By request, this is the knit version of my popular, crochet Bandkerchief pattern. Just like the original, it looks like a kerchief, but goes on like a headband! Unlike the crochet version, this one is made in worsted weight yarn.
With 5 sizes, from baby to adult, the knit Bandkerchief is great for gifting! The pattern includes both written and charted versions of the instructions.
Sample is shown in Meadow by Willow Yarns, which I got for free in a goody bag at a convention. The color is #8 – Leaf.
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- 25-65 yds worsted weight, cotton yarn.
- Size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
Easy – basic mesh and ribbing
Instructions shown for baby size, with changes for other sizes in [ ]. Baby [toddler, child, teen/adult small, adult large]: Band should stretch to fit 14-16 [16-18, 18-20, 20-22, 22-24] inch circumference.
16 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette after blocking. Gauge is important for a good fit.
- k = knit
- p = purl
- k2tog = knit next 2 stitches together
- ssk = slip, slip, knit
- yo = yarn over
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- RS = Right Side
- The Slip Slip Knit Decrease on New Stitch a Day
- How to K2tog (Knit 2 together) by Pattymac Knits
- Tubular Bind Off in the Round
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1 (RS): K 1, yo, k 1, yo, k 1 (5 sts)
Row 2: K all stitches.
Row 3: K 2, yo, k 1, yo, k 2. (7 sts)
Row 4: K all stitches.
Row 5: K 2, yo, k 1, pm, k 2, yo, k 2. (9 sts)
Note: Slip marker each time you come to it.
Row 6: K all stitches.
Row 7: K 2, yo, (k2tog, yo) to marker, k 1, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2. (11 sts)
Row 8: K all stitches.
Row 9: K 2, yo, (k2tog, yo) to 1 st before marker, k 3, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2. (13 sts)
Row 10: K all stitches.
Repeat rows 7-10 six [seven, eight, nine, ten] more times. ( 37 [41, 45, 49, 53] sts on last row)
Rnd 1: K2 tog, yo, (k 2 tog, yo) to marker, remove marker, k 1, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 2 sts, k 2, CO 7 [9, 11, 13, 15], join to work in the round. ( 46 [52, 58, 64, 70] sts).
Rnd 2: (K 1, p 1) around.
Repeat rnd 2 for 9 [10, 11, 12, 13] more rounds, or until desired length.
Bind off using a tubular bind off, or another stretchy bind off.
Weave in ends. Wash and block for best results.
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I hope you enjoy the pattern. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.
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