Cotton Spice presents… Karen Gass from Cotton Spice!

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Knitted Headband

This is a great way to use up scrap yarn and learn some new stitches, on a small project, before embarking on a larger one. You’ll need –

  • scrap yarn
  • stitch dictionary
  • scrap fabric – 1 which is 4″ x 17″ and 1 which is 2″ x 6″
  • 6″ piece of 1/2″ elastic

Use your stitch dictionary to choose a stitch. I found it was easiest to use a stitch pattern that needed approximately 15-17 stitches. Anything wider proved to be a bit unwieldy as a headband. Whatever pattern you decide to use, do a garter stitch (knit every row) on the first and last 3 stitches of each row. This will provide stability to the piece.

Measure around your head, where a headband would go. Write this down, this is your Head Measurement. Mine was 21 1/2″. The knit piece doesn’t need to be this long, mine was 14″. This is your Knit Measurement.

To use the stitch pattern in my picture, here are the directions:

Row 1: k5, p1, k4, p1, k5

Row 2: k3, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k3

Row 3: k5, p1, k4, p1, k5

Row 4: k3, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k3

Row 5: k5, p1, k4, p1, k5

Row 6: k3, p2, k1, slip 2 st onto cable needle and hold in back, p2, p2 from cable needle, k1, p2, k3

Repeat Rows 1-6 until piece reaches your Knit Measurement. Bind off.

Use the 17″ long piece of fabric, fold it right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. The width for my fabric was 4″, but you will have to determine your width based on the width of your knit piece. Turn inside out. Press.

Use the 6″ long piece of fabric, fold it right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. Turn inside out. Press. Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through. Stitch across one end to secure elastic.

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Place the elastic on the headband base and fold the edges around it, as shown, and stitch across. Remove pin and pull elastic piece out, so the unfinished edges are inside the headband.

At this point, you should try on your headband, to get the correct placement for the other end of the elastic. Mark with a pin.

On the other end of the headband, fold under 1/4″ around edge of fabric, press. Insert unfinished elastic end inside, fold edges around like you did before, and stitch across.

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This is how it should look.

Pin the knit piece to the headband, matching centers.

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Use a matching thread, and sew along the inside edge of the garter stitch. This will be practically invisible. It helps if you can raise your presser foot while sewing. Tuck yarn ends under the knit piece and sew around the end.

If you don’t have a stitch dictionary, there are some online. Try these –

www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/stitches.php

http://cache.lionbrand.com/stitchFinder.html

Knit Headband tutorial provided by Karen Gass, your hostess for The Last Minute Gift Countdown and Editor of Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine.

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6 Responses to “Cotton Spice presents… Karen Gass from Cotton Spice!”

  1. Kitty Says:

    I had to leave a message and tell you … I got completely the wrong end of the stick. I read the heading as ‘knitted husband’ :-O

  2. Karen Gass Says:

    hmmm… i don’t think I can knit a husband… LOL

  3. Vickie Says:

    My knitting is so very basic! Maybe with some practice, I can make one!!!
    Very pretty!

  4. Amy Says:

    Such a cute headband! I just came across your blog a couple of days ago and I love it! Thanks!

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