Summer has sadly come to an end with fall in full swing, which means that winter will be here before you know it. As much as I want to protest the coming of winter, it has given me a reason to pick up knitting again.
While I was reorganizing my office this summer, I stumbled upon a knitted headband that I had started a couple years ago, but didn’t finish. Well, I decided to give it another try, and I’m proud to say, I’ve finally finished a knitted headband to share in today’s post.
When I took a look at the unfinished headband, I remember the reason I never completed it. I had made it too small, probably got frustrated that I had to start over, and that was that. So this time, I decided to start over again and find a different pattern. I came across this. The pattern was simple and had fairly clear instructions.
I used a weight category 5 yarn and 5.5mm needles. My head circumference is 22.5″, so based on an estimate of 5 stitches per inch of head circumference, that came out to 112.5 stitches. I decided to round down to 110 stitches. In hindsight, I should have made my own gauge, but that’s a lesson learned. However, this mistake also happened to work in my favor at the end (more about that below). I knitted a total of 12 rows before casting off.
My finished piece for the headband measured 24″ lengthwise and 2.75″ in width. Now I had made it too large for my head! After dealing with my panic and frustration, my problem-solving mode kicked in. I WAS going to make this work. I knew the ribbing allowed the headband piece to stretch when worn. So I stretched the headband piece around my head to determine how much excess in length there was. Turns out there was 7″, that’s alot! So instead, I did the following:
- Fold out each of the ends to 3.5″. This is the total excess divided in half.
- For each end, pinch at the fold and sew in place to form one side of the bow.
- Join together the two pinched ends of the head band and sew in place.
- Sew each of the bow ends to the headband to secure and make the bow pop up.
Here’s the finished headband!
View from the side:
Another view from the side
View from the front:
I love bow detail! Plus the yarn is really soft since it’s an alpaca blend, so it has a cozy feel. Now I can keep my ears warm this winter and look stylish, too!