|HEADBAND or EARWARMERS by Roni Knutson
Using waste yarn, cast on 132 sts, 54-0-78 on punchcard machines and (66-0-66) on electronic machines with N1 to centre at T8. Knit a few rows with carriage ending at R. Do one row with ravel cord at T10. RC000. Knit as follows:
Turn work with a garter bar so right side is facing you (or take off on waste yarn and put back on machine with right side of work facing). Put work behind latches. (At this point it's a good idea to have six claw weights on hand to place on work after you pick up sts, as this stops them popping off the needles.) Pick up stitches from first row and put on needles (in the mouth of the needles). Once you have picked up all the stitches, to eliminate bulk, bring stitches behind latches over stitches in mouth of needles. Remove ravel cord (you'll probably have to unpick a stitch or two of the ravel cord at one end). Latch off loosely and remove from the machine. Turn right side out and sew the ends together (I sew them together with the sewing machine as much as possible leaving just a bit undone at the back that I mattress stitch by hand). You can of course sew them by hand.
Small - Cast on 120 sts (everything else is the same)
Large - Cast on 146 sts (everything else is the same)
This pattern was first published in The Carriage Trade, Issue #42, March 1992 and revised and republished in Machine Knitting Monthly, March 2016