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The new yarn keeps coming!

If it seems like every week I have a new yarn to brag about, it is because that’s true.  Today I have two more!
One of them is Flicker by Berroco.  This deliciously soft yarn is made with 87% baby alpaca and (yes your eyes are not deceiving you) a wee bit of sparkle.  It has just enough flash to add the glint of glamor, but not so much that it’s kitschy. The corded construction in this yarn gives the alpaca extra elasticity and means knitted goods will keep their shapes nicely.

berroco flicker

We used two strands of Flicker held together to make this chunky hat. The Twinkle Hat is a great hat for beginners. You don’t even need to know how to knit in circles to make it.  We are offering it as a free in store pattern till Christmas with purchase.  If you can’t make it into the store you can buy just the pattern HERE.

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Also new in the shop is a small amount of the Super Bulky yarn from Malabrigo called Rasta.  Many of you may be already familiar with this lovely soft merino yarn.  It comes in pretty hand dyed colours like this one ↓

malabrigo rasta

The Rasta might be just thing for a last minute knit gift like a chunky headband.

Last year we published a free pattern right here on the blog called Knit 101 Headband.  Since then I have seen many charming versions of this pattern all knit up and keeping ears cozy.  Many clever people have adapted the pattern. One beautiful version combines knits and purl stitches in a stocking stitch pattern to make a more refined look.  I thought I might knit up a version like this and share the results with you.  Here it is ↓ and the pattern too!

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Knit 101 Headband Too

Finished Dimensions: Width 10cm (4″), Circumference unstretched: 44cm (17″)

9mm needles, and cable needle

1 skein Spud and Chloe Outer 55m (60yds). For my version I used exactly half the ball.  Or like the original Knit 101 Headband you can double strand an Aran Weight yarn like Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky.

Gauge in stocking stitch – 12 sts/10cm (4″)

Cast on 12 stitches
Slip 1, Knit to end
Slip 1, Purl to end
Repeat these 2 rows till measures 23 cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out some. End with a purl row.

To make Cable Twist:

Slip 1, Slip the next 5 stitches on a cable needle and hold behind the rest of your stitches
Knit the next 5 stitches from your original needles (not the ones on the cable)
Knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle
Knit the last stitch from your original needle.

For a picture tutorial on how to do the cable twist check out the original Knit 101 Headband pattern HERE

Slip 1, Purl to end
Slip 1, Knit to end
Repeat these two rows till measures 23 cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out.

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming and seam ends together.

Note: Slip 1 as follows: On knit rows slip the stitch knitwise by inserting your needle as if you were knitting and transfer it to the other needle. On purl rows slip the stitch purlwise by inserting your needle as if you were purling and transfer it to the other needle.

Much like the first Knit 101 Headband project I think there are a few different ways to seam it together. One way will leave a less bulky seam but not as pretty a finish on the right side.  For this type of seam:
Insert needle through the cast off edge and the cast on edge straight through.

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Pull through both, and change the direction of your needle to connect cast on to cast off. Keep weaving back and forth till you have connected all the stitches.

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Or you can make a very pretty looking join with a more bulky underside like this:

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Insert your needle under a stitch on one side of your headband.   Make sure you get both sides of the V shaped stitch.

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 Insert your needle under a stitch on the other side of the seam . Move back and forth across the two pieces to join stitch to stitch.

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When you are done it will look much like this!

head band…but as I mentioned, a little thick on the underside.  You can see the seam a little bit in this pic.
Seam it up however you like.  I hope you enjoy the pattern.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

I’m with the band! A knitted headband story.

This is a super easy project.  I made it in a few hours – really! It took me much longer to photograph the process then it did to knit it.
This project was inspired by a knit cafe student.  Kat attended out Knit 101 class, and by the 4th class she came in with this little number that she invented herself.  I was so impressed by her cleverness for figuring!
The project seemed like a great thing to teach a beginner.  Fast to do with really only a few basics and not very many stitches to keep track of.  I asked her if I could reinvent her pattern for our blog and spread the knit-joy! She agreed! Thank you Kat!
Kat figured out how to add the pretty cable twist into this pattern on her own gumption, but I have included a step-by-step here so you won’t have to go to the trouble.  Knitter’s secret – cables are really easy! You’ll see!

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Thanks to Edie for modelling!

Knit 101 Headband

Finished Dimensions: Width 10cm (4″), Circumference unstretched: 44cm (17″)

10mm needles, cable needle

1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky held two strands together.
Tosh Chunky is 100% Superwash Merino, 151m (165yds), 14-16sts/10cm (4″)
For my version I used exactly half the ball.
When you wind your ball, make sure you get a center pull so you can hold two yarn ends together to knit this project.  Alternatively you can wind two separate balls.

Gauge in garter stitch – 13 sts/10cm (4″)
This is the tension that the project is knit to.

Gauge in stocking stitch – 12 sts/10cm (4″)
This will help you make substitutions, as all yarn labels have gauge knit with stocking stitch.   If you find a yarn that knits 12 sts over 10cm it will be the right weight for this project without double stranding it.

Note: I made a slipped edge which is easy to do, but the headband will still look wonderful without this detail.  If you feel like you’re inclined to try this kind of edge you can add it on like this:
The  first stitch of every row, slip from one needle to the other, inserting your needle through the stitch like you would if you were purling.  For those who have not purled this means insert the needle from right to left through the stitch and transfer it to the other needle.  Before you knit your next stitch bring your yarn between the two needles so it sits behind your work.  Repeat this on the first stitch of every row!

Cast on 12 stitches

Knit 23 cm (9″ ) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out some

To make Cable Twist:

Knit 1, Slip the next 5 stitches on a cable needle and hold behind the rest of your stitches

Knit the next 5 stitches from your original needles (not the ones on the cable)

Knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle

Knit the last stitch from your original needle.

Knit another 23cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out.

Cast off. leaving a long tail for seaming and seam ends together.

Congratulate yourself on your sweet new headband!

For another version of this headband pattern called
Knit 101 Headband Too, check it out HERE

Cabling Tutorial for Headband

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head bandet volila!

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I tried a few different ways of seaming the headband together.  One left a seamless join, but a bulky underside.  The other is a little less perfect, but lies flat.  I chose the latter for my headband.  Here’s both versions – you can choose the way you like best!

Seaming
Seamless join with bulky underside:

DSCN0045The pink triangles highlight the stitches.  Insert your needle under a stitch on one side of your headband.  This picture shows the cast off side. Make sure you get both sides of the triangle.  Let the orange arrow be your guide!

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This is the cast on side.  Again- insert your needle through the full stitch (both sides of the triangle.

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Move back and forth across the two sides- from cast off to cast on! See how the stitches you are making resemble the “V” shapes of your knit stitches!

DSCN0039When you pull it tight the stitches disappear. Even this bright red melts away! …ooooooh!

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This is the back side.  It is nice and neat but a bit bulky with such thick yarn.

Running Stitch Join, lies flatter but not as neat:
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Insert needle through the cast on edge and the cast off edge straight through.

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Pull through both, and change the direction of your needle to connect cast off to cast on. Keep weaving back and forth till you have connected all the stitches.

DSCN0057The result looks like this on your working side.

DSCN0058It looks a little bit better on the back side. Both sides sit flat.

Choose which method you prefer, or try both and compare your results.  It doesn’t take too long with only 12 stitches.

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The finished goods!

Craftily yours
Kristin