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Head On Earwarmer
I was taught how to knit right around the time I was learning to read. 25+ years later, and I’m still always hankering for new quick-fix projects. Regardless of how much experience you have under your belt, everyone likes a little instant gratification sometimes. But while these projects may be quick-n-easy to some of us, my greatest joy comes from seeing the excitement in a new knitter’s eyes when they realize they can make it too.
That was exactly my goal when I created the Head On - Earwarmer Pattern Download, and two kits to go with it. This project uses just 40-50 yards of Bear Creek yarn by Kraemer, a big bulky wooly yarn that features a uniquely wavy construction. This waviness comes from a super thin nylon thread which is wrapped around the fluffy wool. This not only provides added strength, but it also creates a nice, rustic texture.
Walnut Torte (our color 1816) was the color I chose for my first headband, which was inspired by my love of turbans. Simple moss stitch amps up the natural texture of this yarn, making mistakes harder to spot (perfect for new knitters!). First knit a rectangle long enough to stretch around your head, then make another shorter rectangle to sew around the first one. It’s that simple! Here are the details:
Head On Earwarmer – Free Pattern
• US 15 straight knitting needles
• 1 skein Bear Creek yarn by Kraemer (or approximately 45 yards bulky weight yarn)
• Tapestry needle
Cast on 9 stitches. Establish moss stitch as follows:
Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Rows 2 & 3: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
Row 4: Work same as Row 1.
Continue in moss stitch until headband measures approximately 19.5″, or until the piece fits around your head, slightly stretched. Bind off all stitches knit-wise. Break yarn, leaving a long tail to be used for sewing center seam.
Fold headband in half and sew the two short edges together. Set aside.
Cast on 7 stitches. Work in moss stitch until piece measures 5″. Bind off all stitches knit-wise, leaving a long tail for sewing.
To finish, wrap center piece around headband seam with both short ends meeting in front. Sew these short ends together, then turn center piece inside out. Adjust center pieces so that its seam is on the inside of the headband, and so that it covers the headband seam. Weave in ends.
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One skein of Bear Creek yarn by Kraemer will make two headbands with some yarn left over. \Don’t want to buy a whole skein for one little headband? The Head On Earwarmer Kit - Walnut Torte and Head On Earwarmer Kit - Blackberry Tart conveniently contain enough yarn to make just one, and the pattern is included so you won’t have to hunt this post down again.
Lastly, I never make a project without imagining how it would look knit up in a multitude of yarns. For brighter, machine washable headbands with just as much forgiving texture Caracol Yarn by Malabrigo would be awesome. If you’d rather have a solid colored piece with a more clearly defined moss stitch, Ushya Yarn by Mirasol is just the warm, soft yarn you need. Or, go through your stash and see what you come up with! Remember – you can also hold multiple strands of thinner yarn together to achieve a bulky gauge. So many options, you might have to make this more than once. Better start knitting!
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