I created this simple double seed stitch pattern to showcase small samples of hand-dyed yarns. The texture of the stitch helps create some elasticity in this headband/earwarmer. Once completed, it can be adjusted during joining to have the ends meet, or overlap with a button or flower.
Yarn: Cree-Ah's Breath from Hampden Hills Alpacas
Needles: Size 6 needles (I tend to knit on the tighter side of standard gauge, if you tend towards the looser side, I would go down a needle size.)
Cast on 96 stitches using a long-tail or other elastic cast-on.
Row 1-3: Knit all stitches
Row 4 & 5: *K2, P2* repeat to end of row
Row 6 & 7: *P2, K2* repeat to end of row (this switches the ribbing or 'seed')
Rows 8-19: repeat rows 4-7
Rows 20 & 21: *K2, P2* repeat to end of row
Row 22-25: Knit all stitches and bind off loosely
Measure fabric to your head, and join at seams, or overlap and connect with a button or flower. 100% alpaca has a tendency to grow or stretch over time, and you may find a need to readjust the seam over time. The stitch here will give the item some stretch and rebound.
Finished length: 20" (stretches to be worn at 24" circumference)
If you measure your head and would like to decrease the size to avoid overlap, decrease by multiples of 4.