By guest author: Melissa
The struggle is real; you just got home from a long day at work and now you’ve got an hour (or more) to spare on a Wednesday night when you look in the corner of the living room and notice the yarn and knitting needles you bought a month ago but haven’t touched them since you brought them home. Why haven’t you touched them? Because you searched “cute easy headwarmer” on Pinterest, found a tutorial that appeared to be simple (and incredibly adorable) only to find out, it’s far from easy.
As a working woman, I envy the women I see with tons of adorable DIY accessories and wish I had the time to do the same. It’s important for us to still take the time to do something for ourselves and constructing a cute DIY accessory is just the way to go. I know when I’m done with a mini project, I love being able to wear it out and share the simple secret I used to make it! I think we should make an effort to share our ideas and how-to’s rather than keep them to ourselves. I mean, we know they bring us a sense of accomplishment and an extra little boost of self confidence we need when we’ve got the winter blues; why not pass that on to our fellow working women?!
So this brings us back to the knitting needles and yarn in your living room. Look no further working women, I am happy to say I have what you’re looking for: an adorable AND easy headwarmer that won’t require you spend every night working on it for an hour only to finish it on the first day of spring. In fact, it’ll probably take you no more than two hours to complete the whole thing 🙂
In order to complete this project you’ll need:
size 10 knitting needles
1 skien of bulky yarn (you won’t use the whole thing)
1 large needle
a playlist of your favorite tunes
You’ll also need to know how to do the two most basic types of stitches: the knit (or garter) stitch and the purl stitch. In case you only know one and not the other, I’ve also included 2 YouTube videos on how to do each one.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started. You won’t need the large needle until you get to the end. Also, this is where that set of tunes comes in- turn it up and get cranking!
You’ll want to start by making a slip knot, and then casting on 8 stitches.
After you have 8 stitches on your needle, you’re reading to start knitting away! The pattern you’re going to follow for the rest of the project is as follows:
Row 1 (and all odd rows): K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1
Row 2 (and all even rows): P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1
When I need to stop a project and take a break, I always put a note in my phone telling me where to start when I pick back up.. I know myself too well, I’ll forget what I’m doing.
If your headwarmer looks like this, then you’re on a roll! Keep going strong. Once you think it’s getting long enough, start trying to fit it around your head. Make sure that you pull it a little on the tight side, you want to make sure that you give it a good, snug fit so once you’re done it won’t fall off! Really just make it comfortable for you 🙂
Once you get your headwarmer so that it’s long enough to fit around your head, go ahead and cast off. Keep a tail of yarn at the end so you’ll have enough to bind the ends together. You should then have something that looks like this. This is where that large needle is going to come in that you see in the picture.
Next, thread the end of the tail of yarn through the needle and start weaving the ends together. Keep weaving until you end up at the other side and then come back to the side you started on. Knot the tail into the end and cut off the remaining.
You should now have a circular headwarmer! Yay!! You’re almost done. For me, this is the trickiest part and I’ve had to redo it until I get it just right!
Cut a piece of yarn about 2 arm lengths long (I want to make sure I don’t end up short) and knot it to the end where you just cut the tail off.
Now you’ll want to start looping the yarn around the headwarmer where you wove it together. Make sure you’re wrapping it tight enough that it doesn’t come loose. Be careful not to make it too tight because it might start to pull and get bunchy. This is where I’ve had to go back to redo.
Once you’re happy with it’s look in the front (it’ll look like a bow) knot it in the back around the yarn and trim the end!
Viola! An adorable project that didn’t take you all winter and you’ll be able to walk into work tomorrow looking fresh and feeling accomplished!
As modeled by me 🙂 . Thanks for reading!