Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pattern: Cable Braid headband

I've been seeing similar-looking headbands online and just had to try making one on my own. It seemed fairly simple, just a small number of stitches which you overlap with cables. The only difficulty I encountered was figuring out how many regular rows I had to knit between each cable row to make it all look even.

Here are the details!

Yarn: Excel EX991 in purple, which I got from Dreams Yarnshoppe in Glorietta 5. It's one of my go-to yarn because it's relatively cheap (90m for 95 pesos, though I think they raised the price slightly), and though it's acrylic, it's soft!

Needles: 3.75mm needles which I got from Bheng. You can use different yarn and different needles, depending on how thick you want the headband to be. Mine ended up being about 1.25 inches wide.

Other notions: cable needle (I don't really have one, so I used a thin crochet hook lol), tapestry needle, a 4-5-6 inch piece of garter, regular sewing needle and thread (for sewing the garter on).

Pattern: Cable Braid headband

Cast on 12 sts. I originally used a provisional cast on, hoping to knit the band all the way and bind off both ends together, but I ran out of yarn so I had to bind off regularly on both ends separately and sew in some garter instead. This actually may seem to be a better way to go if you want a very flexible band.

Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 5: cable 4 front (slip the first 4 sts onto a cable needle, keep them in front of work, knit next 4 sts on left needle, then replace the 4 sts on the cable needle back onto the left needle, knit those 4 sts), knit 4
Row 6: purl
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9: knit
Row 10: purl
Row 11: knit 4, cable 4 back (slip the next 4 sts onto a cable needle, keep them in back of work, knit next 4 sts on left needle, then replace the 4 sts on the cable needle back onto the left needle, knit those 4 sts)
Row 12: purl
Row 13: knit
Row 14: purl

Repeat rows 5 to 14 until work reaches the desired length, then end with a right side row (knit). My band reached 15 inches before I cast off (only because I ran out of yarn boo).

Finishing: Sew the garter on by folding the stockinette-stitch ends of the band over the ends of the garter using a regular sewing needle and some thread.
What I did was, I placed about half an inch of the garter in the middle of the stockinette end of the band, and then folded the sides of the band on top the garter. I sewed a line first along the edge of the band, and then criss-crossed over the half-inch of the garter inside the band.

That's it! If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment :)

Note: You can make and sell projects using my free patterns but please give credit where credit is due. A simple link to my blog would be great! If you do make one, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

P.S. Catyanna and Bheng, I posted earlier than I said I would haha. Ginanahan ako sa comments niyo, thank you so much!


  1. This on I want to try :) I wanted to make one knitted FO before the year ends hseheheeh goodluck sa akin ehhehehe

    1. yup... eheheh sana magawa ko ehhehe nanonosebleed ako sa mga cables eh eheheh

  2. It's very nice :) I tried cable only once eheh sumuko ako..I'll give it one more try :) thanks for sharing the pattern :)

    1. Pwede tayo mag KAL Bheng. Hehe, eto nanaman ako sa walang katapusang KAL invite. :)

    2. sige ba :) after netong mga KAL at cal ehehe

  3. Woohoo, thanks for the pattern and the detailed cabling instructions! It's really very pretty and I can see this as a bracelet too! I'll make one (or two) as soon as I'm done with my projects for the, gulp, Christmas wearable CKAL.

  4. Very Cute! I am making one now. It appears there is a slight mistake. You need to add
    Row 15: knit and Row 16: purl
    Then Repeat rows 5 to 16 until work reaches the desired length,

    1. Hi Bonnie! Thanks for the reply! :)
      I only put 3 rows (Rows 12, 13 and 14) before starting with row 5 again so that the cables will look more like a braid. Adding 2 more rows will lengthen the second cable too much.

      But I think it will also work with the way you suggested, though with slightly different results. :)

      Happy knitting!

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