Wake and Whimsy


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Knitted Turban Headband

To be honest, I haven’t really been knitting for a very long time at all. I’m somewhere between beginner and intermediate. While I cannot wait to be able to learn more advanced techniques, I simply just don’t have the time to sit down and learn them. Being a mommy to two little girls keeps me pretty busy, so most of my knitting time is spent trying to figure out a way to make those really confusing projects a little more simple.

The other day I saw a pattern for this beautiful knitted turban headband, and immediately knew I wanted to try it. But unfortunately it required me to cable knit, which is still a little daunting to me, and I didn’t understand the pattern at all. I will eventually YouTube how to cable knit, but in the mean time, I have come up with a way to fake it.

So, whether you are a beginner or an advanced knitter, you can definitely do this. Here is how to knit a turban style headband…the easy way!

Pattern:

I used semi-chunky yarn, and size 13 US needles.

Cast on 16-20 stitches. (If you use smaller needles, you can cast on more just as long as it is a multiple of 4)

Knit 2, purl 2 continuously for every row, from beginning to end.

Keep knitting until you reach your desired length. Be careful not to knit it too long, because you want it to actually stretch around your head and fit just a little snug.

Bind off.

Here comes the fun part!

Once you bind off, lay your work flat, and simply just twist it one time in the middle.

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

It’s okay to let the wrong side of your work show, because both sides end up looking exactly the same. Once you have it twisted in the right spot and looking the way you want, you will carefully sew it in place. Just use the same yarn, and a yarn needle, and enter first from the back. Be careful about where you sew it, because it can be really obvious. I just sewed mine in very small stitches around the edges of the “twist”. Once I felt like it was secure, I tied the sewing yarn in a small knot in the back, and cut off the excess.

Now that your “twist” is securely in place, you are going to flip your work over so that the twist is on the inside, and sew the ends of your work together to create a seam. Lastly, you will turn the whole thing right side out, and you are finished!

Here are some pictures of what it looks like on. My photographer, a.k.a. my husband, didn’t get a snow day like the rest of us, so I had to take these myself!

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It doesn’t look exactly like a cable knit, but I still think it works great.

So, there you have it: an adorable, knitted turban headband…the EASY way!


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Knitted Boot Cuffs

Leg warmers are a great winter accessory, and I’ve been wanting some cute ones for a long time. Unfortunately, I could never find any in the store that I liked enough to buy. So of course I thought, why don’t I just make them myself?

Well, these are not quite “leg warmers”. They are really meant to just peek out of the top of your boots, appearing as leg warmers, which is why I call them “boot cuffs”. The reason I made them like this is because I wear tall boots and short boots, and just by sliding them up or down, these will work for either length. Also, my tall boots have a zipper, and there is nothing more annoying than not being able to zip them up because you have too much crammed into them. But, if you prefer them to be full leg warmers, no problem: just keep knitting until they are as long as you want them to be.

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I have included a pattern for you and it’s so easy. This would be a great project for a beginner. All you need to know how to do is knit and purl, also known as a stockinette stitch. Keep in mind that however many stitches you cast on will determine the width, or circumference,  and you want them to be able to fit comfortably around any part of your legs. This pattern is what I chose to do, but it is very easy to tailor it to yourself!

Needle size: 10.5 US

Yarn: Tender Touch by Yarn Bee

Color: Dovelegwarmers001

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I hope you enjoy knitting these boot cuffs, and have fun rocking them through the rest of the season!


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HATS

Obviously, hats are a MUST-HAVE for cold weather. Especially for those days that it’s so windy, you might as well just forget about fixing your hair. Here are three different hats that I recently made, all knitted with straight needles. One is a beanie style hat, one is more of a slouchy style, and of course…we can’t forget about cold, little baby heads! So lastly, a baby hat.

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I really love this hat, and have been wearing it a ton already. It’s warm, it’s comfy, it’s easy, and I love the color. I seem to gravitate towards neutral tones, so most of my wardrobe is less than colorful. This hat provides the perfect pop of color without being too dramatic. And it’s definitely an item I can just throw on and go, which I love.

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It’s not really a beanie…it’s not really a beret…it’s really just a slouchy hat. It’s the kind you just wanna hang out in. This one is so comfortable you can’t even tell you have it on, but it still keeps you warm, and it’s cute! Definitely appropriate for the book store, the coffee shop, or even date night. You can dress it up or dress it down…whatever you prefer.

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Being a mom, I never forget about the kids. This is my first baby hat, and considering I don’t use patterns for anything, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I cannot wait to make more of these, especially in some girly colors with lots of pretty, flowery embellishments.