One of the best and worst things about knitting is that it is not an instant gratification medium. It requires patience – which I lack – but practice makes perfect and I believe that by knitting I am not only improving my knitting skills but practicing (and hopefully improving) my patience as well.
Nevertheless, sometimes it’s good for your psyche to just get something finished. To be consistently confronted with hoards (ok, maybe it’s not as bad as all that – yet) of unfinished projects is a very overwhelming and unsettling feeling. That is why I so loved this February Lady Lace headband pattern from the blog Pretty Little Knit Stitches. It’s cute, doesn’t use up a ton of yarn, and took only a couple hours to finish. These make nice yoga headbands or just a pretty new way to keep your hair out of your face:
I played with the pattern a little and came up with a wider version. The “V” lace is such a nice, subtle pattern so I wanted to bring it out even more by adding a few extra rows:
I named my variation the “Fiona”, I guess because I was watching Burn Notice while knitting it. I suppose it also looks like the sort of casual/boho/chic accessory that Fiona might wear. I hope that the wider one will work well as an ear warmer come winter, maybe if I make it in a bulkier yarn?
Here are the instructions for my variation:
- US 10/6mm needles
- Worsted/medium weight yarn
- CO 15 sts
Row 1: K1, [K1, K2tog, YO] twice, [K1, YO, SSK] twice, K2
Row 2 and all WS rows: K2, P11, K2
Row 3: K4, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K4
Row5: K3, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K3
Repeat the 6 Row pattern to desired length (*Note: the lace will stretch, so the finished length should beshorter than your head measurement)
Use a 3 Needle bind off.