Half Fisherman Knit Headband & Downton Abbey Yarn

Fishermans Rib Knit Headband Downton Abby

I’ve been working on a crochet project using Premier Yarns, and they kindly offered to send me some of their NEW Downton Abbey yarn for a blog post.  Well, don’t mind if I do!  This yarn has just hit the market, and I’m quite impressed.  To be honest, I haven’t actually watched the Downton Abbey show even though many of my good friends have said that I NEED to see it.  Are any of you avid watchers?  Hopefully one of these days I can actually sit down and enjoy the show (while knitting of course 😉 ).

Fisherman Headband and Premier Yarns Downton Abby Collection

These Downton Abbey yarns have a wide range of sizes, from fine to chunky, and the colors are really beautiful.  I was amazed at the variety of colors when I checked out the website. I’m really liking one of the fine weight yarns called Lady Sybil which has a touch of Angora.  However, I decided to use their Bulky weight “Branson” yarn in Vapor Grey to make a headband because it’s such a cozy grey, woodsy color. Good for this time of year. 🙂

Fisherman Stitch Knit Headband

I love learning a new stitch while making something at the same time. This headband is knit in the Half Fisherman Rib stitch, hence the name of the headband!  I’m loving this stitch because it reminds me of a mix of a thermal wear texture, and the full blown Fisherman Rib (only it’s a bit simpler).  It’s also a REALLY easy pattern, just right for people who are comfortable with knit and purl but want to try a little something new.  So get ready to cast on because this is a fun, easy little knit!  🙂
You will need:
Size 10 Knitting Needles
Less that one skein Premier Downton Abbey Collection – Branson or comparable bulky / chunky yarn
Tapestry needle to weave in ends and “pinch” the center for the turban look
FOR A CLEAN LOOK ON EDGES, ALWAYS SLIP THE FIRST STITCH.  You do not have to do this if it intimidates you, but it will give you a cleaner edge.
K1B means knit one below. You might want to view a YouTube tutorial on how to make this stitch.
To Make “Pattern”:
Cast on 13 Stitches
Row 1 Knit
Row 2 *P1, K1B* Repeat from * to * until last stitch, Purl last stitch
Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 until your headband measures approximately 18″ long or fits comfortably around your head – remember it’s stretchy though!
Cast off, weave in ends
Using your tapestry needle, seam two ends together
To Gather or “Pinch” in the Middle:
Thread your tapestry needle with a length of yarn. Pinch the center together as pictured.  Pull tapestry needle and yarn through center and back through again. Tie a knot. Weave in ends on back side of headband.
See how I’m just pinching it together and it folds inward toward the middle? That’s all there is to it.
Now you’re just going to work through the sides in order to tie a knot to hold those folds together.
Just tied a knot and need to weave in ends.
Fishermans Rib Knit Headband Downton Abby
Done and done!

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Hope you enjoy it dear friends!

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  1. What a lovely stitch, and what great yarn. As a big ole Downton Abbey fan, I can tell you that these colours are just perfect to evoke the characters and time period. Looks like I need to add to my wish list. 🙂

    1. I love getting to hear from a true Downton Abbey fan, Graceann. The colors are really beautiful, and as you said, it seems they are perfect to evoke the style of that time period. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Thank you for the lovely pattern, I am going to give it a try, when you slip the first stitch is it according to if it’s purl or knit,
    Thank you

    1. Hi Pat! Yes, if you slip it, it should be slipped according to if it’s knit or purl. You’re welcome for the pattern. It’s fun for me to share. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I really love the look of this headband! Could you please make a pattern using crochet for a similar and very easy headband with the twist or pinch in the middle. I am not very good at knitting so I think I could follow a crochet pattern more easily. You do a great job of explaining it with the pictures. I know it is a busy time of year, so maybe you can add it to your list of requests. Thank you for your website!

    1. Hi Patti! I will definitely add that to my “to do” list at some point. Can’t promise that I will get to it, but I will do my best! Thanks for letting me know that you like it and keep your eyes out for one at some point. 🙂

  4. This looks like a great pattern for headbands, that are oh so popular now. Heck, I wear them most of the weekend to keep my hair out of the way and keep ears warm of course. I’m almost an intermediate knitter, probably after this Xmas season I’ll promote myself. Thanks for the pattern and looking forward to following your Blog.

    1. Thanks Jude. You can definitely make this being almost an intermediate knitter. It really is fun and quick, and perfect to keep the hair out of your eyes as you said. Thanks for following my blog! Happy holidays to you!

  5. Sorry are these 10mm, ole UK size 10 or USA 10 needles! Love the pattern can’t wait to get going!

    1. Sorry, usually I am more clear about that. If I don’t specify, it’s always US sizes. I’m so glad you like it! Feel free to post a pic to my Facebook page if you make one!

    2. Love, love, love this pattern well done and thanks for sharing! Will send a pic so you can see how lovely this looks, not on me (!), but on a much better looking model!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I will keep it in mind as I make more patterns. Maybe I can get that done in the next couple of months.

  6. Thanks will definitely share on Facebook and with all my friends across the world many thanks

  7. Super cute! I’ve been doing bigger projects lately, so I’m happy to see one that I can actually finish. 😉 Thanks for the pattern. 🙂

  8. Hi, love this pattern! 0n the second row, since I’m slipping the first stitch (as if to purl), should the next stitch be an actual P1 or a K1B?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Susan! You would K1B after you slip purl wise when starting that row. So happy you like the pattern!

  9. Can you use a less bulky yarn for the warmer months? How many stitches would you have to cast on for worsted weight yarn?

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