Over the next two weeks, I'll be sharing a set of four loom patterns that will keep you cozy from head to toe for the rest of the winter - an earwarmer headband, a cowl, fingerless gloves and slipper socks. If you are new to loom knitting, I recommend working the patterns in head to toe order because each project introduces stitches and skills that you will need in the later projects.
Many thanks to Clover for providing me with a Standing Oval Knitting Loom. Also, if you would like an opportunity to win all the materials needed to complete all four patterns, don't miss this month's giveaway, going on through January 23, 2017, sponsored by Clover.
Loom Knit Headband Pattern
- Clover Standing Oval Loom
- 1 skein (7 oz/198 g, 370 yds/338 m) of Red Heart With Love Yarn in White
- 1 skein (7 oz/198 g, 370 yds/338 m) of Red Heart With Love Yarn in Bubble Gum
- tape measure
DirectionsThe loom includes detailed instructions for how to cast on and make knit and purl stitches. Before you begin, take a moment to familiarize yourself with casting on and making knit stitches.
Now it's time for three easy math equations to make sure your earwarmer fits perfectly.
First, measure your head circumference with a tape measure. My head circumference was 21 1/2 inches.
It's good to do both row counts so you can double check yourself.
Then, you need to calculate the Gauge, or how many rows are in 1 inch. When I counted, I estimated 6 1/2 rows in one inch and counted 26 rows in 4 inches. Let's make sure my estimate is right.
Gauge = Number of rows ÷ length
Example: Gauge = 26 rows ÷ 4 inches = 6 1/2 rows (Whew, I got it right!)
Next you need to decide how long your earwarmer needs to be. The finished earwarmer should be 2 inches smaller than your head circumference.
Earwarmer Length = Head Circumference - 2
Example: Earwarmer Length = 21 1/2 - 2 = 19 1/2 inches
Finally, you need to figure out how many rows long to make your earwarmer.
Number of Rows = Earwarmer Length x Gauge
Example: Number of Rows = 19 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 rows/inch = 126 3/4
Of course you can't really knit 3/4 of a row, so round to the nearest even number, in this case 126 rows.
Follow the directions provided with the loom for a “Sewn Bind Off”.
To make sure that your earwarmer is not overly bulky where it is grafted together, I highly recommend following the loom instructions for “Tightening and Finishing Edges”.
|After both the cast on and bound off edges are tightened, knot the white yarn around the Bubble Gum on each end of the earwarmer.|
To finish things up, you need to graft the ends of the earwarmer together. When grafting, you're going to focus on the stitches that make a "V" that points towards the seam. You will be working mainly in the rows of White stitches closest to the cast on and bound off edges.
Place your darning needle on the same strand of yarn that was used to bind off. All the other loose yarn strands can be trimmed to 6-8 inches and tucked inside the ends of the headband.
Now that your ears are warm with a loom knit headband, stay tuned for my next pattern, a cozy cowl for your neck.