Knit a sweet and soft Bow Headband for your little one!
As you know, I recently became obsessed with making little knit bow hats. Baby V has at least 3 and I made one for a friend and for O’s teacher who were both having baby girls. But then I got a little sad thinking that she wouldn’t be able to wear it in the spring and summer when it’s warm. I have some other tiny bows I bought from Etsy but they’re on thin elastic and every time I’ve put them on her she seriously has a dent in her head when I take them off. I’m positive they don’t actually hurt but babies have such soft sensitive skin that I hate anything that leaves a mark. So after this train of thought, a lightbulb went on over my head and I realized, hey what if I just kept the bow part of the knit bow hat?! Ah ha! I knit these up a couple different ways to test them out and here’s the best version that I came up with. You should be easily able to knit these in under an hour so they make excellent gifts. And they’re soft and stretchy so they should be comfy for baby. (Hopefully it goes with out saying, use your common sense when putting things on babies heads, don’t leave it on for naptime, when baby is unsupervised or allow it go around their necks. ok? good. )Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
To make the headband
Cast on 72 stitches using the long tail method
Join to knit in the round and k2, p2 for 5 or 7 rows.
Cast off in pattern. Weave in any loose ends.
All rows: k all stitches
Cast off and weave in loose ends. Then, take a long piece of yarn and tie it around the middle of the knit rectangle like this:Trim the short end and then wrap the long end around and around the middle of the bow, neatly until the center is as big as you want it. Thread the long end on a yarn needle, turn your bow to the back and insert it through the wound yarn and know to secure the end. Then, using that same long tail, use your yarn needle to securely stitch the bow to the headband. Make sure you attach it really well since this is an item for babies. Now put it on your little one and be prepared for cuteness!
The PDF printable pattern also contains instructions for sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and 2T+!
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