Saturday, January 19, 2008

How to knit the headband

Since you asked. Wait, no you didn't. Well I'm going to give the directions anyway. (no new picture, there were more than enough in the last post).

You will need:
some bulky thick and thin yarn (about 50 yards) Plain bulky would probably work, too.
- US size 8 needles (5 mm) or size to give gauge
- Button
- Tapestry needle
- small bit of lighter weight yarn in coordinating color for sewing on button

Gauge: 3.5 sts = 1 inch or 14 sts = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette st

Pattern Stitch:

Row 1 and all odd numbered rows (RS): knit.

Rows 2, 4 and 6: k2, p8, k2.

Rows 8 and 10: knit.

Edited to add Abbreviations:

kfb = increase one stitch by knitting into the front and back of the same stitch.

k2tog = knit two stitches together (right leaning decrease)

ssk = slip, slip, knit (left leaning decrease)


Cast on 4 stitches.

Increase section

Row 1 (RS): kfb, k2, kfb.

Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: knit.

Row 3: kfb, k4, kfb.

Row 5: kfb, k6, kfb.

Row 7: kfb, k8, kfb. [12 stitches on needle)

Straight section

Work rows 1-10 of Pattern Stitch 7 times for a small head or 8 times for a large head. (I consider my head large. It measures 22 inches around at forhead level.)

Work rows 1-6 of Pattern Stitch

Decrease section

Row 1 (RS): ssk, k8, k2tog.

Rows 2, 4, and 6: knit.

Row 3: ssk, k6, k2tog.

Row 5: ssk, k4, k2tog.

Row 7: ssk, k2, k2tog.

Row 8: Bind off 3 stitches. There will be one stitch remaining on the right needle. *put stich back on left needle and knit it; repeat from * 7 times. Break yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Pull yarn tail through last stitch.


Sew the button onto the increase section. Using the tail of yarn left after the bind off, sew the free end of the little chain of stitches down to form a button loop. (You may want to try the headband on first. Fit can be adjusted slightly by button placement and size of loop.)


Brynne said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you

Cindy G said...

You're welcome!

Chalene McGrath said...

What does this look like? I am ISO a headwarmer with a button. Similar? Thanks for your time!