McIntire by Meghan Huber
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McIntire

Knitting
November 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
175 - 215 yards (160 - 197 m)
4" wide. To determine the length of the headband, measure your head circumference. The length of the headband should have about 1” of negative ease (i.e. it should be about 1” less than the measured head circumference).
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McIntire is a reversible headband with honeycomb cables on one side and rows of small cables on the other. The many intricate cables make this a perfect project for the detail-oriented knitter. The headband is knit in the round to create a long tube that wraps around the head. The ends of the tube are then grafted together, creating an invisible seam.

SIZING
4” wide. To determine the length of the headband, measure your head circumference or see www.craftyarncouncil.com/headsize.html for average head sizes. The length of the headband should have about 1” of negative ease (i.e. it should be about 1” less than the measured head circumference). However the amount of ease needed will ultimately depend on how much stretch your yarn has.

YARN
Approximately 1 skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% wool, 50% alpaca, 215 yds/100g, Worsted). Sample shown used 175 yds in Winter Rice and fits a head circumference of 20.5”.

NEEDLES
Size 5 (3.75mm) set of double-pointed needles (dpns) or 32” circular needles for magic loop.
Size 3 (3.25mm) or smaller set of dpns or or 32” circular needles. These smaller needles will be used to hold stitches during grafting.

GAUGE
31 stitches and 30 rounds = 4 inches in cable pattern

NOTIONS
Cable needle (optional), tapestry needle, stitch markers

SKILLS USED
Casting on with the long tail method, working knit and purl stitches, knitting in the round, cabling, cabling without a cable needle (optional), and grafting live stitches to the cast on edge. Resources for cabling without a cable needle and grafting are provided.

QUESTIONS?
Have a question or comment about this pattern? Feel free to ravmail me, email me at meghan@newenglandknitting.com, or post in the New England Knitting group.

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