Super Simple Ribbed Headband: Design Inspirations
Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Almost exactly one year ago, I started to sketch out some concept ideas for some knitting designs. One of those ideas was a super simple ribbed headband pattern. I'd been knitting My Favorite Cable Headband pattern for a few months, and I'd realized how little elasticity the design had. I love that design, but it wasn't great for knitting for someone that I didn't know if they had a big head or small head.
So, my concept was to create a stretchy headband that was sure to fit a range of head sizes -- hence my choice to use ribbing. And, to make the ribbing stretch lengthwise rather than widthwise, the easiest construction method was to knit the headband in the round (like a hat) rather than knitting it flat and seaming it at the end.
Nearly a year later, and this concept was just one of 77 concepts in my design notebook, nowhere near fruition. Of course, it wouldn't be a difficult project to bring to life (I even had the Charisma tweed yarn that I wanted to use!), but it was on one of the back burners closest to the back. It was so simple -- would anyone really care about it? Would it just be a silly, dumb idea of mine?
Until Tiffany from Tippy Tree Yarns reached out to me and asked if I'd want to be a featured designer on her newsletter for the month of March -- all I had to do was create a free pattern that she could share! Perfect, I already knew which pattern I'd design!
After a few attempts, I completed my design and sample (shown in the first two photos above), but I then wondered about modifying it to create a thicker, warmer fabric. I then designed the double thick version, which is only different in that you cast on with a provisional cast on and then kitchener the beginning and the end together when you are complete! So easy peasy! I am so happy with my new set of headbands, and very thankful for the invite from Tiffany to be included in her newsletter!