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knotted + turban headbands: the latest

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Summer Lovin’

I have to admit that I haven’t quite had the motivation to pick up my knitting needles lately. It must have something to do with all the humidity, bright sun, and 80-90 degree weather. Honestly, I do love summer, but I’m so ready for fall! Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Unfortunately, my attempt to make knitting work during this hot, summer season didn’t go over that well:

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So I started a summer long project that I hope to have finished by fall! This will be a color-block infinity scarf knitted with organic cotton by Sprout. I love the texture that the seed stitch provides for this piece, and I find the bright colors to be very pleasing to the eye. Because it is light weight, it will make the perfect transitional scarf from summer to fall, which is a total necessity.

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But besides that, I think I’ll put the needles down and continue working on my latest experiment: summer headbands. My sewing machine has been broken for months, but now that it’s finally fixed, I haven’t been able to stop sewing. I’m so glad she is all better and back in business! I don’t even remember where the headband idea came from. I think originally I just needed something to sew. Either way, I’m glad I started making them, because they’ve been a big hit. Here are just a few:

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The following photos were taken at an adorable new boutique in our downtown area, Plume, that now has my headbands for sell. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to sell a lot of knitted items as well in the fall and winter. So, if you’re in the area, stop by and support one of our newest (and cutest) local businesses!

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 So that’s what I’ve been up to this summer so far. I’m excited to be blogging again after a long break, and I’m ready to bring you lots of new tutorials and creative inspiration. Keep following Wake&Whimsy!

 

 


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The Knitted Bow

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Maybe you’re an avid knitter like I am, or perhaps you just do small projects on the side. Either way, I guarantee you have some left over yarn laying around. This is a great project for  when you don’t have enough left over to make anything big, but you don’t want that yarn to go to waste. And the best part is that it will only take you about 20 minutes.

You can make this bow any size you would like. The number of stitches you cast on will determine the length of the bow, and you will knit the width.

For mine, I chose to cast on 14 stitches.

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Next you will just keep knitting until you reach your desired width. I did a simple knit stitch, but a pearl stitch would look pretty as well.

Once you have knitted the width of the bow, simply cast off, tie a knot, and cut the yarn from the skein. It should look like the picture below.

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Now you will need to get a yarn needle, and string a separate piece of yarn through it.

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Pinching the middle of the bow, wrap the yarn around the front, and sew it through the back. Just keep wrapping and sewing over and over until you’re satisfied with how it looks.

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Flip the bow over so that the back side is showing. Tie the two loose ends (that are in the MIDDLE only) together in a double knot, then snip off all the excess yarn.

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Now you just need to attach your bow to something so that it is useful. Pictured below are some suggestions. You can find these at any craft store.

I attached mine with some hot glue, but if you feel that it isn’t secure enough, you can sew it on after you glue it just to make sure.

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