Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Loom Knit Headband - free pattern

I received so many repins on this pin:

that I decided to write up a quick pattern. Forgive me if I'm a bit lazy in explaining the terminology here, but it is SO darned easy you will barely need to read through this post to figure out how to get this finished product. It takes me about half an hour to make one - how's that for instant gratification?!

Start with a double rake loom and bulky yarn. The yarn I used was Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, which is super bulky "6." I also used my blue flat loom, which has 18 pegs on each side. Cast on 10 pegs, 5 on each side, using the figure 8 cast on. I don't know what this stitch is called, but it's the one that they "teach" you on the pamphlet that comes inside the loom package. It's not the double knit stitch, where you skip every other peg. You want to criss-cross cast on each peg, for a total of 10 pegs (5 on each side).
Start knitting! Just wrap each peg in criss cross fashion. When you get to the bottom two pegs, wrap straight across to the opposite end peg and "re-trace" your bottom row of yarn until you get to the top again. Then flip the bottom loop over each top loop, and repeat.
Keep going.
And going.
And going.
Until you reach about 9 inches when folded in half, or 18 inches total. If it's shorter, that's ok, this thing has some stretch to it.
I went a bit too long for this one so it was about 19.5-20 inches in total, but it still turned out fine.
I used a crochet hook to cast off. Place two live stitches on the crochet hook, yarn over and pull through both loops to make one loop. Then place the next live stitch onto the hook, and pull through both to make one loop. Repeat till you cast off all loops.
Leave a really long tail, then cut the working yarn and draw through last loop. Mine was maybe 5 feet long - you want lots of yarn here. So leave a long tail, and when you think it's enough, go ahead and add another foot.
Using the short end of the cast on yarn...
sew the two ends of the headband together.
My cast off edge is always tighter than the cast on edge, so make it match the shorter edge. You want it to dip together in the middle and be more narrow than the rest of the headband. It doesn't even need to look nice, because we'll be covering it up in the next step. Weave in that yarn end and cut.
Now take the long 5-foot cast off yarn tail, and wrap it around and around the narrow part. This effectively covers up the two edges that we just sewed together.
Decide what side looks better. Then weave your yarn around a few strands of the "wrong" side, to tack in place. Weave through a few more times, then cut yarn.
BOOM - DONE!
Make an army of them! Seriously, it knits up so quick in that bulky yarn, so go ahead, make more!


Here is the short version of the pattern: 

Loom Knit Headband - free pattern

Materials: 
Double rake loom with at least 10 pegs 
Bulky yarn (I used was Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, which is super bulky "6")
Loom pick
Crochet hook
Yarn needle

- Criss-cross cast on 10 pegs, 5 on each side, using the figure 8 stitch. 
- Wrap each peg in criss cross fashion. When you get to the bottom two pegs, wrap straight across to the opposite end peg and "re-trace" your bottom row of yarn until you get to the top again. 
- Using the loom pick, flip the bottom loop over each top loop, and repeat. 
- Keep going until you reach about 9 inches when folded in half, or 18 inches total. If it's shorter, that's ok, this thing has some stretch to it. 
- Cast off using a crochet hook. Place two live stitches on the crochet hook, yarn over and pull through both loops to make one loop. Then place the next live stitch onto the hook, and pull through both to make one loop. Repeat till you cast off all loops. 
- Leave a 5-foot long tail, then cut the working yarn and draw through last loop.
- Use the short end of the cast on yarn to sew the two ends of the headband together. Sew tightly, to make sure this portion is more narrow than the rest of the headband.
- Now take the long 5-foot cast off yarn tail, and wrap it around and around the narrow part, covering up the two edges that you just sewed together. Weave your yarn around a few strands of the "wrong" side, to tack in place. Weave through a few more times, then cut yarn. 

8 comments:

  1. love it! cant wait to try this!

    melissa

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  2. Just made this great pattern easy and quick thanks

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  3. Thank you for the great instructions and pictures. Your headbands turned out adorable, I can't wait to try this pattern.

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  4. just did it mine were coming out really loose. how can i prevent that?

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  5. I only have round looms, Can I make it on those?

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  6. Super - going to try this pattern - thank you!

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