Sea Moss Headband

Hello!

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.

Materials

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

Notions

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

Gauge

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,

R.

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