knitted vintage-inspired knot headband {craft}

by Amy on 9 October 2012

now that fall is here + the weather is getting downright chilly, i’m back into the swing of knitting! year-round, i love hair accessories — headbands, scarves made into headwraps, pretty barrettes + clips — so, i wanted to try making a knitted hair accessory. after looking through tons of pictures online, i was inspired by this sold-out ASOS knotted headband. that’s the joy of knitting, though – something’s sold out? no big deal, just make it yourself!

in anticipation of this project, i bought some lovely new green yarn, but since this project involved stitches that i’d never tried before, i decided to make a practice version first, using rose-colored yarn that i already had. the practice version turned out wonderful, so i was even more excited to make the final version in green. + in the end, i could not be happier with the final result – i love it!

a quick note: if you’ve never knitted, don’t be intimidated. i taught myself to knit using only youtube videos as a guide ! it’s a lot easier than you’d think + has become one of my favorite relaxing hobbies. so if you’ve been wanting to attempt knitting, give it a try!

thanks to my husband for taking these pictures – i’m on the other side of the camera for a change!

knitted vintage-inspired knot headband

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1 ball of medium-weight worsted yarn (i used red heart soft yarn in dark leaf)
size 6 knitting needles


provisional cast on 19 stitches

row 1: knit 2. then purl 1, knit 1 through the rest of the row
row 2: knit 1, knit 1 from the row below – repeat through the rest of the row
row 3: knit 1, purl 1 – repeat through the rest of the row
row 4: knit 2. then knit 1 from the row below, knit 1 – repeat through the rest of the row

repeat this 4-row pattern until headband reaches the desired length (remember that you’re going to make a knot in it, so it’ll have to be a few inches longer than the circumference of your head). for me, this was 42 repeats of the 4-row pattern, or a length of about 25″.

knot the headband in the middle, + before proceeding, ensure that the length is correct.

once you have reached the desired length, kichener stitch the final row with the provisional cast-on row. weave it all ends.

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1 danielle October 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thanks for the heads up about the video – I would love to learn to knit! I’m loving this headband too!

2 BigCityLittleJoys October 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

What a cute new accessory – great job!!

3 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee October 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

you look beautiful! Ever thought of making these and selling them on Etsy? Love your hair, btw:)

4 amy October 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

you are so sweet, steph – thank you! i’ve contemplated making a bunch + putting ’em on etsy – i’m just not sure how much of a demand there would be for them, you know? if it looks like there’s an interest, i’ll gladly do that!

5 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

So cute! I wish I had more time to do crafty things.

6 amy October 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

that’s definitely one of the perks of working from home – i can knit while i’m on conference calls or listening to online trainings. ha!

7 Tracey October 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

You are so beautiful Amy!! I love the headband. I’ve wanted to learn to knit forever, but haven’t set aside the time to make it happen yet…

8 amy October 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

you should give knitting a try, tracey! you’re already so creative both in the kitchen + behind a camera that i have no doubt you’d be a natural at knitting, too. =) and thank you for your kind words!

9 Jackie @ The Beeroness October 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

If I knew how to knit more than a straight line (lots of scarves, but that’s about it), I would totally make this. So cute :)

10 natalie@thesweetslife October 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

knitting is so far outside the realm of my talents but i give you major props for making such beautiful things! and you’re a gorgeous model too :)

11 Choc Chip Uru October 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I absolutely love this it looks so awesome :)
Multi talented my friend!

Choc Chip Uru

12 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Girl, come on. Now you’re just making the rest of us look bad. 😉 Stop being so darn talented!

13 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

So pretty! I’ve never even thought about knitting. It just seems like it would take forever to get something finished. How long does something like this take? And love how it matches your eyes. :)

14 amy October 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

thank you! and it didn’t take long at all – i’d say about 4-5 hours total, but i stretched mine out over about 10 days, doing 30 minutes or so per evening. you get in a groove, so you can do it while you watch tv or a movie, which i love. =)

15 angela@spinachtiger October 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

You look so cute. You make a great model.

16 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

This is awesome! I have always wanted to learn how to knit and this is just the inspiration I needed. Thanks.

17 amy October 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

that’s fantastic, nicole – if you ever need any knitting help or tips, just let me know!

18 Monet October 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Love! Could this get anymore adorable? I am already starting to make/buy Christmas presents and this will have to be on the list. Thank you for sharing. As always, your blog makes me smile from ear to ear!

19 megan @ girl by the lake October 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

YES! I am so glad you posted this! My grandmother taught me how to knit several years ago, but I’ve never actually made anything.

The green color looks fantastic against your skintone/hair color! So beautiful!

20 amy October 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Thanks, Megan! My grandmother was a wonderful knitter, too – she may have taught me a looong time ago, but it’s been 18+ years since she passed away so i honestly don’t remember. I do use her vintage knitting needles on all of my projects + her old yarn on many of them, which makes me so happy!

21 Blond Duck October 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I’ve never been a knitting person, but I’ve always longed to needlepoint. My sister does and she actually is making a quilt for us!

22 amy October 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

One of my friends does a ton of needlepointing – I’d love to learn it, too!

23 Julie @ Table for Two October 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

hello model!! you’re so gorgeous!! what a fun craft – i’m not crafty at all so i’d probably end up with a ball of yarn but if i could, i would make numerous colors!!

24 amy October 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

you are too kind, julie – thank you!

25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 10, 2012 at 1:44 am

I’m with Julie on this – you are so gorgeous! And you’re totally inspiring me to knit again! It’s been ages since I’ve knitted (knat? knatted? – not sure what the past tense of knit is).

26 amy October 10, 2012 at 3:15 am

bahaha, I’m not sure what the past tense is … knitted? i prefer knatted, though. 😉

27 Beth October 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

What a beautiful headband. No wonder you’re proud of it!

28 baker street October 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

you are so talented, amy! the headband is just gorgeous! :)

29 Suzy October 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

Super cute! Those are great colors on you.

Yay for knitting!!

30 Morgan October 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

I am obsessed with this!! I’m a terrible knitter but I am sure as hell going to try to make this.

31 amy October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

I bet you can make it – you really only need to know 3 stitches — knit, purl, + knit below. If I can help, let me know! I’m happy to just make one for you, too!

32 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

i was just telling someone last night that i thought people who knitted or crocheted or quilted or whatever were so awesome. i learned how to crochet once, but it was about 7 years ago & i’ve since forgotten. ha! this is beautiful!

33 CJ at Food Stories October 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Wow is all I can say … The headband is lovely but you’re gorgeous … Love how this matches your eyes :-)

34 amy October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

you are so kind, CJ – thank you!

35 Catherine October 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Dear Amy, What a nice headband for the cool weather. It is both stylish and keeps you warm. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

36 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease October 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

That color green looks so pretty on you!!! I don’t know if I could pulloff the headband as well as you;-)

37 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 11, 2012 at 8:58 am

Eek, Amy! You are so crazy adorable!

38 Renee October 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

What a lovely headband. Now if i tried knitting it would not be quite so nice. I just don’t seem to have crafting skills.

39 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen October 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

That is a great idea about you tube! I do want to learn to knit! Love the Headband! You look adorable!

40 LeAndra October 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I saw this picture on Pinterest before reading the blog post. My first reaction was, “Wow, I’d totally buy that on etsy.” I’ve been starting and stopping with crocheting for a while now, so I’m now inspired to pick it back up. A former co-worker taught herself to knit via YouTube too, so now I’m doubly inspired knowing that is how you learned too.

41 amy October 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’m so glad this inspired you to pick crocheting back up! can’t wait to hear about what you make. =)

42 sally @ sallys baking addiction October 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

OMG Amy, are you a model? Because that is what you should be doing! Along with blogging of course. You are gorgeous. I could never pull off that adorable knot headband!!!!

43 amy October 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

you are so sweet, sally! i was lucky enough to do a teeny bit of modeling a bunch of years ago – maybe i’ll share the pics on here someday! =)

44 Jamie October 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Are there any instructions on how to tie the knot so it looks that adorable and not tied like just… a knot? :)

45 amy October 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hey Jamie! I promise, the knot comes out looking cute even if you just tie it regularly. I tied it loose to start, then tightened it up once I was sure i liked the placement + shape of it. Hope this turns out great for you if you try it!

46 Jennifer October 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I can’t wait to make this. I love the look. My daughter has a ton of hair and this will be great for her.
I taught myself how to knit on You Tube, too! I have made all kinds of stuff and have even had people ask me if they could purchase them. I was shocked!
Thanks for posting the pattern. Btw, gorgeous pictures of you, too. They look professional.

47 amy October 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

You are so sweet, Jennifer – thank you! =) And kudos for teaching yourself to knit via Youtube, too – isn’t it amazing how much you can learn from just watching videos? Hope this turns out great for you + your daughter!

48 Joy October 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love the knotted headband. For some reason I dont really dont know exactly where to put my needle when it says knit into the stitch below. Can you explain? Joy

49 amy October 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Hi Joy, it’s hard to explain exactly where to knit when you ‘knit into the stitch below’ – pictures or a video make it easier to understand. This is the video I watched to teach myself that stitch – hope it helps you, too! =)

50 Merry October 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hi, thanks for sharing your lovely pics and knitting pattern. However, I have NO IDEA on how to “knit from below”, nor do I know what a Kirchener stitch is?! Can you explain? Thanks! Happy Autumn, Happy Knitting! **( Being a teacher…I cannot ignore…The past tense is knitted…but as you wrote, I LOVE “Knatted”! LOL! )

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