Magic plait knitted hairband

At the moment I am struggling with the trauma that is growing out my fringe (I think I am – I’m not sure – to fringe or not to fringe – all I know is that it’s getting long!) In my adult hair life I have switched between a short blunt fringe, to a deep fringe, to a side parted sweep a few times (as a child and teen it was fringe all the way!) I had my current fringe cut in when Rose was little to save me having to pluck my eyebrows, but now i have a bit more time for grooming (a little bit!) I think it’s a good time for a change.

But at the moment it is in that terrible, too long to wear as a fringe, but not long enough to clip, phase (my fringe hair seems to be very very straight and doesn’t sweep naturally at all until it is quite a bit longer)

Then it came to me – I need a head band!

Whilst pinteresting my evening away, i came across a really clever little pattern for a fake plaited headband and really wanted to give it a go. I couldn’t find any real instructions, but the picture was really clear and it was really a fun little project. I had some golden yellow wool to use and thought it might look like a lovely harvest festival corn crown.

I used DK weight yarn and 3.75mm needles for mine, but you could definitely experiment with heavier or lighter yarns, for different effects. I wanted my headband to be on the slim side and at first was worried my bars were going to be too short to thread through (you’ll see what I mean in a minute) but it all worked out grandly in the end. I think though if i were using a chunkier wool though, i would need to increase the number of stitches in my bars slightly.

To make a headband the same as mine, using DK weight yarn and 3.75mm needles, cast on 20 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2:  Slip 1, K3, P12, K4 (i like to slip the first stitch in projects like this to keep the edges a little bit neater)

Row 3:  Slip 1 Knit to the end of the row

Row 4: as row 2

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**Row 5: Slip 1 K3, cast off 12 stitches in the middle of the row, K4

Row 6 Slip 1 K3, cast on 12 stitches (turning your work and use a cable cast on then turning back to complete the row works wonders), K4

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Row 7:  Slip 1 Knit to end of row

Row 8: Slip 1, K3, P12, K4

Row 9 as row 7

Row 10: as row 8**

Repeat ** to ** until headband reaches the desired length, and cast off on a row 10.

It was quite tricky to determine how many bars i would need as the final step draws the band up making it a bit shorter than you are led to believe during this ladder looking phase. I needed to work 35 bars, which was 6 bars more than i originally thought. These 35 bars created a band which measures about 51cm. Each extra bar adds about 1.5 – 2ish cm in length. I really advise making up the plait and measuring to check it’s long enough before casting off your final row (i speak from experience)

So at this point you may be wondering what on earth i have led you to make, but here comes the clever bit…

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Twist the first bar at the bottom of your knitting to create a loop. Take the next bar up and push it through the loop to create another loop. Take the next bar and thread through this loop and continue in this way all the way to the top

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To finish off i put a couple of stitches in the final loop to secure it, and sewed a button to the bottom so that this could be fastened on and off without having to drag it over my hairstyle.

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Yay! What a wonder. I am really pleased with this finished item (although i admit i do look very serious here) – it has been so nice to wear, like a little crown – especially nice with plaited hair. And I really enjoyed this little project. There might be a few more hair bands in the making in the near future – I especially think I need a black one for work wear and formal functions. What do you think?