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Lisa has been knitting all her life, Hats and Mittens, Cowls and Doll Sweaters are favorite things to design. They are fast, easy
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Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands

from Lisa McFetridge
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands
Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands
Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands
Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands
Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands
Swirling Snows & Falling Snows Headbands

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • stranded knit & purl
  • kitchener stitch & provisional cast on

Pattern Description:

Every once in a while, I get "hooked" on something, checkerboards, stripes, snowflakes, flowers, crazy bright colors are just a few of my knitting phases that come to mind. This design season I am obsessed with snow. Found in a book of traditional fair isle motifs, I have adapted these as allover designs on a hat, a Christmas stocking and now on a headband for a niece. They remind me of one of those beautiful snowfalls, gentle winds, big flakes creating swirls against the night sky, catching a snowflake on your tongue.

Knit flat on small needles with worsted weight wool using a provisional cast on then joined with the Kitchener Stitch. The small needles combined with the stranding create a warm, dense fabric. Since it is knit flat, the finished length is completely up to the knitter. Three sizes are suggested, Small (Medium, Large), but any length will work. Falling Snows Graphs are on last 2 pages of pattern.
Finished width: 3 3/4" Finished length: 18 (19, 20 ) inches.
Gauge: 28 sts x 32 rows = 4 inches

K = Knit
P = Purl
K2Tog = Knit 2 together
SSK = Slip next st, slip next st, knit 2 slipped sts together
M1 = Make 1
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side

Worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 Worsted or Louet Riverstone Light Worsted
45, 50, 55 yds MC (Delphinium in Swirling Snows / Black in Falling Snows photo)
30, 35, 40 yds CC (Natural in Swirling Snows / White in Falling Snows photo)
1 yd scrap yarn any color for provisional cast on.
US Size 3 needles, circular or flat OR size needed to obtain gauge.


28 sts x 32 rows = 4 ins

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • small (18 ins); medium (19 ins); large (20 ins)


  • cascade 220 75-90 yards
  • US size 3 needles

You Will Also Need:

  • darning needle
  • stitch markers

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

cascade 220 or Knit Picks Wool of the Andes