TANAGER HEADBAND © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2019

TANAGER HEADBAND PATTERN

Designed to sit ever-so-softly over your ears to keep out frosty winter chills, the Tanager Headband is a great project for a beginner knitter looking to learn a few new techniques.  

The Tanager is a quick and easy knit project. The best part?  Project Weekend LOLL yarn balls are big enough to knit TWO headbands out of just one ball!  So get ready to make one headband for you and one as a quick gift for someone special!

Our Project Weekend LOLL yarn features a special blend of Highland Wool and Alpaca fibers creating soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably sourced and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), Loll is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.

With cashmere-like softness, Project Weekend LOLL is not too chunky or hot, making it a perfect choice for all of your upcoming projects (hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets, cowls, interiors accessories). And because it's naturally anti-itch, it's perfect for all those baby gifts you want to make and for anyone who is sensitive to the itch of natural wool.

PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : EASY

Easy projects are perfect for any knitter who has completed a few beginner projects and are comfortable making simple stitches like KNIT & PURL. Easy projects are great for those looking to take their skills to the next level. Easy projects might have simple increases and decreases for shaping, color work and knitting in the round techniques.  

TIME TO MAKE

1-2 Hours

PATTERN SIZE

Adult:  Small/Medium   (Medium/Large) 

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Finished Circumference: 18”  (19”)
Finished Height: 4”  (4”) 

GAUGE

20 stitches in 2x2 rib x 16 rows = 4" x 4" square

TANAGER HEADBAND KIT

SPEND MORE TIME MAKING AND LESS TIME RUNNING AROUND SOURCING SUPPLIES. Project Weekends' all-in-one Tanager Headband Kit contains all of the necessary tools and supplies to get you started. (Knitting Needles optional with kit purchase) 

KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 ball of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive "naturally soft, not chemically softened" 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y). 
  • 1 pair of  7mm / US 10.75  Straight or  Circular Knitting Needles    (optional with kit purchase)
  • 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle 
  • 2 Stitch Holders
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." Woven Label
  • 1 "MADE FOR YOU" Maker Gift Hangtag
  • 1 Organic Cotton Project Bag


TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

Not sure how to knit a specific technique? No worries, we've got your back! We've created videos and step-by-step illustrations for you to reference, so your project won't miss a beat. They are conveniently located throughout and at the end of the pattern for you to click and learn from. Happy Knitting!

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT GAUGE 

Taking some time before starting a knit project to make a gauge swatch can make all the difference between project success and total complete frustration.

A gauge swatch will tell you if you are knitting too tightly or too loose for the pattern you are creating. It helps make sure that what you are knitting will measure out and fit just right. If you are new to knitting, you can also think of the gauge swatch as a test run for learning your stitches before you start your main project.

Cast-on with the recommended gauge swatch stitch count and knit the number of rows indicated to achieve gauge.  Once finished, your swatch should measure out to 4” x 4”. If your swatch comes out too small, it means you are knitting too tightly, so loosen up your stitch tension a bit. If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch. Once you have found your gauge, unravel your swatch & begin knitting your project! 

PROJECT NOTES

This project is knit flat using straight or circular needles (your choice). Half way through the project you will split your work into two sections, knitting each separately, then overlapping and re-joining the sections together to finish up your project.

PATTERN ABBREVIATIONS

K: Knit Stitch
P: Purl Stitch
RS: Right Side of Work
WS: Wrong Side of Work

PATTERN

1.  Cast on 24 stitches using the LONGTAIL CAST-ON  method.

2.  Row 1: (RS) K1, *P2, K2 repeat from * until you have 3 stitches. P2, K1

3.  Row 2: (WS) P1, *K2, P2 repeat from * until you have 3 stitches. K2, P1

4.  Repeat these first two rows until your work measures 8”  (9”) and the (RS) of the work is facing you.

TIP: When you repeat "Knit 2 stitches, Purl 2 stitches" over and over, the pattern you are creating is referred to as 2x2 Rib Stitch pattern.

SPLITTING THE WORK TO CREATE THE TWIST

5.  Row 1: (RS) K1, *P2, K2 repeat from * until you have 15 stitches remaining on your left needle, then P2, K1 (12 stitches on each needle)

6.  Place the remaining stitches (the ones not stitched yet) onto a stitch holder  and remove your knitting needle.  Lock the stitch holder so they can’t slip off, you are saving these stitches to work on later.

7.  WORKING THE SPLIT  :  RIGHT SIDE SPLIT SECTION
Split Row 1: Turn your work: P1, *K2, P2 until last 3 stitches, K2, P1  (12 stitches)
Split Row 2: Turn your work: K1, *P2, K2 until last 3 stitches P2, K1  (12 stitches)

Repeat the last 2 rows until your work measures 3” from where you split the row (and RS is facing you).

Place these 12 stitches onto a different stitch holder and lock it so they can’t fall off, you will return to these later. Do not cut a yarn tail.

8.  WORKING THE SPLIT  :  LEFT SIDE SPLIT SECTION

With (RS) facing you, start with the most left stitch on the first stitch holder, transfer these 12 stitches back onto your needle.

Making sure the yarn tail is loose enough that it does not pull on the right side split section, begin knitting as follows. 

Row 1: K1 *P2, K2 until the last three stitches, P2, K1
Row 2: P1 *K2, P2 until the last three stitches, K2, P1

Repeat these last 2 rows until your work measures 3” from the split.

Transfers these stitches back onto the stitch holder and lock the stitch holder so they don't fall off.

9. JOINING THE ROW BACK TOGETHER

With the (RS) facing you, cross the left split section over top of the right, lining up the stitch holders.

10.  Starting with the left stitch holder, slip all 12 stitches (starting with the most left) onto your knitting needle.  Next, slip all 12 stitches from the right stitch holder onto the same knitting needle (starting with the most left). You will now have 24 stitches on your needle and you have just rejoined your row.

11.  Row 1: (RS) K1, *P2, K2 repeat from * until you have 3 stitches. P2, K1

12.  Row 2: (WS) P1, *K2, P2 repeat from * until you have 3 stitches. K2, P1

Repeat the last two rows until work measures 8”  (9”) from the rejoined stitch row.

13.  Bind-off in pattern, and cut an 18” yarn tail. Thread the tail onto your knitters’ sewing needle. 

TIP:  Binding off in pattern means you continue to knit and purl your 2x2 rib as you bind off each stitch in your bind-off row. Maintaining the 2x2 stitch in your bind off row means your edge will still be stretchy after you bind off all of your stitches.   If you only knit all the stitches in your bind-off row, your edge would stretch out and will become longer than your cast-on edge. 

FINISHING

14.  Fold the headband so that the right sides are together (wrong sides facing out),  place the Cast-On and Bind-Off edges together, lining up the rib pattern, stitch for stitch.

15.  Seam the Cast-On and Bind-Off edges together following the 2x2 rib pattern.

16.  Weave in all loose ends and proudly sew on your Project Weekend x Me. woven label. 

TECHNIQUE VIDEOS

How to Cast-On using Long-tail Cast-On Method

How to Knit 2x2 Rib Stitch

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