After successful completion of my Burberry Inspired Cowl in Mineral Heather I was left over with about 100 yards of yarn and nothing to do with it. Eventually I settled on a bulky lace headband entitled Blue Leaf Headband from Neeka Knits. It promised a quick and easy project, but also one that was also cute and very functional.
I absolutely LOVE it. It’s warm and interesting and it knit up surprisingly fast. Possibly best of all it’s washable thanks to the 100% superwash wool. In these two pictures you really get a sense of the variation in the yarn, which was surprisingly difficult to photograph. It is a very subtle mix of blues and purples and grey.
I repeated the lace pattern 11 times and then started the decrease rows, adding a button hole before casting off. Then all it needed was a leaf-inspired button!
It won’t stand up to serious -20 degree weather, but it will do for a while. It also took up very little yarn, which was actually a downside this time…I was trying to use UP the yarn I had left over.
Final Specs for Heathered Headband:
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in Mineral Heather, approximately 50 meters.
Pattern: Blue Leaf Headband from Neeka Knits. 5/5 stars for excellent, clear instructions.
Needles: 6 mm, circular but knit flat
So that is all well and good, but what of the yarn remaining? Almost half a ball, which I couldn’t let it go to waste! Fortunately this headband has a sister pattern: Lacefield Mitts. They, too, are worked flat and then bound off using a three needle bind off that leaves a gap for the thumb holes
The leaf lace pattern is worked so that the leaves flow inwards or outwards depending on which one you put on which hand. They barely cover my knuckles, but they are pretty warm for working indoors. I’m cold all the time now, so these might see some use.
Even if that use is primarily tea consumption. (Can you spot the cowl?)
Final Specs for Lacefield Mitts
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in Mineral Heather, approximately 32 yards for the pair.
Pattern: Lacefield Mitts from Neeka Knits. 5/5 stars again for excellent, clear instructions.
Needles: 6 mm circular, but knit flat
After the cowl, the headband and the mitts I had a tiny bit of yarn left. Just 18 meters total.
Now what could one make with just 18 m of bulky yarn…time to search the Ravelry Database…