Hi there! I'm Lindsey, the goofy, penguin-obsessed maker behind The Chesapeake Needle. I've always loved to make things, and I've dabbled in many, many crafts over the years. I learned to crochet as a teenager, then taught myself to knit nearly five years ago. Little did I know, my life was about to change forever! I founded The Chesapeake Needle in September 2016, after working with yarn had officially taken over my life. My plan for my business was initially to sell finished hats, scarves, etc., but soon I fell in love with creating unique designs and started writing up patterns and publishing them online.
Most often, I am inspired by different textures and patterns that I try to recreate with stitches. Playing with color is another favorite way to spark creativity! When I'm designing, my goal is to create patterns that you will love to wear, and that will become staple pieces in your closet. That's what I love about the Eleanor Headband, the design I'm sharing with you today! It features a unique, eye-catching stitch pattern that resembles a string of pearls and is easy to pair with any outfit. The narrow width is perfect for keeping your hair out of your face, while ensuring you won't get too hot when the weather gets warmer. It's also the perfect project to use up scraps of yarn, since such a small amount of yardage is required! I hope that you will love this project as much as I do, and that you will find yourself reaching for it again and again.
Approximately 40 yards (37 m) of worsted weight yarn. I used Stitch Please Worsted by Premier Yarns in "Oat of This World."
US size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles
RS/WS right side/wrong side
S1K2P slip the next stitch knitwise, then knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over the K2tog. This stitch decreases your stitch count by 2 stitches.
Cast on 18 sts
Row 1 (RS): (K3, P2) three times, K3.
Row 2 (WS): (P3, K2) three times, P3.
Row 3: (S1K2P, P2) three times, S1K2P. Note that you will be decreasing by 8 sts this row, so your stitch count should be 10 sts after working this row.
Row 4: [(P1, K1, P1) all into the next st, K2] three times, then (P1, K1, P1) into the last st. Note that you will be increasing by 8 stitches this row, so your stitch count after working this row should be back up to 18.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until your work measures 18" long, or desired length. Bind off, leaving a 10" tail. With WS facing out, sew the ends of your work together using the long tail. Weave in all ends.
Congratulations! You have completed your very own Eleanor Headband. I hope you enjoyed making yours as much as I did mine! These headbands will make great stock for handmade markets or perfect gifts for your friends and family. Make sure to use the hashtag #EleanorHeadband on your social media posts so that I can see your beautiful work!