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Very Warm Headband using Blue Sky Bulky

Very Warm Headband using Blue Sky Bulky

"Big on squeeze, squish, and softness!"

This little pattern comes courtesy of the inspiring, intrepid, irrepressible Shirley Grade, who operated the Yarn House in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, into her 80s. Thanks again, Shirl! The slipped stitches at the end of each row result in an I-cord edging that smooshes the garter ridges closer for extra toastiness.

We knit this headband in the super-chunky-weight Blue Sky Fiber’s Bulky—a single-ply fiber that’s half alpaca (for softness), half wool (for spring), and wholly bulky (for speed)! Its generous scale renders the simple garter ridges striking. It promises a Very Warm Headband that’s big on squeeze and cozy!

Click on the Free Pattern tab to see the headband pattern. Then choose your color of Blue Sky Fibers Bulky below; you'll need 1 skein for this quick and cozy project.

Approx. 3-4"/7-10cm wide (to adjust width, add or subtract stitches. Knit to an inch or two less than head size.

1 skein Blue Sky Fibers Bulky (45 yds/41m each). Color 1004 Polar Bear shown here.
Or approx. 45 yds/41m of an equivalent super chunky-weight wool or wool blend yarn.

US 15 (10mm) needles.
Darning needle to finish.

Approx. 10 sts = 4"/10cm in garter stitch (super chunky gauge).

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: K = knit; St(s) = stitch(es).

Note: these directions are for the Super Chunky version of the headband; for other gauges, refer to the pattern download.

Stitches slipped at the end of each row are knitted on the following row, resulting in an I-cord edging that smooshes the garter ridges closer for extra toastiness.

Cast on: Using long-tail method, cast on 10 sts.
Set up: Knit 1 row.
Row 1: Knit until 2 sts remain on left needle, bring yarn forward between needles, slip remaining sts purlwise.
Repeat Row 1 until band has to stretch just a little to fit around head. Bind off all sts.

Finishing: Using mattress stitch, seam ends together as invisibly as possible; weave in ends. Cast on another one—they're great gifts!

Download printable "Very Warm Headband in 4 Gauges" pdf pattern.

COLOR: 1002 Silver Mink. Pale taupe.

COLOR: 1004 Polar Bear. Creamy natural.

COLOR: 1006 Brown Bear. Dark chocolate.

COLOR: 1007 Gray Wolf. Heathered medium charcoal.

COLOR: 1008 Black Bear. Deep black.

COLOR: 1211 Frost. Clear icy blue.

COLOR: 1215 Claret. Deep red wine.

COLOR: 1223 Coyote. Heathered pale grey.