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Magazine: Vogue Knitting International Winter 2011/12

Pattern: Turban by Lola Ehrlich

When I first saw this pattern I knew I had to make it. Beautiful, elegant and different. Although most ladies in Whistler are not ready to swap their toque (beanie for international readers) for a turban, I certainly am! It’s far warmer and more comfortable, that’s for sure.

I knit mine out of Crystal Palace-Fjord (100% wool) which unfortunately has now been discontinued.

The pattern itself breaks the turban into two pieces. The top “skull cap”, and the band that ties into a knot around the front.

The Pattern:

The pattern is easy to follow, and is of an intermediate level. You will need to know how to;

  • knit
  • purl
  • increase
  • decrease

The whole piece is created in a k2, p2 rib for stretch. The pattern often asks for you to decrease or increase ” in pattern”, so you will need to be able to work out whether you are decreasing with a knit or purl. However small errors in pattern will go unnoticed once the piece is put together.

Putting the pieces together:

This part was the only let down with this pattern. As published in vogue, the instructions are given only in writing, and I found these instructions confusing and unclear, and sewing the parts together can be a little tricky.

The Result:

I was very impressed with the final product. Unlike some other patterns I have tried, the turban did turn out looking exactly like the one pictured.

Overall Pattern Rating: 4/5

But I bet some of you out there are still thinking.. turbans…why oh why? Well if you need some more convincing that turbans are very “in” right now, just take this example from this weeks MET BALL 2012.

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe Collection. Looking amazing in a turban

And it’s not just on the red carpet and the catwalks. Topshop are just one of many high street fashion houses to take on the trend.

Topshop Turbans £15.

So its official the turban is definately IN. Get knitting!

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