Fabulous Cable Knit Headband

Hello folks, i have another knitting project for you!

My lovely friend Fran over at http://www.rubytuesdaycreative.co.uk/ ( she sells the most awesome things and gives you money off if it snows!) told me to have a go at this fabulous tutorial from http://transientexpression.com/tutorial-tuesday-cable-knit-headband/. At first i was horribly put off, i am a novice knitter and never thought someone like me, a YouTube, self teacher, would ever reach the dizzying heights of cable knitting.

Eventually, this weekend i was laid up with more back and head-ache and was miserable i couldn’t head over to a party so I thought i would throw caution to the wind and give it a go. I admit, i had to do some Google-ing but stumbled upon this really easy to understand picture of what a slip stitch is from http://www.vogueknitting.com/pattern_help/how-to/beyond_the_basics/cables.aspx . I don’t know about you but i have always struggled to watch videos, peoples hands get in the way! 

You can pick up the needles you need pretty cheap from Ebay, i bought then subsequently lost my slip stitch needle in the space of a few weeks so used an old snapped knitting needle i had lying around. The wool i will, of course, urge you to buy from your local wool shop if you have one but again, ebay is a good bet as are the big Hobby Craft style places.

I will say now, YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION! I got lost a couple of times and it is very hard to unpick to a point that you know without getting frustrated. Saying that, it was my first go and i got it done in about 4 hours, next time i bet it will be more like 2 – 3. Don’t forget i have covered basics here in my post https://bedsitbonnevivante.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/how-to-knit/

Making your headband, the pattern;

1 ball of thick wool
Size 10.5 knitting needles US (6.5 UK)
Cable needle
Yarn needle for seaming


I’m going to commit knitting blasphemy and tell you that it’s totally unnecessary to swatch for this project. Just knit the first couple of rows and see if it looks wide enough to cover your ears.

cn=cable needle
sl sts=slip stitches

Cast on 13 stitches.
Follow this stitch pattern:
Row 1: k13
Row 2: K2, p9, k2.
Row 3: k2, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, k5.
Row 4: K2, p9, k2.
Row 5: k13
Row 6: K2, p9, k2.
Row 7: k5, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, k2.
Row 8: K2, p9, k2.

Rep Rows 1–8 14 times, or to the desired length. (I recommend making it pretty tight, because it’ll stretch, and you want it to stay on your head!)

Bind off, seam the short ends, and you’re done!

My attempt, the photo didn’t pick up the cabling as i would like


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