Ear Warmer Headband

I recently finished my second knitting project of the season: an ear warmer headband for my mom’s birthday!  It was a fun project because I was able to try out a new stitch and create my own pattern based on styles I saw online.  Before I gave it to my mom, I snapped a few pictures of the final product.The name of the stitch I used here is the seed stitch.  It is a most magnificent stitch that I will certainly use for future knitting projects.  It is so delicate and beautiful!  Once again, Knitting Tips By Judy helped me learn and become comfortable with my knitting skills.  The trick to using the seed stitch is to cast on an odd number of stitches.  Here are my own step-by-step directions:

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 skein of yarn (I used 50% wool/50% alpaca in charcoal grey)
  • Size 8 knitting needles
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Scissors

How-To:

  1. Cast on 15 stitches
  2. Alternate every stitch: knit-purl-knit-purl-etc.
  3. Make sure you start and end every row with a knit stitch
  4. Continue knitting until the headband fits comfortably around your head
  5. Cast off and sew in the yarn ends
  6. Whipstitch the headband closed
  7. For the small band, cast on 15 stitches and knit about 10 rows
  8. Cast off, sew in the yarn ends, and whipstitch the band closed around the ear warmer headband (this will produce the pleated look)
  9. Put it on and ENJOY!

For those of you who are looking to tidy up your own yarn collection, here is one way to do so.  I’ve started collecting toilet paper tubes to wind my yarn!


Have questions?  Any suggestions for future projects?  Leave a comment!

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Fall Fashion With: Isabelle Kepke

This week’s post is brought to you by Isabelle Kepke.  A well trained fashionista herself, Isabelle received her education from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York City.  Today, Isabelle is giving us the low down on some of this year’s trends.  I’ve been seeing these colors and patterns all around Philadelphia!I’m loving Oxblood.  I like how you can add it to your outfit in so many ways!
Chunky scarves?  Yes, please!Have you noticed any fall fashion trends on the street or in magazines?  For more ideas and inspirations, check our Isabelle’s Pinterest here!

Note: all images were found via Google Image and Pinterest searches.

Cowl Me Crazy

‘Tis the season for all things cozy, so why not ring in this beautiful fall weather with a knit cowl scarf?  I haven’t picked up knitting needles in many years, so I thought I’d give it a go.  My grandma taught me how to knit when I was in elementary school, and it was something that we did together most days.  Granted I couldn’t knit a straight line for the life of me, but it was the time we spent together that was especially important.

This time around, I had to resort to another mode of learning how to knit again: YouTube.  Miracles do happen, folks!  One woman named Judy acted as my Knitting Fairy Godmother.  Her step-by-step instructional videos were incredibly helpful, and she is even a knitter to the stars.  (But really.)

The model in this post is my dear friend and fellow creative arts therapy student, Jacklin!

My girlfriend surprised me for my birthday with some of the above knitting tools and a gift certificate to a local yarn store, Loop.  I quickly went to check out the options and choose my yarn colors!  Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need for your very own cowl scarf:

  • Three skeins of Spud & Chloe Outer yarn.  I used two of Rhino & one of Snow Day.
  • Size 13 needles (9 mm)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Knitting needle stoppers
  • Stitch counter
  • Scissors

My inspiration for making this scarf came from another blogger’s Katy Cowl.  I used her free pattern as a starting point for my project.

Here are my own step-by-step instructions on how to make my striped Cowl Me Crazy scarf.

  • Cast on 30 stitches of Rhino
  • Garter stitch for 28 rows
  • Change color to Snow Day and garter stitch for 14 rows
  • Change color to Rhino and garter stitch for 8 rows
  • Again, switch to Snow Day for 14 rows
  • Finish with 46 rows of Rhino
  • Bind off
  • Weave in all the loose ends from changing colors
  • Whipstitch the ends of the scarf closed in order to make a circle!

Happy knitting!