Sweetheart Bands

These sweetheart head and wristbands were inspired by the colors of the spring blooming, heart-shaped dicentra (bleeding heart); cream, with dark and light pinks.

This high relief, textured hair band, is 2-3/8" wide, knitted flat and joined to form a ring using a Kitchener (grafting) stitch. Optionally, the band can be seamed at the center back to form the ring. The design features garter stitch borders, a center cable of light pink Xs and dark pink Os and slip stitch accents. The band stretches in both directions so it is forgiving, size wise.

The pattern is provided in written and charted formats for medium headband (19"-21") and wristband (6"-7") circumferences. Instructions for custom sizing are also included.

Pattern Information The pattern can be purchased alone or in kit form from Knit Picks:
http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Sweetheart_Bands__D10901220.html
UPDATE SEPT 2014 The pattern can be purchased at my Ravelry Store:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweetheart-bands

Yarn Palette RT Knit Picks, 100% Peruvian highland wool, fingering weight, 50 g (1.5 oz), 231 yds
Solid Cream (23730) MC
Cotton Candy (24569) CC1
Cosmopolitan (24568) CC2
Palette waste yarn in color which contrasts with above 3 yarns for provisional cast on.

Gauge 20 sts =3-1/ 4", 16 rows = 3-1/2", measured in plain stockinette stitch on 3.25 mm needles (or size to obtain gauge). Length is most important (rows).

Needles One (1) US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle (16" or 24") or two (2) 3.25 mm dpns.
A 2.5 or 3.0 mm crochet hook (provisional cast on)

    Notions
  • 1 cable needle (J-hook recommended)
  • 4 small yarn bobbins (recommended)
  • 2 or 4 stitch markers (optional)
  • Tally counter or stitch register
  • Darning Needle
    Construction Technique Illustrations, Videos and Tutorials
  1. Provisional Cast On Stepwise Illustrated Instructions
    Video link --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXegeelUFYg Provisional Cast On
    Video link --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1ock1k8zWk Picking Up Provisional Stitches
  2. Managing Colors Using Bobbins
    Cabled Headband - 2 (two color - gold and red) Photos showing bobbin use
  3. Grafting Instructions, Links to Illustrated Instructions
    Grafting "In Pattern Mnemonic" (combinations of knit and purl sts)
    Grafting "In Pattern" (combinations of knit and purl sts - Photo of grafted headband)
    Grafting (Joining) Two Garter Stitch Pieces Together (purl & garter sts)
    Grafting (Joining) Two Stocking Stitch Pieces Together (knit sts and reverse stockinette pieces)
  4. Tools & Sources Illustrations and descriptions of tools
  5. Duplicate Stitch Option, if single color grafting is used
  6. Knitting Needle Size Cross-Reference Chart
  7. Using a J-hook Cable Needle Stepwise Illustrated Instructions
    Video Link --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyVRjVs-CLA Cabling with J-Hook


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