Knitting Basics: Twisted Knitted Headband
A knitted headband is a functional and trendy accessory. It keeps your ears warm and doesn’t flatten your hair. It’s a great option for those, who don’t really like hats but want to stay warm during the cooler months. This headband is knitted flat in English rib, which is stretchy, textured, and thick – it keeps the warmth very well, so your ears will be protected from the cold. The headband has a very elegant and chic twist in the middle (a clever way to hide the seam!). You can easily match your headband to your outfit by choosing the right color. The pattern is worked back and forth and is very easy to memorize, which makes it a quick and easy project for any level of knitting skills. Follow the written instructions and try to do it at home! I hope you will enjoy knitting this headband with a twist!
To knit the headband you will need:
- Yarn: ~ 50g light worsted yarn
- Needles: 3.5mm knitting needles.
- Tapestry needle
Loosely cast on 30 stitches. I used the Longtail cast on method and I cast on over two needles (this way the edge isn’t too tight).
Ribbing is worked without the edge stitches, this way the edges look very neat.
Row 1 (foundation row): *Yarn over, slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 together*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Row 2: *Yarn over, slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit yarn over and the slipped stitch together*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Work row 2 for 50cm (19.5″) or desired length.
Bind off loosely. The idea here is to purl the purl stitches and yarn overs and to knit the knit stitches. Purl the first stitch, purl the yarn over (now you have two stitches on your right needle), insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle and bring it over the second one. Knit 1, insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle and bring it over the second one. Repeat these steps until the end of the row. Leave a tail (30-40cm/12-16″) to sew the edges together.
Once you have your band ready, you can make the twist. Lie the band horizontally the right side up (the right and wrong sides look identical, so just chose the one you like better). Fold the band in half. Bring the edges closer together. Twist one of the edges 180 degrees. Make a “sandwich” – insert one edge into another. Now you have 4 layers that need to be stitched through. With a yarn needle and the tail, that was left after the bind off sew the edges together. The seam itself will be hidden inside the twist. Weave in loose ends and turn the headband the right way out. Wash and flat dry on a towel.
I hope you enjoyed this headband knitting project! Happy knitting!