After knitting the Dulce Neck Cozy Pattern - NOTE PATTERN NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE AS OF MARCH 2020, I wanted a matching headband so I wrote this pattern for the "Whistler Headband". PDF now available.
Sizing: Measure your head circumference. Subtract five centimetres (two inches) to allow for negative ease (the stretch of the yarn when knit). This number is the overall length you will want to knit to.
Yarn: Any DK (8ply) yarn of your choosing. I used silk/merino for the headband 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).
K: Knit stitch
P: Purl Stitch
K2tog: Knit two together. Decrease Stitch. Knit the next two stitches together.
KFAB: Knit front and Back. Increase Stitch. Knit into the front and then the back of the same stitch. Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbB1qBQSSco
PSSO: Pass slipped stitch over. Pick up the stitch you slipped from the right needle and pass it back over the knit stitch and yarn over (refer to the section in parentheses).
SSK: Slip Slip Knit. Decrease Stitch. Slip two stitches one at a time onto the right needle. Slip them back to the left needle then knit through the back of the loops. Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg1ykku04is
st or sts: stitch or stitches.
YO: Yarn over. Increase Stitch. Bring the yarn to the front between the stitches. Video Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-RNKk_TFtk
Knit in garter stitch with increases to create the tapered end as follows:
Cast On 6 stitches
Knit 7 rows
Row A: Knit 3 rows
Row B: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Repeat Rows A and B twice more so you have 12 sts on the needles
Row C: Knit 1 row
Row D: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Repeat Rows C and D until you have 16 sts on the needles
Knit 4 more rows.
Switch to main pattern:
Row 1: K3, *[Slip 1st, K1, YO, PSSO] ], repeat * to last 3 sts, K3
Row 2: K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 10cm (4 inches) from desired length
Switch back to garter stitch for the other tapered end:
Row E: Knit 1 row
Row F: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Repeat Rows E and F until you have 12 sts remaining on the needles
Row G: Knit 3 rows
Row H: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Repeat Rows G and H until there are 6 sts remaining on the needles.
Knit 7 rows
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, K2tog, K2
Knit 2 rows
Bind Off in knit.
Sew in ends, attach a button to the first tapered end, and you are done :)
Note: Pattern updated July 2019.