It’s time for Summer knitting!
For me that means trying to finish projects I started when it was still Winter, but maybe you knit faster than I do. Maybe you’re looking for something to knit that doesn’t make you sweat under layers of wool. Maybe you don’t care about any of that and you just really dig hair accessories. I won’t judge you for any of them.
I love this headband because it works all year round and I don’t have to mess up my hair by slipping it over my head. You could also wear it as a necklace or cowl in a pinch. Simply place it where you want and tie that sucker down. Do you have a giant egghead? Just make it a little longer to fit. Making it for a tiny human? Make it smaller. This is so quick and easy you can make one for any size or shape you want and finish them up in time for those last minute gifts.
Summer Twirl Headband with I-cord Ties
Seasonality is a concept that gets harder to live by when you’re a knitter. Between the hot Summer weather and the frigid Winter, there aren’t a lot of projects that can span the entire year. However, headbands are a great all-weather accessory that keeps your hair off your sweaty forehead when you need it and does the same for dry, frizzy flyaways in the cold.
These headbands make great last minutes gifts, stocking stuffers, or satisfying finished objects when you just need a quick DIY fix. The yardage below is just a guideline and varies based on how long you want your headband and how loosely or tightly you knit. This project is great for stashbusting and scraps. Gauge is also not terribly important here, so go nuts.
- 2 size 10.5 double pointed needles
- 1 pair size 11 needles
- Cable Needle
- 30 yards of Diva Sequin in Istanbul, or another worsted weight yarn*
- 15 yards of Patons Metallic in Gold, or another worsted weight yarn*
- Darning needle
- Cable knitting
- I-cord knitting
*If you find any problems with the pattern, please comment below or contact me so I can fix them.
Notes on Yarn
I love to mix yarns to get a completely new look that plays to the best features of the yarns used. Both of the ones listed above are skinny worsted weights, so I think most fat DKs or skinny worsteds would be fine. If you want to use another type of yarn, just adjust your needle sizes accordingly.
The metallic yarn I used is Patons Metallic Yarn (95044) Pewter. It’s 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.