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Garter Stitch Headband

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Garter Stitch Headband

The Garter Stitch Headband on my head and the button view.

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This Garter Stitch Headband/Ear Warmer is a great project for a newer knitter who wants to learn how to shape knitting without a lot of fuss. The ends of the piece are triangular, but the vast majority of the work is knit straight.

A buttonhole adds additional skill and a chance to personalize the project, which can also be worn as a cowl when you're inside if you like.

Pair this with the matching Garter Stitch Armwarmers for a complete (and warm) look.

Materials:

  • about 85 yards of light-weight yarn (I used some Blue-faced Leicester I got at a fiber festival)
  • one pair size 6 US (4mm) knitting needles
  • a half-inch button (mine is from my stash)
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • sewing thread and needle for sewing button

Gauge:

20 stitches and 36 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 9 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch.

Size:

Piece is 4.75 inches wide and about 22 inches long, including the points.

Knitting the Ear Warmer:

  1. Cast on 3 stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. Knit 1, knit in the front and back, kfb. 5 sts.
  4. Knit 1 row.
  5. K1, kfb, k to 1 st from end, kfb, k1. 7 sts.
  6. Repeat last 2 rows until you have 25 sts.
  7. K straight until piece measures about 19 inches.
  8. K1, knit 2 together, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 23 sts.
  9. K 1 row.
  10. Repeat these 2 rows, then work decrease row once again. 19 sts.
  11. Knit 8, bind off 3, knit to end.
  12. Work decreases as established, casting on 3 stitches where they were bound off on previous row.
  13. Continue to decrease every other row until 3 sts remain.
  14. Bind off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends.

Using a sewing needle and thread, sew your button on the beginning part of the headband, roughly in the center of the triangle.

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