Mr. Sublime and I have been extra frugal recently. We are making a conscious effort to cut our spending so we can get the last of our credit card debt paid off and can replenish our emergency fund that was depleted by some costly but necessary car repairs. We’ve really cut back on our “convenience” items. Anything that we don’t absolutely need or can somehow squeeze by without has been crossed off the shopping list. It is times like these that I am extremely thankful I was persistent enough back in college to learn how to knit, because it has been an invaluable skill during these past few weeks.
I didn’t realize how much we actually buy (and throw away) until I wasn’t able to just run to the store for a new pack of headbands when my dogs had a field day chewing all of mine apart. It wasn’t a necessity because I can obviously live without a headband, but I like wearing one. Headbands have been a staple of my wardrobe since I was a pimply preteen, so I was pretty lost without one for a week before I remembered that I could probably just make one.
And I did. Make one, that is. In the grand scheme of things, it only saved me a dollar or two, but those small amounts add up over time. Plus, it works really well! It doesn’t slip as much as its store-bought counterparts, so I doubt I will be buying them even when our spending freeze is lifted.
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This project knits up really quickly. I am the slowest knitter on the planet, and I can finish one in about an hour or two. I made my first one about 17″ flat, and that was a tad too big, so I recommend making it 14″ or 15″ or just periodically check the length against your head. Cast off when it is about two inches short of wrapping fully around your head, since the yarn will stretch out a bit once you start wearing it.
- Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in black)
- Size US8 (5.0mm) straight needles
- Tapestry needle
Cast on 8 stitches.
Knit all stitches.
K1, *YO, P2tog, repeat * until last stitch, K1. Repeat this row until piece measures 15″ or desired length.
Knit all stitches.
Using a tapestry needle, sew the two ends together to form a tube.
That’s all there is to it! What items have you DIYed when money is tight? Let me know in the comments below!