Say goodbye to dodgy hat hair with this easy-knit headband, ideal for those mornings when it’s still a bit chilly out, but not quite winter woollies weather.
Worked in basic stocking stitch, you’ll only use knit and purl stitches throughout, creating the twist detail with clever sewing techniques instead. It’s written as a one-size-fits-all pattern, but you can adjust the size of your headband when knitting the main section if necessary, making it shorter or longer as needed.
The headband is started using a provisional cast on – casting on with scrap yarn. Doing this leaves the stitches ’live’, so they can be knitted later on in the pattern.
To join your headband, you’ll use Kitchener stitch and mattress stitch.
Both these techniques are invisible stitches that hide the loose ends so you won’t need to weave them in.
- Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, 100% wool, 105m/25g per ball, two balls in Aqua (929)
- Scrap yarn
- 3mm (UK 11, US 21⁄2) knitting needles
- 3mm (UK 10, US D/3) crochet hook (for provisional cast on)
- Stitch holders
- Tapestry needle
32 sts and 38 rows to 10cm (4″) square over stocking stitch on 3mm needles
- st(s) stitches
- k knit
- p purl
- st st stocking stitch RS right side
- WS wrong side
Approx. 50cm (193⁄4″) circumference, with stretch of a further 10cm (4″)
Headband knitting pattern
You Will Need
- A knitting needle
- Tapestry needle
Main section starting with a p row, work in st st until work measures 48cm (187/8″) from your provisional cast on, ending on a p row
Divide for 3rd and 4th legs k 32 sts, turn, and leave the remaining 32 sts on a stitch holder 3rd leg of loops starting with a p row, continue in st st on 3rd leg untilthelegmeasures4cm(15/8″) ending with a p row. Break off yarn and leave sts on a stitch holder 4th leg of loops return to sts placed on a stitch holder when you divided 3rd and 4th legs. With RS of the work facing, rejoin yarn to the start of the stitches and complete by working 4cm (15/8″) in st st to match 3rd leg. Break off yarn, leaving a 60cm (235/8″) tail Loop using 3rd and 4th legs return 3rd leg stitches to a 3mm needle. Lay out 3rd and 4th leg so the WS of your knitting are touching. **Sew together using Kitchener stitch to create a loop with no seam showing. Fold the headband in half around the loop, then use mattress stitch to sew the inside of the loop to the outer edge**
Loop using 1st and 2nd legs return to the start of your knitting and put 1st leg through the loop made with the 3rd and 4th legs, making sure the main body of the headband is not twisted. Remove the provisional cast on from the 1st leg and put these sts on a 3mm needle. With a new 3mm needle, remove the provisional cast on from the 2nd leg, putting these sts on this needle. Lay out 1st and 2nd legs so the WS of the knitting are touching, and complete this loop working from ** to **
Join the seam using mattress stitch, sew along the central inside seam, adjusting the interlocking loops until you’re happy with how they lie on the headband.
Shetland wool is traditionally hand-washed with a mild soap or detergent once the garment is finished. While still damp, stretch your headband gently to shape it, then leave it to dry.
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Sarah has lived in Orkney for over 30 years, and the beautiful scenery inspires the colours she chooses for her knitting – this aqua wool is reminiscent of the vibrant colours of the waves on a stormy day. To find out more about Sarah and her knitting, search for Sarah Moar Crafts.