Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blue Angel Headband

Blue Angel Headband

Yes, this headband is named after a Marlene Dietrich movie for a reason; something about the shape and size reminds me of Old Hollywood, when actresses swanned around in turbans and smoked from only the most elegant of cigarette holders (side note: my five-year-old asked me what a cigarette was the other day. Precious!). It's also a super quick knit, made in super bulky yarn with the largest needles I've ever purchased. One thing to note, however, if you're going to make it: if you're not sure what size you need, size down - knitting with this gauge of yarn gives it plenty of stretch. You may also need to size down if you're working with an especially elastic yarn, or simply want a more snug fit.

Sizes: Adult Small (Adult Medium; Adult Large) (the small should fit up a 21" - 22" head; the medium a 22" - 23" head; the large a 23" - 24" head)

Yarn: Schachenmayr Lova (67% Acrylic, 30% Wool, 3% Polyamide; 55 yards [50 meters]/50 grams); #0083 Green Flash - 1 - 2 skeins (2 skeins; 2 skeins)

A closer look at the cabling
Needles: One set of needles in size US 15, one cable needle (cn)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 11 stitches = 4 inches

So let's do this! First, cast on 15 stitches loosely. Then, knit the following rows:

Row 1 (wrong side): k1, p13, k1

Row 2: k1, (slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), k1) 7 times

Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 6.5" (7"; 7.5") and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Then, we'll move to our cabled center, for which we'll need the following notation:

front cable (fc): slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front; k3; k3 from cn

back cable (bc): slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in back; k3; k3 from cn

And now that we've got our notation down, let's proceed as follows:

Cable Row 1 and all odd numbered rows (wrong side): k1, p6, k1, p6, k1

Cable Row 2: k1, bc, p1, fc, k1

Cable Rows 4 & 6: k7, p1, k7

Knit rows 1 - 6 three times, and then knit rows 1 - 3 once more. And once that's done, we'll resume our original pattern, which I've copied below as well. So let's continue like so:

Row 1 (right side): k1, (slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), k1) 7 times

Row 2: k1, p13, k1

Knit rows 1 & 2 until this section of the piece measures roughly 6.5" (7"; 7.5") and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Bind off loosely. Block, seam, and tuck in ends. 





23 comments:

  1. It seems to me, if you repeat the pattern in row 2 seven times, you would need 24 stitches and only 15 have been cast on! What am I missing or misinterpreting here?

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    1. Hi there! You only repeat the stuff in the parentheses, not the k1 at the beginning. I think that should solve things for you! :)

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    2. Ah,Of course!! And I know that, so I must thank you for reminding me! It looks so soft and warm, looking forward to making is for my granddaughter this weekend for a Valentine! Thanks, Gretchen, this old brain needed the jump start!!

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    3. Of course - I'm always happy to help. :) I hope it turns out well for you!

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  2. Could I do a provisional cast on and Kitchener to finish?

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    1. I think that would be a fantastic idea! In fact, the only reason I didn't write it that way is because I have been posting a lot of patterns with those instructions lately, and don't want to alienate all of my newbie readers. But I think the seamless look would definitely be a winner! :)

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  3. I prefer knitting in the round to avoid seaming :) could this be adapted to knit this great headband?? Love this pattern.

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    1. Hello there!

      Unfortunately with the direction of the cables and everything, this would be a much different beast if you adapted it for the round. But you could always do the provisional cast-on and a Kitchener like the commenter above suggested - that would at least make the seam prettier (yeah, I know it's not the same. It's the best I can think of, though!). :)

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    2. Thank you so much for responding. Probably will go with the kitchener it is the best option! :)

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    3. Glad to hear it! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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  4. What about the color "flecks"? How do you add them?

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    1. I wish I knew! Unfortunately, there aren't any tricks that I'm aware of - that's just the variegation of the yarn. :)

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  6. I made a variation of this and turned it into a beanie cap. It was super adorable. Best patterned I have ever knit.

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    1. Wow! I am so glad to hear it turned out so well for you. :) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. what does slip 1 with yarn in back mean?...I know slip 1 purlwise or slip 1 knitwise, but not sure about sl 1 w/yarn in back..please explain...thanks

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    1. It just means that you keep your yarn in the normal knitting position, rather than moving it to the purl position so that the yarn is visible on the right side of the work (slip one with yarn in front is usually used if you're purling on the wrong side of the piece, so that you're slipping with the yarn in the purled position, and so that it doesn't show up on the right side of the work).

      Also, these stitches are slipped purlwise, if I didn't say it! :)

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  8. can't wait to try this! Love It!!! thank YOU :)

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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