Thursday, January 19, 2012

Knitted Headbands

Hiya from Brighton, England!

I made matching-but-not-matching Christmas presents for my three best friends on tour this year, and all three girls happen to be British so it's very fitting that I'm posting about this from a posh seaside flat in Brighton.

Headbands are in this year, at least in my circle, so that's what I decided to make for my friends.  I used the same sparkly white yarn for all three, but I put different accents on each one so they all have their own personalities.

These are the supplies I used:
  • US size 7 circular needles for the headbands
  • US size 7 flat needles for the accents
  • Sparkly white yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors (My scissors are pictured inside my super-fun knit kit, which I highly recommend.)
Here is how you make the basic headband:  
  • Cast on 76 stitches with the circular needles
  • (Knit 1, Purl 1) rib for 4 rows
  • Knit 10 rows 
  • (Knit 1, Purl 1) rib for 4 rows
  • Cast off

And now it's time to personalize them!

For my friend Lauren, I made a sleek band like this:

Band Instructions:
  • Cast on 10 stitches

  • (Knit 1, Purl 1) rib for about 3 inches

  • Cast off

  • Wrap the band around the headband and sew it together

For my friend Vicki, I knitted a bow:

Bow Instructions:
  • See this post from Lion Brand, and follow the directions for the large bow.

For my friend Cheryl, I made a flower like this:

Flower Instructions:

And here are all three of them, wearing their new presents on Christmas day!



  1. Darling Laura!!

  2. How do you knit front and back in a stitch for the flower? I know how to increase by knitting in front of a stitch but I'm not sure about knitting in back, and is it all in the same stitch? Thank you. I'd like to make this for my granddaughter.

    1. Yes, you'll do the increase all within the same stitch. First knit the stitch as normal, then instead of sliding it off of the left needle, bring your right needle through the back of that same stitch again and knit it again. I hope that makes sense, and I hope your granddaughter likes her headband!

  3. I am knitting your headband and I just got to the part where it says "KNIT 10 rows". Do you mean stockinette stitch, i.e. knit one row then purl one row? That is what the pattern looks like?

    1. Because you're knitting in the round, all you have to do is knit stitches in order to achieve the stockinette stitch look, there's no purling necessary. xoxo

  4. these look very sweet. great gifts! did you bind off in rib?

  5. I just finished a scarf for a friend and I want to knit this headband to go along. My yarn is more chunky and I'm having a hard time figuring out how many stitches to cast on to create the pattern you designed. My yarn is 14stitches=4" on US 10. Can you help?


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