December 31, 2017: I am adding a pdf at the bottom of this post and some basic instructions for knitting the band that I used for the center. Nice people often email me to ask for the pattern and I email it to them. Originally, I hadn’t included it here because I didn’t want to take credit, so again it’s not my pattern – just a great one that I found on ravelry!
I made a few gifts for Christmas this year. I didn’t have a whole heck of a lot of time to knit so I wanted to find a good pattern that I also thought would knit up fairly quickly. I thought a headband might be a practical but fun gift, so I went looking for patterns. I found such a simple but fun to make pattern. It’s called the “It’s a Cinch Head Wrap”.
I used a Knit Picks Swish DK weight to make these. It’s a nice reasonably priced superwash wool, and I enjoy knitting with it.
You simply knit a garter stitch rectangle. Then you whip stitch the ends loosely. Next, you just gather it by pulling on the yarn ends.
In the pattern, the designer finished the headband by wrapping yarn around the gathered portion. I didn’t like this much, or rather, I was not able to make it look very nice so I looked at the other ravelry projects and found another person who had finished it in a different way. She knit a stockinette stitch strip, wrapped it around the gathered portion and sewed it securely in place. I love how this looks.
So I took some pictures of my headbands as shown above and again below:
Cute yes? But so much cuter modeled by my nieces and sister-in-law.
Her sister looked really cute in hers as well, but I failed miserably in my photos and ended up with two very blurry substandard pictures.
I love it on my sister in law.
And its versatility is demonstrated by how cute the same headband looks on my niece:
I think they are so cute on my beautiful models.
I plan to make more of these! I saw where Redheart has a reflective yarn. I’m going to try that out next I think.
Here is the PDF for the pattern: itsacinch
Also here is a basic guide to how I make the center strip: I estimate when I make the center trip. Typically, I make a stockinette strip about 9-10 stitches wide. I had to just knit it to a length that I felt would fit around the wrap the way I wanted it to, so I just kept folding it around the band until I thought it was the length it needed to be. Then I bound off, put it around the band, and sewed it together as tight as I thought I needed to make the band look the way I wanted to. It’s really pretty nice as there is no exact way it has to be done.