Fair Isle Knitted Ear Warmer

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For months I have been knitting, tearing out, re knitting and tearing out to come up with a pattern for an ear warmer I like.  Many patterns I found online had holes in them to create a lacey look.  I wanted this to be a solid knit headband styled ear warmer.  I didn't want holes and have spots that windy Kansas air could whip in.  Of course knitting in stockinette stitch causes things to curl.  This has some curl but not terrible. 

The teal yarn is baby alpaca yarn I bought from a local yarn shop, Twist.  The white fair isle knitted areas are made from angora rabbit fur I hand spun from a bunny my mom used to own. 

I slipped the fist stitch of every row to give a nice little edge to it.  Since this was knitted on straight needles you will see where the color changes happen on the back.  Since they are not horribly long I didn't worry about it.

I'm happy to share the pattern but this is my first attempt to actually write out my own pattern.  So please bear with me.  If you're having trouble don't hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Headband is approximately 22 inches around.  To make the band smaller or longer just add or subtract from the first 12 rows of this pattern.  It's 3 inches wide.

Yarn Weight: 2-3, fine yarn weight, 2 colors

Needle Size: 3

sl1k=slip one knitwise

sl1p=slip one purwise

CA=color A

CB=color B

Cast on 19 sts with CA

First Row: p1, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1

Row 2: sl1k, p1, k1, p13, k1, p1, k1

Row 3: sl1p, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1

Repeat rows 2-3 for another 9 times so you end up with 12 rows.

Fair Isle Guide copy

Use Fair Isle guide to help you along.  Here are the instructions written out.

Row 13: sl1p, k1, p1, k3, CB k1, CA k5, CB k1, CA k3, p1, k1, p1

Row 14: sl1k, p1, k1, p3, CB p2, CA p3, CB p2, CA p3, k1, p1, k1

Row 15: sl1p, k1, p1, k3, CB k3, CA k1, CB k3, CA k3, p1, k1, p1

Row 16: sl1k, p1, k1, CB p3, CA p1, CB p2, CA p1, CB p2, CA p1, CB p3, CA k1, p1, k1

Row 17: sl1p, k1, p1, k1, CB k3, CA k1, CB k1, CA k1, CB k1, CA k1, CB k3, CA k1, p1, k1, p1

Row 18: sl1k, p1, k1, p2, CB p3, CA p1, CB p1, CA p1, CB p3, CA p2, k1, p1, k1

Row 19: sl1p, k1, p1, k5, CB k3, CA k5, p1, k1, p1

Row 20: sl1k, p1, k1, p2, CB p3, CA p1, CB p1, CA p1, CB p3, CA p2, k1, p1, k1

Row 21: sl1p, k1, p1, k1, CB k3, CA k1, CB k1, CA k1, CB k1, CA k1, CB k3, CA k1, p1, k1, p1

Row 22: sl1k, p1, k1, CB p3, CA p1, CB p2, CA p1, CB p2, CA p1, CB p3, CA k1, p1, k1

Row 23: sl1p, k1, p1, k3, CB k3, CA k1, CB k3, CA k3, p1, k1, p1

Row 24: sl1k, p1, k1, p3, CB p2, CA p3, CB p2, CA p3, k1, p1, k1

Row 25: sl1p, k1, p1, k3, CB k1, CA k5, CB k1, CA k3, p1, k1, p1

Row 26: sl1k, p1, k1, p13, k1, p1, k1

Row 27: sl1p, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1

Row 28: sl1k, p1, k1, p13, k1, p1, k1

Repeat Rows 13-28 another 4 times.  You'll have 5 fair isle stars when you're done.

Then knit Rows 2-3 another 9 times. 

Bind off.

Sew the two ends together to make a circle. 

VoilĂ  and you're done!

 

Cheers,

Kyle 

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