Vintage Threads Turban Headband

I find myself knitting away whilst watching yet another episode of Project Runway; glancing up from my work every now and then to peek at the designs that they are struggling with in the current challenge. “Oh gosh, not sure what Ashley was going for with that awful purple peplum… yikes.”

I have learned from this show that “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out”, but there are a few designs that end up being able to stand the test of time.

I’m not sure that the hair turban from the 60’s will ever totally come back in style, that is, unless another fashion icon like Elizabeth Taylor decides to give it a go and create a following, but I do know that there was an element of sophistication that captured the attention of the media with that outlandish look, and that knot-in-the-front design has been carried over to other headwear designs ever since.

And so, here I am, with my own version of that mod turban. Twisted in the front, with simple stitching throughout. A (hopefully) timeless revision of the vintage fashion statement.

I used Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn in light gray for the headband pictured, and I absolutely love how it turned out. If it wasn’t for the 107 degree heat wave outside, I would be wearing this every day already.

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Vintage Threads Turban Headband – pattern is available for instant download on Etsy.com and Ravelry.com

Swiss Alps Lace Hat

DSC_2028Switzerland is my favorite country in the world. The epic views, serene atmosphere, and endless adventures have captured me, heart and soul. After a recent trip (or two) to my favorite valley, a gorgeous place called Lauterbrunnen, I was inspired to create a knitting pattern that embodied the same snow covered peaks and valleys that I saw there.

We were fortunate to be able to rent a room from a local alpaca farmer, which by far was one of the coolest places I have ever lived temporarily, and I sat on the back porch, took in the view, and let my knitting needles fly. Never have I ever knitted in a more beautiful and picturesque place. It didn’t feel real!

 

I chose this gorgeous deep blue yarn by Madelinetosh called Spectrum for my project. It is such a beautiful colorway, and the fiber is so soft!

The pattern I have created is a knitted beanie style hat, perfect to keep fashionably warm in the cooler weather, and the lace detailing gives just enough airflow through the textile to be worn while hiking through the alps.  Not too hot, not too cold! Just right.

 

I plan to also make this hat using a lighter cotton or rayon yarn for spring/summer nights. The lace styling keeps the hat from looking too heavy, and possibly suitable for multiple seasons. I will be sure to post about this once this is completed for you all to see!

I have this pattern available for instant download on Etsy and Ravelry.

 

Please share your photos and comments about this pattern! I would love to see what you create!

xoxo

-Jenn