Recently I was looking for a headband that would be subtle enough to tame and perhaps even disappear into my hair yet interesting enough to look good when it was seen. After much searching I thought I had found the right one, but I wasn’t happy with it so here’s my reworked version.
Measure your head circumference. You may want to do a small test swatch to see just how much the yarn will give. If your yarn is stretchy, allow a couple of inches or so for the stretch (i.e. subtract two-4 inches from the circumference measurement).This is the length you will want to knit to.
Yarn: Fingering weight (4ply) yarn. I used Malabrigo sock.
Needle Size: 4mm needles
Gauge: not crucial, you’ll measure against your own head
CO 6 sts
1- 7 Knit
11 K1, KFAB, knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
12-15 Repeat rows 8-11 so you have 10 sts on the needles
17 K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
18-23 Repeat rows 16 and 17 until you have 16 sts on the needles
Main section of headband
1 K3, *[Slip 1st knitwise, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 3 sts, K3
2 K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
3 K2, *[Slip 1st knitwise, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 2 sts, K2
4 K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
Repeat rows 1-4 until approx 10cms or 3 inches from desired length.
Repeat Row 1 once more
Next 2 rows: Knit all sts
A: Knit 1 row
B: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt A and B until you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 3 rows
D: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt C and D until there are 6 sts on the needles.
Knit 7 rows
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, K2tog, K2
Knit 2 rows
BO in knit.
Sew in ends, attach a button to the first strap and you are done 🙂