Here's the official pattern, ©2001 Drops Designs:

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=86&d_id=10&lang=us, and here's my edit (with huge thanks to

**Ilsa** and

**melosond**):

**PANTA (Finnish headband)**US size 7 / 4.25, 4.5 or 4.75 mm needles (or size needed to obtain correct gauge)

approximately 50g/1.76 oz. worsted weight yarn

measuring tape

yarn needle

Gauge: 18 sts = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette st. (row gauge is not important)

Measure your head where you want Panta to sit. Subtract an inch or two / 2.5 to 5 cm. (It’s stretchy.)

Shadkitty says subtract 10%. Divide by 10 and write the result here: A = __________ inches/cm.

Starting at the back of the neck, CO 19 sts.

Section 1:

Row 1 (WS): k1, *p2, k1*

Row 2 (RS): k1, *k2, p1* to last 3 sts., k3

Rep. rows 1-2 until work measures A = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 2:

Row 1: k1, *p2, kfb* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (24 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p2* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k2* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 2 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 3:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k1, kfb* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (29 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p3* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k3* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 3 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 4:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k2, kfb* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (34 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p4* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k4* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 4 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 5:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k3, kfb* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (39 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p5* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k5* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 6 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 6:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k3, k2tog* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (34 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p4* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k4* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 7 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 7:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k2, k2tog* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (29 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p3* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k3* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 8 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 8:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k1, k2tog* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (24 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p2* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k2* to last 3 sts., p2, k1

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 9 = _______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

Section 9:

Row 1: k1, *p2, k2tog* to last 3 sts., p2, k1 (19 sts.)

Row 2: k1, *k2, p1* to last 3 sts., k3

Row 3: k1, *p2, k1*

Rep. rows 2-3 until work measures A x 10 = ______ inches/cm (ending with a RS row)

BO in pattern, leaving a 12-inch tail for seaming. On WS, sew BO & CO ends together. Weave in ends.

**Pattern notes **Knitting the first and last stitch of every row creates a garter stitch edge.

For a narrower Panta, use smaller needles &/or thinner yarn or delete sections 5-6, use the number 8 instead of 10 to calculate A & end sections when work measures as follows:

section 1 = A

section 2 = A x 2

section 3 = A x 3

section 4 = A x 5

section 7 = A x 6

section 8 = A x 7

section 9 = A x 8

If Panta is too loose, sew just inside original seam to tighten or rip out seam, rip work back until desired length, finish & wear with seam off-center.

**Abbreviations:*** * = repeat the directions between the asterisks

BO = bind off

CO = cast on

k = knit

k2tog = knit two stitches together

kfb = knit into the front & back of one stitch

p = purl

rep = repeat

RS = right side

st(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side

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