I'm still relatively new to knitting, as until last week the last time I knitted was 2 years ago! I decided to get crazy and try knitting in the round (for the first time) and also try new stitches. For the life of me, I fumbled doing a purl stitch 2 years ago and now it's super easy.
I tested out the simple basketweave stitch and decided to make myself a headband for fall/winter. Yesterday I made one for my mom and am going to make a few more for gifts.
Here's a side by side comparison. Mine is the purple one made with Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn in orchid. (I made it long enough to fit my big head. Plus, the acrylic yarn doesn't stretch as much as wool). The multicolored one is for my mom and made with Patons Classic Wool yarn in harvest.
Close up of shiny acrylic yarn and basketweave stitch:
Close up of wool yarn colors and basketweave stitch:
Here's the pattern for the headbands:
*I used size 7 needles for these. They're 16 stitches wide which was about 3" for the wool headband and 3.25" for the acrylic headband.
Cast on 16sts.
Row 1: knit
Rows 2-6: K4, p4, k4, p4
Row 7: knit
Rows 8-12: P4, k4p4k4
Rep Rows 1-12 until desired length. (I would recommend periodically measuring your piece while stretching it since some fibers are stretchier than others. Make sure to dry block it back into shape before continuing stitching).
*For my acrylic yarn (and big head) I repeated 12 times to make 24 "blocks" of basketweave. For the wool yarn, I repeated 10 times and then repeated rows 1-6 to make 23 "blocks." Even though I made only 1 "block" less for the wool headband, it is much shorter than the acrylic headband and stretches almost as much.
Last row: knit
Weave excess yarn at both ends into piece.
Stitch both ends together.
They have a cool texture without doing cables (which I want to tackle but they seem a little scary). Plus they knit up fast and are super easy, as long as you keep track of what row you're on.
Happy knitting and Happy Holidays!