Monday, 3 March 2014

Free Pattern: Lola Headband



Lola is a knitted headband that is textured with a simple slip stitch pattern and finished with a ribbed band.

This pattern is super-easy and quick to knit, with a nod to some retro styling it makes the perfect spring accessory to keep your ears toasty.

This pattern is also available in my ravelry store as a PDF


Construction:
The headband is started in the middle where the slip stitched pattern is knitted in stockinette until it measure the size required.  The start and end are seamed together.  You then pick up all top stitches and work a ribbed band before repeating for the bottom edge.  Finally you neatly ruche the seamed join to create the pinched front. Main colour in this example is Grey. You use plain Stockinette for the first & last 3 stitches of each row so that picking up the stitches is easier.

Equipment:
Size 4.5mm circular needle
2 50g balls of DK (worsted) wool in 2 colours of your choice.
Darning Needle.

** Feel free to knit in any wool & needles, the band measures approximately 15cm wide, but you could make this wider or thicker, just remembering to cast on multiples of 3**

Slip Stitch Pattern:

CC Row 1: K3 *Sl1 K2 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
CC Row 2: P3 *P2, Sl1 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
CC Row 3: Knit all stitches
CC Row 4: Purl all stitches
MC Row 5: K3 *Sl1 K2 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
MC Row 6: P3 *P2 Sl1* (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
MC Row 71: Knit all Stitches
MC Row 8: Purl all stitches
CC Row 9: K3 *K1 Sl1 K1 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
CC Row 10: P3 *P1 Sl1, P1 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
CC Row 11: Knit all stitches
CC Row 12: Purl all stitches
MC Row 13: K3 *K1 Sl1 K1 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
MC Row 14: P3 *P1 Sl1, P2 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
MC Row 15: Knit all Stitches
MC Row 16: Purl all stitches
CC Row 17: K3 *K2 Sl1 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
CC Row 18: P3 *Sl1 P2 * (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
CC Row 19: Knit all stitches
CC Row 20: Purl all stitches
MC Row 21: K3 *K2 Sl1* (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches), K3
MC Row 22: P3 *Sl1 P2,* (repeat * to * until last 3 stitches) P3
MC Row 23: Knit all Stitches
MC Row 24: Purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1-24 to create pattern

Abbreviations:
K – Knit
P – Purl
Sl – Slip Stitch from left needle to right purlwise
1 x 1 Rib – K1, P1 (repeat to end, knit the same on next round)



Step 1: Slip Stitch Band
Cast on 30 stitches and work the Slip Stitch Pattern until the band fits around your head (standard head sizes can be found here: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/headsize.html) Bind of all stitches.

Step 2: Seam to create a round
Either sewing together or using another seam method, match each stitch from beginning and end and create a round headband.  Make sure your seam is on the wrong side!  I like to use this method of seaming: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html

Step 3: Ribbed band
Pick up all the stitches at the top of the headband, join in the round & complete 4 rounds of 1 x 1 Ribbed stitch, Bind off all stitches.  Repeat for the bottom of the headband.  A tutorial for picking up stitches can be found here: http://www.knitsimplemag.com/node/77


Step 4: Ruche front
Using a running stitch and a darning needle sew down the front seam and pull into a ruched pinch.  I’ll be honest I do this a couple of times to make it nice and firm.

Step 5: Finish
Sew in all ends, steam or wet block gently, pop on your head & head off to smell the daffodils!


©Bobbin&Purl  Photo: Gina Jones Pattern: Lola