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Mambo Headband


One of the Quickest Knits Ever
Mambo Headband

The Mambo Headband as a headband and necklace.

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Sometimes a yarn presents a bit of a challenge. So it was with Lion Brand's Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo, a super-bulky yarn made up of roving wrapped in nylon thread that comes in a skein of just 5 yards.

I wanted to come up with something to do with it that would use just one skein, which allows you to knit up a really, really fast project for yourself or as a gift for around $6.

The result is this easy-as-can be headband/necklace. Even if you have no knitting experience, you can whip one of these up in no time. You don't even really have to knit it; you could finger knit this project from start to finish in about 10 minutes! (It will take only slightly longer if you use actual knitting needles.)


  • one skein Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo (I used color 510, Purple Caterpillar); this project will use about 4 yards
  • one pair size 13 US (10 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure and scissors


Gauge is not critical for this project.


Finished headband is 1 inch wide and 22 inches around, to fit the average adult woman, but can easily be altered for heads of different sizes.

Knitting the Headband:

  1. Make a slip knot.
  2. Knit for about 22 inches, or to desired length.
  3. Cut yarn, thread through live stitch and pull tight.
  4. Tie the yarn ends together and use your fingers to hide the ends
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