Warm ears: Making a headband for the winter months

I hate getting cold ears. It’s one of the most annoying things about winter, because it gives me a headache and makes me feel ill. So, when my friend told me how easy it was to knit a headband, I decided to make one. And guess what? It really is very easy, so I thought I’d share the design with you. It only takes a couple of hours to knit, so it can be a fun holiday or weekend project!

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You will need a basic knowledge of knitting for this project, but it is quite a simple beginner’s project if you’re relatively new to knitting. You can knit either in circles or in rows, it doesn’t matter for this project. I used sock needles and knitted in a circle, but my friend prefers to knit in rows. It’s really down to personal preference.

You need a chunky wool (don’t use double knit). The wool I used was designed for USA 8-9 needles. Cast on 82 stitches, and then do 2 knit, 2 purl. This creates ribbing, for those unfamiliar with the stitches. And then, you just keep doing that until your headband is as wide as you’d like it! Cast off, and add a decoration if you’d like! If you knitted in rows, you’ll need to stitch the two ends together, and there you go! One new headband.

You can find lots of patterns for small knitted or crocheted decorations on the web (e.g. crochet flowers), or you can use some spare buttons for decoration, as I have done. Be creative!

Let me know how you get on if you make one!

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