Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Easy Knitting: Your Own Headband

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Knitting for Beginners

I need a headband! It's winter, it's cold and only wearing beanies all the time is not very imaginative. On top of all, they are unpractical and unstylish when I wear my hair up. I couldn't really find any pretty headbands in the shops and if I did find one it was simply too expensive. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that knitting my own headband would be a perfect DIY project for this blog, especially since I found this really good instruction for a really cute and easy to knit headband on craftsnob.com.



I first learned how to knit when I was in school, like a lot of people (even boys learn it in Austria!). I never did much knitting afterwards, though, and that's why I also had to refreshen my memory. And where do you go when you want somebody to show you how to do things - correct: Youtube!

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What you need:

  • wool (it's best to start with one that's not too fine and not too bulky)
  • knitting needles (should fit the thickness of you wool; you'll find the information on the label on the wool)
  • scissors
  • large needle to sew up the thread

You start with casting on 20 stitches. Since I didn't make any video myself, here's something I found on Youtube.

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Afterwards it goes on just as simple. To get the hang of it again I chose a simple pattern just like on craftsnob.com where you only do plain/knit stitches.

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You knit and knit until you reach your desired length (wrap it around your head from time to time). On the craftsnob-blog they did 14 inches but this seemed a bit small for my head so I added a little extra until the ends almost touched when I wrapped it loosely around my head. Wool is elastic and stretches with time anyways.

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To cast off, i.e. end the piece, I also turned to Youtube: Knitting 101: Cast Off
And that's how the whole thing looked afterwards:

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Next, the thread needs to be sewn up, so that the beautiful piece of work doesn't come undone. Do this on both sides.

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Fold the ends and sew them together. Here's a picture what it should look like:

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Pull on both sides of the thread to make it tight like this:

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Now wrap around the thread a couple of times until the seam is not visible anymore. Then tie the ends into a knot and voilá - the headband is done!

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I'm really proud and happy with my knitted headband :) It was quite simply to make and therefore makes the perfect beginners project. It took me about 6 hours from start to finish and I thought it was quite a nice activity while watching movies.

Any feedback or comments are well appreciated!

Happy knitting!
Christina