what to do with leftover sock yarn (another free pattern)

My new haircut, which is actually a month old, is still taking getting used to. Honestly, I hate it. Detest it. I can’t keep it out of my face, and it never sits quite right. I get lots of compliments, but I think mostly people are inspired to say “ohmigod, you chopped off all your hair!” and then they have to say something nice. I guess I don’t really hate the way it looks, I mostly hate living with it. I’m just twiddling my thumbs until it grows out enough to start cutting to a consistent length, and hopefully someday I’ll have a normal haircut again. But in the meantime I’m making prodigious use of bobby pins to hold it back.

It’s nice to have a little variety, though, so this weekend over the course of a few short hours, I made up this little headband.


Lace Headband
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn’s Anne, originally used for my Pomatomus. Ended up with a nice striping effect with such a narrow band. Used up a miniscule amount of yarn; I don’t know exactly how much.
Needles: 2.25 mm for the I-cord, 2.5 mm for the band
Stitch: Vine Lace, picked out of my gal Barbara Walker’s first Treasury of Knitting Patterns; I believe this is the lace used in the Orangina top so many bloggers have made, but I haven’t ever seen that pattern, just pictures of the FOs.
Started: Saturday, July 8
Finished: Sunday, July 9
Total time: 2 hours? 3?
Pattern: So easy it doesn’t warrant pdf treatment . . .

Cast on 3 stitches. Work I-cord for 5 inches.

Working in stockinette, increase on every knit row until you have 15 stitches. (I did “Make 1″s, M1R on the right hand side [one stitch in], M1L on the left [before the last stitch], but you could just increase into the first and last stitch. Makes no diff.)

Change to slightly larger needles and begin pattern.
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2: K3, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k4
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K4, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k3
Repeat until desired length, about 20 inches, or until the band almost meets around your head while being pulled a bit. Depends on the size of your noggin.

Change to slightly smaller needles and begin decreasing.
Decrease at beginning and end of all right-side rows until you have 3 stitches left. (I ssk’d on the right hand side and k2togged on the left, one stitch in, until I had 5 stitches left. The last decrease row went like this: ssk the first two stitches, k1, k2tog the last two stitches.)

Work I-cord for about 5 inches, or to match length of I-cord at other end.

Bind off.

Draw ends into the I-cord. Block it to get it to sit flat.



23 Responses to what to do with leftover sock yarn (another free pattern)

  1. Rachel says:

    That’s a great idea! I am getting my hair massively chopped off as soon as I can get my hair salon to answer the damn phone, and I really ought to whip out a couple of these in short order. I’m not sure I have any leftover sock yarn lying around, though. Well, I bet I can dig something up. Geez, more rambling! Point is, really cute headband.

  2. Noeysmommy says:

    Very cute headband! I think I’ll make one for Noey! Thanks for the pattern. I’m having a hair crisis at the moment myself….can’t decide if I’m growing it out or not!

  3. Laura says:

    I LOVE IT! I have so many little tiny balls of sock yarn lying around — definitely not enough to even make socks for the boys. Plus, with the colors I buy, they might get teased just a LITTLE. LOL! Now I have something to do with all of it. Yay!

    The last time I got my haircut, my stylist convinced me that I needed some “long sweeping bangs”. Well, if I spend a lot of time on my hair, it does look nice, and there is the potential for a rockin’ Veronica Lake look. But come on! What’s the likelihood of that? Most days I definitely need something to hold those bangs back.

  4. ModJac says:

    Well, I have my own hair woes, though they mainly center around “will so-and-so think my hair is okay enough to be in her wedding?”
    I personally love your new haircut, and I don’t have to be nice about it if I don’t want to, so you can trust me. But you’re certainly allowed to hate it–it’s on your head, after all, not mine.

  5. Debbie says:

    Wow, I was just thinking about what to do with some left over Lorna’s Laces and decided to look for a recipe for a good headband! You just made my week. I love the way your hair looks in it.

  6. modjac says:

    Hey–just wanted to let you know your link to the Orangina top doesn’t work (the link works, but it doesn’t go to a picture, it goes to a place where the picture doesn’t work). I don’t actually need to see the picture, but as one anal proofreader to another, I thought I’d give you a heads up. :)

  7. verylisa says:

    I’m knitting this up in a candy pink and green handpainted sock yarn for a seven-year-old’s birthday. It’s coming up beautifully. Thanks for the pattern!

  8. Christine Fellin says:

    When I printed out the lace headband pattern, it cuts off the last half of each line. How can I get the pattern shifted to the left so the entire pattern will print?

  9. amethystlady says:

    Tecla Blood Hon, go to You Tube, and type in knitted i-cord…they are really simple, although I have never made one, but I just may try this one…usuaqlly you use a dpn (double pointed needle) to make a separate i-cord…
    And to the author…I personally ADORE short hair…I have been working with my own hair since I was in high school…always got it cut short, and at the time, the duck-tail was in fashion…I curled my hair, yes, set it in either rollers or bobby pins after having it cut into a duck tail at the beauty shop…then in the morning when it was dry, I brushed the tail up in the back, and then pinned some artificial flowers at the top of the tail…against the head, (with bobby pins). I have been wearing my hair short ever since and have been out of high school for 60+ years. ;-] …so I happen to LOVE short hair…(I have even just now ordered a couple of wigs since my very fine hair just doesn’t hold ant style for long…I ordered SHORT and VERY SHORT wigs…

  10. cardlsinger says:

    Hi, this looks great but I don’t know what I-cord or stockinette stitch is. Could you explain? Is it knit one row and then purl the next? I have so much to learn!

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