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headbandsWarm Headbands

Pattern by Rob Matyska.  Copyright Rob Matysta 2000, 2014. All rights reserved. Posted at Bev's Country Cottage with permission
Make several, tuck them in your coat pockets and then give them out to the homeless, or others who just might be cold.  Great gift for teenagers, foster care kids, schools in need etc

2 x 1 Ribbed Knitted Headband (standing up)

Finished size fits any head from teenager to adult, due to the “give” in the final product.
Materials:
Approx 1.5-2 oz Lion Brand JIFFY (or any similar fiber)
4.5 mm (US 7) double-point knitting needle set (or a 12” circular needle)
Tapestry needle
Gauge: Not overly important, due to the elasticity of the project. But if you know you knit tighter than most, use a larger needle; more loosely—go down a size.
*Cast on 81 stitches and distribute evenly across three double-point needles. Taking good care to avoid twisting the stitches, join start/end of cast on stitches to form a circle. Work in a k2 p1 pattern around (27 repeats in all).
Work even for about 4” (10 cm).
Bind off LOOSELY in pattern stitch.Weave in ends.
 

1 x 1 Ribbed Knitted Headband (center of picture)  Finished size fits any head from teenager to adult, due to the “give” in the final product.

Materials: Approx 1.5-2 oz Lion Brand JIFFY (or any similar fiber)
4.5 mm (US 7) double-point knitting needle set (or a 12” circular needle),  Tapestry needleGauge: Not overly important, due to the elasticity of the project. But if you know you knit tighter than most, use a larger needle; more loosely—go down a size.

*Cast on 80 stitches and distribute evenly across three double-point needles. Taking good care to avoid twisting the stitches, join start/end of cast on stitches to form a circle. Work in a k1 p1 pattern around.
Work even for about 4” (10 cm). Bind off LOOSELY in pattern stitch. Weave in ends.



 
Crocheted Ripple Headband (bottom of picture)
Finished size fits any head from teenager to adult, due to the “give” in the final product.
Materials: Approx 2 oz Lion Brand JIFFY (or any similar fiber)
US G/H crochet hook (just a suggestion, depending on how your tension typically works out)
Tapestry needle
*Chain 15. Turn and, working in the BACK LOOPS ONLY of the chain foundation row, single crochet (sc) in the second stitch from the end and in each remaining chain (14 sc). Chain 1 and turn, without skipping the initial stitch on each new row.
*Working in the BACK LOOPS ONLY of the preceding row of sc stitches, sc in each stitch across (14 sc). Chain 1 and turn (as before). Repeat until you have about 16”of work .Finish off, leaving a long tail (about 8 or 10 inches) for joining.
*Matching one stitch from the chain row to one sc from the final row, carefully seam the two ends together into a circular headband. Weave in your ends.
Notes: I made one crocheted and one knitted headband out of a single 2.5-ounce skein of JIFFY, and I’m sure about 3 ounces (or less) of any similar yarn would work, especially worsted or bulky weight. The fluff of the JIFFY makes the headbands particularly soft, and it traps body heat better than plain worsted. Best of all, the finished products are machine washable. JIFFY has been on sale frequently at major craft store chains, and I got mine for $1 a skein earlier this fall.
I tried doing the knitted version in a stockinette stitch, but the top/bottom rolled badly. Garter stitch might work out fine, but it takes more rows (and more fiber), so I went with ribbing patterns.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions or comments   matyska@hotmail.com

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