It's never too late to knit a holiday gift, but you need to plan accordingly, with smaller and smaller projects the closer the holiday gets. So, with only thirteen days left until Christmas, headbands it is.
Kelley recently knit a few of these beauties and highlighted them in her weekly Technique Tuesday Facebook Live broadcast. Check it out to get some tips for making headbands fit really well!
An important thing to take into account is your giftee's head size. These fit charts are invaluable for choosing the correct size for headbands (and hats)!
To get an accurate measurement, place a tape measure evenly around the thickest part of the head, making sure you're not measuring at an angle.
The key to knitting or crocheting a headband that fits and stays put is making it an inch or two smaller than the wearer's head size, ensuring enough stretch for a snug fit.
We have three great free patterns for you, two knitted and one crocheted. And all three are 1-skein wonders!
Traveling stitches make a beautiful motif on the front of the Macaron Headband, framed with a simple lace pattern. A scalloped edge at the bottom frames the face beautifully, and covers the ears for warmth. The finished measurement for the Macaron is 17" circumference, so it should fit a teen or adult well, with at least two inches of room for stretching.
Knit this beauty with Berroco Vintage or Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
Crochet cables adorn the Pralines Headband. They're easy to make using front post treble stitches! Pralines works up lickety-split for last-minute handmade gifting.
With a finished measurement of 18" circumference, this headband will fit with the right amount of stretch.
A classic rope cable set off with seed stitch makes a beautiful headband. Knit with chunky yarn, Calisson is an instant-gratification gift knit.
The finished measurement for this headband is 19", and because of the chunky yarn, it should fit the average head size nicely. But since this headband is knit vertically, you can simply end it at the correct measurement for your recipient.
Knit Calisson with Berroco Vintage Chunky.
Here's to headbands for the holidays!
Like many of you, I was researching various masks to make for my friends and family and wanted one that could be made quickly, had a nice fit around the nose, and provided an option for a replaceable filter to provide a little more protection for myself and others nearby. So I fired up my sewing machine and started experimenting!
I finally came up with a mask that I was happy with, so I thought I'd share it.
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.