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Snowbunny Headband (round 2)

After the chartreuse headband was finished, and I was still stuck on the couch, I started headband #2. I bought all this wonderful yarn at Christmas with an overly ambitious goal of making scarves for everyone (which I failed at, and the yarn remained untouched), so it was good to finally start using it. The little bow on the back of the headband is made of a much fluffier angora yarn, and the headband is made of alpaca, so it is very soft and warm. I didn’t start out with the idea of putting the bow in the back, but I just loved how the seam turned out – it reminded me of those pretty nylons with the seaming in the back – so I thought the little bow added fun emphasis.

Snowbunny Headband

I came down with some sort of sickness this week (diagnosed ever so helpfully as “pre-flu-like” by my doctor), and was confined, relatively immobile, to the couch. I was sick of working on the scarf I am in the middle of, and have a ski trip coming up at the end of this week, so I decided to knit up this headband. I think it turned out so cute! I’m biased though – put a bow on it, and I’ll go for pretty much anything.

It is made with a wool/baby alpaca/angora blend in a soft chartreuse. It is 25 stitches across, with 3 knit stitches on each side to create the border, and an alternating knit/purl every other row for the middle. The bow follows a similar pattern and was added on after the headband was completed. It knit up pretty quickly (the silly bow was actually the most time consuming part) so it was a great way to feel productive while quarantined!

Simple Scarf with Bow

I got back into knitting this winter, and was able to make some cozy gifts for family. This scarf was based on a simple pattern I saw on Martha’s website.

I used a beautiful, soft yarn that was a mix of bamboo and alpaca wool, which made the scarf warm and gave it a subtle sheen. I thought the gray might be a bit boring, but the recipient loves cools neutrals and I ended up being very pleased with the end result.

Generally, the pattern consisted of knitting five stitches on either side of every row, and alternating knitting and purling every row for the remaining stitches to achieve the smooth look on the front. For the ribs, I just knit the front and back of a row, rather than purling, and then went back to the pattern I had previously established.

I wanted to add a little bit of whimsy and creativity, so I trimmed the rows with a cream colored fluffy angora wool, which I crocheted onto the finished scarf. By skipping rows I was able to achieve a chain-like look, which I preferred to a more cramped stitch.

Finally, the addition of a bow, knit in the same manner as the scarf, and added to one end, lent the scarf a fun and sophisticated flair – I can never resist something with a bow!