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Knitting: A pattern that might keep the hair off your face

The Knitterly Answer to Heat, Humidity and Hair

Summer is upon us and what better way to prepare than by knitting a stylish summer headband. With the humidity on the rise and temperatures surging higher everyday some of us feel the need to cut off all our hair. While a perfectly viable option, I thought we could offer a pattern that might keep the hair off your face and the scissors in the drawer.

Red Heart With Love Hand Knit Headband in Hot Pink
Red Heart With Love Hand Knit Headband in Hot Pink

 

 

Materials
1 Ball Red Heart’s With Love
2 5mm (US 8) Double Pointed Needles
1 Tapestry Needle

Cast on 2 stitches and begin to knit an i-cord tube. If you’ve never done this technique before, it sounds much more intimidating than it actually is, here is an instructional YouTube video.

I-cord bow
I-cord bow

 

 

Knit in i-cord for approximately 8 inches then, knit your two stitches regularly, turn (like you normally would) and purl back across those two stitches. Then knit 1, make 1, knit 1; turn and purl back. Work five more rows in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) then follow the rows listed below until you have reached 15 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, make 1, knit until there is one stitch left, make 1, knit 1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl

Plain stockinette stitch across the top of the headband
Plain stockinette stitch across the top of the headband

 

 

Once you have reached 15 stitches, knit in stockinette for 9 inches. Then begin your decreases.

Row 1: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit until three before the end of the row, slip slip knit, knit 1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl

Decreases along the side of the headband
Decreases along the side of the headband

 

 

When you have 3 stitches left on your needles, knit 1 knit 2 together; turn and purl back. Now begin the i-cord for the other side and knit until it measures 8 inches long. Bind off your i-cord and weave in the ends.

 

Bind off your i-cord and weave in the ends.
Bind off your i-cord and weave in the ends.

 

Your stylish summer headband is ready to wear, just tie it around your head and relish the hair-free field of view. With so many fun colors from Red Heart, you’re not going to want to put down your knitting during the warmer months of the year.

 

About Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen is founder and creative director of Stitch Please Yarns. She originally got into the fiber arts business writing about knitting at her blog Stitches be Slippin, and now, also writes for KNITmuch.com.

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