Knitting Pattern: Garter Ridge Headband

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

The Garter Ridge Headband combines a simple, textured stitch to allow the color-changing, netted yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner and it works up quickly to make a great last-minute gift, or even a last-minute earwarmer for a cold snap.

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The weather has been warming up in New York City, but it is still dipping regularly below 40 degrees. I don’t quite feel that a hat is necessary, but some nights after work, I still want to cover my ears.

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Recently, I got the chance to try a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Stitchbird. It has a black netting over the fiber which is light and airy, like roving. The yarn changes color in unexpected ways. I really enjoyed working with it, but I knew that a complicated stitch pattern would get “lost” in the yarn…

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I decided to use one of my favorite classic stitch patterns, the garter ridge. (I’ve previously used it in a square in the Anthology Blanket here, and in the Garter Ridge Dishcloth here.)

I used my Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular needles for this project because they are gentle on my hands. In the winter months and in transitional weather, metal needles are not as comfortable for me.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter in progress on Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles

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Garter Ridge Headband

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

This headband works up quickly in a bulky yarn. A simple, textured stitch pattern allows a special yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 20” (51 cm) headband circumference x 3” (7.5 cm) height. See Pattern Notes for instructions for customizing size.

Materials

Gauge

  • 11 sts = 3” (7.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • A video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available at the end of this pattern.
  • A tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.
  • To customize this headband pattern to a different finished size:
    • The cast on stitches will determine the height of the headband. Adjust your cast on stitches in multiples of 4 sts, + 3 sts so that it is as wide as you want your headband to be.
    • The length will determine the circumference of the headband. I recommend 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) of negative ease for headbands. This means that the headband will measure 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) smaller than the circumference of the head you want it to fit.
    • If you want to make the headband for someone whose head you can’t measure, my preferred hat sizing chart is this one from Top Toppers. Remember that this lists head circumference, not headband circumference.

Pattern Instructions

Headband

  • CO 11 sts, or any multiple of 4 sts, + 3 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, *p1, k3; rep from * across to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until headband measures approximately 20” (51 cm) long, or approximately the desired finished headband circumference, ending after a repeat for Row 3.
  • BO in pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming, approximately 12” (30.5 cm) long.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. With wrong (back) sides facing, seam short edges together using the mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of headband.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/11/knitting-pattern-garter-ridge-headband/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Giveaway: Clover Takumi Circular Knitting Needles

Clover Takumi circular knitting needles giveaway on Underground Crafter | Enter through December 15, 2016 for your chance to win a pair of Clover Takumi circular needles in your choice of size.

A few weeks ago, I shared the free knitting pattern for the Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf.

Free knitting pattern: Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf in Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn by Underground Crafter | Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf. This unisex project works up quickly with bulky yarn.I used a set of Clover Takumi circular knitting needles to make it, after Clover sent me a pair in another size to try out.

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I’ve used Clover Takumi straight needles before — all of the squares for the Anthology Blanket were knit with Clover straights — but it was my first time using the circulars. The bamboo is very comfortable on the hands, and the thin and flexible cable makes these needles great for small circumference knitting in the round using the “magic loop” technique.

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The folks at Clover USA are offering one lucky Underground Crafter reader the chance to win a set of the Clover Takumi circular knitting needles in the winner’s choice of size!


Here’s the fine print for this giveaway: This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States or Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, December 15, 2016. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive a pair of Clover Takumi circular knitting needles in the winner’s choice of available sizes, courtesy of Clover USA. Good luck!

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Knitting Pattern: Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf

Free knitting pattern: Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf in Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn by Underground Crafter | Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf. This unisex project works up quickly with bulky yarn.

If there was an award for the world’s slowest knitter, I’m pretty sure I’d win (or, at least bring home the bronze).

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My slug-like pace doesn’t deter me from knitting, though sometimes, I need a little help from a bulky yarn and larger needles. Although I once preferred working with metal needles, since the Great Cat Bite of 2013, I find that metal needles generally bother my hands. This is especially true when it’s cold outside.

The Clover Takumi circulars are great for this weather. Bamboo isn’t thermal conductive (translation: it doesn’t make your hands cold when it’s cold outside, or make your hands sweat when it’s hot), so it’s wonderful to work with in weather extremes. The nice folks at Clover sent me a pair of circular needles to try out a few weeks ago. When I got the idea for this project, I headed over to Michaels to pick up another set in the right size for this yarn.

Free knitting pattern: Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf in Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn by Underground Crafter | Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf. This unisex project works up quickly with bulky yarn.

I prefer working with circular needles, even when they aren’t necessary for the project. Why, you ask? (Ok, maybe you didn’t ask. But I’m going to tell you anyway.) I like that circular needles can be used for all types of projects. Straight needles are more limited since you can only use them for knitting flat. I prefer the longer, 36″ (91.5 cm) needles, since those can also be used for small circumference knitting in the round. (Since I’m often knitting during my commute, I don’t want to worry about losing a DPN when I switch trains. Plus, other commuters don’t like things with points on all sides.)

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Free knitting pattern: Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf in Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn by Underground Crafter | Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf. This unisex project works up quickly with bulky yarn.So, back to this infinity scarf. After picking up the Clover Takumi 36″ circular needles from Michaels, I started it as a commuter project. I had some Bernat Maker Home Dec in different colors leftover from previous projects so I had color blocking in mind. I was hunting through my stitch guides when I fell in love with the look of this traveling stitch pattern. Although a cotton blend yarn might seem like an odd choice for colder weather, the Bernat Maker Home Dec feels just like your favorite t-shirt. It’s super soft to wear around the neck!

If you make your own Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter.

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Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 505-bulky 50Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf.

 

Finished Size

  • Adult: 7.75” (19.5 cm) width x 55” (140 cm) length.

Materials

  • Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn (72% cotton/28% nylon, 8.8 oz/250 g/317 yd/290 m) – 1 skein ea in 11008 Clay (CA) and 11005 Aqua (CB), or approximately 205 yd (187.5 m) in any bulky weight yarn.

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  • US Size 11/8 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 14 sts x 18 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CO – cast on
  • ea – each
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 sts together (decrease)
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sk2p – slip 1 k2tog pass (double decrease) – Sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, pass slipped st over k2tog. A video tutorial for this decrease is available on New Stitch A Day.
  • sl – slip
  • ssk – slip slip knit – (Sl 1 knitwise) twice, insert left needle under slipped sts, k2tog. A video tutorial for this decrease is available on New Stitch A Day.
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.


Yarn

Pattern Notes

  • Scarf is knit flat and then joined to create an infinity scarf.
  • Sl 1 at beginning of each row is always worked knitwise.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, CO 28 (or any multiple of 6 sts, +4).
  • Set-Up Row: K across to last st, p1.
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, *k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k across to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k2, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, *k3, yo, sk2p, yo; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *k3, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 9: Sl 1, k2, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 10: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 11: Sl 1, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, *yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * across to last 3 sts, yo, ssk, p1.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-12 until scarf measures approximately 27.5” (70 cm) long, or half of desired length, ending after Row 12.
  • With CB, rep Rows 1-12 until scarf measures approximately 55” (140 cm), or until CB section is just one row shorter than CA section, ending after Row 12.
  • Final Row: Rep Row 2.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m long) for seaming.

Finishing

© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/11/25/free-knitting-pattern-two-toned-diamonds-infinity-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter.

Add the Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

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