Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Moss Fields Headwarmer

Moss/Seed stitch headwarmer

What an easy and lovely project to complete. I've never tried moss stitch (also called 'seed stitch) before but I'm absolutely in love with it! It looks very uniform and full when you finally start to see it come together (after 4-5 rows). It's also extremely warm because the stitches are very close together. But before I go any further talking about the headwarmer, I should show you the pattern! Interested knitters can visit the DROPS Design website to look at the pattern for Strawberry Fields (I've renamed it for my purposes because I didn't use red wool).

1st row: * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from *-*. 
2nd row: K over P and P over K. Repeat 2nd row.
Worked back and forth on straight needles. 
Cast on 13 sts on needle size 9 mm with Eskimo. Work in MOSS ST - see explanation above - until piece measures approx. 55 cm. Cast off sts with K over K and P over P. Sew tog with neat stitches to make the seam invisible.
For the strip, cast on 15 sts on needle size 9 mm with Eskimo. Work in moss st until piece measures approx. 4 cm. Cast off sts with K over K and P over P. Fold this strip around the head band. 
Sew tog on the back with neat stitches to make the seam invisible.

Making this headwarmer took me about 3-4 hours from start to finish, so its a super quick project to do. I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (Super Bulky) in Mushroom and size US 13 needles.

Important notes:
- Moss stitch is the same as seed stitch. Moss stitch is UK, seed stitch the is US term. 
- The pattern says alternate rows until you reach a length of 55cm (or 21.65 inches), but I'd actually recommend a 53cm length for a more snug fit.
- The strip you create to bunch up the headwarmer could reach a 5-6cm length if you wanted a less, bunched up look. I also wear the strip to the side of my head, but it's meant to be worn on your forehead. I found it looked too big. How you wear this headwarmer is totally up to you and how you want it to look.

Happy knitting!


  1. Hey lady, love the blog! Is your design a template??

    Also, I tried visiting some of your links to the-rural-hipster.blogspot.com and it didn't work. :( Were they from your blog before you renamed it?

  2. It is a template, but I've tweaked it a lot. You can find the original template here: http://www.puglypixel.com/category/blogger-templates/

    I used Strawberry Shortcake and turned it into a three column layout instead of two. I also photoshopped my own header and made the layout 1200 width instead of 1000.