People who always wear their hair in a ponytail also always need hair elastics. But it seems so mundane to just give them ponytail holders... plus, we knitters always have random ends of yarn lying around. Why not make decorations for the elastics?
This pattern uses a small amount of Lion WoolEase, US8 (5mm) needles, and one of the new "Ouchless" large size hair elastics from Goody. It's a pretty easy and standard flower pattern - but constructed so as to have little petal points. Very cute, very fast, very popular.
Finished dimensions: Approximately 3in (8cm) diameter.
Small amount worsted weight yarn
US8 (5mm) needles, preferably circular (for flexibility and length)
Hair elastic, large
Cast on 105 stitches using long tail method; leave extra "tail" for later use.
Row 1 and all wrong side rows: Purl all stitches.
Row 2: (K2tog; K5) repeat to end (90 sts)
Row 4: (K2tog; K4) repeat to end (75 sts)
Row 6: (K2tog; K3) repeat to end (60 sts)
Row 8: (K2tog; K1) repeat to end (40 sts)
Rows 10, 12, 14: K2tog all sts (20 sts, 10 sts, 5 sts)
Bind off on wrong side in purl. Leave longish tail
The fabric you'll have made is slightly curled; twist with the curl to make a compact circle. Using bound off tail, secure curl.
Attach to hair elastic using cast on tail.
Weave in ends.
Note: Many flower patterns start with a small number of cast on stitches and increase to get a lot of stitches that are bound off. That always irritates me because increasing is hard when the foundation row can't stretch that much, and I tend to bind off tightly. This pattern reverses the direction of change by decreasing, solving both of my problems.
Had I managed to get a shot of it in S's hair I would share it with you... but alas I did not. It's cute - I used a green elastic that looks a bit like a stem. I thought it might look like the flowers the flamenco dancers wear in their hair, and it kind of does - with some imagination, of course.
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