As an Engineer, I am supposed to be good at math. Alas, that was never really the case. I struggled to get through it and always had difficulty when I couldn’t picture what was going on. Enter yarn math. Something practical that I can apply some really basic and easy math to!
The Problem: Design a quick little headband for my newest Niece to wear to a wedding. It needs to match a cute little red dress that her Mom found for her.
The Idea: A cute little 2×2 ribbed headband with a flower attached to it.
The Execution: A quick trip to Michael’s to find the closest colour match with the dress in tow. My wish list item was to find a sock weight yarn that matched the colour. I wanted a lighter weight yarn since I don’t want the stitches to overpower the three week old baby. Light and delicate was the plan!
I found a ball of Loops & Threads Woolike which is a super fine (light fingering/sock weight) acrylic/nylon blend. Gauge on the ball band was 32 stitches/4 inches in a size 2 (2.75mm) needle. Mom measured Baby’s head and found it to be 14 inches. So how to figure out how many stitches to cast on?
32 sts ÷ 4 in = 8 sts/in
8 sts/in × 14 in = 112 sts
Therefore, if I am knitting to the manufacturer’s gauge (I may or may not be, I didn’t really want to do a gauge swatch that would take longer than the project itself), if I cast on 112 stitches, I should be pretty close to a 14 in circumference. The 2×2 rib should offer some stretch to make up for minor difference in gauge.
The Flower: I used the same pattern for the flower that I used for the hairpieces I made for my wedding. I absolutely love the author (Lucy at Attic24)and her tutorials are how I really opened up into the fun land of crochet. Just note, she writes in British crochet terms which are a little different than the terminology used in North America. She does explain the differences as well, just need to remember them!
I used the same yarn with a 2.75 mm hook and finished the flower with a little pearl bead in the middle.