You will need a pair of needles and some wool: I like to use 4mm needles and 8ply wool simply because that is the size used for a lot of jumpers and it's a size not too small that it's fiddly and not too large that you can't make small projects with. As well as these two essentials you will need a pair of scissors (you can get knitting scissors at this online store or you can just pop into any crafty store, or you can just use regular scissors) and a mattress needle: this is the big needle that fits wool in the eye.
The first thing to do, for any project, is know how to turn that thread of yarn into stitches to start knitting from. There are many different methods of casting on and I feel the one I choose to use produces a really nice scalloped edging. I thought the best way to explain would be through a video and against all my instincts I started a YouTube channel in order to enable myself to share my videos here. I'm pretty subconscious about recording myself; but I really wanted to share it. So grab some wool and cast on! I realised when teaching a friend to knit, that what feels natural to me is actually very difficult the first time around. So I'm sorry if I glossed over how to hold the needles in that first video; I hope this will be helpful if you're having trouble.
Next: get knitting!! The knit stitch is the first stitch we'll learn; and the good news is there are only 2 stitches in total.
Last of all is casting off. This method is done on the same side that you started on, so the scalloped edging of both ends are both on the same side.
Actually, last of all was second last of all, because now you have a piece of knitted work many projects call for it to be attached, either to itself, or to another piece (unless you're making a scarf or something very regular). So let's learn how to join up our work: seemingly seamlessly.
Now you know these 3 knitting techniques it's time to use them. Here is a pattern for a very simple headband in Garter Stitch. Garter stitch is where you only knit using the knit stitch (as opposed to purl) and gives a flexible, stretchy result which is perfect for a headband.