Friday, August 19, 2011

The Après-ski Headband/Earwarmer Pattern

“Après-ski” (French for "after skiing") is a lacy headband/earwarmer, knitted in super-soft, super-warm alpaca. I wanted to combine the best things about hats and earmuffs into one pretty accessory and I wanted something soft, warm and totally non-itchy. Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight was the obvious yarn choice, and as I envisioned the pattern, I knew it had to be lace. Lace might seem like an odd choice for a cold-weather outerwear accessory, but the alpaca yarn is so warm, you’ll never notice that this headband is slightly ventilated. The lace diamond pattern makes it delicate, pretty and chic, and the lovely dark red colorway provides a much-needed pop of color for dreary fall and winter days.

It’s knitted in one piece from one i-cord tie to the other, and requires just one hank of Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight. A garter stitch border prevents rolling. This is also a very fast knit, making it great for holiday gift-giving! One size fits all.

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight, 1 hank, 511 (red)

Needles: Size US 3 (3.25mm) dpns, Size US 3 (3.25mm) straight

Notions: tapestry needle for weaving in ends, stitch markers

Available for download from Ravelry for only $3.00.

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