Nippy headband


Delicate lace headband with picot edging. This knitting pattern knits to a worsted tension and is a great stash buster!


Nippy is a delicate lace knitted headband that lends itself equally well to keeping warm, dressing up, or adding a bit of zhuzh to an everyday outfit.  You can style it with the Isblomst shawl and Bitten gloves for winter glamour, wear it as a costume piece to hark back to the 1920s, or simply keep your ears warm!  It’s an accessory that’ll make people look twice and admire your handiwork.

The pattern is written for one size, but you can customise this to suit your needs.  Nippy is also an excellent stashbuster – so if you have any partial balls of yarn lying around, they’ll be put to good use.  As written, Nippy fits a 60cm/23 ½ in head circumference and uses less than 25g of laceweight or mohair yarn.

The lacy panel and picot detail look equally pretty in mohair or solid DK/worsted yarns.  The Icicle legwarmers use the same stitch pattern in a solid yarn.  So if you like the idea of a lace knitted headband but don’t want to use mohair, don’t worry!

Special Techniques

  • Lace increases and decreases (yarn over, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, CDD)
  • Purlwise increases (purling into the front and back of a stitch)

The photographed sample was knitted in Rowan Fine Lace and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Both yarns were held together throughout.  If you’re thinking of pairing Nippy with the Bitten gloves, do have a look at Eden Cottage Yarns’ Flickr album for colour inspiration.  Substitution advice is given in the pattern notes, especially for those allergic to mohair.  You may also like to visit YarnSub for more immediate information:

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Nippy headband


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