Sea Moss Headband


One of my (many) resolutions for 2014 was to publish one pattern every month.  This month it’s a freebie!  The Sea Moss Headband is a quick, easy knit–I bet it could be knit up in an evening, but definitely doable in a weekend.  I have used the basic structure of the Duelling Cable Headband, but I substituted a simple slip stitch pattern for the colour-work cables.  I love an I-cord edge!  It is a technique that solves many problems gracefully.

EastLondonKnit Sea Moss Headband

The name ‘Sea Moss’ comes from the yarn itself–a really beautiful yarn from Malabrigo.  The colour way shown is Indiecita, which has an abundance of tonal variations, wandering  from deep blue-green to light lime and an occasional pretty purple.  It is, well, gorgeous.  The yarn is really interesting; it has the ‘dry’ feel of a fibre like cotton, but remains very plump and super soft.

(I was lucky enough to get the Kettle Yarn Co, aka lovely Linda to do a little modelling for me.  Linda is the source of some glorious hand-dyed yarn, to be seen here!)

Finished measurements

20 inches (50.5 cm) long, 4 inches (10 cm) wide. The headband will fit an adult-sized head.


Malabrigo Twist [100% pure Baby Merino Wool; 150 yards / 137 m  per 100g skein]; color: 416 Indiecita; 1 skein.  The headband uses approximately 40 g or 60 yards /55 m of yarn.

US #8/5 mm needles


Tapestry needle, waste yarn, crochet hook for provisional cast on, one 1 ¼  inch button


17 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in Sea Moss Slip Stitch

Pattern notes

An I-cord border runs around the entire headband and forms the buttonhole. Make it by slipping the first 3 stitches of every row purl-wise and knitting the last 3 stitches on right-side rows / purling the last 3 stitches on wrong-side rows.

Abbreviations and techniques can be found on the Abbreviations page.

Sea Moss Slip Stitch

The slipped stitch migrates one stitch to the left of the previous slipped stitch every time it is worked, but the first and last stitches next to the I-cord selvage are always knit on the right side rows, which are shown on the chart outside of the pattern repeat.  The i-cord edge is not shown on the chart.

Row 1 and all WS rows: P.

Row 2 (RS): K1, * k2, sl1wyif.  Repeat from * to last st, k1.

Row 4: K1, *k1, sl1wyif, k1. Repeat from * to last st, k1.

Row 6: K1, *sl1wyif, k2.  Repeat from * to last st, k1.


ELK Sea Moss Slip Stitch chartEast London Knit Sea Moss Slip St legend

Sea Moss Headband Instructions

Provisionally cast on 20 sts with waste yarn.

Begin Sea Moss Slip Stitch pattern.

Row 1 (WS): P.

Row 2 (RS) : Sl 3 sts of I-cord edge, work row 2, to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 3 (and all WS rows): Sl 1st 3 sts, p to end.

Continuing to work through the Sea Moss Slip Stitch pattern with row 4, work 120 rows in total.

Begin dec rows on the button side:

Dec row (RS): Sl 3 sts, ssk, work in pattern to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. 18 sts.

Next row: repeat row 3 above.

Repeat previous 2 rows until 8 sts are left, ending with a WS row.

To complete the I-cord edge at this end, continue working the I-cord on the right-hand side and then graft the stitches to the I-cord edge on the left-hand side as follows:

Next row: Sl 3, k1, turn work.

New row: P.

Repeat previous 2 rows once more.

Graft the 4 sts you have been working to the 4 sts on the left-hand needle.

Button-end of headband is complete.

Pick up the 20 sts from the provisional cast on to work the buttonhole side.

Work 2 rows in pattern as established.

Begin dec rows:

Dec row (RS): Sl 3 sts, ssk, work in pattern to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. 18 sts.

Next row (WS): Sl 3 sts, p to end.

Repeat previous 2 rows until 10 sts are left, ending with a WS row.

The buttonhole is made by binding off the center sts and working a small loop of I-cord at the end as follows:

Next row: Sl 3, k1, bind off 2 sts, k to end.

Next row: P4. Turn work.

Next row: Sl 3 sts, k1.

Next row: P4.

Repeat the previous 2 rows 4 times in total.*

Graft the 4 sts you have been working to the 4 sts on the left-hand needle.

EastLondonKnit Sea Moss Headband buttonhole sideWeave in ends, block and sew on button.

* If you prefer to use a smaller button, work a shorter length of I-cord before grafting the stitches together.


Next week, I will publish the next episode in double knitting tutorials.

Til then; Happy Knitting,



Double knit tutorial II: working the first row.

Well hello there!

To continue a previous post in which I showed you how to cast on tubular style for a double-sided fabric with two colours (here if you missed it),  let’s have a look at working the first row of the double knit fabric:

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Next time I will show you how work the double knit chart and work a slipped stitch edge for a clean finish.

It is a beautiful spring morning here in London town and I am off to learn some business skills–it is a promising start to the week!

Happy knitting,


Autumn Winter 2014 Inspirations

Hey kids,

I have a confession to make.

I went to fashion college.

I am not proud of it, but it is a fact of my life.

I look at images of fashion shows.  I thought I should drag you down with me.

Click on the image for a slide show. All images

E.L.K. picks Victor and Rolf 1

I love the idea of having a complex colour work pattern bracketed by a solid contrast colour.

E.L.K. picks Victor and Rolf

Interesting take on the cable jumper–with lovely centred focal point.

victor and rold2

Super combo of trad fair-isle and the sequin equivalent.

Super combo of trad fair-isle and the sequin equivalent.

E.L.K. picks Thom Browne

Flattering lines that curve around the body. Makes me think of unusual construction techniques.

E.L.K. picks Sharon Wauchob again

Again, simple but effective

E.L.K. picks Sharon Wauchob pre-collection

Patterns that are centre-front oriented like this always appeal

E.L.K. picks Dries van Noten

See Christopher Kane, above.

E.L.K. picks Pringle again

A bit of lovely applied texture in Pringle’s latest.

E.L.K. picks Pringle

Again with the irregular colour-work ideas.

E.L.K. picks Prada again

Beautiful delicate dress over knit vest.

Long V-neck for jumper-dress layering.

Long V-neck for jumper-dress layering.

E.L.K. picks Miu Miu

Simple but effective cardi. Chunky, a la Twinkle…

E.L.K. picks Miu Miu

Embroidery idea for fresh cables

E.L.K. picks Marni once more

So rich, so rich…

E.L.K. picks Marni again

The most sophisticated feather covered woman I have seen. When I grow up, I want to be just like her….

E.L.K. picks Marni

Love the feathers, but this one is all about the palette for me–a beautiful combo.

E.L.K. picks Louis Vuitton one last time.

A flattering idea for narrow colour work and dark/black sides and sleeves.

E.L.K. picks Louis Vuitton again

The fairisle variations.

E.L.K. picks Louis Vuitton

Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for the brand may not have focused so much on the clothes as the bags, but there were still ideas to be pilfered.

Again, with feeling!

Again, with feeling!

E.L.K. picks Dries van Noten palette

colour pop magic

E.L.K. picks Dries van Noten

A beautiful lace pattern cascading across the body, you say?

E.L.K. picks Christopher Kane

Chris Kane always has a lot of ideas going on, tho I am not always sure how to use any of them, or whether I can even like them. This one is representative. I hate the plastic stuff, but can see an interesting use of a texture or yarn that would be over-whelming all-over, but in such a stripe, may work.

E.L.K. picks Chanel again

I think Lagerfeld is trying to tell me something about how to flatter a girl’s figure. My quest, if I choose to accept it, is to make it flatter a woman….

E.L.K. picks Chanel

This is obvs meant to be a cardigan that has just appeared at the top of my to-do list.

E.L.K. picks Calvin Klein

I am a child of the 90s & grunge will never die in my heart. There is always room for another deep-V in black, to be worn with shit-kickers.

E.L.K. picks Bora Aksu det

It is undeniably sweet, no?

E.L.K. picks Bora Aksu again

I admit I have a soft spot for Bora Aksu. the cropped length, & black’n’blue palette for this some did it for me.

E.L.K. picks Bora Aksu

Shame I look like a jaundiced duckling in yellow, cos this shade is so sunny & lovely. Maybe not so AW, but summer sweet.

E.L.K. picks Bora Aksu det

It’s all about the contrast in texture within a single colour-netting=an open lace, leather=a stripe in a different texture of yarn, and a lace or textured bodice?

E.L.K. picks Balenciaga 1

Yoke idea–not necessarily solid semi-precious crystals, but colour work or with contrast colour in textured stitch

E.L.K. fashion inspirations

I like both the wool/leather combo and the way the wool begins solid and trails off–a favorite patterning for me.

I know, I know; who’s going to walk down the street like this, yada yada.

But you know, there are ideas and inspirations ripe for the plucking here.

Next week, Part 2 of the Double knit tutorials.

Til then,

Happy Knitting!

A Tubular Cast On for Double Knitting.

Hey Kids!

I was thinking I would try an educational post today.

For reasons I am not entirely sure about, I have been doing a lot of double knitting lately.  It is a great technique, which can produce some beautiful pieces. Below is a little photo tutorial for a tubular cast on for double knitting.  Although I have shown the cast on for two colours, it works as well for a single colour cast on and for multiple other stitches, such as ribbing and brioche stitch.  If you find it useful, let me know and I will be happy to post more tutorials for other techniques.

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A Tubular Cast On for Double Knitting.

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In the next post, I will show you how to work your first row of double knitting.

Happy knitting!

The Asterisks Shawl

My pattern for February!

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The Asterisks Shawl info:

I was recently feeling the need to knit something substantial that would wrap around me and then some. I
wanted an easy, satisfying knit; something that was interesting but easily memorised and didn’t require too
much attention to the instructions and charts. This shawl is just the thing for comfort knitting: it begins with
a top down garter tab cast on, and then grows from plain stockinette stitch to a dual-coloured open stitch,
ending with a super-simple lace border.

Asterisks Shawl from behind.

The Asterisks Shawl in all its bum-covering glory.

I was really keen to make the increasing in the shawl as simple and repetitive as possible, and I think I have managed that.  One of the things I like about knitting is the aspect of physical meditation.  There are times when I want to be challenged by the knitting, to pay attention and to make something that looks really amazing, and there are times I want to enjoy the knitting for the physical act of knitting.  What I hope to have achieved here is an enjoyable knit that looks good.  Y’all will have to let me know if I managed it.

MC: Artesano Alpaca, Inca Cloud 100% Alpaca, 131 yards (120 m) per 50g ball.
4.23oz (120g) 312 yards (286 m) used.
CC: Kona Superwash 100% Merino, 70 yards/oz (228m/50g)
8.1oz (231g) 560 yards (512 m) used.
Note: The two yarns used here are are not exactly the same thickness: the merino is slightly thicker and
has less halo than the alpaca. Neither yarn is readily available now, but luckily the shawl pattern is forgiving,
and any fingering or 4 ply weight yarn can be substituted.

The shawl is generously sized at 62 inches (182 cm) across and 33 inches (83 cm) deep. The pattern includes instructions to easily increase or decrease the size.

Asterisks Shawl

Asterisks Shawl in East London sun

The Asterisks Shawl Pattern on Ravelry.

Talk about getting in under the wire. Everything I do is a little last minute at the moment, but that will all change this month, when surely things will get done early and efficiently.  A girl can dream…

ps do you ever get used to seeing your own face on patterns and websites?  I assume the weirdness/discomfort passes?