Welcome to the knits by emma entry for the 2013 Crafty Football Blog Hop! Crafters from various disciplines have gotten together to bring you some projects that will get you geared up for a great season. There’s a reason we love this time of year, so get in touch with your creative side, and while you scream at the TV all of Sunday afternoon, GET CRAFTING!
Anyone who has actually met or spoken to me is probably aware that I am a massive Green Bay Packers fan. Growing up in Minnesota as the daughter of a hardcore Cheesehead and Wisconsin native wasn’t always smooth sailing amongst the throng of rabid Vikings supporters. But my sisters and I never lost faith in our boys and taunted and heckled our peers right back, knowing our team would (and does) always come out on top!
For this tutorial I decided to design a piece that combined my love of the Green and Gold with my passion of knitting headbands. This was designed to be unisex. It’s also a quick little project and would suit most any skill level.
Fan Enough headband
- 1 skein in main color (MC) – approx. 54m (Debbie Bliss cashmerino Aran 50g ball)
- 1 skein in contrasting color (CC) – approx. 63m (Loyal machine-washable DK/8ply)*
- A 5mm, 40cm circular needle (US size 8, 16” circular needle)
- 1 stitch marker (SM)
- 1 tapestry needle
Gauge and tips:
18 sts and 24 rows for a 10cm square
I chose two different yarn weights because of the colors available at my local yarn store, but this headband would best be done on *two Aran/Worsted weight yarns. The DK will knit up looser on a 5mm needle, but it shouldn’t be so loose that it becomes holey. Knit consistently, don’t pull it too tight or it won’t stretch as nicely over the head. Always change colors at the beginning of a round. Pay close attention to which rows are in MC and which are in CC.
Cast on (CO) 74 sts in CC and join in the round. Place SM to indicate the beginning of a new round. (TIP: I sometimes cast on an extra stitch and knit the first and last stitch together [k2tog] when joining in the round to make it smoother and firmer)
Rows 1-6: Purl in MC
Row 7: Purl in CC
Rows 8-11: Knit in CC
Rows 12-17: Purl in MC
Rows 18-23 Purl in CC
Row 24: Purl in MC
Rows 25-28: Knit in MC
Rows 29-34: Purl in CC
Bind off (BO) loosely in MC (TIP: I recommend this article on Crafsy)
Weave in ends using tapestry needle. Take care when weaving in the loose ends; you don’t want to make it too tight, especially in the CO and BO areas.
Block lightly if need be.