Easy Day Knitted Headband

Hello knitters!

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).

spring lace scarf

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.

easy day headband

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.

elastic headband

I’ve cut the elastic headband in two pieces measuring about 2.5″ (approx. 6 cm) and attached them to the finished knitted headband.

attach elastic

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.

elastic grip

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:

Easy Day Knitted Headband

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:

Materials

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
Elastic headband
Yarn/Tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread
Optional: Approximately 5 yds (4.5 m) of green worsted weight yarn for edging



Pattern

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.

i Cord

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.

attach elastic

The Easy Day Headband is now complete and ready to be worn!

Easy Day Headband

I will make videos for this pattern tomorrow. In the meantime, happy knitting!

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Rickrack Rib Slouchy Hat

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. We are exactly one week from Christmas and I admit that I am very behind with my knitted gifts ūüôĀ I have been plagued with a stomach bug for the past couple of days. It’s been a very long time since I’ve gotten any sort of stomach bug. But I am feeling better with every passing day. Even with my ailment, I can’t seem to slow down.

Yesterday, in an attempt to force myself to take a break, I managed to take a look around at my surroundings and noticed how disorganized my craft materials have gotten. As a result, I went out in search of a solution and found a three-drawer storage shelf at a local craft store that was on clearance.

I assembled the shelf as soon as I got home and this is the result:

shelf

It turned out really well…better than I had expected. This is an early birthday gift to myself (my birthday is this Friday! ūüôā )

With my life a little bit more organized, I was able to finish that hat pattern that I’d been working on for the past several days. With only one week left until Christmas, this will be the last pattern for my “Holiday Quick Knit” series. As some of you remember, this was what the hat looked like when I first started:

slouchy hat

I ended up frogging this hat because I was not impressed with my yarn selection. The yarn didn’t work well with the stitch I was using because it didn’t produce the drape that I was looking for for a slouchy hat.

With that said I selected a different yarn type and weight and it turned out much better.

Rick Rack Slouchy Hat

The stitch I used for this slouchy hat is the rickrack rib stitch. This version of the rickrack rib stitch is not the true version because it had to be modified for knitting in the round. Even though it is not the true rickrack rib stitch, in my opinion, it turned out pretty well.

Rick Rack Slouchy Hat Back

Unstretched measurements: approx. circumference 20″ (51cm) and length of 9″ (23cm)

Here is the pattern:

Materials

1 skein of Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Weight

  • 109yds (100m) per skein
  • 3.5oz (100g) per skein
  • US 11 (8mm)

US 10 (6mm) circular needles
US 11 (8mm) circular needles
4 US 11 (8mm) DPNs
Yarn needle
Stitch marker

Gauge

Stockinette: 11sts x 15 rows=4″

Pattern

With US 10 (6mm) circular needles, CO 54 sts. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Edging

Rnd 1: *k3, p3; rep from * to end of round.
Repeat Rnd 1 three more times.

Rnd 4: *M1, k2, M1, k1, p3; rep from * to end of round.  72sts

Main Body

Begin to knit with US 11 (8mm) circular needles for this section.

Rnd 1: *p1, k tbl of second stitch on the left-hand needle (leave stitch on needle), then k tthe first stitch, slide both stitches off needle; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: *p1, knit into the front of second stitch on left-hand needle (leave stitch on needle), then knit first stitch, slide both stitches off needle; rep from * to end of round.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until hat reaches 8″ from edge.

Here is a video on How To Knit The Rickrack Rib In The Round.

Decreases:

Switch to US 11 (8mm) DPNs when appropriate.

Rnd 1: *k3tog; rep from * to end of round. 24 sts
Rnd 2: *k3tog; rep from * to end of round. 8 sts.

Cut yarn leaving an 8″ (20.5cm) tail and weave yarn through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close and weave in end.

Now you have a new hat!

Rick Rack Slouchy Hat 2

This pattern can be somewhat confusing. Please let me know if you need a video tutorial.

Happy knitting!

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Knitting Abbreviations

M1 (Make 1 Stitch)=pick up strand of yarn lying between last st worked and next st and work into back of it.

Pumpkinhead Slouchy Hat

Hi knitters!

Even though the official start of the fall season has just begun, I admit that I’ve been in the fall spirit since August. For a couple of weeks now I’ve been designing a pumpkin hat pattern in lieu of other knitting designs that are still in the works. I wanted to this hat to be simple to knit and yet festive and fun. This is what I came up with:

knitted pumpkin hat

As you can see, this hat has a striking resemblance to my Simple Ribbed Hat. This is because I used the Simple Ribbed Hat pattern as a foundation and modified it.

Simple Ribbed Hat with Pom Pom

Also, you may have noticed that I have called this pattern Pumpkinhead Slouchy Hat. Yes, I know that there is a horror movie called Pumpkinhead and it is a prison slang term as well. I chose this name well before I even knew that it is a slang term (I did know about the movie).¬†Oh well, I’m not going to change it. I like it.

knitted pumpkin hat top

This hat will fit most. I would say that it is medium to large. Circumference of the rim is 20″ (approx. 51cm) unstretched.

Here is the pattern:

Materials

1 skein of Red Heart Soft (color: Tangerine) [CLR 1]
1 skein of Red Heart Soft (color: Dark Leaf) [CLR 2]
US 8 (5mm) and US 10 (6mm) circular needles
US 8 (5mm) DPNs
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Gauge

US 8 (5mm): Stockinette
17 sts and 23 rows=4″

Pattern

With size US 8 (5mm) circular needles, CO 110 sts using [CLR 1]. Place stitch marker and begin to knit the following:

Rnd 1-5: (K1, P1) repeat to end of round.

Body

Change to size US 10 circular needles.

Rnd 1-5: *P3, K7; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 6: *P3, K1, M1, K5, M1, K1; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 7-9: *P3, K9; rep from * to end of round. (132 sts)
Rnd 10: *P3, K1, M1, K7, M1, K1; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 11-30: *P3, K11; rep from * to end of round. (154 sts)

Cap Shaping

Rnd 31: *P3, ssk, K7, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 32: *P3, K9; rep from * to end of round. (132 sts)
Rnd 33: *P3, ssk, K5, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 34: *P3, K7; rep from * to end of round. (110 sts)
Rnd 35: *P3, ssk, K3, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 36: *P3, K5; rep from * to end of round. (88 sts)
Rnd 37: *P3, ssk, K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round. (66 sts)
Rnd 38: *P3, K3tog; rep from * to end of round. (44 sts)

Pumpkin Stem

pumpkinhead hat top

Change to US 8 (5mm) DPNs and begin using [CLR 2].

Rnd 1-2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *ssk, K9; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 4: *ssk, K8; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 5: *ssk, K7; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 6: *ssk, K6; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 7: *ssk, K5; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 8: *ssk, K4; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 9: *ssk, K3; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 10: *ssk, K2; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 11: *ssk, K1; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 12: *ssk; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 13-15: Knit.

Cut yarn leaving an 8″ (20.5cm) tail and weave yarn through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close and weave in end.

knitted leaves

Pumpkin Leaves (make 2)

With [CLR 2] CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *M1, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. (6 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: *M1, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. (12 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K2, M1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. (17 sts)
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Purl.
Row 11: BO 3 knit-wise, K13. (14 sts)
Row 12: BO 3 purl-wise, P10. (11 sts)
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: M1, K10, M1, K1. (13 sts)
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: BO 4 knit-wise, K8. (9 sts)
Row 18: BO 4 purl-wise, P4. (5 sts)
Row 19: ssk, K1, k2tog. (3 sts)
Row 20: Purl.
Row 21: SK2P.

Cut yarn leaving an 8″ (20.5cm) tail and weave yarn through remaining st. Pull tightly and weave in end.

Pumpkin Vines

Feel free to cast on any desired number of stitches for this part of the project. The instructions below are what I used for the hat shown above.

For the longer vine, I cast on 30 sts using US 8 (5mm) needle. Then BO knit-wise using US 10 (6mm) needle.

For the shorter vine, cast on 25 sts and repeat directions above.

Finally, attach all pieces to the hat and weave in all loose ends! Hope you enjoy this pattern and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

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