Bandana by Joanne Seiff


August 2017
TapRoot Fibre Lab sportweight, 100% Linen
Sport (12 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in paisley pattern (after blocking)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
242 yards (221 m)
1 size: Approximately 20"/51cm square
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Bandana is part of the Flatlands Collection featured at the 2017 Manitoba Fibre Festival.

Bandanas are flexible when you’re on the go: Pull back your hair, wear it around your neck, or even pick up a hot dish while holding one. Commercially produced bandanas have paisley-like prints, but this one has a secret. Its reversible textured knit/purl pattern adds a paisley shape that only you can see as you knit! This features Taproot Fibre Lab’s tow linen: hand grown, processed, and handspun in Canada. Spin your own, or substitute any fingering to DK weight yarn that suits your needs. The sizing is flexible. Choose linen for a breathable option with drape, or wool for a textured winter layer. (Note: If using this near campfires, choose wool—linen is flammable!)

This square is a quick knit, requiring only knit and purl stitches, and other basic skills. A twisted, slip-stitched edging provides a rustic edge for linen that doesn’t gap. Both written instructions and a beginner’s texture chart are included to form your secret paisley. Add a knit tie with a special button or bead as a finishing touch. Bandana measures approximately 20”/51 cm square and uses approximately 242 yards (221 meters) of sport weight yarn.

The size of the bandana pattern is easily adjustable.

Sample Yarn Used:
Note: This sample used single ply flax handspun, grown and processed by TapRoot Farm and Fibre Lab and spun by the designer.

-1 skein handspun sportweight flax, 100% linen, 242 yarns (221 m), 3.53 oz (100g) color natural (unbleached)

Commercially available yarns that might be good substitutes:
-TapRoot Fibre Lab sportweight, 100% Linen (yardage unknown)
-Euroflax Sportweight, 100% Linen, 270 yards (247 m), 3.53 oz (100g)
This will make a slightly more dense texture:
- 2 skeins Allhemp 6, hemp for knitting, DK, 100% hemp, 165 yards (151 meters), 3.53 oz (100g)

Notions Required:
1 bead or button to fit in eyelet (optional)
Tape measure
Row Counter
Tapestry needle
Blocking pins, if desired