A visitor to the Knitters shop very kindly showed me how to make the ‘knot’ in these, by folding a rectangle of paper into the required shape for the joining seam!
For those of you not lucky enough to have had personal instruction there is a really clear video of it by ‘Just be Crafty’ here.
I have tried them in dk, aran and chunky weight yarns and would say that aran and chunky work best for me. They are made in (UK) half double crochet – back loop only, ending on a row of dc.
These ones are in Rico essentials soft merino (aran) Saffron (066) and Silver-grey (096), and Rowan pure wool superwash worsted Teal wash (discontinued). I used a 6mm hook and started with a chain of 72 for the aran yarn and 62 for the chunky version. Each headband took about 25g of yarn.
Now, who has 25g of yarn to spare to give one a go?
I recently had the chance to attend an advanced crochet class hosted by Black Sheep Wools near Warrington in Cheshire. The class was led by Gina Couch who is a Rowan tutor and we made a Celtic style headband in Rowan Cocoon.
It was necessary for me to practise a bit when I got home, so it has been joined by a few friends! Mine are made in Rowan Cocoon Alpine (802) and West Yorkshire Spinners Retreat Pure (10) both on an 8mm hook, and finally Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky Purdey (104) on a 7mm hook.
The pattern we used was Gina’s own, but it is essentially a 4 strand cable pattern and surprisingly not difficult to master with some expert tuition and a few hours of practice!
I had a lovely day at the class, and definitely improved my cabling confidence. If you would like to see a picture of the lovely ladies I was with, here we are towards the end of the day looking very pleased with ourselves!