Ashlee Lackovic of Smashlee Stitches has created a new free knitting pattern for spring: and it only uses one ball of yarn!
Spring and summer aren’t normally a time when you think of hand knits. However, as any knitters knows sometimes you really need to break out the needles regardless of the weather. But if your like me, you are probably not quite ready to start on next years’ wooly winter projects. Fear not, there is an answer!
I found the keys to successful spring and summer knits is to choose the right yarn AND the right pattern. Think cotton, linen, silk, or hemp fibres for beautiful, light weight knitting. Fingering, sport and dk weight are great wool choices that won’t be too heavy or bulky. Pick a project that inspires you and that is easy to take outdoors. Find something that speaks to heart and use colours that remind you of flowers, the sky, trees and sunshine!
One of my current favourites is Rowan’s breezed yarn. It is 80% cotton and 20% linen which makes it perfect for a spring/summer projects. It comes in some great colours that remind me of the beauty of the outdoors. It is available in 50g balls and is approx. 98 yards per skein. Although there is SO much you can do with this yarn like summer tops and cute shawls, I chose to use this yarn for a fast spring time project.
I really was looking for something I could knit up in an hour or so while enjoying the outdoors and sunshine.
That’s why I though designing a simple head band was perfect. Its simple, lightweight, and a great way to add some cuteness to an outfit.
Below you find my pattern for this project and I really hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I enjoyed designing it!
The Quickie Moss Stitch, free headband knitting pattern for spring
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Size: Finished size 6.3 cm [2.5 “] wide and 45.6 cm [18”] circumference.
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 1o cm [4”] in moss stitch after blocking.
Yarn: Rowan breezed (80% cotton / 20 % linen 98 yards [90 meters] 50 g) Color number 003; Apricot 1 ball.
Needle size: UK size 7 (4.5mm): straight needles.
Notions: Tapestry needle.
Pattern Notes: This pattern is worked back and forth on straight needles. You will be knitting length wise and then sewing the ends together to create the headband.
Cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: *K1,P1; rep from * until the end of the row.
Row 2: *P1,K1; rep from * until the end of the row.
Rep these two rows until the head band reaches 45.6 cm [18”} or desired length.
Sew the cast on and cast off ends together to create the headband. Weave in ends using a tapestry needle and block to measurements.
Til next month, crafty friends!
Ashlee Lackovic is a blogger and pattern designer from the snowy mountains of British Columbia, Canada. She runs her own knitting website called Smashlee Stitches where she shares her love of all things knitting with the world. Click here to visit her Smashlee Stitches blog, and follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter. Photography credit: Joy Segovia