Tree knots – called Burls – are signs of stress. But they also show the strength in being able to adapt and grow in a way that protects. A burl is formed as a last-ditch effort to save the tree’s life after an injury or infection. A burl protects a tree like a scar. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity.


The Knotted Root Headband is a simple ear-warmer with a wrapped yarn knot to represent the beauty of burls. Made with cozy bulky yarn to keep your ears warm and stylish during the cooler months, this is a great project for beginners and for using up leftover yarn in your stash.


One size fits most; pattern can be adjusted depending on the circumference of the head and the desired width of ear coverage.

Getting the exact gauge is not important; the knitter will work to meet their own measurements.


Yarn: Bulky (Loops and Threads Charisma or similar)


Needles: 5 mm / US 8 


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A low vision version is also included that has:

  • 24 point Arial font
  • Black text
  • No italics
  • No columns
  • All written directions (no charts)

For pattern support, please email This pattern is for personal use only. Do not duplicate or copy my patterns. If you wish to sell finished items from this pattern, please link back to my website and provide credit for the pattern design. 


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Knotted Root Headband

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