The gift list is dwindling down to the last scribble of names, and still there is a stack of gifts to wrap, cookies to bake and a tangle of yarn ends to sew in before the yuletide festivities. Trying to keep up with all the last minute projects can get a little overwhelming especially when the selection of yarns is so enticing, and the pattern inspiration, well it just never sleeps. At this point on the calendar, the trick is to keep it simple by picking beautiful yarns to knit smaller luxury items that are less time-consuming.
To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns in total that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head-to-toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree. Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.
WEEK FOUR- Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…….while it is toasty warm inside and a new knitting project is underway, a cosy headband adorned with a flower in deep sapphire blue.
SAPPHIRE FLOWER HEADBAND
Width- 10 cm/ 4 ins
Length- 53 cm/ 21 ins (buttoned)
Needles: 4.50 mm
Tension: 24 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over k2/p2 ribbing
Cast on 11 sts.
Row 1– P2, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, p2
Row 2– K2, [p1, k1] rep to last 3 sts, p1, k2
Rep these 2 rows 4 more times then rep row 1 once more.
Row 12– K2, M1K (lift horizontal bar between two sts from back to front onto left needle, k this st), [p1, k1] rep to last 3 sts, p1, M1K, k2.
Row 13– P3 [k1, p1] rep to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
Row 14, 15, 16, 17– work sts as set.
Row 18– K2, M1P (lift horizontal bar between two sts from back to front onto left needle, p this st), [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, M1P, k2.
Row 19– P2, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, p2.
Row 20, 21, 22, 23– work sts as set.
Rep Rows 12-23 once more, then rep rep rows 12-19 once more = 23 sts. Cont in rib pattern as set until work meas 20 cm/ 8 ins ending with a WS row.
Next Row– K2, k2tog, rib to last 4 sts, ssk, k2.
Work 5 rows as set.
Next Row– K2, p2tog, rib to last 4 sts, p2tog, k2.
Work 5 rows as set.
Rep last 12 rows 2 more times = 11 sts.
Work 2 rows as set.
Make Buttonhole: K2, p1, k1, cast off 3 sts, rib to end.
Next Row– P2, k1, p1, cast on 3 sts, rib to end.
Work 5 more rows as set. Cast off.
Sew button to correspond with buttonhole.
Cast on 51 sts.
K 1 row.
Work 4 rows in st st beginning with a k row.
Next Row– K1, [cast off 9 sts], rep 4 more times = 6 sts remaining on needle.
Cut yarn and draw through rem 6 sts, tighten and secure.
Sew side seam of flower.
Cast on 2 sts.
Row 1– inc in each st = 4 sts
K 4 rows.
Next Row- [K2tog] twice
Next Row– K2tog.
Tie cast off and cast on tails together tightly to form a small bobble.
Attach to centre of flower.
Sew finished flower to side of headband.
Design by: Michele Meadows