Thursday, December 1, 2011

Machine Knit Head Band/Neck Cowl















Here is what I just got done making for a craft show this weekend. Head Band/Neck Cowl. You can wear these on your head (covering your ears) for warmth OR you can wear them around your neck. I was inspired by a free Hand-Knit pattern that I saw online.

Here is how I made mine:
Using my KH-965i, I used my Garter Carriage, chose a pattern (many will do), cast on 34 sts with waste yarn and 3 strands of 2/24, tension 7++.
Set your carriage to knit 182 rows.
Pick up stitches from the first row and rehang onto stitches. Bind off.
You now have a circular band. I then did the cinching simply by wrapping a strand of yarn around about 8 or 9 times. I then chose some funky buttons to sew on.
You don't HAVE to use a garter carriage or even an electric knitting machine. Basically you just have to knit a band approx. 5" wide X 23" Long (when slightly stretched).

I also made some using sock yarn but cast on 40 sts instead and knit 194 rows. Self striping yarn works up really neat for these!

7 comments:

Karla said...

Great idea! You are so inventive!

WildRose said...

Kris...these are adorable, especially the purple head band..how could I convert the pattern to needle knitting...am just relearning to knit, so my skills are to keen at this time...thanks...

Kriskrafter said...

@Wildrose: Here is a hand-knit version that is similar.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/its-a-cinch-head-wrap-and-collar

Lillian Shull said...

I would love the pattern for the hand knitted head/cowl. I am unable to print it. Please e-mail me at lbshull@att.net. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

JoW said...

Kris, would love to see a picture of your 'vintage hat knitting machine'. I am currently making hats for overseas with an Addi Express Kingsize circular machine! Lots of fun.

Kriskrafter said...

My hat knitting machine is electric - it is pretty cool. It only knits tubes though so you are limited as to what type of hat you can make. I use it for other things. I made a video on youtube where you can see it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB4TBwLzhlw

Anne Stoddard said...

Kris; thank you for the pattern, my daughter loves wearing headbands and I love knitting them for her. this looks like one she would like and it is very versatile, I could make many for her by just changing the yarn. Thank you :-). Anne