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Alder headband knitting pattern

Author: Canadian Living

Knitting & Crochet

Alder headband knitting pattern

This Alpaca headband's soft, thick yarn and easy pattern make it a satisfying quick knit. The headband is designed using a simple two-by-two rib pattern with a unique twist.  And it's so practical as an ear warmer, you might be tempted to make it in several winter colours.

Knitting Tips:
The Alder Headband pattern is easy to follow and suitable for the beginner to intermediate knitter. Creating the twist may seem intimidating to new knitters, but the clear instructions guarantee great results. The headband is knit flat and sewn together. You may hide the seam at the back of your headband with one of Americo’s Ilo leather plackets for a special finishing touch. If you decide to do this, simply cut the placket in half lengthwise and sew onto both sides of your seam with a yarn needle and fingering/sport weight yarn.


-1 Skein of Americo Alpaca Wool (30% Superfine Alpaca / 70% Wool) 100g / 87 yards (80 m)

-7mm (US 10.75) needles
-2 stitch holders                

-Yarn needle

Note about the yarn:
Americo's Alpaca Wool is available through Americo Original online and in store. You can substitute for other bulky or heavy worsted weight yarns like Americo’s Highland Simple Twist, Copito Medio, or any bulky or heavy worsted weight in your stash.


Finished size:  20 inch (51 cm) circumference x 5 inch (13 cm) width. One size fits many.


10 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in 2x2 rib stitch, slightly stretched,  using 7 mm (US 10.75) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge.

K, k: knit
P, p: purl
Ribbed/rib/ribbing: a pattern stitch – has vertical columns of knit and purl stitches, side by side, with elastic properties. Examples: (K1, P1) aka 1 x 1 ribbing, (K2, P2) aka 2 x 2 ribbing etc.

Using 7 mm (US 10.75) size needles, cast on 24 stitches.  
R1 (RS):  P1, (k2, p2) to last 3 sts, k2, p1
R2 (WS): K1, (p2, k2) to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Work a total of 34 rows from cast-on edge or until work measures 8.5 inches.

Divide for the Twist:

Row 35:  RS:  p1, (k2, p2) until 15 stitches remain, k2, p1. Place the remaining 12 stitches on a stitch holder to be worked later. Turn your work and with wrong side row facing:    

Row 36:  WS:  K1, (p2, k2) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Repeat these 2 rows, five more times for a total of 12 rows or until work measures 3 inches (8cm) from divide. Place these stitches on a second stitch holder. Break yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Return to first set of stitches that are on a holder (right side facing), transfer to needle and rejoin yarn leaving a 6 inch tail.

R1 (RS):  P1, (k2, p2) to last 3 sts, k2, p1

R2 (WS): K1, (p2, k2) to last 3 sts, p2, k1

Repeat these 2 rows, five more times for a total of 12 rows or until work measures 3 inches (8cm). Place these stitches back onto a stitch holder.

Next row will be the cross over row.

With the right side facing, cross the first set of 12 stitches over the second set of stitches (right over left) and slip all stitches from the 2 holders onto the working needle. The row is now re-joined with 24 stitches back on the needle, and with a twist in the centre.

Keeping in the rib stitch pattern, work the second half of the headband for 34 rows.

Cast off in pattern.


Sew the cast on edge to the cast off edge. If desired, stitch an Americo Ilo leather placket over the seam. Weave in ends.

Americo Original is a Canadian yarn and knitting shop located in the heart of Toronto's trendy Queen Street West. Americo yarns are manufactured in socially responsible mills in the Andean highlands of South America, and made strictly from natural fibres including luxurious merino wool, llama, alpaca, organic cotton, linen, silk and cashmere. All patterns are designed by the Americo team in-house, with an emphasis on simple designs that are as easy and enjoyable to wear as they are to knit. Americo ships worldwide from its online store.

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Alder headband knitting pattern