Friday, August 17, 2007

Gimbiya's Headband

I've been doing a bit too much talking so far: Too much tell and not nearly enough show. So I thought this post ought to include at least one original creation and the pattern. I'm happy to have you make it for yourself or for a nice little present for someone else, but please do not make it to sell. That's a big no-no.

I made this headband for a dear friend visiting us from Washington, D.C. last weekend. She has incredibly thick and curly hair, and I thought she would like this. (I haven't sent it yet, so this will be a nice little surprise for her.) The back of the headband is finished in garter stitch, for stretch, then stitched together with mattress stitch, but you could join it any way you like.


Shine Sport, by KnitPicks, 50g/110 yards per ball, 60% Pima cotton 40% Modal
1 ball in 'Coral'
One tapestry needle

Finished Length before joining: 19"
Finished width after blocking: 2-3/4"

6 stitches per inch in stockinette

Note: this headband was made to accommodate African American hair. My daughter, who modeled the headband in the photo, said it could have been 1" to 1-1/2" shorter for her.
Each ball of yarn will make 2 headbands.
Headband is made vertically all in one piece.

Cast on 13 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): k1, p2, ssk, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, k2 tog, p1,k1,p1
Row 2: k1,purl until two stitches before the end, k1, p1 last two stitches
Row 3: k1, p2, ssk, k5, k2 tog, p1, k1, p1
Row 4: k1, p1, k1, p7, k2, p1
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 16-1/2" then:
Do garter stitch rows (knit every row) for 2"

Bind off and join. Block to 2-3/4" width.


  1. This is a *pretty* headband! Using garter stitch for the stretch portion is such a good idea.

    I'm next going to try this in self-striping yarn :)

  2. Hi! I made this headband yesterday and it's really pretty! Thanks for the pattern! :-)
    There is a mistake in row 2, though!! The way the pattern is written, there are too many stitches at the end of the row! ;-)

  3. Hi Gizmalley, thanks for the feedback; I'll fix the error ... don't know why no one mentioned it before now, though. Thanks for your kind words, and enjoy!

  4. I'm just doing this also, and on doing row 3 I also have an extra stitch. What do u advise??

  5. I'm just doing this also, and on doing row 3 I also have an extra stitch. What do u advise??


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