Honestly, I can't picture a better winter scenario than being at home on a cold night, sitting in a rocking chair by the fire, knitting and enjoying the company of my cat. To me, knitting is like comfort food: it gives you the same type of comfort that eating a big bowl of your mom's soup does (that was my inner grandma talking.)
I'm truly amazed with all the things you can create with two needles and a ball of yarn. But let's be honest, knitting is not cheap. Projects will often require more time and money than they are worth. Luckily, some lovely projects are easy, fast and cheap like scarves, headbands, slippers, and many others! I was browsing the Web recently and found this lovely ALDO headband. It was love at first sight!
I decided to make my own version of it (because it looked really easy to do) and share it with you. Here's the result:
To make this project, you'll need :
a yarn needle
a pair of scissors
With my pattern, you'll end up making two pieces.
A long one that goes all around your head.
And a small one that goes in the front.
The first step is to take the measurement of the circumference of your head.
Pattern for the bigger piece
*You should cast on 5 stitches for every inch of your head's circumference. My head has a circumference of 21 ½ inches, so I cast on 102 stitches.
Row 1: knit 2, purl 2, k2, p2, k2, p2... etc.
Row 2: purl 2, knit 2, p2, k2, p2, k2... etc.
Rows 3 - 9: repeat rows 1-2
Row 10: knit all
Row 11: purl all
Rows 12-19: repeat rows 10-11
Row 20-32: repeat rows 1- 2
Row 33: cast off
Pattern for the smaller piece
Cast on 30 stitches
Row 1: knit all
Row 2: purl all
Rows 3 - 30: repeat rows 1- 2
Row 31: cast off
How to assemble your two pieces together
Fold your smaller piece lengthwise and sew the two edges together with your yarn needle.
Crease each short end of your big piece into a zigzag and sew it to keep the shape.
Sew the creased ends onto the small piece near the edge of your stitch.
Fold the ends of the smaller piece over the bigger piece and sew them together.
Your headband is completed!
Here's what it looks like in real life:
Here's another headband I made two years ago. The pattern is here.
I found headbands super convenient for the weather here on the West coast. It's never cold enough to wear a tuque and the headband fits perfectly inside a bike helmet.
Otherwise, I find myself having a little bit of trouble wearing a tuque and a helmet. LOL.
I guess that I'll just have to keep it for my next garden gnome Halloween costume.