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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