Take Cable Knitting for a Spin with the Berenice Cabled Headband

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

Level: Beginner
Size: Adult

Pattern by Allyson Dykhuizen

What You Need

Gauge

8 sts and 12 rows = 4-inches in Stockinette stitch, blocked

Pro Tip

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.

Finished Measurements

  • 18-1/2-inch circumference
  • 5-1/2 inches at widest point

Abbreviations

  • 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
Skills Refresher
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Instructions

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.

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.

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.

Finishing

With tapestry needle, seam ends together. Weave in ends. Block to smooth out cables .

Get started on your cabled headband. Allyson walks you through the simple cable pattern and how to knit it. You'll practice changing colors and working from written instructions to complete your project.
Pink and purple bulky knit headband laid flat on a white background

From Startup Project: Cable Knit Hat & Headband

Download the Pattern

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.

In the second month, you'll learn to make a beautiful hat. Kate will share tricks for using a cabling needle after taking a deeper look at cable charts.
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