Bogolanfini (Mudcloth) Headband by Saysha Greene

Bogolanfini (Mudcloth) Headband

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.25 mm (D)
160 - 200 yards (146 - 183 m)
Youth (18-20 inch) / Adult (20-22 inch)
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Bògòlanfini (mudcloth) is fabric dyed with fermented mud. Bògòlanfini is a traditional textile of the Bamana people of Mali in West Africa. The name means “earthcloth” (Bogo=earth, lan=by means of, fini=cloth); and there is meaning in the symbols represented on mudcloth. They reveal a person’s character or occupation, or the history of a village. Mudcloth is worn by hunters, serving as camouflage, as ritual protection and as a badge of status.

The Bògòlanfini headband / ear warmer is knit in the round, using colorwork. You will begin with a provisional cast on and finish the main side with a combination i-cord bind-off cast-on to continue with an alternating single row striped lining. The result is a headband that is fully reversible. You also have the option of using the included blank chart to chart your own design. Let your creativity soar! #bogolanfiniheadband

Tip: If you choose to use the chart to make a deeper headband, hat or cowl … you will repeat rows 1-32 of the chart.

This pattern has been test knit and professionally tech edited.

Pattern Level: Intermediate

Size: Adult (19 inches unstretched; Fits 20-22 inch head), Youth (17 inches unstretched; Fits 18-20 inch head)

ADULT: Total Yardage - 200 yds/183 m of fingering weight yarn for main color (MC) and contrast color (CC) - 100 yds each
YOUTH: Total Yardage - 160 yds /146 m of light fingering weight yarn for main color (MC) and contrast color (CC) - 80 yds each

ADULT: US 4 / 3.5 mm, 16 in/40 cm circular needle
YOUTH: US 3 / 3.25 mm, 16 in/40 cm circular needle
Extra circular 16 in/40 cm or longer for 3-needle bind off
crochet hook - size is not important
tapestry needle
scrap yarn (3 yards)

ADULT: 26 sts X 40 rnds to 4 inches (10 cm)
YOUTH: 28 sts X 44 rnds to 4 inches (10 cm)