January 3, 2012

CABLE KNIT HEADBAND

These cable knit headbands are my latest addiction. I have first seen them in a book and knitted one for myself. Then forgot all about it and gave the book back to the library without copying the diagram. Then my cousin and a couple of friends loved my headband and asked me to make one for them each. Only then I remembered I didn't have the diagram anymore.


So I took the prototype, checked it for hours (literally, I'm not much of a knitting guru) and came up with more or less a similar pattern, all by myself (cheers!). 

Cable knit may seem difficult at first glance but once you get a grip, it goes on smoothly and you don't even have to check the diagram anymore. But if you are a beginner level knitter, you may just want to practice with some left over yarn first and then move on to the real thing!

So, first cast on 28 stitches and rib stitch the first row (1 knit, 1 purl, .... and so on). Then, repeat the following diagram until the headband reaches the desired length (~50-52 cm). By the way, I almost always slip the first stitch of each row to have a neater edge. 

Cable knit headband diagram

Well, I'm sure experienced knitters will grasp it at a glance but for those inexperienced ones just like myself: Odd numbered rows (1 ,3 ,5 ,7) are on the front; and even numbered ones (2, 4, 6, 8) are on the back side. So, when you're knitting the front, you should go from right-to-left; and when knitting the back, from left-to-right.

Once you reach the desired length, cast off by knitting two stitches together and always transfering that knitted stitch to the left needle...


And sew the two ends together by using the tail with a yarn needle. You may finish your headband at this point; but if you want a fancier one, you can gather the seam to resemble a bow.


If you want even a fancier one, you can cast on another 15 stitches and make a rib stitched (1 knit-1 purl...) piece to cover the bow area and decorate it with a cute button. And wrap this piece around the headband.


So you have 3 alternatives for a headband from a very plain one (if you call cable knit plain!) to a very fancy one. You can finish it in front of the TV in a couple of nights and show off with it! But I must warn you: Be prepared for some requests from family and friends :o)

35 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I love your artistic talent - thank you.

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  2. What size needle and yarn did you use?

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  3. There is something wrong with this pattern..the diagram instructions does NOT match the picture shown..I followed the diagram to a T and ended up with seed stitches on each side of the cable. Not a happy camper

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    1. This is what the pattern should be:

      CO 29 st

      Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), K3,P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Row 2 & 4 (back side): P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P15, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1.
      Row 3 (front side): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K15, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Row5: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), K3, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Rows 6-8: repeat rows 2-4

      Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length.

      Hopefully I didn’t mess up anywhere.

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    2. Oops, I did.

      IGNORE previous posting.

      This is what the pattern should be:

      CO 29 st

      Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Row 2 & 4 (back side): P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P15, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1.
      Row 3 (front side): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K15, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Row5: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), K3, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
      Rows 6-8: repeat rows 2-4

      Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length.

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    3. I followed this, turned out great!

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    4. I tried this and it worked really well too

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  4. What kind of yarn is this?

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  5. This is what the pattern should be:

    CO 29 st

    Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
    Row 2 & 4 (back side): P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P15, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1.
    Row 3 (front side): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K15, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
    Row5: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, C6R (3st onto cable needle hold back, K3, K3 off cable needle), C6L (3 st onto cable needle hold front, K3, K3 off cable needle), K3, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
    Rows 6-8: repeat rows 2-4

    Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length.

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  6. How do you make the button ban to go around the headband

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  7. What size needle did you use for this? I looked over the posting a couple of time and didn't see it in there.

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  8. Has anyone tried the modified version? I've already done the one posted by the blogger and had to rip it all out because it was incorrect. I'd hate to do it all over AGAIN with the wrong pattern AGAIN. haha. Trying to get this done for a Christmas present (I'm a newbie knitter, if you can't tell)

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  9. The revised version worked well- I used 5.5mm needles

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  10. Which of all of the patterns on the comments should be followed? The 3rd from Anonymous?

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  11. I had no luck with the written pattern, only the diagram.

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    1. how do you make the button hole?

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  12. Buttonholes are made by yarn over knit 2 together....for a big button yarn over twice or 3 times, depending upon the size of the button you want to use....on the next row just knit the yarn over(s) as 1 stitch....easy peasy!!! :)

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  13. Seriously though...what needle size and yarn weight? I just tried this with us 10's and 5 weight and it turned out wide enough to be a scarf! I'm a rookie in need of some help!

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    1. Not sure if my post published or not, but realized I didn't press "reply" the first time! Sorry. Here is post #2.

      I'm using a DK yarn weight, and size 4mm needles. I also used the second anonymous post pattern, and it's looking great!

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    2. This website is also a good help on different yarn weights:

      http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnByClass=1

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  14. Don't know how to make the button piece...I know I have to cast on 15 and k1 p1 but I don't know where to go from there or how to get the oval shape

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  15. Thanks a lot for a lovely pattern! Was looking for a clean edge for a headband I'm working on I found you. Yeah!

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  16. So from what I've read from the post and the comments, I have basically gathered that I should use somewhere between size 4-5.5mm needles, DK weight yarn, and go off of the second post by an anonymous user, I assume the one right after the first one they put up correcting it. I have never knitted a day in my life, but I think tomorrow is it. Hopefully Google can help me out, and this pattern isn't too difficult. I'm not too sure on how to approach the little closure button piece though.... maybe I need to go re read the comments and focus on that little part.
    Any other tips would be greatly appreciated!

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  17. Could someone plz tell how to make the button piece??? Im a beginner....also, this might be a dumb question but what does the pattern mean my (front and back) im so confused

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    1. The front of your pattern is the side that will be the "outside" (the side people see when you finish, the back is the reverse (so a knit on the front will look like a purl on the back), the reason you knit in opposites is so that the pattern stays consistent and you can make a pattern. Whenever you get to the end of a row, you have to turn your work so that you're working on the other side (this will happen automatically as you set up to knit with your stitches at the right angle)

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  18. Why does the written out pattern not match the picture of the actual finish product??

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  19. So for rows 6-8 you are supposed to repeat rows 1-4 not 2-4. I think that is what is wrong. Can anybody else clarify this?

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    1. No, follow 2-4 because you need to be on the front side to do the cable so you cable in row one, row 2 is the back side, row 3 is the front side, row 4 is the back side and then row 5 is the next cable on the front again. That means for 6,7, 8 do the same as 2, 3,4 so that you end up back in the right place to do the cable.

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  20. Hello! I followed the corrected pattern and it came out beautifully, thank you! I was wondering if someone could explain how to do the button flap. I am a beginner knitter and I am not sure how to make the shape become oval. I know I will have to decrease, but where? Can someone please help?
    Thank you!

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  21. Did anyone ever figure out how to do the button band that wraps around? If so please please please share. I'm still a beginner and cannot figure it out. Any help would be great!

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  23. HOW DO U DO THE BUTTON BAND? WHY IS NO ONE ANSWERING THIS QUESTION POSED BY OTHER PEOPLE?

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    1. Just looking at it, I would say cast on 5, knit rib pattern for the first row then do M1F,M1B increases in the middle for each following row til you get to 15sts then knit a rib row and start the k2tog,p2tog in the middle of rib pattern to decrease and cast off again at 5. I will try and let you know. You may have to add a row or two of rib pattern between the increases and decreases to make it long enough to wrap without scrunching. As for the button loop, just use your tail or cast on yarn and tie it to the other side of the same end. You can make it as big or as small as your button that way and it keeps your tail from coming undone.

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    2. how did you make out with the button band

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    3. Haven't got to it yet due to the holidays.

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