|Around We Go Headband|
The story behind this piece is simple: recently, I saw one of the other moms at my kids' preschool in a knitted headband similar to this one and I thought, "hey, that's cool." And yes, the story is boring, but the finished product is still striking, with lots of graphic appeal. It's also very easy to size to various lengths, which I'll talk about more in a bit, and is a great stashbuster. Yay, busting stashes!
Sizes: Child (Adult)
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #2439 Gelato - one skein
Plus some of the fine make up airbrushing that went into
my lovely fake head.
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
So let's get started! To begin, cast on 18 (22) stitches. Then we'll move right to the main pattern, which I've written separately for each size. First, then, the terminology:
rt (right twist): knit two together, leaving stitches on left-hand needle; next, insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted together, and knit the first stitch again. Finally, slip both stitches from left-hand needle together
lt (left twist): with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop; then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches and k2tog-b (knit two together through back loops, inserting right needle from the right)
And now the pattern. If you're knitting the child size, proceed as follows:
Rows 1 & 3 (wrong side): (k2, p6) twice, k2
Row 2: k3, rt, lt, k1, p2, lt, k2, rt, k2
Row 4: k2, rt, k2, lt, p2, k1, lt, rt, k3
Knit rows 1 - 4 until piece measures roughly 17.5" for a toddler or 18.5" for an older child and you've just finished Row 4 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern, block, and seam. Tuck in ends.
And if you're knitting the adult size, here's your pattern:
Rows 1, 3, & 5 (wrong side): (k2, p8) twice, k2
Row 2: k4, rt, lt, k2, p2, lt, k4, rt, k2
Row 4: k3, rt, k2, lt, k1, p2, k1, lt, k2, rt, k3
Row 6: k2, rt, k4, lt, p2, k2, lt, rt, k4
Knit rows 1 - 6 until piece measures roughly 20.5" and you've just finished Row 6 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern, block, and seam. Tuck in ends.