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Moss Stitch Headband

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Moss Stitch Headband

Moss Stitch Headband.

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Texture Times Two:

This Moss Stitch Headband is a super quick and easy project, using two strands of medium weight wool held together. I chose this as a way to spotlight some yarn dyed with Kool-Aid, but you can use yarn of any color that you dyed or that is commercially dyed.

The two colors of yarn give this project even more texture than the Moss Stitch already provides, but you can also knit it with just one color if you prefer.

Materials:

  • about 50 yards each of two different colors of medium weight yarn (I used wool, one dyed with Kool-Aid and one plain white)
  • one pair size 10 US (6 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical, but I got about 3 stitches and 4 rows per inch in Moss Stitch with two strands held together.

Size:

Finished headband is about 3 inches wide and 20 inches long, to fit an average adult female. To alter the size, make the band about 3 inches smaller than the head it's designed to fit.

Instructions:

  1. Holding a strand of each ball of yarn together throughout, cast on 10 stitches.
  2. Work in Moss Stitch as follows:

    Rows 1 and 2: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

    Rows 3 and 4: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

  3. Continue in pattern until piece measures about 20 inches.
  4. To finish, either bind off and sew the cast on and bound off edges together or hold the cast on edge behind the left-hand needle with the stitches on it, wrong sides together and knit through the cast on edge along with the stitch on the needle, as you would do in a three-needle bind off. Knit two stitches in this manner and bind off in the standard way, continuing across the row.
  5. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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