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[Apr. 3rd, 2007|09:42 pm]
Raks Knitty

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[purplecleo]
Ok, so I have a performance coming up and everyone in my troupe will be adhering to a strict "uniform". The only personal touches we can ad are jewelry and head-gear. I have long hair that I can never think of anything to do with so I plan on leaving it down but I would really like to make a cool headband that I could clip fake flowers onto or perhaps sew on some beaded disks.

I made myself a headband using this pattern and a dk weight yarn. I like it but it curled horribly. My stash options are pretty much limited to acrylic or some cheap cotton so I don't have a whole lot of blocking options. Barring all else I will double the stitches in the Oeillet pattern (from 9 to 18) and "make it work", unless you have any other suggestions of patterns or ideas for me?
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From: analae
2007-04-04 02:26 pm (UTC)
If you doubled the stitches and adapted the headband to be knit in the round with a stockinette half and a cabled half, it might work better. You would have to work out a better way to do the edging, though, as I'm not sure that it would be feasible to do the slipped stitches when you have no wrong side. In theory you could knit all those stitches and then sort of backstitch through them in the finishing stage to make a seam on each side - this would hopefully make the headband less of a tube and lie flat. Does this make sense?
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[User Picture]From: purplecleo
2007-04-04 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I getcha! Do you think it would be too thick though? The pattern does not show up very well in the cottong dk yarn I used, I was thinking about using microspun but the pattern will be even less visible. I'm not too picky about that because it's mostly just a base to put pretty decorations on, but maybe I could get away with knitting a tube entirely in stockinette?
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From: analae
2007-04-04 04:04 pm (UTC)
Lionbrand Microspun? Cables show up okay in that stuff but it might make your head sweat since it's not a natural fibre.

In a dk weight yarn I don't think the stockinette panel at the back would add too much bulk, but you could of course knit just a tube. What about just ribbing a band of 18 stitches in a tight k1 p1, slipping the first stitch on every row? it'd be sturdy and it wouldn't curl.
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[User Picture]From: purplecleo
2007-04-04 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm liking that option better. It would need to be knit on a circular though, right?
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From: analae
2007-04-04 04:15 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'd just knit a strip long enough to go 'round my head, either increasing and decreasing at the ends for i-cord or sewing it together into a headband. I-cord might be a safer bet, though. Use straights. C/o 18 and just go for like 20 inches, stop and try it, knit to size.
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[User Picture]From: purplecleo
2007-04-04 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the tips. I'll scrounge my stash later and get started. Now I'm trying to talk myself out of doing my own beaded disks.
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From: analae
2007-04-04 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well that would be an undertaking. Exactly how much time do you have before the performance? Would you coordinate it to the headband? ;)

Hey, are you on Tribe.net? I'd love to friend you :)
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[User Picture]From: purplecleo
2007-04-04 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's not until late June but I am getting married in less than a month, making the wedding dress and my mothers dress AND working so I don't think beaded disks are realistically in my future. But that won't stop me from entertaining the thought ;)

I am indeed on Tribe! I love to find new people to friend there, MUCH better than myspace. Find me here. :D
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