Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Simple Headband/Ear-Warmer (Knit Pattern)




Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" in Red)
  • Size 8 16" Circular Knitting Needle
  • Stitch Marker

Abbreviations:

  • K: knit
  • P: purl
  • Sts: stitches
     

Gauge:

4 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Size:

Child or Adult

Notes:

The flower is crocheted, but apparently the pattern I used is no longer available, so here is one that is very close you can try instead. Any knit or crocheted flower, or practically any other embellishment, would look just as good. And if you're not so into embellishments I think it looks pretty good just on it's own as well!

(Sorry about the slightly blurry picture!)


For a child:

Cast on 84 sts. Place stitch marker.
Rows 1-5: K2, P2
Rows 6-10: Knit all sts
Row 11: Purl all sts
Row 12: Knit all sts
Row 13: Purl all sts
Rows 14-18: Knit all sts
Rows 19-23: K2, P2
**Bind off loosely. (If you bind off tightly your headband/ear-warmer will not stretch.)
Weave in ends.
 

For an Adult:

Cast on 92 sts. Place stitch marker.
Rows 1-6: K2, P2
Rows 7-12: Knit all sts
Row 13: Purl all sts
Row 14: Knit all sts
Row 15: Purl all sts
Rows 16-21: Knit all sts
Rows 22-27: K2, P2
**Bind off loosely. (If you bind off tightly your headband/ear-warmer will not stretch.)
Weave in ends.
 

Note about binding off:

I flip my headband/ear-warmer inside out and bind off in the opposite direction than I've been knitting because I think it looks better, with a more "finished" look, this way.
 

81 comments:

  1. Devin, do you know how much yarn it takes to make the adult size?

    Debbie

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  2. I don't know exactly. Considerably less than 1 skein of Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" if that's helpful at all.

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  3. This pattern is fabulous! I've been cranking them out for holiday gifts, and I am in love with the way they look! Thanks so much!

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  4. where,s the pattern for flower?

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  5. This is gorgeous! I can't wait to start one. I'm just finishing up a hat, but I think think this is more of what I need, and the pattern is so classy!

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  6. The flower is the "Simple Rosette Flower" from Crocheterie.

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  7. What is the finished size for the adult hat?

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  8. Neither of the links for the rosette work. Can you direct me to another place to find the pattern?

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  9. The rosette is from "Crocheterie" on etsy, but her shop is on vacation right now. I can look for another pattern that is similar though. Do you crochet as well, or just knit?

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  10. I'm not entirely sure. I'll have to knit it up and get a measurement. It has fit every adult female I've gifted one to so far though, if that's helpful.

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  11. Definitely helpful! I'm using Berroco Ultra Alpaca which is worsted weight. Thanks!

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  12. Ok! Since the rosette I used isn't currently available (the etsy shop is on vacation), I've found some alternatives.

    Rosa Flower (you'll need a Ravelry account for this one, and it's $3.99): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rosa-flower
    Irish Rose: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/492.html
    I don't know what this one is called but it's free and the English version is at the bottom: http://boomieboomie.blogspot.com/2011/11/een-sjaal-met-een-bloem-en-een.html
    This one isn't a rosette but is still really pretty and free: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-flower-accent-free-pattern.html



    There aren't as many knitted options, but here's what I've found for those of you who don't crochet as well:

    Rose: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/501.html





    If anyone else has found more options they like, especially knit options, please feel free to link to them!

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  13. I made this in one night for my daughter, super easy (which I need:)) and super cute, thank you! I pinned it as I will be making it again;

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  14. Do you have to use circular needles or can you just use regular US size8 needles?

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  15. The pattern is written to be knit in the round, so yes, you would need circular needles to follow the pattern as it is written. If you are interested in doing it on straight needles let me know and I can convert the pattern for you to flat knitting that is seamed at the end.

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  16. I would love it with straight needles, I am a beginner and the circular scare me.
    Thank you,
    Deb

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  17. I will work on it soon for you, Deb! :-)
    But you should try circulars sometime -- they're not as scary as they seem!

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  18. can you do one like this but with the ends narrowed? and a button?

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  19. If you give me a few weeks I can try to come up with something.

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  20. Hi,
    this is a fantastic pattern, just what I have been looking for. Is the needle size 8 a USA 8 or a UK 8? I am in the UK and am using a baby double knit wool... Also, could I use 2 strands held together and use a slightly bigger needle size? For example 2 strands of baby DK with a 6 or 6.5mm needle?
    Sorry for all the questions!
    Thanks, Lisa x

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  21. It's 8US, so 5mm. I would think that you could use a 6 or 6.5mm needle if you adjusted the number of stitches you cast on. You'd probably have to do a little trial and error.

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  22. I would love more options for a knitted flat flower because I do not crochet.

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  23. I linked one a little higher up in the comments. There really just aren't as many flower options for knitting as with crocheting, but I did another google search and came up with these ...

    • Knitted Rosette - http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/12/20/free-knitted-rosette-pattern.aspx
    • Gerbera (just leave off the stalk) - http://www.oddknit.com/patterns/flowers/gerberas.html
    • Knitted Flower - http://www.flickr.com/photos/norwayneedles/121174825
    • Cabbage Rose - http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/nicky-epstein
    • Dahlia - http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=497&language=&serviceId=801&letterId=54529
    • Fiori - http://www.bluealvarez.com/bluealva/patterns/fiori.html
    • Knit Flower - http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/flower02k.htm
    • Plethora of Petals - http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTpetals.html
    • A Knitted Flower - http://misscraftyfingers.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/a-knitted-flower-with-pattern/

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  24. I only have straight needles and I did the pattern exactly as you wrote it then just hand sewed the ends inside out. It turned out great! Thanks for making such a simple and quick pattern. Thanks for also being willing to share your talent. :)

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  25. Am I wrong in assuming when you get to rows 7-12 that you knit row 7, purl row 8, that is alternate knit and purl rows? I have followed the instructions but do not get a flat area like you have shown in the photo.

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  26. If you are knitting in the round (on double-pointed needles or a circular needle) you should be knitting every stitch, every row for rows 7-12. That gives you the stockinette stitch pattern that is shown.

    If you are knitting flat (on straight needles) you would need to alternate knitting one row, purling the next, because that would give you stockinette stitch with flat knitting -- where you're flipping your work front to back instead of knitting in a continuous round.

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  27. Thanks so much, Devin. I was, indeed, using straight needles.

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  28. Here is the flat knitting version, Deb: http://devinlikestoknit.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/a-simple-headbandear-warmer-flat-knitting-version/

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  29. Am I doing something wrong? I get to the last part where it says 22-27 k2 pl 2 for the rib stitch, but it just doesn't turn out, the way the rib did when I started out. What is wrong? Started over more then once, and still doesn't work out? Im using circular needles. Please get back to me, I appreciate your cooperation.

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  30. Thanks so much for the tip about binding off in reverse! It does make a difference! This was the the finish to a set of scarf/leg warmers and now earwarmer for a young teen granddaughter -- again thanks!

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  31. Great pattern, just finished my first, love that the instructions are understandable.

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  32. love the pattern.....going to get going on next year.......wondered if you have the tapered and button pattern finished yet

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  33. I want to make this for a man - how should I adjust the pattern?

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  34. I have not yet! I've been super busy, but it is still on my list to do!

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  35. Still havent answered my question from November 5 th Sandee. Rows 11-27 k2 p2 for the last rib stitches, doesnt turn out for me. It was perfect a the beging. I am using circular needles. Please answer my ques. I appreciate your cooperation.

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  36. I'm sorry I overlooked your question. Please keep in mind this is a free pattern and I do have other priorities, such as my children, etc, that sometimes make it more than a little difficult to keep up with comments on this blog.

    If the k2 p2 stitches don't turn out for you, your count is probably off. If you still have the original 84 or 92 stitches you cast on, depending on the size you're knitting up, the k2 p2 stitches should work just fine.

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  37. I would increase the cast on stitches by 4 to 8, depending on how large you feel his head is in comparison to an average adult woman's head. Knitting up a swatch might help determine how many stitches (in multiples of 4 so you keep the 2x2 rib) you need to increase the pattern by.

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  38. I love this pattern! I just finished it and added a knit cabbage rose (I didn't feel like learning how to crochet just now); I'm going to make one for my sister-in-law too! Thank you!

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  39. Is there a specific cast on that you suggest? I'm new to circular knitting and am still looking for a good stretchy cast on.

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  40. Generally I just use the long-tail cast on. I've never had a problem with it not being stretchy enough.

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  41. How do you do the flower?

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with us. I made one headband using the child's size pattern, then went "all out" and using a bulky weight yarn, decreased the number of rows of pattern. I can't believe it actually came out! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  43. I would love to see it if you want to share! You add your project to the Ravelry page for my pattern if you'd like!

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  44. The one I used is a crochet pattern and unfortunately is unavailable right now as the Etsy shop owner is on vacation.

    If you crochet you can try one of these instead:
    • Rosa Flower (you’ll need a Ravelry account for this one, and it’s $3.99): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rosa-flower
    • Irish Rose: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/492.html
    • I don’t know what this one is called but it’s free and the English version is at the bottom: http://boomieboomie.blogspot.com/2011/11/een-sjaal-met-een-bloem-en-een.html
    • This one isn’t a rosette but is still really pretty and free: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-flower-accent-free-pattern.html

    Or if you only knit, you can try any of these:
    • Rose: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/501.html
    • Knitted Rosette – http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/12/20/free-knitted-rosette-pattern.aspx
    • Gerbera (just leave off the stalk) – http://www.oddknit.com/patterns/flowers/gerberas.html
    • Knitted Flower – http://www.flickr.com/photos/norwayneedles/121174825
    • Cabbage Rose – http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/nicky-epstein
    • Dahlia – http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=497&language=&serviceId=801&letterId=54529
    • Fiori – http://www.bluealvarez.com/bluealva/patterns/fiori.html
    • Knit Flower – http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/flower02k.htm
    • Plethora of Petals – http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTpetals.html
    • A Knitted Flower – http://misscraftyfingers.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/a-knitted-flower-with-pattern/

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  45. Elisabeth DishartMay 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Living in the UK , I'm always slightly puzzled by US sizes etc. What wool should I buy to knit the head band? Would it be double knit or chunky? Dying to knit this for my daughter-in-law!! Lovely pics

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  46. Here's a chart that might help clarify yarn sizes (especially if they're different in the US vs the UK) - http://www.vogueknitting.com/portals/vk/howto/patternreading/yarn_weight.gif

    I used worsted weight for this pattern, so a medium weight yarn. Hopefully that chart helps!

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  47. Elisabeth DishartJune 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Many thanks, Devin. Just what I needed!! Love your site. It is great and gives me so many ideas!!

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  48. When do you join in the round ? Before placing stitch marker.

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  49. Dolores A WestcottOctober 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I have just finished ;your "A Simple Headband/Ear-Warmer . I knitted all the stitches when I bond off. I do not know if this right. Should I have bond in the K2P2 pattern?

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  50. I generally bind of in the pattern, but as long as it looks visually appealing to you it does not matter. Just make sure you bound of loosely enough that it is still stretchy.

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  51. I always place the stitch marker and then join.

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  52. When you say knit all stitches, do you mean knit RS, purl WS? The photo looks like stockinette stitch but knitting both sides would come out garter stitch?

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  53. If you are knitting the flat version (which can be found here) then yes, you want to knit the "right side" and purl the "wrong side". This post is for the pattern knit in the round, so you would knit all stitches, every row, because you are always working on the "right side".

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  54. Ah yes I forgot it was in the round! Is there anything else I'd need to change?

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  55. Just seen the flat version link at the top! Sorry!

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  56. I finished the simple headband (working in the round). I bound off the last row of stitches in pattern and found that the opening on that side of the headband was wider than the cast on side. Am I doing something wrong? I used the same size circular needle throughout. Should I have used a smaller needle to bind off. Would this bring in the opening? I love the pattern and want to knit for my granddaughters.

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  57. Hi sorry to ask a stupid question but I'm new to knitting and was wondering after placing the stitch marker do I join the ends together?

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  58. You don't need to use a smaller needle to bind off. You could try just binding off a little tighter if it seems too loose though. It's most likely a simple fix of tension. Hope that helps!

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  59. Yes, ma'am. That's why you place the stitch marker; because once you join the ends you'll lose your "beginning", so the marker marks it for you.

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  60. I love this pattern and I'm dying to make one of these, however I don't want to have to buy a new circular needle if I don't have to, so my question is how crucial is it to have a 16" needle? I currently have a 32".

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  61. Also, I'm fairly new to knitting, what is the "right side" and the "wrong side?"

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  62. You could use your 32" circular if you use the magic loop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSpc0EZpnk

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  63. The "right" side and the "wrong" side are basically the same as if you were talking about the "right" side of your shirt or the "wrong" side (inside). The "right" side is the side that faces out, the "wrong side" is the side that does not face out.

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  64. Awesome! Thank you! I've never knit anything round before so I'm excited!

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  65. What an amazing technique the magic loop thanks this is going to be a big help :D xx

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  66. Love the pattern can't wait to try it

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  67. I just made this headband/earwarmer and used a flower pattern from veryberryhandmade.co.uk called "a frothy flower." It turned out great! Thank you so much for the pattern. My cousin will love it (it's part of her secret santa gift)! The only thing is that I only had to cast on 60 st to make it fit an adult? Not sure what I did wrong, but regardless it worked nicely.

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  68. It is just a difference of gauge. That's why it's so important to check your gauge before following any patterns. Glad it worked out! :-)

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  69. I love this pattern. It was first time making anything with circular needles. It was so much fun. I did the child size and it fits my 7 year old nicely. I am wanting to make one for my 2 1/2 year old but I'm new to knitting. How do I figure out how to do this pattern to fit my 2 year old?

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  70. I would reduce the number of stitches you cast on to 76 or 80 depending on the size of her head. My son is 3 and my daughter is 5.5, and their heads are basically the same size, so it really just depends on the difference between their head sizes. If the child sized pattern is just a little big, cast on 80. If it's more than just a little big, cast on 76 stitches. Hope that helps! :-)

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  71. thanks! I can't wait to make another one :)

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  72. So nice that you provide your patterns for free - I'm looking forward to knitting this, thanks :-)

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  73. Thanks for sharing Devin! Cute I know my grands will like this one.

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  74. I am trying to find the yard you used. I know you used Hobby Lobby I love this yarn red but when I was in the website there is a lot of Hobby Lobby I love this yarn. Can you tell me exactly and also where can I find it. Thanks

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  75. This is the exact yarn I used, and I bought it from my local Hobby Lobby store: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/red-i-love-this-yarn-solid-yarn-839357/

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  76. Trying to figure out if I should use the child or adult version for a 12 year old. Is there a way to measure my daughter head to figure out how many cast on I should use?

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  77. Hello thank you so much for the pattern, can you please tell me if I could knit this in a bulky yarn (I live in the very cold north) this would be ideal for our weather up here. Should I cast on less stitches if I do? Many Thanks Anne Gillooly

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  78. You could definitely use bulky yarn; I would go up a needle size and reduce your number of stitches by either 4 or 8 (depending on how big or small your head/the head you're making it for is).

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  79. Thanks for your quick reply Devin, I will let you know how it goes.

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  80. Could someone please explain to me how to bind off in the opposite direction . I usually only use the basic bind off way when finishing my piece. Thank you.

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