People bike year-round in Madison, Wisconsin. And while I refuse to bike in any sort of snow, it is very likely that I will meet with cold weather as I bike to work in October and November. My husband was the first to state that his ears were getting cold while biking, giving me the look that clearly said, “I’m sure that you can fix this by knitting me something.” So I set to work making him a liner for his bike helmet; something that would cover his ears, integrate into the straps, and, most importantly, stay in place. After a couple hours of knitting, I’m delighted to share the result with you!
And if you are interested in knitting your own ear-warmer, I've written up some pithy instructions below:
BIKE HELMET EARMUFFS
Gauge: 20 st/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Needles: Set of 5 US#7/4.5mm dpns
Materials: 1 ball Knitpicks Swish Worsted [Superwash Merino Wool, 110 yds per 50 grm ball] in Dark Navy
Cast on 12 st. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
*K1, P1* for a total of 4 rounds.
Divide stitches evenly onto 4 needles.
Round 1: *K1, M1, K to end of needle. K to last stitch on second needle, M1, K1.* Repeat ** for needles 3 and 4.
Round 2 & 3: K even.
Repeat these three rounds seven more times until you have 44 stitches, ending with round 3.
Work 4 rounds in *K1, P1* ribbing.
Cast off 22 st.
Continue to work *K1, P1* rib back and forth with the other half of stitches for 10.5 inches, or whatever fits your helmet/head.
Cast on 22 st on the same side of your knitting as you cast of the previous stitches. Divide stitches evenly over 4 needles. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 4 rounds in *K1,P1* ribbing.
Round 5 & 6: K even.
Round 7: *SSK, K to end of needle. K to second to last stitch on second needle, K2tog.* Repeat ** for needles 3 and 4.
Repeat these three rounds seven more times until there are 12 stitches.
*K1, P1* for 4 rounds.
Cast off. Weave in ends.
Questions or errata? Contact me at brineydeepdesigns_at_gmail_dot_com!
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