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How to Knit a Headband with a Fair Isle Snowflake Pattern

This headband allows you to try different patterns and experiment with color combinations while knitting a simple rectangle. For project, work in the round following the snowflake motif chart and changing colors as indicated.

[Credit: ©Marly Bird]
Credit: ©Marly Bird

Here are the materials and vital statistics for this project:

  • Measurements: 21 inches x 3 inches

  • Yarn: 100% Peruvian highland wool, 164 yards per 1.76 ounces (50 grams)

    • Color A: Light Gray (or color of your choice), 1 ball

    • Color B: Light Pink (or color of your choice), 1 ball

    • Color C: White (or color of your choice), 1 ball

  • Needles: One 16-inch size US 5 (3-1/2 mm) circular needle or dpns to work in the round

  • Other materials: Stitch marker, yarn needle to weave in ends

  • Gauge: 24 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette stitch (6 stitches per 1 inch)

Create your headband:

  1. Using Color A, cast on 112 sts. Place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round, and then join to work in the round.

    Start with 4 rounds of garter stitch to give the headband a nice border edge. Remember, garter stitch in the round is a combination of 1 purl (or knit) row followed by 1 knit (or purl) row.

  2. For the body of the headband, work in stockinette stitch. Knit 2 rounds even and follow the chart in Figure 13-10 for the snowflake motif. Keep the background stitches in Color A throughout, but work the motif stitches as follows:

    Rounds 1–4: Color B

    Rounds 5–9: Color C

    Rounds 10–13: Color B

    • Knit 2 rounds even in Color A.

    • Work 3 rounds in garter stitch and bind off.

  3. Finishing: Weave in loose ends and block gently with steam.

    Snowflake Fair Isle chart.
    Snowflake Fair Isle chart.
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