Clover Oval Loom Earwarmer Pattern

How to knit an earwarmer headband with a Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom
I love trying different crafty tools and last month I had the opportunity to experiment with the Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom. I have been knitting with pointy sticks for many, many years, so I admit, I was a little skeptical about the potential of this tool. Turns out, it's a lot of fun to use and you don't need any pointy stick knitting experience to quickly create a variety of projects.

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

Materials

These materials are enough to complete all four patterns.

Directions

The 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.

Begin by casting on with the Bubble Gum yarn following the directions included with the loom. The basic idea is that you loosely wrap the yarn counter clockwise around each peg moving clockwise around the loom. After all the pegs have been wrapped once, repeat the process once more.

Row 1: Knit the first row by using the hook to lift the bottom wrap up and over the top wrap, then over the peg so only one wrap remains on each peg.
Row 2: With the White yarn, skip the first peg, knit on the next three pegs.
Skip 1 peg by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, knit on the next 3 pegs. Repeat this pattern around the rest of the loom - skip one peg, knit on 3 pegs.
After the first two rows, I found it easier to remove the legs of the loom by gently squeezing them together near the loom and work with the loom on my lap.
Row 3: With Bubble Gum, knit around all of the pegs.

Row 4: With White, [skip one peg by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, knit on the next 3 pegs], repeated the bracketed section around the loom.
Repeat Row 3 and 4. As you continue repeating Row 3 and 4 the work kind of looks like a spider web.
Continue working Row 3 and 4 until the piece is about 12 inches long.

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.

Next you need to figure out your stitch gauge. You can do this one of two ways.

Either count how many "V" shaped stitches are in one inch (for my example it looks like there are about are 6 1/2 stitches in an inch) or count how many "V" shaped stitches there are in four inches, for my example it was 26.

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.

Continue working Row 3 and 4 until your earwarmer is the correct number of rows long. Make sure you end after a White row.

Cut the White yarn 6-8 inches long. Cut the Bubble Gum yarn so it is about 120 inches or 10 feet long. You will use this yarn both to bind off your work and to graft the two ends together.

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.

Fold the headband in half so the cast on and bound off edges are close to each other.

Place the needle under both strands of the first raised Bubble Gum stitch on the cast on edge and gently pull the yarn through. Notice this stitch makes a "V" that points toward the seam.
Next, place the needle under the first "V" on the bound off edge. The "V" has one Bubble Gum strand and one White strand. Gently pull the yarn through.
Place the needle under both strands of the next White stitch on the cast on edge and pull the yarn through.
Place the needle under both strands of the next White stitch on the bound off edge and pull the yarn through.

Continue grafting around the edges of the earwarmer working one stitch on the bound off edge followed by one on the cast on edge.
On the cast on edge, you will always be sliding the needle under stitches where both strands are the same color (White except for the raised Bubble Gum stitches).
On the bound off edge, most of the grafted stitches will have two white strands. However, on either side of the ridges, you will work under one Bubble Gum and one White strand.
The Bubble Gum strand used for grafting creates what looks like a row of stitches, making the join almost invisible. Once you reach the beginning of the grafting, continue working over 2-3 more stitches to make sure the join is secure.

Trim the grafting yarn to 6-8 inches and with the darning needle pull it into the center of the earwarmer to conceal the yarn.

Now that your ears are warm with a loom knit headband, stay tuned for my next pattern, a cozy cowl for your neck.

Loom Knit Earwarmer Headband Pattern: The first of four Clover Oval Standing Knitting Loom projects that will keep you cozy from head to toe.

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