November 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in St st worked in the round, measured once dry after washing and blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3.5 mm (E)
235 - 280 yards (215 - 256 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) To fit head+hair circumference 20-21 (21-22, 22-23, 23-24, 24-25, 25-26)” / 51-53 (53-56, 56-58, 58-61, 61-63, 63-66) cm
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SHUTTER headband

The idea for this headband was born one summer upon my return from yet another teaching engagement. My inspiration gears were churning, which produced some swatches, but then I needed to use a protractor. My progress knitting started to resemble a camera’s lens shutter, hence the namesake. Looking geometric at first, it turned into a soft and simple design, as these petal-shaped cables are an embodiment of finesse and minimalism. And you will surely become mesmerized by the result of biased fabric manipulation just as I did, discovering that sometimes things in life and knitting can be this straightforward.

Watch the video about SHUTTER headband on my IGTV here.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
To fit head+hair circumference
20-21 (21-22, 22-23, 23-24, 24-25, 25-26)” / 51-53 (53-56, 56-58, 58-61, 61-63, 62-66) cm

(after blocking, measured relaxed)
Circumference (at center): 18½ (19½, 20½, 21½, 22½, 23½)” / 47 (49, 52, 54, 57, 60) cm
Narrow Wide width (at widest point): 4 ” / 10 12 cm

Rust color headband shown in Narrow version in size 1
Woolfolk “TOV DK” (100% Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino® wool; 160 yds / 146 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g)
Color TDK 10 (rust); 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins
Finished Narrow sample weight is 64g

Silver color headband shown in Wide version in size 1
Manos Del Uruguay “Silk Blend” (70% extrafine merino wool, 30% silk; 150 yds / 137 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g)
Color 3218 Silver; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins
Finished Wide sample weight is 82g

OR approx. 235 (245, 260, 275, 285, 300) yds/ 215 (224, 238, 251, 260, 275) m for narrow version or approx. 280 (300, 310, 325, 345, 360) yds/ 256 (274, 283, 297, 315, 330) m for wide version of any other Sport weight yarn

US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 16” / 40 cm
Spare 16-20” / 40-51 cm circular needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller than working needle
OR use size to obtain gauge

Crochet hook size E (3.5 mm)
A length of smooth waste yarn in similar weight
Stitch Marker
Removable pin or marker
Tapestry needle

Working Gauge
25 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st worked in the round, unwashed, measured before blocking
Blocking Gauge
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st worked in the round, measured once dry after washing and blocking
Blocking Gauge mid-center - place where stitches remain straight (not shifted) - 31 sts = 4” / 10 cm in St st worked in the round, measured once dry after washing and blocking
Holidays will soon be here! Are you thinking about crafting gifts for family and friends, gifts to keep them warm through this cold season and for many years to come? This year, we may have to alter our routines and traditions, but the making and giving of hand-crafted gifts will help us embrace the spirit of the season and connect with our family and friends, albeit virtually!

This year especially seems to be the appropriate time to bring you this fun Novel Noel Advent! In this Advent collection, you will receive knitting patterns, for which you will learn several new techniques, some unusual ways of creating cables and cable-looking fabric, while knitting an enjoyable, wearable accessory - a headband. In this collection, you will receive seven mystery headband patterns that you will be able to knit and finish just in time for holiday gifting (or wearing)! Plus a surprise bonus pattern!

The Advent collection will kick off with a design using the thinnest yarn in the collection - sport weight or light DK. The yarn weight will grow each week with a new installment and, in anticipation of Christmas day, will end with a super bulky weight, to make that last-minute gift! You will discover a new technique with each and every single headband. The skill levels for the collection range from Beginner to Advanced Intermediate, but since this is a technique driven advent, there will be visual help in the form of video or photo tutorials included.

With the Novel Noel Advent eBook, you will learn something new, have fun while making it, hopefully make some new knitting friends, and have cabled headbands to wear or gift!

Buy the Novel Noel Advent eBook to make sure to join these festivities:

The Novel Noel Advent collection is comprised of seven headbands: one design each week, for seven consecutive weeks. The first Secret Headband will be revealed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Each #WarmWednesday you will be notified via automated delivery in your Ravelry inbox and email about the arrival of your next mystery:
Wednesday, November 11 - SHUTTER
Wednesday, November 18 - ADAPT
Wednesday, November 25 - BRAID
Wednesday, December 2 - ENTWINE
Wednesday, December 9 - PLAIT
Wednesday, December 16 - TRUSS
Wednesday, December 23 - COIL

Christmas Day - SURPRISE!