Heads up!! DIY Knit Headband with Crochet Flower

Winter seems to be never ending here in Quebec… As such, it means cold weather and cute cold weather items are still good to go!

I figured this was an opportune time to post a knit and crocheted headband I made! My cousin commissioned me to make a head band similar to the one her bestest friend lost.  She found this great free pattern and I began to teach myself how to knit and crochet!  There are some wonderful youtube videos to watch in order to teach yourself!

While I knew how to basically knit and purl, I was clueless as to how to insert extra stitches! You know, make it wider!  Then came the decreasing stitches… making it smaller! I will admit I restarted three times…. But third time’s the charm right??

Crocheting was the same deal.  While there are wonderful videos on youtube, it took me three go’s to get the tension right and therefore complete the flower.

Moral of the story… while crocheting is easier, it is a b***h to get the tension and that somehow makes it harder in my eyes.

Anywho, I basically got half of this done in one afternoon and worked a little here and there on the rest.  It could easily be two afternoons if you devoted the time.

The pattern can be found on http://www.krafty-katie.blogspot.co.uk and she even provides google docs for them!

Happy Crafting!

    

Arm Knitting Cowl Scarves

Needles, and yarn, and pearling, oh my!
Knitting is a daunting task to many. What size needles?! There’s different weights to yarn?! Counting stiches?!

I was afraid at first as well. Then I dove head first into a blanket that will never be at some point I will finish.
(Here’s it’s status now…)
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Anywho, here’s a craft that anyone can do! The finished product is lovely and it doesn’t take you months to finish! Bulky yarn works the best so I would go for size 5 at the very minimum – 6 and super bulky work the best. This makes for lovely gifts and wonderful accessories. I bought this yarn at Fabricville; they tend to be cheaper than Michael’s.

All you need is:
– 2-4 skeins of bulky yarn (2 for the tight large cowl in position 3 of the final products. I also only used 2 for the loose cowl in positions 1 & 2 of the finished products photo. I would use 4 if you want to be able to double it up when wearing either.)
– Your arms!!!

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The idea comes from http://www.handimania.com and their YouTube video and instructions that I followed can be found right here: http://www.handimania.com/knit/30-minute-infinity-scarf.html

In pictures 1 & 2 of the final products I did only 8 links rather than 12 to see how it would look. Picture 3 of the final products is the 12 links.

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Happy arm knitting!!