Friday, May 09, 2008

Pop Goes The Shoulder

It's a disconcerting sound and feeling, that "Oh, crap!" popping twinge of something anatomically out of place. When you're this|close to finishing another little doodad, you just suck it up and deal with the consequences later. I might have been pushing a bit too hard but I think this headband was worth it.

FO: Beaded Headband
10 grams each of light blue (2137) and navy blue (2625) Cascade Fixation
Approximately 50 clear size 3/0 seed beads
Size 5 US circular needle

Cast on an odd number of stitches, based on the size of your head and the amount of negative ease you desire. At 22 inches, my noggin's a bit bigger than average. My aim was for the headband to stay on (but not cut off my circulation), so I hit on 95 stitches as my magic number. Your mileage may vary.

I joined the stitches and knit the first row. Next came 7 rows in seed stitch, all in color A. Switch to color B, knit 3 rows, adding the beads in the second row. Yes, I used the crochet method to place the beads.

Switching back to color A, knit two rows. Reattach color B and use both colors, create a mock rib in a "knit 1, purl 1" pattern for 5 rows. Lastly, using color B, repeat 7 row seed stitch and bind off in pattern. You'll end up with a headband that's roughly 2.5 inches wide.

There are many variations possible such as number of colors, bead placement, border pattern, etc. Put your own mark on it. I'd be interested to know what you come up with if you don't mind sharing. Whether you have short hair or long, this is a perfect little accessory to keep you looking sporty chic and pulled together throughout the coming summer months.

I checked my stash of Cascade Fixation left over from a previous knit-along. This won't be the last of the instant gratification headbands. I just need to either learn how to involve my left hand more by knitting in the Continental style or hold the yarn and needles less tightly.

By the way, Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate, be their children scaly, furry, feathered or smooth.

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Blogger Monika said...

This headband looks lovely. I like the colores, and the beads, and how it is put together, exactly like it is.

5/09/2008 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Love the headband, but please take care of your shoulder!!!

5/09/2008 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Shoulders come first. But that is a kicking headband. I'm thinking it could be just a bit bigger and then could be an ear warmer for cold weather. Headbands make my head itch but my daughters love them for the cold. I forsee some Christmas knitting.

5/09/2008 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Very pretty, but the nurse in me has different ideas on the trade off value. Take care and do learn to knit continental or at least use pencil hold. I think it's good to be able to knit various ways as we age/injure ourselves/need new challenges. I've tried a few, but do need to practice more. Thanks for the reminder.

5/09/2008 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

love the headband......and those fabulous beads. thanks so much for that pattern!
and SO sorry about your shoulder! that just stinks.
and yes. happy mothers day to you too! i so believe that nurturing/caring for any living thing is what makes a mother!

5/10/2008 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger Jess P. said...

I love the headband and will have to experiment on this for the girls. Please take care of yourself.

5/10/2008 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Wow, I love your headband. The colors you chose and of course the beads make it just great!

5/10/2008 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ow!!! Take care of yourself, K!

But as someone who is letting her very short hair grow out right now, I love the headband!!! Thanks so much for this pattern. My hair is at that awkward stage where it just looks icky and frumpy all the time.

5/11/2008 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

Two very cute FOs all in a row!

5/12/2008 04:18:00 AM  

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