Before All Things (pt. 2)

Welcome back! On this post, we’re going to learn how to finish the super simple headwarmer that we started on the last post. If you haven’t done the first part, head over here!

Something I love to do to add to my headwarmers is to stitch a little cross into them. It’s not difficult, but it adds a sweet little touch that is perfect for your Christian friends! Even better, it’s reversible, so if they don’t want the cross out sometimes, they can just flip it, and it’s a plain headwarmer!


Here’s the instructions for the cross pattern:

  1. Knit up to the point you want the cross to be. Just like the infinity scarf, you’ll be sewing the two ends together, so that should be on the middle of the back of the head. If you want the cross to be in the middle of the head, knit to about half an inch from halfway around the head (without stretching it), and begin the cross pattern. If you want it to one side, use the same measurements.
    • Note that this is for a headwarmer with 12 stitches per row – you may have to mess around with yours to see what looks best for your headwarmer, or simply knit down to the middle 12 stitches, leaving a larger area above and below the cross.
  2. When you are ready to begin the cross, knit 4 stitches, purl 2 stitches, and knit the remaining 6 stitches.
  3. The next row are flipped, so knit them all.
  4. On the next row, knit two, purl 8, and knit 2.
  5. Again, the next row is flipped, so knit them all.
  6. On the next row, knit 4, purl 2, knit 6.
  7. One more time, knit all stitches, as they are flipped.
  8. That’s it! Continue knitting the rest of your headwarmer.

Finishing your headwarmer:

  1. In order to make sure there’s stretch to your completed work, so it doesn’t slide off easily, make sure you knit about an inch less than the person’s head measurements.
  2. Cast off and sew the ends together using a yarn needle.
  3. Don’t forget to block, especially if you made a cross!

Here are some super cool videos, one about speed knitting/purling, and one about switching from knitting to purling.


I have been reflecting so much on the story of Christ asking Peter if he loves Him in John’s Gospel. Honestly, I relate to Peter so so so much. Yes, Christ, I love you! You know I love you!! But do I really mean it? Actions speak so much louder than words.

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed than he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” …And when He had said this, He said to him, “Follow me.” –John 21:15-19

The Lord of the Universe desires that I, a little, tiny, sinful, incapable child, serve Him and His kingdom. Christ wants me to love for Him. He so badly desires to feed his lambs, and to tend his sheep through me. That is amazing and beautiful and terrifying, and good. Because all that matters is that I love him. If I love Him, I am capable of allowing His love to flow through me, to feed His lambs, and tend His sheep. In fact, it isn’t me at all. It’s Jesus.

“He must increase. I must decrease.” –John 3:30

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Before All Things (pt. 1)

Hey there! I hope you’re getting used to knitting and purling, and you’re ready for our next pattern! The next one I’ll be sharing is one of my favorites. It’s fairly simple, doesn’t take too much time, and it’s really great to give as a gift (especially with Christmas coming up!) We’ll be learning how to make a head warmer, or head wrap. It’s essentially a knitted head band, that will keep your head and ears super cozy during the warmer months! It looks like this:


To make this, you can use a variety sizes of needles and yarns, and it’s really up to you to decide how big you want your stitches and how thick you want the yarn to be. I typically use size 8 needles and yarn that is still thick, but thinner than the one we used for the scarf. I think these look good:


Head Warmer Pattern

  1. Cast on 12 stitches. Using the same technique as the scarf, make sure you have enough space between each stitch that they sit comfortably, and make sure that’s the width you want for your head warmer. If it’s too thick, take a few out, and if it’s too thin, add a few more. The number of stitches really depends on how big your needles/yarn/head are!
  2. Knit as many rows as it takes to wrap around your head, minus about an inch. You want there to be a little stretch to it so it sits snugly on the head.

That’s it for this blog! Check out the next one to see how to finish it. If you want to see it made real-time, check out this video (simple), or this video (more complicated).

I love that this pattern is about the head. God gave us the gift of knowledge and intellect. We can reason, we we can think freely. Often, we don’t think of these things as gifts, but they really are. It’s easy to forget that they’re gifts, and that there is a Giver of those gifts. But perhaps the most important thing we can do in this life is be gracious for the gifts the Lord has given us, and to use them to the best of our ability.

When we use our reason, our intellect, and our will for good things, it is pleasing to God. He desires us to help others using these gifts, especially in serving Him and bringing about His kingdom in this life.

Because of Him, we are able to think, reason, share, and love. Because of Him, everything holds together. He holds everything in place, and delights in the good ways we use the gifts He has given us. Let us work to please Him in all things!

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:17

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