Tutorial on How to Knit a Headband

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Circular knitting needles are the best choice for knitting a headband. If you knit a flat piece of fabric, you have to go to the trouble of seaming the two ends together. Not only is this step more work, but it often detracts from the overall look of the headband.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Measure your head or the head of the person who will wear the headband.

  • Choose your yarn and the appropriate size 16-inch circular knitting needles to go with it. For example, if you use sport weight yarn, use a Size 5 or 6 knitting needle. Use a Size 7 or 8 knitting needle with worsted-weight yarn.

  • Knit a sample swatch using the yarn and knitting needles you selected. Determine your stitch gauge by measuring how many stitches per inch are in the fabric. As an example, let's say you have five stitches per inch.

  • Take the head measurement, in inches, of your headband recipient, and multiply that figure by the number of stitches per inch in your sample. To illustrate, say the person's head is 21" in circumference. 21 x 5 = 105. Round this number down to 100. The headband should be a little smaller around than the wearer's head, so it will stretch and stay put.

  • Cast on 100 stitches loosely on your circular knitting needles. Place a stitch marker. Join into a circle, being careful not to twist the stitches.

  • Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for two rounds.

  • Knit every round until the headband measures 1 inch from the cast on edge.

  • Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for two rounds.

  • Cast off loosely.

References

  • "The Principles of Knitting"; June hemmons Hiatt; Simon and Schuster; 1988
  • "Knitting in Plain English"; Maggie Righetti; St. Martin's Griffin; 1986
  • Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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