Rug Weaver Headband by Tressa Weidenaar

Rug Weaver Headband

July 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Charted pattern.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
97 yards (89 m)
One size - Adult Medium
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Weaving is an important part of the Navajo culture. I grew up watching skilled weavers create rugs, and I knew I wanted to learn weaving someday. I had a hard time finding someone to teach me as my great grandma had passed away before I could learn from her, and weaving is not as common as it used to be. About a year ago I finally found a class where I learned, from experienced Navajo weavers, the steps to making a rug. I am proud to have done so, and I designed this headband to show designs similar to Navajo weaving.

This headband is knit in the round using small amounts of yarn. It knits up quickly and is wide to fully cover the ears.

Difficulty Level
Intermediate: familiar with color work charts using two colors, duplicate stitch, able to weave long floats.

Skills required
Cast on, working in the round on circular needles, working from charts, stranded color-work, bind off, weaving floats, duplicate stitch.

One size - Adult Medium
Finished measurements after blocking
Circumference (unstretched): 20 in (51 cm)
Height: 5” (12.5 cm)

US Size 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm) 16” needles.
Worsted weight yarn in two highly contrasting colors and a small amount of a second contrasting color for duplicate stitch.

Approximate Yardage
About 70 yards (64 m) in main color and 25 yards (23 m) in contrasting color, 1.5 yards (1.4 m) of second contrasting color for duplicate stitch.

Pattern has been test knit.