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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Headband with Cable

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Headband Knitting Pattern

When finished, the headband is double-layered for extra warmth. The headband is knitted sideways with a cable running down the middle and garter stitch on either side. It starts out being twice as wide as it needs to be. After the knitting is finished, the headband is joined into a circle and then the top and bottom edges are folded inward along the knitted lines (these are formed using knit sts in the middle of the reverse stockinette stitch).  This allows for a very clean top and bottom edges to the headband.

Because the headband is knitted sideways, it is very easy to size as you knit.

This headband is great for a beginner looking to practice their cables!

Materials: 100% Wool Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool yarn 465 yd (425 m) / 227g - 1 skein. Color Natural

Gauge for stocking stitch: 16 st x 18 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)



Reverse stocking stitch:
Row 1: purl
Row 2: knit
Repeat row 1 and 2.

Cable on 6 sts:
Row 1, 3: knit.
Row 2, 4, 6: purl.
Row 5: C6B (Cable 6 Back).
Repeat rows 1-6.



Cast on 32 sts (including edge stitches).

Knit as follows:

Odd rows (right side): sl 1, p 7 (reverse stocking stitch), k 1, p 4 (reverse stocking stitch), k 6 (cable on 6 sts), p 4 (reverse stocking stitch), k 1, p 7 (reverse stocking stitch), p 1.

Even rows (back side): sl 1, k 7 (reverse stocking stitch), p 1, k 4 (reverse stocking stitch), p 6 (cable on 6 sts), k 4 (reverse stocking stitch), p 1, k 7 (reverse stocking stitch), p1.

Knit for 20" (50 cm) or to fit your head circumference. Cast off.



Join the ends of the band.
Fold the band and join the edges, forming a tube.



There are 16 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Tina Cowden
August 12, 2016

The only problem I'm having with the pattern is the slip stitch, can't remember if the default is knit wise or purl wise. LOL
Poster: Cheryl
November 10, 2013

Write out each line of the pattern. You'll see that it works out fine. Rows 2, 4, & 6 are the same. Row 5 is the only row where you cable. Pattern works up fast.
Poster: bloschum
November 17, 2013

I'm working on this right now and having a fine time of it. It is working up exactly as pictured. Tell me what your problem is and I will help you straighten it out.
Poster: Suzsch
January 27, 2014

I can't figure out where to start on these directions. Do I start at the "Pattern: Row 1. Purl Row 2. Knit" or do I start where it says "Directions Knit as follows Odd rows, Etc." I am new and trying to figure it out.
Poster: Linda
October 30, 2014

I love this pattern but can't figure out when to knit what where! Like when is cable row done on the wrong side? Please help
Poster: Carolyn
November 30, 2014

I'm also confused as to where to start. Is it at Patterns: or Directions: Also, I have never knitted a cable like this! Usually I move stitches to a cable needle, go ahead and knit some stitches and then go back and knit the stitches off of the cable needle. One time cabled stitches at front and next time at back. Also, I didn't realize the headband was folded. It doesn't look folded in the picture. Thank you anyway for posting this pattern. The headband is beautiful. I'm just frustrated trying to figure it out.
Poster: bioschum
December 10, 2013

Remember, the band is going to be folded lengthwise when finished knitting, 25% turned under on the right side and 25% turned under on the left side, with a seam up the middle of the back.
Trust what you read; it is exactly correct.
Poster: Carol
February 10, 2014

I did not realize this was to be folded, but I did figure it out. Thanks all!!!

Poster: Liz
November 18, 2015

I used lion brand wool-ease. I did not fold it like the pattern says, I liked better that way and looks great.
Poster: Sandy
February 17, 2015

I would like to try this pattern, and am wondering if it can be made with worsted weight (4) yarn? If so should I use 2 strands at once?

Looking forward to knitting this. Thank you for your reply.
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