The Aislin Earwarmer is a luscious blend of a perfect braid cable with spongy ribbing. The use of merino wool lends this earwarmer a dreamy feel that provides just the perfect amount of warmth to keep the chill away. The earwarmer uses an elastic hairband to provide a comfortable fit.
SIDE NOTE: It is all about cables . I love cables, every knit should have cables. My favorite sweater that I saw my grandma knit was red and it had cables. She is the type of woman that could picture something and make it. She made that red sweater with no pattern at all, just from her head. People would travel from neighboring towns to buy her knits and her crochet items. To this day, I love cables, especially when they are knit with red yarn. I think it reminds me of her and the time I spent learning by her side. I owe everything I am today to my Grandma. My talents come from her, she saw something in me that I didn’t see and thank goodness she was patient enough to teach me.
I would like to express my gratitude to Dayna Scoles, who dreamed the idea of using an elastic hairband to make the headbands adjustable. Check out her neat patterns and the unique way she uses the hairbands on double knit headbands.
Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom, set at large gauge, 20 pegs.
Yarn: Approx 60 yards of superwash merino wool in Aran weight. Cascade 220 Aran weight in Ruby was used in sample.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle.
Other: Elastic Hairband
Size: 3 x 19 inches, blocked.
Gauge: 4 sts x 10 rows= 2 inches
K: knit stitch
P: purl stitch
C4F: Cable over 4 stitches, cable leans to the left.
How to: Skip peg 1 and 2 with yarn towards the back of the pegs. Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitches from pegs 3 and 4 on cable needle. Take yarn to the front of peg 1. Knit peg 1. Knit peg 2. Place stitch from peg 2 on peg 4. Place stitch from peg 1 on peg 3. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 1 and 2.
C4B: Cable over 4 stitches, leans to the right.
How to: Place stitches from peg 1 and 2 on cable needle and hold to the back of the pegs. Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitch from peg 3 on peg 1; place stitch from peg 4 on peg 2. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 3 and 4. Knit pegs 3 and 4.
Leave a 10-inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 20 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1-4: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.
*Row 5: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k2, c4f, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.
Row 6: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.
Row 7: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, c4b, k2, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.
Row 8: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.*
Repeat Rows from * to *: 27 more times.
Next 3 rows: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.
Bind off with basic bind off method. Leave a 10-inch yarn tail.
Tighten the cables from the wrong side of the item.
Steam block lightly.
Add the hair band: pass the hair band through one of the ends of the headband. Fold the end of the headband as to cover the hairband, whip stitch the bound off edge to the wrong side of the headband to secure the hairband in place. Repeat with the other side of the headband. Use the pictures below to see how I sewed the elastic hairband in place.
Weave all ends in.
PS: You can also put your hair in a pony tail and pass the pony through the opening created by the elastic hairband! Bonus!!!