I’ve let my hair get pretty long, and I wear it in a pony tail or bun more often. Hats look a little strange over my hair when it’s up like that, and my old headbands from my early days of knitting don’t really suit my style. My solution last winter was to knit this hair scarf-inspired headband, and it has become one of my most frequently worn winter accessories.

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Knit flat in seed stitch with slipped stitches to keep the edges nice, this is a very simple headband, and the styling is really what makes it interesting. The finished piece gets tied around your head like you would a woven hair scarf. I think the look has a nice balance of retro and modern.

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I used DK weight yarn and knit it on 5 mm needles so it’s super quick to knit. Despite the fairly loose gauge, the headband keeps my ears nice and warm like I wanted it to. And it’s a good last minute knit if, like I did last winter, you happen to not realize that you don’t own any accessories that work with your hair style until it’s freezing out.

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This pattern is free until January 1st to celebrate the holidays. You can download the pdf here or check out the Ravelry page.

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