Cashmears by Sarah Jordan
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March 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
65 - 75 yards (59 - 69 m)
to fit head circumference of 20-22 (22-24) in./51-56 (56-61) cm
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The inspiration for this headband/ear warmer was a leftover skein of a cashmere-blend yarn that was too soft and pretty to toss back into the stash -- I wanted it to keep me warm!

Cashmears uses a faux I-cord edging and an usual cable that looks a bit like a chain. It knits up very quickly and is a fun challenge if you want to try something beyond a simple rope cable.

To knit this pattern, you will need to know how to:

  • work flat (knit and purl),
  • slip stitches,
  • cable using a cable needle,
  • increase purlwise (using m1 increases), and
  • decrease (using p2tog).

Notions needed:

  • two cable needles
  • yarn needle to weave in ends
  • one 1 in./2.5 cm button

Finished dimensions: 2.25 in./5.5 cm wide and 22 (24.5) in./56 (62) cm long (laid flat; ends are overlapped a bit when worn)

Please note that while the recommended yarn is classified as a DK, I find that it knits up like a light worsted. Thus, yarns in either weight category will work well for this pattern.

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