Reflective Diamonds Ear Warmer  – Free Knit Pattern

Did you happen to catch me on Hochanda TV in the UK October 25, 26, and 27, 2017? I showed this very cool carry along thread from Kreinik Manufacturing, that looks like a simple gray when it’s knit or crocheted into a project, but shines brightly when light hits it, adding a little level of safety when it’s worked into outerwear for you or your pet. If headlights from a car or cyclist aim in your direction, the reflective yarn helps tell the driver that someone is there.

To show if off, here is a short and sweet knit ear warmer/headband pattern. The reflective thread is only worked into the reverse stocking/stockinette stitched diamonds, so it lights up in a fun pattern when the light hits it!

In everyday light, the reflective thread barely shows…

… but in the dark, when light hits it, the diamonds are reflected back to the light source!

Reflective Diamonds Ear Warmer

Ribbed top and bottom for a good fit, the simple diamond pattern in the center is achieved by working a diamond shape in stocking/stockinette stitch and its reverse. Use Kreinik Reflective Thread with the reverse stocking/stockinette stitch sections for a little visual fun!

Finished Size: Approx 3.5″/9 cm tall x 21″/53cm in circumference, unstretched. Will stretch to fit larger heads

Materials:

Approx 45 yds/41m worsted weight yarn. Model shown in Diamond Yarns Tradition (51% acrylic/42%wool/7% nylon; 100g, 219 yds/200m)

1 spool Kreinik Reflective Thread

Circular needles size 7/4.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch marker

Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 4″/10cm in st st

Notes:

A denotes wool yarn only.

B denotes wool yarn and reflective thread carried together.

Carry the reflective yarn on the wrong side of the work, twisting yarns to keep from tangling if float is more than 4 sts.

Ear warmer:

With A, cast on 82 sts. Set up for working in the round, being careful not to twist Stitches, and place marker for beginning of rnd.

Work 5 rows k1/p1 ribbing, decreasing 1 st anywhere on the 5th rnd for a new total of 81 sts.

Diamond Pattern:

Rnd 1: With A, k4, with B, p1, (with A, k8, with B, p1) 8 times, with A, k4.

Rnd 2: With A, k3, with B, p3, (with A, k6, with B, p3) 8 times, with A, k3.

Rnd 3: With A, k2, with B, p5, (with A, k4, with B, p5) 8 times, with A, k2.

Rnd 4: With A, k1, with B, p7, (with A, k2, with B, p7) 8 times, with A, k1.

Rnd 5: With B, p.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4.

Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 1. End off reflective thread.

Work 5 rows k1/p1 ribbing, increasing 1 st anywhere on the first Rnd for a new total of 82 sts.

Bind off/cast off in ribbing.

Weave in all ends.

I hope you enjoy it!
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