Knit Hair Net (Free Pattern!)

I posted the pictures of my knit hair net yesterday, but didn’t have time to post the pattern. Please keep in mind that I’ve only been knitting since the middle of January. If you have a question about my pattern, feel free to ask! I’ll do my best to answer. By the way, I had to take the pictures by myself, so they aren’t that great or flattering. It’s very hard to hold two knitting needles, yarn, a camera, and keep two little kids from ending up in the picture!

The snood/hair net pattern that I found but didn’t like can been seen at knittin-and.com. Since I had no clue where to begin with a net-type stitch, I googled “knitting stitches” and found a list with pictures at knittingonthenet.com. I decided to use the veil stitch. I cannot claim this stitch as my own; however, I did make up the pattern for the hair net using that stitch. I have directions for this stitch below the pattern.

Pretty Accents
I think I will someday knit a pretty head-band like stitch after the the cast-on edge and before the veil stitch. I also think it would be adorable to thread ribbon all the way through the net, starting in the center of the cast on edge and ending in the center of the edge. Wouldn’t this net be cute with a big bow on top? Another idea is to add beads to the  net. Just after you pull the new stitch through the legs of the x, take the new stitch off of the right needle and thread the loop through a bead. Return to loop to the needle and continue.

Knit Hair Net

Note: All “knit” stitches are to be done in the veil stitch. There are no regular knit stitches in this piece, other than the binding off and casting on. Also, my hair is shoulder length. For longer hair, I would still do the decreases to 10 stitches on the needle at the end of the work, but I would add more knitted (veil-stitched) rows. For example, knit rows 1-12, 17-20, 24-27, etc.  As I have not knitted a larger size, you would have to “measure” as you go. Hold the needle with your stitches up to wear you want the net to sit on your head. Pull the cast-on edge down toward your neck . I knit until I had 3 inches of net past my hair line.

Tools:

Size 10 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
Yarn (any weight desired. Thicker yarn will give more coverage; thinner yarn will be lacier)
To begin: CO 40 st
Row 1-8    knit
Row 9         k2t, k 36 st, k2t
Row 10       k2t, k 34 st, k2t
Row 11        k2t, k 32 st, k2t
Row 12        k2t, k 30 st, k2t
Row 13-15 knit
Row 16        k2t, k 28 st, k2t
Row 17         k2t, k 26 st, k2t
Row 18        k2t, k 24 st, k2t
Row 19-20 knit
Row 21        k2t, k 22 st, k2t
Row 22        k2t, k 20 st, k2t
Row 23        k2t, k 18 st, k2t
Row 24        knit
Row 25        k2t, k 16 st, k2t
Row 26-27 knit
Row 28        k2t, k 14 st, k2t
Row 29        k2t, k 12 st, k2t
Row 30        k2t, k 10 st, k2t
Row 31         k2t, k 8 st, k2t
Row 32         BO
Starting at the cast on edge, weave 2 feet of yarn or ribbon through a side, then the bound off edge, then the other side. Draw up to make the net that holds your hair. 
Veil Stitch
The veil stitch messed me up for a while; it took quite a few frustrating tries before I got it right. I suppose a more experienced knitter would figure it out faster. (As I mentioned before, you can find directions to the stitch at http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/veil.htm)
After casting on, insert your right needle through a stitch as if to knit. Bring the yarn on top of the right needle. Take it under and over the left needle, then under and over the right needle.

You will have an “x” on your left needle.
Pull the stitch through the first yarn over and the stitch already on the needle. You will be pulling it through the two “legs” of the x on the left needle. 
Directions sans pictures:
After casting on, insert your right needle through a stitch as if to knit. Bring the yarn on top of the right needle. Take it under and over the left needle, then under and over the right needle. Pull the stitch through the first yarn over and the stitch already on the needle. You will be pulling it through the two “legs” of the x on the left needle.
To wear the hair net, I loosely pull my hair back with hair pins.
I then place the cast-on edge of the net on the hair pins (the slight “v” at the end of the pins catches the knit and hold the net in place very well),and begin stuffing hair in the net. I place my hair in one side,

 then draw it tighter, then the other side and draw it tighter. I then take the excess yarn and bring it to the top of my  head and tie it in a small bow.I stuff the tails of the bow in the net.

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