This braided headband was inspired by former Ukranian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Known for her sense of style, Tymoshenko sported Victorian-inspired clothing and a signature blonde braid, wrapped around her head in traditional Ukranian style. Not just a fashion statement, though, the braid has been called “a calculated political tool with significant cultural resonance” by the New York Times.
Regardless of whether you want to evoke a Slavic peasant look or run for office, though, you’ll find Yulia both cute and practical. You can wear it behind your ears as a headband, or use it as a ear warmer in cooler weather.
Needles: Size 15/10 mm straight or circular needle
7.0 mm crochet hook
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool (or any super-bulky yarn), 1 skein (87 yards/) Color shown is #27 (Best Brown)
Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
Matching thread (for button)
Sewing needle (for sewing on button)
Not crucial, but approximately 2.5 sts/inch
C4B – Cable 4 back: slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.
C4F – Cable 4 front: slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.
Kfb – knit front and back
Yo – yarn over
K2tog – knit two together
K2tog tbl – knit two together through the back loop
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb
Row 2 (WS): kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb. 8 sts total
Row 3: kfb, k2, kfb, kfb, k2, kfb. 12 sts. Total
Row 4 -6 knit
Row 7: k4, C4B, k4
Row 8&10: k4, p4, k4
Row 9&11: knit
Row 12: k4, C4F, k4
Row 13&15: k4, p4, k4
Row 14&16: knit
Repeat rows 7-16 until your band is long enough to wrap around your head (Approx. 16”)
Beginning on a RS row, begin decreases as follows:
Row 1: k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog. (This creates a buttonhole).
Row 2: k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog.
Row 3: k2tog, k1, k2tog. (3 sts remaining)
Do not break yarn. Pick up stitches all the way around the band.
Knit one round.
Bind off using this stretchy bind off method: *k2tog tbl, sl st back onto left hand needle; rep from * to end of round.
Sew on button. Weave in ends. Block if desired.