Monday, 28 December 2009

Whistler Headband

After knitting the Dulce Neck Cozy Pattern (single stranded), I wanted a matching headband so I wrote this pattern for the "Whistler Headband"



Measure your head circumference. You may want to do a small test swatch to see just how much the yarn will give. If your yarn is stretchy, allow a couple of inches or so for the stretch (i.e. subtract two-4 inches from the circumference measurement).This is the length you will want to knit to.

Yarn: Any DK (8ply) yarn of your choosing. I used The Knittery silk/merino for the one pictured.
Needle Size: 5.5mm (US9) needles
Gauge: 4sts per inch, 4.5rows per inch in garter (not completely crucial as I measured this after the fact).

Abbreviations:
KFAB: Knit front and Back, Knit into the front and then the back of the same stitch. Increases one stitch.
PSSO: Pass slipped stitch over. Pick up the stitch you slipped from the right needle and pass it back over the other stitches.
SSK: Slip Slip Knit. Slip the stitches one at a time onto the other needle. Slip them back to the left needle then knit through the back of the loops. See tutorial here: http://www.purlbee.com/decrease-tutorial/

Please check youtube or google if unsure :)

CO 6 sts
Knit 7 rows
A: Knit 3 rows
B: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Rpt A and B twice more so you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 1 row
D: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Rpt C and D until you have 16 sts on the needles
Knit 4 more rows.

Switch to pattern: 1: K3, *[Slip 1st, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 3 sts, K3
2: K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
Rpt Rows 1 and 2 until 10cm from desired length
Rpt Row 1 once more.

Next 2 rows: Knit all sts
Begin decreases
A: Knit 1 row
B: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt A and B until you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 3 rows
D: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt C and D until there are 6 sts on the needles.
Knit 7 rows
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, K2tog, K2
Knit 2 rows
BO in knit.

Sew in ends, attach a button to the first strap and you are done :)

Goodbye 2009

December has been a very eventful month for me. I started it trying to make many a Christmas present and filling a big custom order. Half way through the month was my 10 year wedding anniversary. Which was then followed by a week of food poisoning including high grade fever, vomiting etc etc. which set my crafty plans way back. The Christmas parties then kicked off and in the end I had to concede I just couldn't make all the gifts I had planned and went and bought a few I knew I wouldn't be able to make in time.

I did however manage to make:

Skirts for both my new little nieces
A Christmas skirt for Isla
A knitted cotton shrug to match Islas skirt - which has now gone missing :( -> update I found it!
Notebook covers with pen holders for my SILs

Gee, when I type it out it looks like I didn't accomplish much at all....then again I really didn't have a lot of time.

I have just finished knitting myself a beautiful neck warmer for our forthcoming trip to Canada. I used the Dulce Neck Cozy pattern and it looks great whilst being a quick knit. I didn't think I'd finish in time but it is done and I've written a pattern for a matching headband which I will do in a separate post. Pics will come later once the sun comes up and I find the camera etc....and here is the neckwarmer, headband in next post.