We are welcoming warmer days at Loop and that means some summer projects (and also yarns!) to suit the season. When the new Wildflower from Knit Collage arrived we knew it would be perfect for a quick and light project, so without further ado we introduce our latest free pattern – the Wildflower Headband.
Plus we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a skein of the beautiful Knit Collage yarn that is used in this pattern! Read to the end of the post to find out how to enter!
(This competition is now closed, Hurrah for Sue Wills who chose the Scarlet Begonia!)
With a pretty twist detail and simple ties at the back to keep your headband in place, it is perfect for keeping your hair off your face when enjoying windy days at the beach. You can chose the buttercup yellow shade of ‘Golden Rod’ shown in the photo above, or the spicy warm red of ‘Scarlet Begonia’. The beautiful colours of this hand printed fabric yarn by Knit Collage bring some sunshine to every day!
Knit Collage, run by Amy Small, focuses on beautiful hand spun yarns. Taking inspiration from her travels, the colours and textures become unique yarns that create special skeins. You may remember our post about Knit Collage and their Gypsy Garden and Rolling Stone yarn – plus there is a free pattern for that yarn too, so why not have a read after?
Wildflower, Knit Collage’s new Spring 2014 addition, is handspun from lightweight cotton voile fabric. Sourced from an area of Jaipur, India, the beautiful floral design is block printed onto fabric using traditional techniques and then cut into strips and spun round a core of a single strand of yarn. This gives Wildflower a little more structure and stitch definition than what you may have experienced with some ribbon yarns.
Why not use Wildflower in other ribbon yarn patterns like the Mac and Me Fabric Trimmed Blanket? The chunky texture of the soft cotton is lovely for little fingers to grab hold of.
One skein is enough to make one headband with a little bit left over. We can see the left overs being used to wrap presents, threaded through the yarn over eyelets of a shawl or wrap and crocheted into little embellishments for other projects. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
This giveaway is now closed, but keep your eye out for more in the future! You would like a chance of winning one of these gorgeous skeins, just comment below letting us know whether you would prefer ‘Scarlet Begonia’ or ‘Golden Rod’. The competion will close at midnight on Wednesday 16th July. Good Luck!
So enjoy the sunshine and Happy Knitting!
WILDFLOWER HEADBAND PATTERN
Main Band: 6 x 47cm (2¼ x 18½in)
Ties: 20cm (8in) long – alter the length of the ties to adjust the fit
Yarn: Knit Collage Wild Flower (Super bulky weight; 100% Cotton Printed Fabric, approx. 32-36 metres / 35-40 yards per 100g skein)
Shade: Golden Rod x 1 skein
12 sts and 12 rows to 10cm (4in) over stocking stitch on 7mm needles
Note: Exact tension is not crucial for this project. You are aiming for a dense fabric, but not too stiff.
cm : Centimetres
in : Inch(es)
k : Knit
RS : Right side
st(s) : Stitch(es)
St st : Stocking stitch (US: Stockinette); Knit on RS rows, Purl on WS rows
WS : Wrong Side
For neat edges down the side of the band and twist section, slip the first stitch of every row as follows: RS knit rows; Slip knitwise with yarn in back. WS purl rows; Slip purlwise with yarn in front.
For the ties, you can either leave long cast on and cast off tails (approx. 30cm/12in) or work a single crochet chain afterwards. If making a crochet tie you only need to leave a cast on/off tail long enough for weaving in.
Please read all pattern notes before starting!
Cast on 8 sts.
Starting with a RS knit row, work St st for 20cm (8in) ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS): K4, slip next 4 sts to cable needle and leave to rest.
Continue on the 4 sts on the knitting needle, starting with a WS purl row, work 5 rows in St st ending with a WS row. Break yarn leaving a tail for weaving in later and place these sts onto the cable needle.
With RS facing, slip the 4 unworked sts back to knitting needle. Starting with a RS knit row, work 6 rows in St st ending with a WS row. Turn work so RS is facing.
Next row (RS): K4, bring the cable needle holding the other set of 4 sts over and in front of the working needle (so the two strips cross over) and knit the 4 sts from the cable needle. 8 sts back on working needle
Staring with a WS purl row, work St st for 20cm (8in) ending with a WS row.
Cast off leaving a long tail for the ties.
Multiple choice time…
You can either use the cast on and cast off tails as they are or add one more tie at each end to give a total of 4 or add thicker crochet ties as follows:
Using the crochet hook, work single chain to make 2 or 4 separate 20cm (8in) lengths. Attach them to each corner of the main band using the tapestry needle.
Weave in all loose ends and gently steam block.
Thank you to:
Sophie Scott for the design, Rachel Atkinson for the tech edit and Juju Vail for the images.
Wildflower Headband is a free pattern. All images and text are copyright of Loop Knitting Ltd. It is for personal and non-profit use only. This means you can knit it for yourself, as a gift or for charity. You may not sell a garment made from this pattern. You may not reproduce this for sale. Please ask if you wish to translate it or use to teach a class.