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Day 6 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Countdown starts off with this stylish headband and ear warmer free knitting pattern. Most knitters can whip this up in just an hour and I bet you’ve got plenty of stash yarn just waiting for it!
Braided Cable Headband Ear Warmer
Crafting Time: About 30-45 Minutes
This quick knit headband provides some sparkle for the holidays or parties. It also doubles as an ear warmer for the cold. The pattern suggests two yarns used in the pictures, but any two worsted weight yarns held together should work. Experiment with bulky and super-bulky too.
55-60 yards of Patons Metallic Yarn (95044) Pewter
55-60 yards of Yarn Bee Diva Yarn in Istanbul *(see notes)
Size 11 needles
Cable needle and darning needle
Gauge is not too important, but one repeat of the pattern should be roughly 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches long.
C6F – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold forward, knit 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches from cable needle
C6B – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold back, knit 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches from cable needle
You can easily make this a seamless headband. I would suggest using a provisional cast-on like this one.
Notes on Yarn
I love to mix yarns to get a completely new look that plays to the best features of the yarns used. Patons Metallic Yarn (95044) Pewter is gorgeous and can be picked up online or from most local craft stores. It works very well as an accent yarn and is incredibly shiny, so draws lovely attention to your stitches. The yarn itself is a metallic netting over a black single core, so if you catch the yarn on anything it will expose that core. For this reason, I only knit with it when I carry it with another – darker – yarn.
The Yarn Bee Diva is a Hobby Lobby brand that you can only buy from their stores. If you don’t have one close, I suggest subbing something else in. If you want the same beautiful mosaic colors, then go with a mosaic yarn like ELEGANT YARNS Kaleidoscope Yarn, Dragonfruit. This will give you the color variety you are looking for.
If the sequins are what you’re after, I would suggest Spinrite Lace Sequin Yarn, Smoky Quartz which is a Patons yarn. It is just a tad thinner than the Diva, but is just as pretty and much easier to find in stores and online.
To see results from chunkier yarn, head to Ravelry and see some of the projects listed under this pattern. I’ve seen some really nice results!
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