Monday, December 19, 2011

I love headbands

I really love to knit headbands. They are a relatively quick knit, now, who doesn't love that?, they offer a great opportunity for stitch experimentation, they look chic and you can knit them with not much yarn so you can use all sorts of exciting and exquisite fibers. Shown above are some of my favorites which I've knit over the years.
The Big Apple Headband design created for Be Sweet has been a hit since last winter and I have just designed a new version also using their divine Handspun Merino yarn with just one simple cable for the cable challenged. I am including the pattern here for all to enjoy. Interested in purchasing the yarn for this project, we have it here at The Ethelridge Road Knitting Salon. Just email us at: for a list of all the great colors we have in stock.

Cable of One Headband
A classic , but rustic designed headband made of a natural handspun fiber with a button closure. The center cable is perfect for learning the cabling technique.
Finished size after blocking: approximately 19.5 “long x 4 “wide.
Materials: One ball Be Sweet Handspun Merino; Needles:US 8/5.0mm; stitch markers; cable needle; 3/4" button. 
pm- place marker
sm- slip marker
C12b: place next 6 sts on cable needle and hold in back, knit next 6 sts and then knit all sts on cable needle.
Cast on 10 stitches
Work 4 rows St st
Row 5 (button hole row): K5, yo (this is your buttonhole), k5 – 11 sts
Row 6 and all even rows thru row 26: Purl
(RS) Rows 7, 9, 11, 15, 19 and 23: Knit
Row 13: K1, m1, k9, m1, k1 – 13 sts
Row 17: K1, m1, k11, m1, k1 - 15 sts
Row 21: K1, m1, k13, m1, k1 -17 sts
Row 25: K1, m1, k15, m1, k1 – 19 sts
Row 27: K1, m1, k17, m1, k1- 21sts
Row 28: Purl 10 sts, m1, purl 11 sts – 22 sts
Begin 12 Row Cable pattern
12 Row Cable Pattern:
Rows 1: k2, p3, pm, k12, pm, p3, k2
Rows 2: and all even rows : P2, k3, sm, p12, sm, k3, and p2
Rows 3 and all odd rows thru row 9: K2, p3, sm, k12, sm, p3, k2
Row 11: Cable Row: K2, p3, sm, c12b, sm, p3, k2
Repeat 12 row cable pattern 4 more times for a total of 5 cables.
Then, rows 1-10 of cable pattern one time.
Begin back band decreases as follows: (you can remove markers as you knit your next row)
Row 1: Knit across row
Row 2 and all even rows; k2, p to last 2 sts, k2
Row 3 and all odd rows thru row 11: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
You will have 10 sts remaining. Continue in Stockinette st for approximately one more inch always knitting the first st of every row. Bind off.
Sew on button in desired location. Steam press and block. Weave in ends. This fabric will soften and stretch with blocking. Enjoy

Copyright Notice: The entire contents of this pattern and the knitted design to which it refers are subject to copyright. Please use this pattern for your personal non-commercial use only.


Blogger Erin Kate said...

Beautiful! I love the cabled one too, thanks!

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