Garter Stitch Goodness

Garter Stitch is the most basic and easiest of knit stitch patterns.  You knit every stitch, and it creates a ridging pattern.  When you learn to knit, the first thing you make will most likely be something in garter stitch, even if you don't know then that it actually has a name.

Garter stitch has recently seen a comeback, it seems.  I see so many shawl patterns for sale done in all garter stitch, but with color changes or shapes that make them a little bit more interesting, much like this shawl that I'm working on right now and this hat that I've made a couple times (even though this one is done in the round so every other row is purled to create the same effect).  And even though I'm sure that there are a ton of knitters out there who will still see garter stitch as ugly or way too basic, there are plenty who think the opposite, and I've actually grown to love the look of it.  Sometimes it's good to go back to basics, right?

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I originally bought this blue sequin yarn for a hat I was planning to make for a friend.  I got it at Hobby Lobby, and the yarn is called Enchantress.  But as I was knitting it up, it was just NOT turning out the way I wanted it to.  And I also realized after putting on my head the amount I had already knitted, that it wasn't the warmest yarn.  It's a very cushy yarn, but it does have a silkiness to it that seems a bit cool to the touch - and I can only imagine how it would feel in the below-freezing temps of Iowa, where my friend is currently living for vet school.

So I frogged it, but couldn't help but think about how much I loved the yarn.  I had already made myself a scarf out of it (and no, it isn't very warm even though it's knit with a double-thickness stitch, so case in point right there).  I had been seeing a lot of photos on Instagram and other knitting blogs and seen a lot of Etsy listings for headbands like this one, so I thought I'd give it a try, and decided to use this yarn.

It was a super easy and quick knit.  Basically, you:

  1. Choose a needle size appropriate for the yarn. (I chose 10.5)
  2. Cast-on however many stitches it takes to make it your preferred width. (I did 15)
  3. Keep knitting back and forth until it's long enough to fit around your head.
  4. Cut a long tail at the end after you bind off.
  5. Seam the edges together.
  6. Pinch the seam together and, using a tapestry needle, thread your yarn directly back and forth across the folds so they'll stay that way without you holding them together.
  7. Weave in all ends.

After that, you can knit a thin band to wrap around the folds, or you can just leave it like that.  I originally did the band, but ended up not liking the way it looked, so I took it off.

This was really all just a test to see if I liked how it looked, and I did!  But if you plan on wearing it out to actually keep your ears warm and not just as a fashion accessory, I highly recommend using a warmer yarn.  Your ears (unlike mine when I wore this out yesterday) will thank you.