Spoiler alert: cables aren't complicated. You're knitting the same way you always do, you just switch up the order of your stitches a little bit. Easy peasy. This chunky headband pattern is a perfect first foray into cables: it's quick, easy to memorize, and CUTE.
Berenice Cabled Headband
Pattern by Allyson Dykhuizen
What You Need
- 1 skein Cloudborn Fibers Highland Roving in MC (shown in Magenta)
- 1 skein Cloudborn Fibers Highland Roving in CC (shown in Lavender Heather)
- Size 15 (10mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Cable needle
- Tapestry needle
8 sts and 12 rows = 4-inches in Stockinette stitch, blocked
Stockinette stitch is a row of all knit stitches followed by a row of purl stitches. The right side of the fabric is made of smooth Vs, and the wrong side is all purl bumps.
- 18-1/2-inch circumference
- 5-1/2 inches at widest point
- BO - Bind off
- CC - Contrast color
- CO - Cast on
- K - Knit
- Kwise - Knit-wise
- MC - Main color
- P - Purl
- Pwise - Purl-wise
- Rep - Repeat
- RS - Right side
- Sl - slip
- St(s) - Stitch(es)
- St st - Stockinette stitch
- WS - Wrong side
Work First Color
With CC, CO 14 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, p2, k8, p3.
Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 kwise, k2, p8, k3.
To "slip 1 purlwise," just insert your right needle into the next stitch the same way you would if you were going to purl it. Instead of wrapping your yarn and pulling a new stitch through, just transfer the stitch onto the right needle and move on. Slipping knitwise is the same deal, but slip your right needle into the next stitch the way you would if you were going to knit it, then simply transfer the stitch to the right needle and continue.
Rep Rows 1-2 for a total of 24 rows, or until headband measures approximately 8 inches, ending by working a WS row.
Switch Colors + Cable
Change to MC.
You can weave in your ends as you change colors ! Just twist the loose ends around your working yarn, and you're good to go.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, k2, sl next 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k4, k4 from cable needle, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8 (WS): Sl 1 kwise, k2, p8, k3.
Rows 3, 5, and 7 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, p2, k8, p3.
Row 9 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, p2, sl next 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k4, k4 from cable needle, p3.
Rows 10, 12, 14, and 16 (WS): Sl 1 kwise, k2, p8, k3.
Rows 11, 13, and 15 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, p2, k8, p3. Work Rows 9-16 a total of 3 times - a total of 4 cables have been worked and headband measures approximately 18-1/2 inches. BO all stitches.
With tapestry needle, seam ends together. Weave in ends. Block to smooth out cables .
Print out a copy of the PDF and keep it in your project bag. That way, you're never without your pattern!
Find Your Next Project
Now that you're comfortable with cables, let's dive in even deeper. The Grace Street Hat combines thick and thin cables, and will introduce you to reading a cable chart. Or try the Cabled Lace Cowl and combine (you guessed it!) lace knitting with simple cables.