Every winter, I create a cap and mittens set for my daughter; this year, instead of going for more
traditional approaches, I decided to do something a little bit different. Kimi, a Ballet and Jazz dancer since 3, I drew inspiration from her dance costumes and apparels and created Bella Headwrap and Gauntlets set. I wanted a set that she could wear not only outdoor to keep her warm but also indoor for her dance lesson. For both of the patterns, I have provided sizes from Toddlers to Teens/Adults. I believe this set is appropriate for all ages.
S (Toddler) [M (Child), L (Teen - Adult)]
Size shown: M
Headband Circumference: 14½ [16, 17] inches slightly stretched
Length: 8 [9, 10] inches (from Ribbing to point before Pompom)
Circumference: 5 [6, 7] inches without stretching
Length: Varies - The length of the gauntlets are custom to fit each individual’s preference.
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino [55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 137 yards/125 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];
#006 Pink; 1 skeins (Headscarf)
#006 Pink; 1 [2, 2] skeins (Gauntlets)
Scrap yarn in worsted weight for provisional cast-on and to hold sleeve stitches.
US #2/2.75 mm 16 inch or longer circular needle
US #3/3.25 mm 24 inch or longer circular needle or straight needles
Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
US E-4/3.5 mm crochet hook
Note: The circular needle is used to work the headband ribbing in the round. Substitute the same size dpns if desired.
3 Stitch markers
28 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in Cable and Lace St using larger needle
32 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches in Twisted Rib using smaller needle, slightly stretched
Instructions are written for smallest size, with medium and large sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
The design is very straight forward: start with a headband that is worked in the round, then bind off part of the sts and work remaining sts in rows, shaping into a triangle. A row of single crochet is applied to provide a smooth side edging.
Twisted Rib (Multiple of 4 sts)
Round 1: P1, *k2 tbl, p2; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, k2 tbl, p1.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern
Cable & Lace St – in ROWS (Multiples of 8 sts + 4)
Row 1: * P1, yo, skp, p1, k4; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, p1, yo, skp, p1.
Row 2 and all even rows: K1, p2, k1, * p4, k1, p2, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 3: * P1, k2tog, yo, p1, k4; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, p1, k2tog, yo, p1.
Row 5: * P1, yo, skp, p1, C4B; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, p1, yo, skp, p1.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Row 8: K1, p2, k1, * p4, k1, p2, k1; repeat from * across.
Repeat Rows 1-8 for pattern.
Cable & Lace St – in ROUNDS (Multiple of 8 sts)
Round 1: * P1, yo, skp, p1, k4; repeat from * around.
Round 2 and all even rounds: * P1, k2, p1, k4; repeat from * around.
Round 3: * P1, k2tog, yo, p1, k4; repeat from * around.
Round 5: * P1, yo, skp, p1, C4B; repeat from * around to last st, p1.
Round 7: Repeat Round 3.
Round 8: * P1, k2, p1, k4; repeat from * around.
Repeat Rounds 1-8 for pattern.
Both gauntlets are worked the same way. Hence, only 1 set of instructions is provided.
The gauntlets are knit in the round starting at the forearm ribbing and working toward the hand. The top triangle shaping for the hand is worked back and forth in a flat piece.
The crochet hook is used to create the finger loop for the gauntlets.
The gauntlets can easily be modified to turn into a pair of arm warmers. To achieve that, simply eliminate the top triangle shaping and when working the top ribbing, work all stitches in Twisted Rib instead of the number of stitches stated in the instructions.
The instructions can be worked using the magic loop method or dpns. Instructions are written for smallest size, with medium and large sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Magic Loop Method:
Cast on number of sts specified and slip the sts onto the flexible cable.
Divide the sts into 2 even groups and slip the stitches toward the corresponding needle tips, with the needle ends pointing to the right side and the extra cable length protruding from the center of the 2 groups of sts. Make sure the working yarn is hanging from the back needle (needle 2); the front needle (needle 1) will work first.
* Pull needle 2 out until you can comfortably work all sts on needle 1; let the sts on needle 2 slide down to the cable; work all sts on needle 1 and turn the needle to face the right side again. Now the needle 1 sts are in the needle 2 position and sts from needle 2 are in the needle 1 position.
Slide the needle 2 sts (in needle 1 position) back to the tip of the needle and pull the back needle to work the sts on the front needle; repeat from * working sts per instructions.
Knitting in the round using circular or dpn, simple cable, lace and crochet skill.
User smaller circular needle or dpns, cast on 96 [108, 120] sts, place marker, for the beginning of round. Make sure not to twist sts. Start working in the round in Twisted Rib until piece measure 1 inch from cast on edge.
Switch to larger needles.
Row 1: Bind off 28 [32, 36] sts, work the remaining 68 (76, 84) sts in Row 1 of the Cable & Lace St.
Row 2: Work across in pattern.
Continue working in Cable & Lace St, decreasing 1 st at each edge every RS row as follows:
Row 3 (RS): P1, skp, work in Cable & Lace St across to last 3 sts, k2tog, p1.
Row 4: Work across in pattern.
Note: If working a decrease on sts involving C4B, work the sts in knit instead. Charts 2a-b illustrate decreases on both sides for the lower portion. Chart 2c illustrates the top portion shaping.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 4 sts remain, ending with a WS row.
Next row: P1, k2tog, p1: 3 sts.
Last Row: P3tog.
With RS facing and using crochet hook, join yarn with slip st to end of first row of Triangle Shaping, ch 1, work sc evenly along the side of the headwrap to point, work 3 sc in point, sc evenly along opposite side of triangle; fasten off.
Make a pompom and attach the pompom on the tip of the headwrap. Weave in all ends and gently press the headwrap with a warm iron.
User smaller circular needle, cast on 40 [48, 56] sts and start working in the round either using magic loop method or dpn. Make sure not to twist sts. Work in Twisted Rib for 7 [9, 9] rounds.
The gauntlet’s body is worked using both size needles. The different needle sizes are used to help the shaping of the body.
Switch to larger circular needle and start working in Cable & Lace St until 2 [2½, 2½] inches less than desired length to base of hand.
Switch to smaller needle and continue in pattern for 1 inch.
Work 20 [28, 36] top sts, place marker (pm), work the next 20 sts in twisted rib. Continue to work top sts in pattern and remaining sts in Twisted Rib until ribbing measures 1 [1½, 1½] inches.
Next round: Work in established pattern to marker, slip marker, bind off all Twisted Rib sts in pattern.
Top Triangle Shaping
The remaining 20 [28, 36] sts are worked back and forth.
Work 2 rows even in pattern, then decrease 1 st at each edge every row until 3 sts remain, ending with a RS row.
Note: Because each individual might not end on the same row before the Top Triangle Shaping, Charts 2a-c are only used for reference in terms of how to work decrease in the pattern, not as exact row number references.
Last row: P3tog; cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread yarn through the last st and pull the st tight.
Use crochet hook join yarn with slip st to top point of triangle, work chain stitch to fit around middle finger and return to triangle point; join with slip st.
Silka is a mother of 3 who lives in West Michigan. She splits her day writing code, taking care of her family and becoming a serious knitter and designer at very late night. Silka has been publishing her designs in her site and various knitting magazines. Silka blogs about knitting and life in general, and you can find Silka as Kaleido in Ravelry.
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