The Iva Headband is a double knit design, that widens as the knitting progresses to keep wind away from the ears thus keeping the wearer warm. The pattern uses simple decreases and increases. Use a super soft merino yarn and complete the perfect winter headband!
Knitting loom: Basic Loom Knitting Kit Loom, (Oval small loom with 32 pegs.) Any of the other KB knitting looms set to a knitting board can be used for this pattern.
Yarn: Approx 50 yards of worsted weight yarn. Malabrigo Worsted in Natural (white headband) and Gina by Plymouth Yarn Company (3 tone headband) were used in samples. 4, 12 inch pieces of contrasting color yarn (to hold stitches)
Size: It is approx 17 inches in length, due to the elasticity of knitted fabric, the headband fits well in heads up to 21 inches in circumference. At widest point, it is 4 inches.
Pattern notes: Please follow the links to see diagrams on the special techniques used in this pattern. The headband is worked in double knit, using the stockinette stitch. Increases are used at the beginning of the headband to widen it, then decreases are used to make it less wide.
Using the Figure 8 cast on 4 sts. *Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch. Inc 1 st at each end by moving last st out one peg*. (6 sts) Rep from * to * until there are 14 sts on the loom Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.
Divide the board in half, 7 sets of sts on each side. Side A and Side B.
You will work on half of the board at a time, Side A first then Side B.
On the side with the working yarn, work 14 rows in stockinette stitch.
Removal 1: Using the two pieces of scrap yarn and tapestry needle, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the 7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn.
Cut working yarn and join to Side B.
Work 14 rows in stockinette stitch. (Headband will look like picture 1 below).
Removal 2: Using 2 pieces of scrap yarn, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the 7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn. (see picture 2)
All the stitches are now off the knitting loom. It is time to cross all the stitches. (see picture 3)
Without twisting the stitches, simply slide all the stitches from Side A to Side B (see picture 4 below).
Place stitches from side B on the pegs emptied at Removal 1. Place the stitches from side A, onto pegs emptied by Side B at removal 2.
Headband set up
All 14 sts are back on the knitting loom. Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch. *Dec 1 st at each end. Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.* Rep from * to * until 4 sts remain on the loom. Bind off
Weave ends in.
Two option for closure:
Option 1: Simply overlap the cast on edge over bind off edge and sew in place. Add a button for decoration purposes.
Option 2: Crochet a 1 inch chain at the bind off edge. Attach a button about an inch from the cast on edge. Use the crochet chain as a button loop.
Boot cuffs or boot toppers, however, you want to call them, they are super popular right now. You can make your very own with your knitting looms. We give you two examples here, same pattern, two different looks. I will give 3 different sizes, follow the one that best fits the top of your calf.
Knitting Loom: All-n-One knitting loom
Yarn: Approx 100 yards of yarn needed for a pair. Cable sample used Knit Picks Chroma worsted, Ribbed example shown in City Tweed Aran.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry.
Gauge: 10 sts x 20 rows= 2 inches in rib stitch (tested with the Chroma Worsted)
Pattern notes: Three sizes provided, S, M, L to fit the following top calf measurements 14 (16, 18). The knit stitch was used in the samples, using the e-wrap stitch will provide a much larger item. The ribbing allows for the boot cuff to stretch nicely over the boot. Special note should be taken with cotton yarns as this type of yarn doesn’t have any inherent elasticity. It is imperative to bind off loosely.
TW=Twist for the mock cable. Over 2 pegs–skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Knit peg 2. Remove stitch from peg 2 and hold it. Knit stitch from peg 1. Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2. Place stitch that you are holding on peg 1.
Using the ewrap method cast on 48 (52, 56).
Rnds 1-24 (1-26, 1-28): *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: p to the end of row
**Next rnd: *p2, k2; rep from * to end of rnd
Next rnd: *P2, TW; rep from * to the end of rnd. **
Rep from ** to **: 11 (12, 13) more times (for a total of 24 (26, 28 rounds ).
Bind off loosely.
Weave ends in.
You can wear the boot cuffs with the ribbing on the outside or the cables towards the outside.