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Eyelet Headband

Eyelet Headband.

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Quick and Cute:

If you're looking for a different way to dress up your hair and a way to use a ball of yarn you might not otherwise have a use for, this Eyelet Headband fits the bill on both counts.

The long ends hang down, giving the headband a whimsical look, and the simple eyelet pattern makes the knitting interesting but doesn't distract from your pretty yarn.

This project takes about 100 yards of yarn and a couple of evenings to complete and would make a great gift for any woman who's always wondering what to do with her hair.

Materials:

  • one skein Berroco Latitude, or about 100 yards of funky medium weight cotton blend or other yarn
  • one pair size 4.5 US knitting needles
  • stitch holder or third knitting needle
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

About 6 stitches and 6.5 rows per inch. Gauge is not critical; use as many stitches as you need to get the width you want.

Size:

Finished piece is almost 2 inches wide and 48 inches long.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 3 stitches.
  2. Purl 1 row.
  3. Next row, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1.
  4. Purl next row.
  5. Next row, knit 1, yarn over, knit to within 2 stitches of end, yarn over, knit 1.
  6. Repeat these 2 rows until piece is the width of your choice (mine is 13 stitches).
  7. Continue to purl wrong side rows. On right side rows, knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to within 3 stitches of end, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1.
  8. Repeat those two rows until piece is 24 inches long. Slide stitches onto spare needle or stitch holder and make a second piece the same way.

Finishing the Headband:

Once you have two pieces that are the same length, with the triangle shape at one end, put each piece on a separate knitting needle and hold them together, wrong sides of the work facing each other.

Use the Kitchener stitch, or, if you want to make it really easy, the three-needle bind off to connect the two pieces.

Weave in ends. This project will benefit from blocking, and may still roll a bit in wearing.

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