Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Lights Headband

This headband is a super cute and simple DIY accessory for the holiday season. A few of these would be perfect for a holiday party photo shoot, or add just the right amount of festiveness on Christmas morning if you don't want to commit to an ugly sweater. I made a set of these for a pre-school holiday pageant — sure to be adorable. Each light requires only a few yards of yarn, so this makes a great stash busting project.

  • Worsted weight yarn:4 yds of each bulb's main color. About 1 yd of bulb base color (black) per bulb. 4-6 yards to wrap around the headband (green).
  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Plastic Headbands. I purchased these in a six-pack from Dollar Tree.
  • Stuffing
  • Needle
  • Scissors

  • Row 1: With main color ch. 2, sc 3 into second chain from hook.
  • Row 2: sc 2 into each st. (6)
  • Row 3: sc all around (6)
  • Row 4: *sc 2, sc 1* three times. (9)
  • Row 5-6: sc all around. (9)
  • Row 7: *sc2tog, sc* three times. (6)
  • Stuff. Change to black color
  • Row 8-9: sc all around. (6) 
  • Fasten off and leave a tail long enough to tie the light to the headband. 

Wrap the tails of each light bulb around the headband, using a needle to pull the tail through the base of the bulbs. I put five bulbs of different colors onto each headband. If the headband doesn't have teeth it will be easy to adjust the bulbs after they've been placed on the headband. With a long piece of green yarn, tie the yarn an inch or two below the first bulb and begin wrapping up. Remember to wrap around the tail, and any remaining bulb tails, as well so you don't have to weave any ends in the end. Using a needle, pull the yarn through the base of the bulbs. This will secure the bulbs in place. When you reach an inch or two beyond the last bulb, turn and continue wrapping in the opposite direction. Sewing through the bulbs a second time with stabilize them so they aren't so wobbly. Remember to cover any remaining tails as best as possible. When reaching back to the beginning, pull the yarn under and through the wrapped yarn using the needle and snip off the excess.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Favorites

How is it that we're in the last month of the year? I'm still dating things 2012! Anyway, it is finally getting cold here in LA. And by cold I mean below 70. Which the rest of the world deems not cold at all, but I will take the opportunity to knit all the cozy things!  Here's a few yarn things I've been loving lately. If any of you knit for the holidays, I hope this will provide you some ideas if you have the time!

  1. Andorra Wrap by Jocelyn Tunney. I love the mix of color and texture here. It's simple enough that it won't kill you to do it, but enough technique so that you won't abandon it out of boredom after a foot. I'm also in love with the ombre that comes from knitting with two different colors at the same time.
  2. Asante by Lynn Di Cristina. Winter is upon us, but autumn colors are still my favorite, and that's what initially caught my eye in this gorgeous tubular cowl. However this will look wonderful in any color combination — solid, ombre, even your favorite Hogwarts house.
  3. Baa-Ble Hat by Donna Smith. Ahhhh, I love sheep. I love sheep depicted in knitting. It's the cutest. I think this hat will make a great, quick Christmas present. The pom-pom on top just makes it extra adorably cozy. 
  4. Nakahi Shawl by Aroha Knits. I'm still going through that shawl phase. I think Francoise of Aroha Knits is a big reason why. She keeps designing these amazing patterns and all I want to do is make them. This is her latest pattern, in the beta testing phase. She is currently running a KAL on her Ravelry group to test this pattern. I don't have a nice variegated yarn as suggested, but I'm making it in a lovely midnight blue.
  5. Thicket by Annie Hamilton. Maybe it's the green, maybe it's the cables, but this pattern reminds me of Ireland! I was there over the summer and I think about it all the time. I have a green speckled yarn from the Aran Islands that I wanted to use for a heavily cabled hat or scarf and I think I found the pattern! I don't have enough of that yarn to make both of these, so now my problem is hat or cowl?
  6. Tales of Suspense by Lotta Groeger. Another shawl! I love the boxy color work on this one mixed with the lacy border. It feels very vintage-y, like I should wear it to my job as the teacher of a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie. It's an aesthetic I like so I'll take it.
  7. Mary Jane Slipper Socks by Nothingbutstring. These are only available for purchase, but I NEED pattern. I love the look of Mary Janes, so I am here for a super cozy version. You can wear them around the house, to bed, and they would absolutely make great gifts.