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Heart Headband

Heart Headband.

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Heartfelt Knit:

This cute little heart headband is super easy to knit in an evening or two, and it doesn't take that much more time or yarn to make one for an adult than it does to make one for a baby.

The red and pink yarns shown make for a nice contrast, but use whatever color scrap yarn you have on hand to make this one. In a color other than pink it reads less Valentine's Day and more cutesy all year round.

Materials:

  • between 40 and 50 yards of medium weight red yarn, or color of your choice for the body of the headband (wool is best choice)
  • scrap of light weight yarn, less than 5 yards, in contrasting color for heart (I used pink)
  • one pair size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
  • one pair size 2 US (2.5 mm) knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

20 stitches and 36 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch (5 stitches and 9 rows per inch). Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished headband is 2 inches wide and can be made to any length to fit from an infant to adult.

Instructions:

  1. With main yarn and larger needles, cast on 10 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch, about 10 inches for a newborn to 6 month old, 12 inches for a toddler, 14 inches for a younger child and 16 inches for an adult (piece will stretch a lot, particularly if you use wool -- if your yarn is less stretchy, make a bit longer).
  3. Bind off, cut yarn, and sew cast on and bound off edges together. Alternatively, you can fold the piece so the live stitches and cast on stitches are facing each other and work through the cast on edge along with a stitch from the needle to bind off as if working a three-needle bind off, only with two needles.
  4. Using contrasting yarn and smaller needles, cast on 3 stitches.
  5. Knit in the front and back, knit 1, knit in front and back.
  6. Knit in front and back, knit to last stitch, knit in front and back.
  7. Repeat this row, 7 stitches.
  8. Knit 1 row straight.
  9. Knit the increase row 2 more times, 11 stitches.
  10. Knit 2 rows straight.
  11. Work the increase row again, 13 stitches.
  12. Knit one row straight, then increase again, 15 stitches. Knit 1 row and increase again, 17 stitches.
  13. Knit 10 rows.
  14. Bind off 1, knit 6, bind off 1. Turn the work.
  15. Knit 7.
  16. Bind off 1, knit 4, bind off 1. Turn.
  17. Knit 5.
  18. Bind off 1, Knit 2, bind off 1. Turn.
  19. Knit 3.
  20. Bind off 1, knit 1. Turn.
  21. Knit 2.
  22. Knit 2 together. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.
  23. Join yarn to the stitches that haven't been worked, bind off 1, knit 5, bind off 1.
  24. Knit 6.
  25. Bind off 1, knit 3, bind off 1.
  26. Knit 4.
  27. Bind off 1, knit 1, bind off 1.
  28. Knit 2.
  29. Knit 2 together. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.
  30. Sew the heart to the headband using contrasting yarn.

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