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Reversible Brioche Headband

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Headband Knitting Pattern

This headband is worked in two-color brioche stitch and double knitting pattern. It is knitted as a strip, then joined into a circle.

This is a great pattern for someone just learning to knit 2-color brioche and double knitting.

One size.

Finished measurements: circumference at bottom: 18" [45cm] unstretched, hight 3 ½” (9 cm)


Materials: 100% Wool Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool aran weight yarn 465 yd (425 m) / 227g - 1 skein. Color Natural (LC)
100% Wool Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool aran weight yarn 465 yd (425 m) / 227g - 1 skein. Color Nature’s Brown (DC)

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) 21” (52 cm) circular needles or long dpn (8” [20 cm)].

Gauge
18 sts x 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) in brioche stitch
Note, that 1 row of brioche consists of 1 row of LC (light color yarn) and 1 row of DC (dark color yarn)

Abbreviations
Please note that I use Nancy Marchant terminology for brioche stitch. I highly recommend her books Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch and Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns, as well as her lessons on craftsy.com.
yf - yarn forward: bring the yarn to the front, between the tips of the needles.
yb - yarn back: take the yarn to the back, between the tips of the needles.
sl1yof - slip 1, yarn over, yarn to front: with working yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle and the slipped stitch, then bring yarn back arow to the front, ready to purl the following stitch.
yfsl1yo - yarn forward, slip 1, yarn over: bring the working yarn between the tips of the needles to front of work, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle and the slipped stitch. Leave yarn in back, ready to knit the next stitch.
brk - brioche knit: knit the stitch together with its accompanying yarnover
brp - brioche purl: purl the stitch together with its accompanying yarnover
LS – light side
DS – dark side
LC – light color
DC- dark color
k – knit
p – purl
sl – slip st with yarn in back
sl wyif – slip st with yarn in front

Pattern Notes

Chain Selvedge

Worked at the beginning and the end of the row, consists of 1 st.

Row 1 (LS LC): Beginning of the row: bring LC under DC, sl 1; end of the row: p 1. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 1 (LS DC): Beginning of the row: sl 1, end of the row: p 1. Turn.
Row 2 (DS LC): of the row: bring LC under DC, sl 1; end of the row: p 1. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 2 (DS DC): Beginning of the row: sl 1, end of the row: p 1. Turn.

Three-Needle Bind Off

3-needle bind off is used to seam the edges of the knitted work. For this, fold the working piece, RS inside, and align the edges that should be connected, RS to RS. Both edges are on needles. Hold the needles parallel in your left hand and insert the third (working) needle into the first stitch on each of the two parallel needles. Wrap yarn around the working needle and knit the two stitches together. Allow the first stitch from each of the parallel needles to fall from the needles.

*Knit together the new first stitch / next stitch on both parallel needles in the same way as above. There will be two stitches on the working needle. Pass the first stitch on the working needle over the second stitch and off the needle, as you normally would when binding off.

Repeat from * until only one stitch remains on the working needle. Cut yarn and pull the end through the last stitch to tie off.


Provisional Cast-On

A provisional cast-on is a temporary cast-on that can be removed to reveal live stitches, which you can continue working. There are several methods to do a provisional cast-on. You can use your favorite.


Headband

With DC yarn, cast on 17 stitches, using your favorite provisional cast on method.

Setup Row (DS, LC): k1, (p1, yf sl1yo) 7 times, p2. 17 sts. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Setup Row (DS, DC): sl, (yf sl1yo, brk) 7 times, yf sl1yo, p1. Turn.

Row 1 (LS, LC): sl, (brk, yf sl1yo) 7 times, brk, p1. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 1 (LS, DC): sl, (yf sl1yo, brp) 7 times, yf sl1yo, p1. Turn.

Row 2 (DS, LC): sl, (brp, yf sl1yo) 7 times, brp, p1. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 2 (DS, DC): sl, (yf sl1yo, brk) 7 times, yf sl1yo, p1. Turn.

Repeat rows 1-2 twenty one (21) more times.

Row 45 (LS, LC): sl, (k1, sl wyif) 7 times, k1, p1. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 45 (LS, DC): k1, sl, (p1, sl) 7 times, p1. Turn.

Row 46 (DS, LC): sl, (p1, sl) 7 times, p2. Do not turn, slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 46 (DS, DC): k1, sl wyif, (k1, sl wyif) 7 times, p1. Turn.

Repeat rows 45-46 three more times.

Row 53 (LS, LC): repeat row 1.
Row 53 (LS, DC): repeat row 1.

Row 54 (DS, LC): repeat row 2.
Row 54 (DS, DC): repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 1-2 twenty one (21) more times. Don’t bind off.


Finishing

Block.

Remove the waste yarn from the provisional cast on and pick the live sts up on a spare needle.

Align the edges of the headband, RS inside, and work 3-needle bind-off (see instructions above).

Have fun!


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