Wishbone Headband by Susann Hummel

  • Project Started: August 3, 2020
  • Project Finished: August 6, 2020

The Wishbone Headband Pattern by Susan Hummel is from a Ravelry Knit-Along group. You can find my Ravelry profile here.

For this project, I used these materials:

  • Yarn: Lion Brand’s Heartland in Yosemite colorway, scrap yarn in contrasting color

  • Knitting needles: Clover Takumi US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles, 3 needles of which 1 was used as a cable needle

  • Crochet hook: Susan Bates US G6/4 mm

What caught my eye on this project was the main cable, the Seeded Wishbone stitch. Newstitchaday is my go-to website for a pretty wide variety of video tutorials. You can find a tutorial for this beautiful cable stitch here. And as gorgeous as this cable stitch is, I think the simple left and right leaning cable stitches add to its charm.

The pattern itself is a bit complicated for beginners. Yes, the main stitches used are just the basic knit and purl, however, it recommends the provisional cast-on to start off the project. I have never done a provisional cast-on ever so I was so thrilled to try and learn something new. Using the provisional cast-on, together with the kitchener stitch, eliminates having to weave the ends at the end of the project. The cables… oh, you will definitely get lots of practice with this pattern!

It took me a while to finally be satisfied with how Row 1 looks. I had to try the provisional cast-on a few times before getting comfortable with it. However, once I had that established, it was easy enough to follow the rest of the pattern. I find it exciting to work again on a pattern that is not mine and learn some new stitches along the way.

If you are on Ravelry, you should check this Knit-Along pattern. It does not have an ending date so you can work on it whenever you want. There are also plenty of helpful resources to guide you along the way.

Project updates will be posted here as I go. How about you? Have you done the provisional cast-on before?

I finally finished this project and here are the rest of the photos. It was very satisfying considering with the kitchener stitch, it was a different way to bind it off or sewing it together. I really enjoyed that.

What do you think about the Seeded Wishbone Cable Stitch? I would love to hear your input.

Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

HNPnook2It was such a delight visiting North Pole, Alaska for our first family road trip for the year!  My sister and brother-in-law came up here from Australia and we were so blessed to have had this amazing experience right in the middle of winter… at -40 degrees F!

Of course being in North Pole, we visited the world famous Santa Claus House – where festive creations and beautiful ideas were endless!  As a striving small business owner, I was so inspired to hone my craft and to come up with new ideas.

We stayed at The Hotel North Pole and was impressed by the Alaskan rustic Christmas ambience.  There was this little nook that I found that was perfect for knitting!  It made the Cable Headband I was working on even more special with the North Pole charm.

The cold?  Insane.  I know for a lot of people who live in cold weather places, this might not be a big deal.  For us who live in Anchorage though, this was a bit extreme.  Our vehicle did not have an engine block heater to keep the vehicle warm and so we had to get a magnetic block heater so the vehicle would not freeze for the night.  Yup, it was that cold.

No complaining here though.  Alaska is beautiful and whether it be winter, summer, spring or fall, no photo can capture and justify its beauty.

County Fair 2019

Wow! After months of market preparation, the County Fair that I was participating in finally wrapped this year. Dozens of vendors with their crafts, trade and expertise, our ever-loving community that never ceases to support our local dreamers, and of course, the dedication and commitment of the organizers all helped make this event a successful one for the books.

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My handmade shop Shelah Knits featured trendy and fun hats, headbands and scarves.  Check out some of my photos from the fair.

I had some knitted pumpkins, my Fireweed cozies, fun kids’ hats, and trendy headbands and fingerless gloves.

Some of these items will be on my Etsy Shop so stop by and check them out!

Thank you to all who came out and dropped by. We hope to see you next year!

Seed Stitch Headbands

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When I was starting to learn how to knit, I looked for pretty stitches with my limited capability of just knit and purl stitches.  The seed stitch immediately caught my attention.  Using just knit and purl stitches, it creates a beautiful texture regardless of the yarn weight being used.

These headbands are quick to work on. They are perfect! Think fall colors and simple pleasures!

Here is a free pattern of the Seed Stitch Headbands that I made in two sizes.

Materials:

  • US 13 double pointed needles
  • Super Bulky (6) yarn

Measurements:

  • Baby-Toddler size: 13.5 inches circumference, 2.5 inches width
  • Regular adult size: 17 inches circumference, 3.25 inches width

Pattern:

This pattern can be used for 2 sizes: baby-toddler size and regular adult size which is the measurements in parenthesis.

Headband Pattern:

  • Cast on 7 (9) sts
  • K1, p1 until end of row.
  • Repeat for 60 (82) rows
  • Bind off and sew both ends together.

For the headband tie:

  • Cast on 5 sts
  • Right side (RS): knit all sts.
  • Wrong side (WS): purl all sts.
  • Do 9 (10) rows total ending with the RS (WS)
  • Bind off.
  • Pinching the headband strip where the seams are, sew the tie together.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as you enjoy the change in seasons! Happy fall everyone!

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