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Who knew that with the KnitPicks Ambassadorship would come a push (more like a shove – thank you Heather from We Crochet! LOL) into pattern-making? I mean… I debated it, I thought about it, but suddenly I felt like needing to get into it. And when you play with yarn, more often than not, inspiration strikes. It used to come in the form of adjusting an existing pattern; for example, I often adjust basic patterns so that they are more comfortable for me. Sometimes it’s simply adding length, sometimes it’s making the item slightly differently. I’m also happy that my studies at George Brown’s School of Fashion Design have given me a great understanding of fabric, drape, fit and patterns, all items that translate into knitwear, and more importantly, that I can finally apply some of my knowledge!

Now on to this adorable headband!

Last month I raved about my love of the linen stitch. It provides such a beautiful and graphic fabric, yet is simply a little manipulation of the basic knit and purl stitch. And even better than that? It has two very distinct-looking sides, so your work can be reversible, if sewn carefully!

And with that, I decided to knit the Niloo Headband! An easy and super-quick project, this is a satisfying knit that you’ll wear over and over again. And so you’re not left out in the cold, crocheters, I have the crochet version coming at you shortly!

Oh, and did I mention that I will also be releasing a matching crochet AND knit Niloofar Scarf?

Let’s talk about that soft, warm yarn. I used KnitPicks Swish Bulky, which has quickly become a staple (I’ve now made numerous accessories and gifts with Swish Bulky!). Comprised of 100% Fine Superwash Merino, this yarn is the perfect antidote to those of us sensitive to wool: soft, non-scratchy, and very, very comfortable to wear. Oh, and it’s machine-washable!! Knit your heart out with Swish Bulky! Note that one hank of Swish Bulky will make two knitted Niloo Headbands!

Are you ready to knit your very own Niloo Headband?

Niloo Headband
Knitting Pattern

Size: One size, ladies’ size S-M to fit 22” head circumference (due to stretchiness of headband). Can be made longer to increase head circumference by adding rows.

Finished measurements:
Finished headband will be 20”/51 cm long, 4”/10 cm wide

Materials:
Knitting needles, size 8 mm or US 11
or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle or spare DPN (Double Poined Needle)
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
20 st x 27 rows = 4”/10 cm in linen stitch

Yarn Recommendations:
KnitPicks Swish Bulky Yarn (100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool) or another Bulky weight /category 5 yarn
Approximately 65 yards/ 59m

Samples shown in photo are worked in KnitPicks Swish Bulky Yarn in Garnet Heather, Squirrel Heather, and Nutmeg Heather.

Abbreviations:
All The Obsessed Patterns are written in standard US terms.

CO Cast On
K Knit
P Purl
Sl Slip
St Stitch

Notes:

Headband is worked lengthwise, in linen stitch. The twist is achieved using a cable needle during knitting, at the half-way point.
Headband will be reversible.

Pattern:

With 8mm needles,  CO 20.

Row 1: Sl 1, k 1, *sl 1 (purlwise) with yarn in front, k 1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Sl 1, p 1, *sl 1 (purlwise) with yarn in back, p 1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 to form the pattern.

If you need more assistance, here is a detailed breakdown of how to perform each row:

ROW 1: 

-With the yarn at the back of your work, slip the first stitch purl-wise. 

– Knit the next stitch regularly. *Bring the yarn to the front of your work, between the 2 needles, and slip the next stitch purl-wise. Return the yarn to the back by bringing it between the 2 needles, knit the next stitch.* Repeat the steps from * to *. 

ROW 2: 

Begin your 2nd row with the yarn at the front, slip the first stitch purl-wise. 

With the yarn at the front, purl the next stitch.* Take the yarn to the back, slip the next stitch purl-wise.With yarn in front, purl the next stitch.*Repeat from * to *.

Repeat these 2 rows to form the pattern.

Knit these two rows until the headband is 10”/51 cm or approximately 68 rows before putting in the twist:

Finish a row 2 (wrong side of work facing you).

At next odd row (right side facing you):

Park first 10 on cable or DPN. Hold the cable needle in front of your work. 

K st 11-20 by: sl first st w yarn in front, k, sl, as in row 1.

Now work the first 10 stitches that are on hold starting with a sl st, then k, sl1 as in row 1, ending with a k.

These will be very snug to knit. 

(Note that these rows of twisting and the row after may be frustrating, but so, so worth it!)

Continue with row 2 instructions on next row, and back to row 1 and 2 to continue the pattern.

Knit for 10” after twist, until the length of the entire headband is 20”.

Bind off, being careful not to bind off too snug.

Seam the knitted headband with either the overcast or whipstitch, limiting leaving any edge on one side. This will allow you to have a reversible headband: wear your headband on both the linen stitch or purl side!

Tip! If you forget what row you’re on:
If you are ready to start the next row, and your yarn is at the back of your work, you will be working a row 1 next.
And if your yarn is in front, this means you will continue on a row 2.

©The Obsessed Blog / Aire Nitsotolis

Hope you will enjoy making my Niloo Headband! Tag me #NilooHeadband @The_Obsessed if you make it!

~xoxo, Aire

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This is a FREE pattern in collaboration with KnitPicks!
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Happy December!!!

It’s finally time to decorate for the holidays (if you haven’t already)… and enjoy all the sparkly lights and glitter the holidays bring. And although 2020 hasn’t been great in many ways, I wanted to bring some cheer to your life…

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you already know that…

I am hosting a 10-day giveaway extravaganza!!! Thanks to the amazing crafters over at Knit Picks for sponsoring this awesome giveaway-fest!! Please show them some love by following Knit Picks and We Crochet. 😊)

For ten days this month I will share a new maker’s giveaway on Instagram! You will have a chance to win not only tons of yarn, but also craft supplies like knitting needles and more! Make sure you’ve turned on notifications and are following me! (We are on day 2 of our 10 Days of Holidays Giveaway!)

I hope this brings you some joy! Let me know in the comments if you are going to be entering the contests!

Tell me… are you ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holidays? Are you ready to wrap up 2020? 🎁

~xoxo, Aire

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Friends, I am so excited to announce that I have become a KnitPicks Ambassador!!

Over the last couple of years, as I have dived back into knitting and crocheting, I learned about KnitPicks and its sister company, We Crochet. I actually found We Crochet first… and quickly started ordering their incredible yarns. (I even got my mother hooked on them!) Well-priced, high-quality… this brand has everything necessary to get started with crafting. I was thrilled to be able to bring my love for knitting to you by partnering with this company!

Let’s unbox what arrived this month, shall we? Oh… and there is a huge surprise at the end.

There was so much yarn!

Let’s talk about what yarn I selected for my make. I really wanted a bulky, warm, but soft scarf. Something oversized that I could wear with anything. My issue is that I can’t wear most wools because I have a slight sensitivity to untreated wool. If it’s treated, something like superwash, or blended, then I can usually get away with it. So I decided to try KnitPicks Bare Super Bulky Wool, composed of 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Superfine Alpaca. Can I tell you, although I read that this yarn was soft, I was surprised at just how soft and squishy it really is!! It comes in a bare, undyed shade which was perfect for me!

As I’m working on my project… perhaps it’s time to share my surprise?

In early December, I am going to be hosting 10 Days of Holidays Giveaways!!!

So if you’re not already following me on Instagram and Facebook, head over there and give me a follow! I’ve already teased one of the incredible prizes… may tease one more this weekend… Wait until you see the rest!! (I’m also on Ravelry, Pinterest and Twitter. 😉)

Are you going to be entering???

Psst, there’s also a site-wide 20% off sale at KnitPicks and WeCrochet – until November 30th!

~xoxo, Aire

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