Free knit headband pattern
Yukon Headband is a free knit headband pattern in the beautiful basketweave stitch pattern. It makes an excellent gift for graduates, teachers, students, and sports fans in their school or team colors. It can be made with just one skein of yarn and is quick to finish.
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What materials do I need to knit this headband?
I made this headband in Berroco Lustra, and sadly, this yarn has been discontinued, but I suggest Cascade 220 Superwash Merino in it’s place. This yarn is about as close to the same weight as you can get, it’s soft, and comes in a lot of colors! One skein should make 3 headbands.
You will also need US Size 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles. You can use long circular needles for the magic loop method, or you can use double pointed needles. I have the Reflections Double Pointed Needles Set from KnitPicks and have been very happy with them.
And then, of course, you’ll need a tapestry needle to weave in your ends.
Where can I get this free knit headband pattern?
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Yukon Knit Headband, a Free Knit Headband Pattern
By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Finished Measurements: 3 ½ inches wide and 18 ½ inches circumference, stretches to fit most adults. Make your headband to be 4 to 6 inches smaller around than the head of the recipient. You can easily adjust the circumference of the headband by adding or subtracting multiples of 8 stitches from your cast on stich count.
My headband was made with Berroco Lustra (50% Peruvian Wool, 50% Tencel® Lyocell; 197 yds [180 m]; 3.5 oz [100 g]; CYCA weight 4/worsted): #3165 Kir, 1 skein. This yarn has been discontinued.
I suggest you use Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 220 yds; 3.5 oz; yarn weight category: 4/worsted/medium): #96 Molten Lava, 1 skein. The headband requires about 60 yds of yarn. You should be able to make 3 of them with this one skein.
Knitting Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm), circulars at least 40 inches long for magic loop method, or set of 4 double-pointed needles at least 8 inches long. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 21 sts x 30 rows = About 4 inches square.
Notes: Headband is worked in the round from bottom to top.
CO 96 sts (or if you desire to make the headband larger or smaller, add or subtract multiples of 8).
Rnd 1: Working in the rnd, K each st – 96 sts.
Rnd 2: K each st.
Rnds 3-8: K4, P4 around.
Rnds 9-10: K each st.
Rnds 11-16: P4, K4 around.
Repeat Rnds 1-10.
Bind off as follows: K 2 sts, insert left needle through fronts of 2 knitted sts on right needle, K these tog through the back loop, *K next st, insert left needle through fronts of 2 sts on right needle, K these tog through the back loop, repeat from * around. Fasten off.
Block if desired. Weave in ends.
That finishes this free knit headband pattern. I’d love to see photos of your finished headbands! You can share it on Ravelry, Instagram, or my Facebook group and I’ll see it there. Be sure to tag me if you share it on Instagram.
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