Knitting For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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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.

About This Article

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About the book authors:

Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet.

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