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Sneak peek and a request

Posted January 23rd, 2013 by


22 knitting 23/365: Jan 23 - After school hanging out time... knitting, wii, and homework


I’m nearly finished with my new pattern, tentatively entitled “Three Cable Headband.” You probably won’t be surprised to learn it’s a pattern for a headband that has three cables. Yeah, I’m creative like that with my titles. I’ve also toyed with “Three Cable Earwarmer,” but I think I am partial to “Headband.” Maybe. Decisions, decisions…

It’s going to be a three-in-one pattern. There’s the main design, which features tapered ends, cables down the center, and a big button closure. Then there are two easier variations: one without the cables but with the tapered ends, and one without either of those things.

The idea is that absolute beginners who know nothing more than how to knit and purl can handle the simplest variation. Those who would like a slightly bigger challenge can add increases and decreases on the second variation. And those intrepid souls who enjoy a nice simple cable can tackle the main pattern.

I thought I’d try something completely foreign to me, and ask for a few other pairs of eyes to have a look at this pattern before I publish it. Ann-Marie has kindly volunteered to try out the main cabled headband, but I could use two more volunteers – one for each of the other variations.

Anyone interested? Newbies welcome! If you can knit, purl, cast-on, and bind-off, you can do this. I will send you the pattern (it is eventually going to be a $3 ebook download, but I’ll send it to you for free) and you can give it a try, and tell me if you find anything amiss in the instructions. These headbands take me roughly 2 nights in front of the tv, maybe 4 hours total, and I’m not a particularly fast knitter.

I’m also super impatient and eager to get this pattern posted for sale, so if you want to help me out with testing, you need to be able to finish by sometime this coming weekend (Sunday, January 27th at the latest). If that’s do-able for you, leave a comment or send me email. You’ll need bulky yarn (I used Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky) and #10 straight needles. First-come, first-served.

[UPDATE: I have all of the testers I need – thank you!!]

I appreciate the help!

22/365: Jan 22 - Variations on a theme

Loom knitters, I haven’t forgotten you, either! I initially planned to include a loom version in this pattern, but I’ve decided to hold-off on that. Instead, I plan to write up a blog post soon and record a video explaining how I translate needle-knit patterns to loom-knit patterns, and I’ll use this headband as an example. Stay tuned for that.

I’m off to finish the last variation so I can start taking some glamour shots for the eBook cover. Fun!

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