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How to Make a Knitted Striped Headband

Updated on March 7, 2015

Knit a Warm Winter Headband

striped winter headband
striped winter headband | Source

Pattern for a Warm Knitted Headband

The pictured headbands were made using worsted-weight acrylic yarn and 5.5 mm (U.S. size 9) knitting needles at a gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch. Adjust the number of stitches or the needle size to make a headband as wide or narrow as you like. All stitches in every row are knit, making the garter stitch pattern. Garter stitch is very resilient, great for a close-fitting garment like a headband.

Cast on 15 stitches. Knit all stitches for an even number of rows. Change colors at the beginning of an odd-numbered row. Knit all stitches with new color for an even number of rows. Make stripes as wide or narrow as desired, always changing colors at the beginning of an odd-numbered row. (I like to make a random pattern of wide and narrow stripes.) Carry the unused color up the side of the work to minimize the loose yarn tails to be darned in at the end.

Continue to work rows of garter stitch until the work, when slightly stretched, fits comfortably around the head over the ears. Cast off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing the ends together. Use a large tapestry needle to sew the cast-on and cast-off edges together. Darn in other loose yarn ends. The striped headband is finished!

If you have not had experience changing colors in knitting, the following video shows you how:

Changing Colors in Knitting

Garter Stitch Stripes - Right Side View

Knitted Stripes in Progress
Knitted Stripes in Progress | Source

More Colorful Knitted Stripes

Stripes are also good for scarves.
Stripes are also good for scarves. | Source

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    • kschimmel profile image

      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      This would be an ideal beginner project. Very little patience is required after the first few inches are done--it becomes automatic after that.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I wish I could knit! My mom tried to teach me but I don't have that kind of patience :(