Thursday, February 3, 2011

All Wrapped Up -- Bow Headband

All of the snow we've been getting lately has inspired me to write a new pattern. I can't have enough headbands -- and this one has a bow!




Description:
A headband/earwarmer worked flat using short rows to accomplish shaping. NOTE: wrap stitches if you want to avoid holes in your knitting that come from knitting short rows.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, approximately 150 yards.

Needles:
Size 8 straight needles


Ravelry Link to Project

Headwrap:

CO 80 stitches (cable cast on if you have a loose gauge like me)

Work in a 1x1 rib for 4 rows

Row 5: knit

Row 6: purl until 5 stitches remain, turn
Row 7: knit until 5 stitches remain, turn
Row 8: purl until 7 stitches remain, turn

Row 9: knit until 7 stitches remain, turn

Row 10: purl until 9 stitches remain, turn

Row 11: knit until 9 stitches remain, turn
Row 12: purl until 11 stitches remain, turn
Row 13: Knit until 11 stitches remain, turn
Row 14: Purl until 9 stitches remain, turn
Row 15: knit until 9 stitches remain, turn
Row 16: purl until 7 stitches remain, turn
Row 17: knit until 7 stitches remain, turn
Row 18: purl until 5 stitches remain, turn
Row 19: knit until 5 stitches remain, turn
Row 20: purl to end
Row 21: knit to end
Work in a 1x1 rib for 4 rows
Bind off loosely
Mattress stitch sides together



Bow:

CO 15 stitches

Work in St st until piece measures 8 inches

BO
Seam BO edge to CO edge

Wrap with yarn to create bow and sew to the smallest portion of the headwrap. Weave in all ends.

Happy Knitting!




85 comments:

  1. Just discovered your patterns on raverly and fell in love! It can be hard to find really cute patterns that are fun and youthful. I am casting on this pattern now and can't wait to read your next post!

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  2. I'm excited to make this. We just got blasted with a cold front and this is going to be very much needed! Thank you!

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  3. Just taught myself to knit and found this on ravelry. I didn't realize I would need circular needles for patterns with more cast on stitches but once I get mine I am making this. Thanx!
    -MsReyes423

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  4. Question - I'm a relatively new knitter and I'm really eager to make this little headwrap. However, I don't know what exactly you mean by "turn" - do you mean wrap & turn?

    Thanks for the help!

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  5. Yeah, wrap and turn. Youtube has great tutorials.

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    1. what is the size of the finished product supposed to be?

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    2. What does it mean by 5 stiches remain etc?

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  6. Excellent - I watched a couple of them already and it doesn't seem too difficult. I bought some great blue yarn and I can't wait to see how this turns out.

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  7. There is a headband that is almost exactly like this for sale on ModCloth for $20! I said to myself that I could make it, and now I will!

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  8. I just finished this and it came out great, the only thing is that your bow looks a lot larger than mine. I bound off at about 8.5 inches. Is it just the camera angle?

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  9. It could be the camera angle. I also stretched my bow out after wrapping it with yarn.

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  10. I want to try making this for my 10 year old sister. How many stitches should I reduce it to?

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  11. how old were you when you learned how to knit?

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  12. @Giselle:
    I would cast on 60 stitches

    @justice:
    I was either 18 or 19

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  13. I don't have any size 8 needles, so I have to use 11s. How many should I cast on?

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  14. @Dina: Do you have anything smaller, like 6 or 7s? 11s would work for a bulky yarn. You might have to experiment with it. I would try 60-65 stitches and see how that goes.

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  15. I don't have an especially large head (in fact, its a bit on the smallish side), but after finishing the headwrap portion, I found that it was wayyy too short. I did use 80 stitches and everything, not quite sure what went wrong...any ideas? :/

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  16. @JessieAnna Your gauge might be tighter than mine, also the cable cast on provides a tighter cast on edge. You could try blocking it to achieve the right size.

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  17. Thanks so much! I'll give it a shot. :)

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  18. hey just knitted up the bow on its own and stuffed it with pot pourri for a mothers day pressi, turned out brilliant cheers!

    adele

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  19. Am I missing something here? Your pattern goes from row 5 to row 8 for the headwrap. Help!

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  20. any ideas on making this for say a 2yo little girl.. i'd love to make one for my granddaughter .. maybe in 4ply? if so what size needles etc would you recommend.... its SO cute!

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  21. might be best to make it 8 ply I guess... how many stitches do you think... for a little one?

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  22. I would use DK weight yarn and size down my needles. If you would like to use worsted, I would CO 40-45 stitches.

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  23. I just wanted to let you know how much I adore this pattern! I've made it three times so far, once in cotton, once in bamboo, and once in worsted, and they're especially adorable. The cotton and bamboo were done with size two needles (it was all I had with me at the time, and I wanted to practice making the pattern), and they turned into amazingly cute little headbands that I tie behind my head with braided ties, and the worsted is a especially snazzy headwrap I'm planning on gifting to my favorite custodian at work.

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  24. hello
    i 'm trying to do this lovely headband but i've got a problem: on the picture there is a cable in the middle of the headwrap but if when i follow your instructions i haven't anyone !!!
    is there something that i didn't enderstand?

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  25. There isn't a cable, those are just unwrapped stitches.

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  26. I LOVE your pattern, so fast, easy (thanks to youtube), and beautiful! I am making one for my mom, daughter, and maybe myself. Found it on ravelry, and made a link on my own blog (not that too many will see it there), but just want to THANK YOU for sharing, esp. for free (the best type of pattern)!

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  27. Hi Beth - first off, just wanted to say that your headband looks great and I hope to be able to knit it as well... that said, I`m new to wrapping and turning and was hoping you could let me know if I also need to pick up the wrapped stitches or do I simply continue wrapping and turning... Thanks in advance!

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  28. Therese -- You will knit the wrap as well as the stitch. Youtube has some great videos on this. Hope that helps!

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  29. Thank you for your patterns. I really enjoyed making them. Have you any more.
    Thanks,
    Rita (Ireland)

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  30. I am new to this and have a question. In w&ting, I knit up to the last five, but what do I do with the last five stitches? Do I just leave them there, do I wrap the last five and turn? Do I wrap the first of the five then turn? What becomes of the last 5 or 7 stitches?
    Thanks so much.

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  31. So I have been able to follow the pattern easily for the head warmer piece, but I am confused about the instructions on how to make the bow. I am a relatively new knitter and don't understand all the abbreviations.

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  32. I'm confused by the 1 x 1 rib for rows 1-4. What exactly does that mean?

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  33. 1x1 rib is repeating knit 1, purl 1 across for 4 rows and it creates a stretchy ribbing.

    I wanted to ask suggestions for BO. I always seem to choose the wrong one...

    P.S. I posted about this on my blog :)

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  34. This is SUCH a cute headband!! I just wanted to let you know that I've included this in our knitting roundup on the FaveCrafts Blog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-free-knitting-patterns/

    Please let me know if you're ever interested in publishing your tutorials/patterns with FaveCrafts!

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  35. Just love the Headwrap!! Pinned it to Pinterest. Making one for each of my 4 daughters and adapting it for my 6 granddaughters

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  36. Do you have a pattern for the bow? I love the headband!

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  37. What do "st st" and BO mean? Sorry, I am very new to this! Thanks for the pattern, though!

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  38. "st st" stands for stockinette stitch. This is when you knit on one side and purl on the other side of the work. BO stands for Bind Off, the side where you bound off the stitches from the needle.

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  39. is it us or metric size needles?

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  40. Love Love this headband............made it in one night. I am going to try to scale it down to childrens size. My nieces will love the headband. I plan to make the bow a contrasting color from the actual head band. Thanks for the pattern

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  41. I love this headband. I must have a tight gauge though because when i bind off it is too tight and the headband doesn't fit over my head!! So when you say bind off loosely you really mean loose. I think i will bind off on a size or 2 larger needles?

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  42. I used your pattern, although mine turned out just a tad bigger than I'd have liked, but i was using the rest of a leftover skein of yarn so I ran short and couldn't make a "looped' bow (mine was half) but still ended up great! Will try again! Thanks so much for the FREE pattern! <3!!

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  43. Can it be made with size 4 needles?

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  44. I made this, a little tight so stitched in some elastic at the ends and covered the elastic with the bow! Worked brilliantly. Thanks for the pattern!

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  45. I got so excited for this pattern, and when I came back to it, I realized it was knit and I crochet :( I wish there was an alternate pattern, I love it so much!

    But thank you for sharing!

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  46. Love it! I made a flower instead of a bow. My modified version: http://www.saralongphotography.com/photos/headband.jpg

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  47. I dont quiet understand the pattern for the Bow? Can you so how explain it better then using the abbreviations?

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  48. Have made several of these and everone loves them!!! So easy and fun to make....Thanks so much for the pattern

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  49. Can you please explain the "turn" - is this the same as "wrap and turn" and what exactly is the purpose? I have looked on you tube and it looks like I would turn the entire pattern around so for instance on row 6: purl until 5 stitches remain - turn then purl back another 75 stitches? I'm confused! thanks

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  50. I have looked at numerous videos online, for wrap and turn tutorials. Can you explain how to pick up the wraps, when a stitch has been wrapped twice, as in Rows 14 onwards. I would really appreciate this. I am picking up the two wraps and basically knitting as if I have 3 stitches together on the needle. Is this correct? Thank you for the wonderful pattern.

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  51. Hi im making this right now and you say to wrap he stitches to avoid holes but im still getting holes even after i wrap them any idea why??

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  52. Are you knitting both the wrap and the stitch?

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  53. This is a really wonderful pattern! I am actually about to make my third headband! Quick and easy and it turns out great!

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  54. i made one and i love love thanks for
    sharing this pattern

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  55. Is there a way to make this into an infinity scarf with a bigger bow? Or would you just sew the bow onto the scarf afterwards?

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    1. That's an adorable idea! I would just sew the bow on the finished product.

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  56. Can this be sized for a 6mo old and a toddler size?

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    1. Check out the ravelry projects page. Several others have adjusted the size.
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bow-headband-2/people

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  57. I was initially quite intimidated by the wrap and turn required for this pattern. But after a little practice and a great youtube video (by knitpicks) I was actually able to make this pretty easily. Thanks for such a great pattern!

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  58. if i want to use heavier yarn should i cast on more or less?

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    1. You should cast on less. It also depends on your needle size.

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  59. Hi! Just found this pattern on Ravelry and am looking forward to making it! I was just wondering if you could tell me the yarn you used in the photo: it looks nice and soft and squishy. Thanks for the free pattern!

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  60. Gladly knitted this cutie few months back and I still feel same way I felt the day I saw and knitted it. I'll put up the pix soon. Thank u for ur generosity

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  61. I knitted this up...but I realized it is way too big...so I was wondering if the needle was too big because I used 8 US size knitting needles...

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  62. I'm a beginner and I've just taught myself the purl stich. So this may be a dumb question, but when I'm doing the 1x1 if I end with a purl stich and I flip my needles to start the next row, do I start with a purl stich or do I start with a knit stich?

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    1. if you started with a K1P1 and did that all the way across, you want to turn it around and start again with simply K1P1; if you knit it, it should turn out like stripes!

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  63. This is fab! I am so happy as I'm finishing off a headband and now can pretty it up with a bow! Yahoo for pretty knitties :)

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  64. I have made this beautiful headband several times and love it, but when I look at the picture on this posting it doesn't look at all like the ones I have made. Mine turn out with a stockinette stitch and that isn't what the picture looks like. I like the picture better!! Thank you.

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  65. NEW AT KNITTING I UNDERSTADN TO CAST ON 80 STITCHES BUT IF YOU HAVE 80 STITCHES NONE OF THE ROWS SAY TO DECREASE SO HOW DO YOU GET LEST STITCHES ETC COULD YOU EXPLAIN

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    1. That's where the wrap and turn comes in. Check YouTube if unsure.

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  66. I knitted this headband in a couple of hours, including the bow. Used Aran Yarn and 5mm needles. I wasn't too sure about 'wrapping', so had a look on You Tube and found clear instructions. I always resort to YouTube when I'm dubious about the method I should be using. Thank you very much for sharing this pattern free of charge - it seems lots of people are enjoying its simplicity and modern look.

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  67. THank you for this pattern! I've made a bunch of these, using smaller castons and less width to make child and baby size. You rck!

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    1. would you be able to post the sizes that you used for baby/child? if you don't wish to share them publicly would you be able to send them for me at miriam.martens@gmail.com? i am trying to make one as a baby gift and am not sure what size to make it. thanks!

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  68. KnittyKnerd: Can you post the re-size directions for child and baby sizes? Thanks!

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  69. This pattern is so wonderful and simple for beginners like me. However, I made it almost to the end, and I am struggling a bit with the bow. I have a long strip that I have knitted in St, about 8 inches long, but now I don't quite understand how to turn that bad boy into a bow. Would you mind explaining? For instance, I don't know how you got that cute little knot thing in the middle of yours. Thanks for your advice and thanks again for a super-fun pattern!

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  70. I absolutely love this headband! I have made it twice now both with worsted weight yarn. I want to make it in a super bulky and THINK I figured out the correct number to cast on (40?) but do you think I would need to make any other adjustments to the pattern so it is the same size (ie. not work in the rib for 4 rows?) Sorry if this is a silly question, i've been knitting very passively for a year or two... Also, what would be the best needle size? I just made mittens and a scarf with the same yarn and used size 8 dpm for the mittens and 11 for the scarf, should I stick with size 8 for this? Thanks again!

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  71. This was fun, quick and easy! I think my daughter and my son's girlfriend will really like their new headbands!!! Thanks!!

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  72. Do I use circular needles or straight?

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