LEARN HOW: cast on, knit stitch, change balls of yarn, bind off, and block the finished project
NEEDLES & NOTIONS:
Size 5.5 millimeter straight needles (or US size 9)
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends
5 stitches to the inch, although matching gauge exactly isn’t necessary for this project
3” Width, 18” Circumference
For all abbreviations please check the glossary at the end of the pattern.
Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot CLICK HERE
Using knitted cast-on, cast on (“CO”) 15 stitches. To learn to cast on CLICK HERE
ROW 1: Knit (“K) every stitch to the end of the row. To learn to knit CLICK HERE
Continue to knit every row. Knitting every row is called a “garter stitch” pattern. To see a video of garter stitch CLICK HERE.
Row House Pro Tip
When you are starting a new row, make sure you hold the yarn underneath and to the back of the needle, and make sure that you don’t accidentally create a new stitch by knitting into two loops of the first stitch. Don’t worry if the knitting looks loose just under the first stitch, as this will resolve itself once you start the next row. CLICK HERE to see an example.
Knit until your headband is 16” long.
Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. To learn how to bind off, CLICK HERE.
Leave approximately 12” of yarn attached after finishing the bind off. This will be used to sew your headband closed.
Finally, you have to “block” the headband. This means that you wet the yarn and relax it a little bit, which will also help even out your stitches. Because you’re knitting with wool, the yarn will stretch, so you want to gently lay it out so that you don’t stretch it too much, just enough that it will be a few inches smaller than your head, about 18” works for most adult heads.
How do I block?
Let the headband sit in cool water for around 30 minutes. Gently drain the water. You can gently roll the headband in a towel to remove excess water, or you can let it sit in the sink and drain for an hour or so. Make sure that you handle the wet fabric gently and don’t wring it out. Once you have removed the excess water, lay the headband out on fresh towels or on a blocking board (you need a surface that will allow the water to drain from the wool), and arrange the headband in a rectangle of the measurements that you desire - keeping the rows even. Let it dry before picking it up again.
Wrap the finished headband around to form a loop. Using the long tail of yarn begin to sew your headband into a loop using the tapestry needle. CLICK HERE to see an example
Once it is dry, you are done. Stand back and admire your work. You are a knitter.
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