Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ombré Headband

Since wearing a ponytail makes wearing a fitted skull cap awkward... I decided to make a headband using the same yarns and the same design as my Ombré hat!  (I am shifting the pattern a bit so the middle could be centered in the design.)  This way I can still run outside to take the dog out while still having my head accessory match my fabulous Ombré Mittens.

Like the matching Ombré Mittens Pattern, I designed the charts so that you can easily choose how many colors you want in your headband.  The 3 color version is more "symmetrical" than the 5 color version.  The gradation effect in my 3 color version comes from the fact that I'm using a yarn with long color repeats (KnitPicks Chroma). 

  • Up to 5 colors of worsted weight yarn, ~59 yards total.  The sample is knit in a three color version with KnitPicks Chroma Worsted (Midwinter - B, 10 g, 20 yards) and Blue (A, 13 g, 23 yards) and Purple (C, 9 g, 16 yards) Berroco Peruvia.  Charts are provided for both a 3 color and 5 color version of the headband.  
  • Size 6 (4.0 mm) circular or double pointed needles.
  • Gauge: 11 sts/2 inches and 11 rows/2 inches over colorwork pattern;
  • Notions: yarn needle to weave in loose ends.
  • Finished size: 18" circumference, 3.75" wide

Chart Color Key - The 3 color version uses colors A-C, and the 5 color version A-E

The Ombré Headband Knitting Pattern
  • Cast on 100 stitches on size 6 needles with color A.  Join to knit in the round.  
  • Knit 2 rows of 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2 across the whole row)
  • Begin knitting the chart (either the 3 color or the 5 color version, NOT BOTH), starting at the bottom and following it from right to left.  The pattern is a 4 stitch repeat.
    5 color:3 color:    
  • Knit all 16 rows of the pattern.  
  • Knit 1 round in color A (3 color version) or E (5 color version)
  • Knit 2 rounds of 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2 across the whole row)
  • Bind off K-wise.
  • Weave in loose ends.  
  • Gently block the headband.  
  • Enjoy your hand knit Ombré Headband!  

Why block?  If your headband gently curls in like the picture above, some light blocking will help it lay flat.

Now I have the choice between a full hat OR a headband to go with my mittens!  And there is great use.  With the three colors I started with in this pattern, I made the Ombré Hat, Ombré Mittens AND the Ombré Headband with yarn to spare.   After these three projects, 14 g of Chroma, 25 g of blue Peruvia and 45 g of purple Peruvia remain.  This is certainly enough for another headband!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.K - knit

P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

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