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