Knit With Me – Garter Stitch Ear Warmer

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!