February 19, 2015

Blustery Thermal Headband

My first November in not-California was a little rough. One day it was 60F, the next, 32F, and the next, 16F. I wasn't ready for such a sudden shock and didn't know what would happen if it just kept getting colder.  Combined with escalating levels of academic stress and ears going numb upon stepping outside, one night I elected to make myself a thermal headband instead of doing my humanities reading.

The yarn is some random leftover scrap yarn from an afghan project my grandmother worked on during the 1980's. Talk about obscure... I have no idea where this yarn came from, but it is probably acrylic and definitely worsted.

The headband was done in less than 48 hours, and none too soon. My ears were immediately thankful for the warmth in the freezing weather. While it is scarily warm here in February, many poor souls on the East Coast and in the Midwest are in the midst of blustery and bitter cold. Pro-tip: make yourself a thermal headband!

Blustery Thermal Headband Pattern
Adapted from Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns "Woven cable"

Difficulty: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK, about 65 yd (60 m)
Gauge: 20 sts & 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
Finished Size: 3 in (7.6 cm) wide & 17.5 in (44.4 cm) long - personalize to be 1 inch (2 cm) shorter than head circumference!
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Other Materials: cable needle

Cast on 24 sts using provisional cast on.

Follow stitch pattern:
Rows 1 & 5: P 3, K 18, P3
Row 2 and all even rows: Work sts as they appear (K 3, P 18, K3).
Row 3: P 3, C3B three times, P 3
Row 7: P 3, K 3, C3F twice, K 3, P 3

Repeat st pattern 12.5 times or until desired length.

Cast off using Kitchener stitch/grafting to connect the two ends of work into a headband. Weave in yarn ends.

sl – slip st as if to k
cn – cable needle
k 2 togknit two sts together
c3b – cable 3 back – sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back of work, k 3, k 3 from cn
c3f – cable 3 front – sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front of work, k 3, k 3 from cn

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

You can find a free PDF of this pattern here.

Stay warm, friends. Only four more weeks of winter!

Happy Crafting!!

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