Free pattern: Vanessa Headband
NOTE ADDED ON OCTOBER 21, 2010: YIKES I FOUND A TYPO IN ROW 3.... I am so sorry folks! I have corrected it in the pdf. If you have downloaded the pdf before or on Oct. 21, 2010, delete it and download the pattern again.
If you have downloaded the pattern AFTER Oct. 21, 2010 you are fine!
Special thanks to Ravelry member Ruthieless for inserting my images in the pdf file.
The Vanessa headband is very cozy for those cold winter days when you need some protection for your head and ears. If you wish, you can also wear your Vanessa headband as a cowl. Very versatile little knitted piece!
This pattern is offered in a wide version (CO 26 stitches), which takes about 80 yards of chunky/bulky yarn and needle size US11:
And it is also offered in a narrower version (CO 14 stitches) , which takes about 40 yards of chunky/bulky yarn and needle size US11:
This is a super quick project! Great for last minute Holiday knitting.
Are you ready? let's get started with the picture tutorial!
Madeline Tosh Bulky
In this picture tutorial I am using Madeline Tosh bulky yarn in colorway Saffron. You will need needle size US11 and it is all up to you whether you work with straight needles or a 24" circular needle. Whatever works best for you!
I have chosen to work with my Addi Turbos (the metal ones) because I like the way they feel and it makes the yarn slide quicker and easier.
The pattern consists of 8 rows, which are being repeated throughout the headband. You will need cable needles to make the cables.
If you don't know how to do cables, go to Amy Finlay's video tutorial about cables. Click here, and go to decorative stitches/cables.
Or you can read my tutorial on cables by clicking here.
When you have finished your very first 8 rows, your piece should look like this:
Keep on repeating those 8 rows and see your piece grow steadily:
When to stop is entirely up to you. If you have a small head, I would say stop at 16".
If you have a medium head stop at 17".
And when you have a big old head like myself, I recommend you to stop at 18".
Cast off, leave a long tail and get ready for some seaming!
Seaming with the invisible seam/mattress stitch
We are going to use the invisible seam/mattress stitch technique. If you have never done this before, go look at Amy Finlay's video tutorial. Look for the finishing section in Knitting Tips and click on "mattress stitch".
In my tutorial I will work with a contrast color yarn so that you can see what's going on. Of course, you will work with the same color yarn. Okay?
Fold your piece so that the right side of the ends are facing you:
Working with the mattress stitch means that you going back and forth from right to left and back again:
It is kind of like lacing a corset! Keep on going until about two inches, and then pull gently so that everything will be neatly closed:
Keep on doing this until your piece is all seamed up:
You can leave the piece as is, but you could also gather/do some ruching. All up to you. I like to do the ruching! This means your piece will gather and bunch up a bit at the seam:
Weave in all ends.
TADA! That's it! That's all it takes to make your Vanessa headband. Easy peasy simply terrific, right?
What yarns to use?
Use any chunky/bulky weight yarn you like. In my case, I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky:
And I used some unidentified chunky/bulky yarn I found in my stash:
But the yummiest yarn I used for this project was MADELINE TOSH BULKY! So superduper delicious to work with!
Nancy, is the gauge very important in this projec???
Naaaah! Not very important at all. I made one of these headbands with a needle size US15 by mistake and I just knitted until it was 18" long and everything was fine. So don't worry about gauge, okay? Just have some fun knitting these and make yourself or somebody else happy.
Now go get started! Christmas is here before you know it... go on, crank out those headbands, I am sure there are ladies in your family and circle of friends that would love to get one of these.
Okay, I need a cookie now. Lots of 'em.
Thanks for reading and until the next entry!
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