
Row 97: sl 1, k1, k2tog, k1. (4 sts)
Row 99: sl1, k3.
Row 100: sl 1 p3.
Bind off knitwise. Weave in loose ends.
I-Cord Edging (with different color yarn or same color)
Cast on 2 sts or 3 sts if you want a thicker I-Cord. With the wrong side of the headband, pick up stitch as shown below.
Slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN. K1, k2 tbl, repeat process until complete.
If you casted on 3 sts for thicker I-Cord, pick up stitch from headband (should have a total of 4 sts), slide stitches to the other end of the DPN. K2, k2 tbl, repeat process until complete.
Here is a video on how to knit an I-Cord onto a finished edge.
Blocking is highly recommended! Steam blocking is most effective but keep in mind when using this method to block synthetic blend yarn, do not apply too much heat for too long for it may melt the yarn.
Attaching The Elastic
Cut the elastic to about 2.5″ (approx. 6 cm). Cut out two pieces. If you want the headband larger, simply cut out longer pieces of elastic.
Sew on elastic to both ends of the headband. If you are using elastic with rubber grip, make sure you are sewing the elastic on so it’ll be facing towards your hair.
The Easy Day Headband is now complete and ready to be worn!
I will make videos for this pattern tomorrow. In the meantime, happy knitting!
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