I have a love hate relationship with ear warmers. I want to wear them, but I just don’t look good in them. I decided to make one anyway since I wanted to practice the knit stitch.
Since I’m new to knitting I’m still trying to figure out what type of knitting needles to use. Do I use metal or bamboo? I decided to go with metal ones this time because I like how easy the yarn slides on the needles. That can be a good thing and bad thing because I have to make sure I don’t drop stitches.
These are the ones I decided to use (size 9). I kind of like how to metal clinks together as I use them.
To learn about casting on, the garter stitch, and casting off I thought this video was really helpful. You can find it HERE.
For yarn, I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Oatmeal.
Now, let’s make an ear warmer!
Create a slip knot with a 20″ tail.
Cast on 13 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Leave a 10″ tail for later.
Knit every row until piece measures about 15 1/2″ before stretching. Be sure that the tail is on the same edge as your beginning tail. I think I had 124 rows. Don’t quote me on that!
Cast off stitches and leave a long tail for sewing edges together. The tail will now be on the opposite edge from your beginning tail.
My headband was 2 3/4″ X 15 1/2″ before stretching and sewing together.
To sew the ends together you need to have the right sides facing each other. I had a hard time remembering right side from wrong side so I thought I would post some pictures. The right side has the tail on the lower left.
The wrong side has the tail on the lower right. Plus, you can see a row of stockinette stitches.
With right sides facing, run a straight stitch along edges of seems. A few ins and outs will be fine.
Pull on the yarn to cinch the headband down.
Tie it with the other tail to cinch it down and tie a knot. You can cut the yarn at this point. No need to weave in ends as this will be hidden with the front knot.
Wrap yarn around the front to create a “knot” and to hide the yarn you just tied. Voila! You’re done with your ear warmer!
My next goal is to learn the seed stitch. I’m working on it, but I keep adding stitches!