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Iva Headband


The Iva Headband is a double knit design, that widens as the knitting progresses to keep wind away from the ears thus keeping the wearer warm. The pattern uses simple decreases and increases. Use a super soft merino yarn and complete the perfect winter headband!White-Iva-Headband-Powdered-1

Loom: 32 Peg Basic Loom or All-n-One Loom

Yarn: Approx 50 yards of worsted weight yarn. Malabrigo Worsted in Natural (white headband) and Gina by Plymouth Yarn Company (3 tone headband) were used in samples.  4, 12 inch pieces of contrasting color yarn (to hold stitches)

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Other: 1 button

Size: It is approx 17 inches in length, due to the elasticity of knitted fabric, the headband fits well in heads up to 21 inches in circumference. At widest point, it is 4 inches.

Pattern notes:  Please follow the links to see diagrams on the special techniques used in this pattern. The headband is worked in double knit, using the stockinette stitch. Increases are used at the beginning of the headband to widen it, then decreases are used to make it less wide.

Abbreviations  st(s)=stitches   Inc=Increase  Dec=Decrease

Using the Figure 8 cast on 4 sts.
*Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.
Inc 1 st at each end by moving last st out one peg*. (6 sts)
Rep from * to * until there are 14 sts on the loom
Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.

Divide the board in half, 7 sets of sts on each side. Side A and Side B.

You will work on half of the board at a time, Side A first then Side B.

On the side with the working yarn, work 14 rows in stockinette stitch.

Removal 1: Using the two pieces of scrap yarn and tapestry needle, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the  7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn.

Cut working yarn and join to Side B.

Work 14 rows in stockinette stitch. (Headband will look like picture 1 below).

Removal 2: Using 2 pieces of scrap yarn, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the  7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn. (see picture 2)

All the stitches are now off the knitting loom. It is time to cross all the stitches. (see picture 3)

Without twisting the stitches, simply slide all the stitches from Side A to Side B (see picture 4 below).

Place stitches from side B on the pegs emptied at Removal 1. Place the stitches from side A, onto pegs emptied by Side B at removal 2.

Headband set up

All 14 sts are back on the knitting loom.
Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.
*Dec 1 st at each end.Iva-Colorful-headband-Powdered-3 Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.*
Rep from * to * until 4 sts remain on the loom.
Bind off

Weave ends in.

Two option for closure:

Option 1: Simply overlap the cast on edge over bind off edge and sew in place. Add a button for decoration purposes.

Option 2: Crochet a 1 inch chain at the bind off edge.  Attach a button about an inch from the cast on edge. Use the crochet chain as a button loop.


  1. This will work on aio?

    1. Yes. Put the small spacers in instead of the sliders and it should work.

  2. As always I love all the patterns that you share. Thanks

  3. Karen Cooper

    So glad to see a double knit pattern for my original knittingboards. Thanks. Looks great.

  4. Thank you for this! Perfect for the freezing temps we are having. Have to keep the ears warm, lol 🙂 thx

  5. Love this project! Thanks for sharing it with for free!

  6. Sue Kreitzer

    I have now made the headband on the All’n’One and the Tadpole and both came out just great! So any board will do.

  7. Would this work on a knifty knitter loom?

  8. […] a copy of the pattern to use with your loom. The free pattern can be found by following this link IVA HEADBAND  PATTERN LINK .  Watch all three parts of this loom knitting tutorial and you should be able to knit the […]

  9. How would you adjust this to fit a child? Wanting to make one for a four year old grand daughter. Thank you

    1. You can start with 8 stitches as opposed to 4 and this should make the headband shorter.

  10. Is their a way of doing on your straight knitting needles ? I don’t understand the loom knit. Thanks.

  11. I cant figure out the loom. Do you have insructions for just straight needles?

    1. We don’t. I only have the instructions for the knitting loom.

  12. Sonia Vazquez

    Hello Isela, I made two headbands are they came out huge. Can you please tell me what I’m doing wrong? I used the MS loom with the 14 blue pegs. Thanks love your work!!!

    1. The gauge of your loom is too large. Set the two sides closer together.

  13. Christene Fortner

    I love this pattern but, was wondering how you would break this down for a smaller child?

  14. I made this headband twice. The first one was too large. I gathered the back of the band (after remeasured the recipent’s head) and made a little bow attached the button in the center of the bow. My daughter loves it!
    The second one was still too big…so I over lapped the back added the button on the top! I must say it turned out very cute too.

    Lesson learned? Still not sure how to make it smaller. I used the purple board from knifty knitter looms. I am guessing the pegs are too far apart.

  15. Way to small on aio I read on another page if I increase the 10 stocknet to 18-20 it should work is that in both places in the pattern? Thx I want to make me one after all the presents are made.

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