Hair Band Bun Cover

This pattern does not have the two lines of knit stitches right next to each other like this picture does… I fixed it so the pattern repeats evenly. But it was the only good picture I was able to get!


Worsted weight

I used wool for the stretchiness but have found that less stretchy yarn (like cotton) still works.


US size 5

I prefer magic loop on circular but straight needles should work fine


k – knit

yo – yarn over

sl – slip one stitch knitwise

k2tog – knit two stitches together

psso – pass slipped stitch over the following stitch

ssk – slip two stitches knitwise and then knit them together

Cast on 56 stitches around a hair band:

This is the fun part. It works kind of like a crochet cast on.

Tie the end of the yarn to the hair band. You don’t need much of a tail. You’ll just be weaving it in later.

Holding the working yarn as you normally would, stick the tip of the right needle through the hair band as if it was a very large stitch.

Wrap the working yarn around the needle.

Pull it through like a normal knit stitch.

Now wrap the working yarn around the needle again…

and using the left needle if you need to…

pull it through the loop you’ve made.

Now you have one stitch on the needle and around the hair band!

Once you’ve cast on all of them, mark the beginning of the round.

If you need to cast on more for a larger size, use multiples of 4 for the pattern. You may need to experiment with the decrease rounds to get it to look a way that makes you happy.

Pattern rounds:

Repeat four times. More if you want a bigger bun cover or less if you want a smaller one.

1.      Knit around

2.      yo, k1, yo, sl, k2tog, psso – repeat all the way around

3.      Knit around

4.      sl, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo – repeat all the way around

Decrease rounds:

1.      Knit around

2.      k1, sl, k2tog, psso – repeat to end with 28 stitches

3.      Knit around

4.      Knit the first stitch in the round and slip it next to the last stitch. Starting with the second stitch (which is now the first) ssk all the way around – end with 14 stitches

5.      Knit around

6.      Break yarn and use a darning needle to run the tail through the stitches purlwise as you take them off the needles. Run the tail through again once or twice and pull tight. I like to make a little knot. Weave in the ends and you’re done!

You are welcome to distribute this pattern and use the ideas included and gift or sell whatever you make from it. But if you distribute it, please do so as a whole, with attribution and this info included. Thanks!

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