December 2020
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in St st worked flat, measured once dry after washing and blocking
US 11 - 8.0 mm
6.0 mm (J)
65 - 87 yards (59 - 80 m)
1 (2, 3) To fit head+hair circumference 19-22 (22-25, 25-28)” / 48-56 (56-63, 63-71) cm
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TRUSS headband

When I learned machine knitting, with it came a myriad of new techniques that were common, but some are not as frequently used in hand knitting. This headband is worked flat in Stockinette stitch, but the cable-looking fabric is constructed utilizing what I learned as “lifted stitches” or tuck stitch. This technique creates a permanent three-dimensional pleated effect as well as renders each side of the headband wearable. As it gives each of them a unique look!


1 (2, 3)
To fit head+hair circumference
19-22 (22-25, 25-28)” / 48-56 (56-63, 63-71) cm

(after blocking, measured relaxed)
Circumference 18 (21, 24)” / 45 (53, 61) cm
Width (at the widest point) 5” / 13 cm

Light grey sample in size 1
Woolfolk “FLETTE BULKY” (100% Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®; 131 yds / 120 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g);
Color FB01 (light grey); 1 (1, 1) skeins
This sample weight is 40g

Cream sample in size 2
Loopy Mango “Mohair So Soft” (47% super kid mohair, 53% extra fine merino; 65 yds / 60 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g);
Color Like a virgin (cream); 1 (2, 2) skeins
This sample weight is 50g

OR approx. 65 (75, 87) yds / 60 (69, 80) m of any Bulky weight yarn.

US 11 (8 mm) needle
A spare needle in size smaller
OR use size to obtain gauge

Crochet hook size J (6 mm)
Waste yarn in smooth texture
4 removable stitch markers
Stitch holder
Tapestry needle

Working gauge
18 sts & 20 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st worked flat, unwashed, measured before blocking
16-row pattern rep = 3¼” / 8 cm long, before blocking
Blocking gauge
12 sts & 16 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st worked flat, measured once dry after washing and blocking
16-row pattern rep = 3” / 7.5 cm long, 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!