Thursday, September 17, 2015

Not Quite a Blizzard - a Pattern

Not Quite a Blizzard: a headband

Not Quite a Blizzard is a warm and thick turban style headband great for late fall and early winter. You could wear it over or under a hat for extra warmth. The squishy weave of the fabric created leaves the headband nice and breathable.

NQB knits up super quick and is great for when you need some instant knitting gratification. You should be able to complete it in less than that two hours, unless you get distracted by the internets while you're knitting like I do, then it may take you a bit longer.

Materials Needed:

1 skein Lion Brand Thick & Quick Super Bulky Yarn (or any other Super Bulky yarn)
US 11 knitting needles
Tapestry Needle
Scrap Yarn
Crochet Hook (optional)


k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarnover
sl1pw - slip 1 purlwise
brk - brioche knit (knit together yarnover and knit stitch made in previous row)
k2tog - knit 2 together

Provisional Crochet cast on 18 stitches (or any even number of stitches that you prefer for the width of your headband + 6 extra stitches) with your scrap yarn.

Push first 3 loops off of needle and then with Main Yarn knit 12 stitches (leaving a 9 inch tail). Drop last 3 loops.

Foundation Row: *yo, sl1pw, k1* repeat from *to* to the end of the row.

Row 1:  *yo, sl1pw, brk 1 (or k2tog)* repeat *to* to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 1 until fabric measures about 18 inches long from cast on edge or when wrapped around your head unstretched you have about an inch or two gap.

If starting with a yarn over makes no sense to you written, hop on over to Hands Occupied to see what it looks like when knit. She has a great video showing how to knit the first two rows right handed AND left handed.

Bind Off Row: *p1, k2tog* repeat from *to* until end of row. You should have 12 stitches on your needle or the number of stitches you started with. (When I bind off I try to make sure my tails end up on the same side.)

Leave stitches on needle, cut a 9 inch tail.

With other needle pick up cast on stitches (12 original knit stitches) and then unzip provisional crochet cast on. Weave cast on tail through cast on stitches and weave cast off tail through cast off stitches. Then weave cast on tail through cast off stitches and cast off tail through cast on stitches.

Pull taut. With both tails on the same side (top or bottom) tie a knot. Thread them onto one needle and weave through cast on and cast off loops several times to secure ends and then cut excess yarn.

Wear and be the envy of all your friends and enemies too.

You can also create a moebius style headband by twisting the fabric once and then grafting the two ends together for a different look.

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