Friday, October 16, 2009

Giant Daisy Headband

The design for this came along due to sloppy knitting really – I decided not to bother working out the rate of increases and ended up with a long tail at the start. Instead of ripping back I decided this long tail would be knotted to form a “button”, and a “buttonhole” at the other end would complete the fastening. That way it is also adjustable, and when it stretches from being worn you can just tie a knot further up, or use a figure-of-eight knot. It is reversible too.

The headband is knitted lengthways, using increases to make it wider in the middle than the ends. It doesn’t really matter what the tension of the yarn you are using is – you could just start off with 4 stitches and increase until it’s the width you want, then decrease.

I used some lovely Italian yarn I was given called Arianna Grignasco, and knit it on smaller needles than recommended to get a nice rib. I used 4mm needles. (It recommended 6-7mm)


Gauge:

On 4mm needles, using k2, p4 rib;

16sts or 28 rows = 4”

CO – cast on

st/s stitch/es

k – knit

p - purl

m1 – make one

kfb – knit into front and back of next st


Pattern:

CO 4 sts

k all sts

p all sts

k2, m1, k2

(p2, k1, p2

k2, p1, k2) do these 2 rows 3 times

p2, kfb, p2

(k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2) three times

k2, p2, k2

p2, k1, m1, k1, p2

(k2, p3, k2

p2, k3, p2) twice

(k2, p1, k1, p1, k2

p2, k1, p1, k1, p2) twice

k2, p1, kfb, p1, k2

(p2, k1, p2, k1,p2

k2, p1, k2, p1, k2) twice

p2, kfb, p2, kfb, p2

(k2, p2, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, k2, p2) twice

k2, p2, k2, p2, k2,

p2, k1, kfb, p2, kfb, k1, p2

(k2, p3, k2, p3, k2

p2, k3, p2, k3, p2) twice

k2, p1, kfb, p1, k2, p1, kfb, p1, k2

(p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2

k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2) twice

p2, kfb, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, kfb, p2

(k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2) twice

k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, kfb, p2, kfb, p2, k2, p2

(k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2) twice

k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, k1, kfb, p2, kfb, k1, p2, k2, p2

(k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2

p2, k2, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k2, p2) twice

k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2

p2, k1, kfb, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, kfb, k1, p2

(k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2

p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2) twice

k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2

p2, k3, p2, k2, kfb, p2, kfb, k2, p2, k3, p2

(k2, p3, k2, p4, k2, p4, k2, p3, k2

p2, k3, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k3, p2) twice

k2, p3, k2, p4, k2, p4, k2, p3, k2

p2, k2, kfb, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, kfb, k2, p2

Hooray, finally finished the end of the increases. Mark the end of the increases with a safety pin. Tie a knot in the beginning of your knitting. Measure the distance around your head. Divide this number in two (I was making mine 22” long, so half that is 11”) Now measure the distance from the end of your knot (see picture) to the end of the increases. This is x. The distance from the end of the increases to the middle of the hat is y.

2x + 2y = Circumference

So, if the circumference of your head is 22, and x is 5” (as in my case), then 10 + 2y = 22, so 2y = 12. So now continue is pattern for 2y (12” in my case), then start reducing. I hope that makes sense!!!

Begin reducing.

P2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows

P2, k3, p2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2, k3, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows

P2, k1, k2tog, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k2tog, k1, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows

P2, k2, p2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows

P2, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2tog, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows (k2, p1, k2….)

P2, k1, p2, k2tog, p2, k2tog, p2, k1, p2

Continue in pattern for next 5 rows

P2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, k1, p2

(K2, p3, k2, p3, k2

P2, k3, p2, k3, p2) twice

K2, p3, k2, p3, k2

P2, k2tog, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, p2

(K2, p2, k2, p2, k2

P2, k2, p2, k2, p2) twice

K2, p2, k2, p2, k2

P2, k2tog, p2, k2tog, p2

(K2, p1, k2, p1, k2

P2, k1, p2, k1, p2) twice

K2, p1, k2, p1, k2

Now do the knot-hole (buttonhole)

1st side:

P1, p2tog, p1 then turn the needle to knit back and forth on these 4 sts only.

(K4

P4) three times

Leave the sts on the needle and break off a yard of yarn.

Rejoin the ball of yarn onto the 2nd side and;

P2tog, p2

(K4

P4) twice

K4

Then using the yarn from the first side, p across the sts on the second side to join all sts.

Next row:

Ssk, k2, k2tog

P all

Ssk, k2tog

P2

K2tog and bind off remaining st.

Sew in all loose ends, et voila!


The reverse side...

The colours of the yarn bring to mind some lovely giant daisies that are brightening up the garden at the moment, so I thought I'd stick them in too!



2 comments:

Christine Raab-Heine said...

I like the principle of this piece, that it can be made with every yarn and needles, and be fitted in length and width as you go, in an analogues manner, by increasing as much as is wished, for a particular head, and same is true for length?

Snag Breac said...

Thanks Christine.
Yes, its adaptable in all directions - my favourite kind of knitting. It comes from my lack of wanting to actually knit swatches!