Autumn Vibes & a Free Headband Knitting Pattern!

Autumn has arrived and brought with it the scents of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. A chill is entering the air, bringing with it all the cozy vibes: sweaters, shawls and all the knitwear! And I cannot wait for the changing of the colours… when green leaves fade into bright, burnt shades of amber, red and sienna. Summer is by far my favourite season, but autumn is a close second. The photogenic views of fall just can’t be beat!

Early autumn is a season of transition. Not quite cold, but not tank top weather. It’s too soon yet for the thick wool (at least for me!), so I love adding a layer: a shawl or cardigan over my summer dresses… wearing the cotton knits with longer sleeves… While some makers switch to thicker yarns, I keep going with my cottons as long as I can.

Which brings me to this month’s AMAZING FREE pattern! Are you ready for a stash-buster with no seaming and no purl stitches???

Brought to you in collaboration with my friends at KnitPicks, get your yarn and your shorties circular needles! Using just ONE skein of Knit Picks CotLin (or any DK weight cotton yarn of your choosing!), get ready to make a quickie knitting project that you will love, or you will love to gift! I have already made three colours of this beauty! Meet my Picot Headband, perfect for your self-care days, where you just want to pull your hair out of your face and relax in a soothing bath… or perhaps you’ll use it to pull your hair back and apply your makeup? I like to wear mine all day, any time, because it’s that comfy. And the best part is, CotLin is constructed of natural fiber (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen), making it breathable, easy to care for (it’s machine-washable!) and easy to use! Hello, spa gift idea, anyone?

Materials:

1 skein Knit Picks CotLin Yarn (I used shades Surf, Conch and Creme Brûlée)
US size 5 (3.75 mm) Shorts Circular Needles (16″ circulars)
Stitch marker
Crochet hook 2.5 mm (optional)

Finished Measurements:

2″ (5 cm) wide x 20″ (50 cm) circumference

Gauge:

24 st x 40 rows = 4″ /10 cm in stockinettte

Abbreviations:

All The Obsessed Patterns are written in standard US terms.
BO: Bind Off
Bor M: Beginning of round marker
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
Sl: Slip
St(s): Stitch(es)

CO 120
Place marker for beginning of round
Join to knit in round (ensuring your CO sts are aligned and not twisted)

Rows 1-10: k all sts
Row 11: *k2tog, yo repeat from * until bor m
Rows 12 – 31: k all sts
Row 32: repeat row 11
Rows 33-42: k all sts

Construction:

Head to my social channels for a video showing how to do this (YouTube, Instagram IGTV)!

Fold your work and bring your CO edge behind your needle, lining up your first CO stitch with where you placed your bor marker. Now you will knit current stitches on the needle with the CO edge and BO at the same time to avoid seaming. For reference, see photo instructions below:

Ensure your first CO stitch is lined up with your stitch marker; you will want your stitch columns lined up so that you are picking up the correct CO stitch to knit with the first stitch at the start of this round.
Pick up your first st of the CO edge (you will pick up one leg of each st of the CO edge), and place it on the left needle. K this st together with the first st that was on your left needle – you’ll k2tog. You will have 1 st on the right needle.
Repeat this process one more time. You will have 2 sts on the right needle.
Now to BO: sl the first st on the right needle over the second st you just placed on the right needle. One st BO.

Repeat this process of knitting a stitch from the CO row with the next stitch on your current round, then slipping the first stitch on the right needle over the second st beside it. When you have only 1 st left, cut and pull the yarn through this last st, and weave in the end.
Pro-tip: I like to switch to a small crochet hook in place of the right needle – makes it a lot easier to hook and pull!

(Alternatively, you can simply BO after row 42, and seam the headband using your favourite seaming method.)

If you feel your headband is loose, stop BO when you have 3 – 6 st remaining so that you can insert a flat elastic band (2 – 4 cm width) into the headband, using a safety pin to guide it through the headband. Sew the two edges of elastic band together, then stitch the opening on your headband seam. Note that none of my headbands needed this elastic band.

This is what the bound-off edge looks like

© This pattern, design and photos are copyrighted to The Obsessed Blog. Pattern may not be reproduced. Items created using this pattern may be sold in small quantities of less than ten, but may not otherwise be used commercially. Please provide pattern credit when sharing your work.

I hope you enjoy my Picot Headband as much as I enjoyed making it!

~xoxo, Aire

Remember to share your makes on social with me using #KnitPicotHeadband ! Can’t wait to see your makes!

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