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A strong graphic moves briskly across the surface of this cozy headband in four sizes (XS/S/M/L) for a fun, quick knit—or work several extra vertical repeats to make a deep neckwarmer. This design pairs a solid natural gray with a bright gradient yarn in a pattern where foreground and background are interchangeable. Use soft, lofty yarns that bloom easily for a final result with a consistent surface. This project is an excellent choice for those just starting out with stranded colorwork, as it is easy to work and quite addictive.

Samples shown in size S and knit in Bare Naked Wools Kent DK, color Tide Pool (gray in headband) and Beach Glass (brown in cowl) with Feederbrook Farms Entropy in Sweet Corn, a custom gradient offered exclusively to Pairings 2018 club members.

Matching Motifs: Hectare, Cob 

Suggested Yarn:

Stone Soup DK, Better Breakfast DK, Kent DK, Confection Sport, Targhee Tango SportSubstituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size, elasticity, and yardage requirement.

Finished Size:

 17(19.5, 22, 24.5) inches in circumference(washed and blocked) to fits heads measuring up to 18.5(21, 23.5, 26) inches around

Yarn Requirements:

Color A (solid): 50(55, 60, 70) yards for headband / 90(105, 120, 135) yards for neckwarmer

Color B (gradient): 35(40, 45, 55) yards for headband / 80(90, 105, 115) yards for neckwarmer


21 sts and 33 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on larger needles in Kent DK (unblocked)

26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in two-color pattern on larger needles (washed and blocked)


size 6US (4.0 mm) circular needle for body colorwork (or size to obtain correct gauge)

size 4US (3.5 mm) circular needle for ribbing (or .5 mm smaller than gauge needle)