Knitted Headband with Bow

 

Knitted Earwarmer - CoverSummer 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 theĀ coming of winter, it has given me a reason to pickĀ 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:

  1. Fold out each of the ends to 3.5″. This is the total excess divided in half.
  2. For each end, pinch at the fold and sew in place to form one side of the bow.
  3. Join together the two pinched ends of the head band and sew in place.
  4. 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:

Knitted Earwamer 1

Another view from the side

Knitted Earwarmer 2

View from the front:

Knitted Earwarmer 3

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!

Knitted Earwarmer 4