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June 21, 2019

How To Loom Knit an Easy Lace Headband

Inside: Loom knit easy lace headband pattern with free tutorial video

I’ve got girls. Girls have hair. Lots and lots of shiny, thick hair.

If I had a nickel for every time I said, “Get your hair out of your face. I want to see that smile!” …

What’s a mom to do?

Sometimes in the midst of the shuttling kids back and forth to practices, answering emails and remembering to put on lipstick before I start filming I get a brainstorm.

It came to me while I was working on the sample for the Lacy Baby Blanket video. I’m constantly measuring and double checking my numbers to make sure the pattern will be accurate. I jotted down 2.5″ wide.

2.5″ is the exact width of one repeat of the Feather Lace Stitch. Typically, I make my pattern notes and move on, but then it hit me.

[cue the lightbulb above my head]

Use one repeat of the lace and turn it into a headband.

Yay! I can see her eyes!

Necessity really is the mother of invention so I designed the Feather Lace Headband. (Maybe we should change it to invention comes from the necessity of mothers.)

So how easy is it?

I’m not gonna lie. It’s not as easy as an all ewrap hat with no brim. But nothing else is that simple.

The loom knit easy lace headband pattern is a technique powerhouse. If you want to build your loom knitting skills grab your your loom and yarn get to work on this pattern. This small, quick project teaches you:

  • increases (make 1 right, make 1 left and yarn over)
  • decreases (knit 2 together and slip, slip knit)
  • 3-peg icord
  • Ewrap, uwrap and flat knit stitches

I know it seems like a lot. And it is. However, I demonstrate each technique in the tutorial video below so you can learn and master each one.

1 small headband pattern = 1 power-packed loom knitting class

Ready to get started?


Feather Lace Headband Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

The Feather Lace Headband is stylish way to keep the fly aways at bay.  This easy loom knit pattern makes a beautiful tie-on headband. The simple 4-row lace repeat knits up quickly so you can make one to match all your favorite summer styles.

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available on Ravelry.com.

MATERIALS

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport (12.3 oz/350 g; 1256 yds/1148 m) Color: Lilac  1 ball

Loom: ⅜” gauge loom with at least 16 pegs.  
KB All in One  used in sample. Alternately use KB 28” loom with peg extenders.

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx. = Approximately
EK = Ewrap knit
FK = Flat knit
UK = Uwrap knit
P = Purl
M1R = Make 1 stitch (right-leaning)
M1L = Make 1 stitch (left-leaning)
K2tog = Knit 2 together
Ssk = Slip slip knit
ep = Repeat
St(s) = Stitch(es)
YO = Ewrap Yarn over

GAUGE

10 sts x  4 rows in lace stitch pattern = 2.5” x 0.5”

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

MEASUREMENTS

Approx. 2.75” x 38” (16” of Feather Lace Headband plus i-cords)

NOTES

This pattern uses both Ewrap and Uwrap knit stitches. The uwrap stitches need to be loose.  If it’s too tight use the true knit stitch to replace the uwrap knit stitches.

Use the cast on of your choice.

This pattern uses the M1R and M1L increases.  This makes a new stitch that leans either right or left.  

  • M1R – To do the Make 1 Right pick up the ladder between the stitches from the previous row and twist it to the LEFT (counter-clockwise).
  • M1L – To work a make 1 Left pick up the ladder between the stitches from the previous row and twist it to the RIGHT (clockwise).

To make eyelets more open do the following on the even rows:

  1. Lift yarn over off peg.
  2. Untwist the yarn over.  (It will be twisted from working an Ewrap yarn over.)
  3. Place stitch back on peg.
  4. Knit the stitch.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 3 sts.

I-cord:

Row 1: FK all. Bring working yarn behind all pegs back to beginning of row.
Rep Row 1, always working from the starting peg not back and forth, until i-cord measures approx.11”.

Increases:

Row 2: EK all. (This will take you back to the beginning of the row).
Row 3: EK1, M1L, UK1, M1R, EK1. (5 sts).
Row 4: P2, UK1, P2.
Row 5: EK2, M1L, UK1, M1R, EK2. (7 sts).
Row 6: P2, UK.3, P2
Row 7: EK2 M1L, UK to last 2 sts, M1R, EK2. (9 sts).
Row 8: P2, UK to last 2 sts, P2.

Rep. Rows 7 and 8 3 more times. (15 sts).

Feather Lace Stitch Pattern (see chart below):

Row 9: EK2. UK2, YO, UK2, Ssk, K2tog, UK2, YO, UK1. EK2.
Row 10: P2. UK to last 2 sts. P2.
Row 11: EK2. UK1, YO, UK2, Ssk, K2tog, UK2, YO, UK2. EK2.
Row 12: P2. UK to last 2 sts. P2.

Rep Rows 9-12 until work from beginning of headband increase measures approx 14.5”  (or 25.5” from icord) ending on Row 12.

Decreases:

Row 13: EK2, Ssk, UK to last 4 sts, K2tog, EK2. (13 sts.)
Row 14: P2, UK to last 2 sts, P2.

Rep. Rows 13 and 14 3 more times. (7 sts.)

Row 15: EK1, Ssk, UK1, K2tog, EK1 (5 sts.)
Row 16: P2. UK1, P2.
Row 17: Ssk, UK1, K2tog. (3 sts.)
Row 18: UK all.

Headband should measure approx. 16” from where you finished the first i-cord (or approx. 27” from the beginning).

I-cord:

Row 19: FK all. Bring working yarn behind all pegs back to beginning of row.
Rep. Row 19 until i-cord measures approx. 11”.

Bind off by placing the stitches on Pegs 1 and 3 onto Peg 2 and knit over.  Weave in tails. Wet block. Wear tied in a bow or loose knot.

Feather Lace Headband Chart:

This chart shows Rows 9-12 of the feather lace stitch pattern including the border.


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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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