Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tangled

I love cables like a lot of people, so when I saw a cabled headband on one of the employees at A Tangled Skein, I just had to try to make it. It was the night of their first anniversary party (which was a blast) and I took a visual of it with hopes of using up some of my Noro Kureyon, of which I had several golf-ball sized balls. I refuse to throw away the least amount of this yarn, which I think is magic (yeah, yeah it has knots whatever). I won't even throw away a yard. I used one yard for a sea shell necklace the other day--just threaded some Kureyon right through the shell's natural hole.Anyway, this headband will always remind me of that store--I will remember that fun night when I was inspired to make it, and that I can always go there to get my Kureyon fix (they have more than I knew existed). This is why I named this headband "tangled," also because of my love for cables, which look to me like colorful i-cord ropes that are elegantly tangled into beautiful knots.
Measurements:
19" long, not including ties, 1.25" wide

Materials:
Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 110 yards/101 meters per 50g skein]; color: #209; 1 skein
1 set(s) US 7/4.5mm straight needles
cable needle

tapestry needle

Gauge:
1.25" wide in cable pattern
22 sts and 26 rows in st st

Abbreviations:
C8F: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold in front of work, knit next 4 stitches, then knit the 4 stitches off the cable needle (since there are no stitches on the sides of the cable, the cable needle can sometimes sneak to the back of the work by accident)
C8B: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold in back of work, knit next 4 stitches, then knit the 4 stitches off the cable needle

Cable Pattern:
Row 1: purl all sts
Row 2: knit all sts
Row 3: purl all sts
Row 4: C8F, k4
Row 5: purl all sts
Row 6: knit all sts
Row 7: purl all sts
Row 8: k4, C8B

Cabled Headband:
CO 2 with a 12" tail
Row 1: kfb, kfb (4 sts)
Row 2: purl all sts
Row 3: knit all sts
Row 4: purl all sts
Row 5: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1 (6 sts)
Row 6 - 8: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 9: k1, m1, k6, m1, k1 (8 sts)
Row 10 - 12: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 13: k1, m1, k8, m1, k1 (10 sts)
Row 14 - 16: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 17: k1, m1, k10, m1, k1 (12 sts)
Row 18 - 20: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 21: knit all sts
Row 22 - 117: work cable pattern 12 times
Row 118 - 120: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 121: ssk, k8, k2tog (10 sts)
Row 122 - 124: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 125: ssk, k6, k2tog (8 sts)
Row 126 - 128: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 129: ssk, k4, k2tog (6 sts)
Row 130 - 132: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 133: ssk, k2, k2tog (4 sts)
Row 134 - 136: repeat rows 2 - 4
Row 137: ssk, k2tog, psso (1 st)
Break yarn and pull through last stitch, making a knot

Finishing:
Cut 2 pieces of yarn about 24" each.
For both pieces follow these steps: thread yarn onto tapestry needle and insert through a single stitch on one of the ends

Pull yarn halfway through until there are three 12" strands hanging down, two from this 24" piece and one from the yarn tail from the cast on or bind off (depending which side you are on).
Tie into a knot. Braid pretty tightly, and then tie a knot.

No ends to weave in! Block if desired.

Happy Knitting!

1 comment:

Leslie said...

So cute, and right up my alley. I'll be wearing one soon.