Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cabled Headband- Free Pattern

Cabled Headband  pattern by Doris Formby

For a free download in pdf format click here: Cabled Headband

I wrote this pattern to show off the beautiful Cashmere yarn at the Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck, but this can be knitted in any aran or worsted weight yarn.

Material: 1 skein of Cashmere Aran Lotus or similar yarn approximately 100 yards
Needles: US 8

Instructions:  Cast on 22 stitches  in the provisional cast on method. Alternatively you can cast on in your favorite stretchy cast on.
Proceed as follows:
Row 1 (Right Side): K1, P1, K3, P2, K8, P2, K3, P1, K1
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, P1, K1, P2, K2, P8, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1
Row 3 (Cable Row): K1, P1, K3, P2, C8B, P2, K3, P1, K1
Row 4: Same as Row 2
Row 5, 7:  Same as Row 1
Row 6, 8: Same as Row 2
Row 9 (Cable Row ):  Same as Row 3

Repeat Rows 4-9 twenty more times for a total of 22 cables for about 20" or until you reached the desired length.  Then repeat rows 4-6 once more.
(This is simply a seed stitch pattern over the first and last three sts of each row, two bands of k2 and a cable over 8 sts framed by purl sts).  It is an easy to remember pattern.

Finishing:  Take off the scrap yarn from your provisional cast on and put the 22 sts on a needle parallel to your 22 sts of your last row.  Now join in Kitchener stitch or three-needle bind off (make sure not to twist the band).
Alternate Method:  Cast off and sew the piece together in mattress stitch making sure to keep the look of the pattern.

Wear and enjoy! 

 Pattern copyright to Doris Formby: You are welcome to use this pattern to knit for yourself or as a gift, or for charity. You may not sell the pattern itself or the finished goods made from this pattern. Please direct any questions to Strickliese on Ravelry. Thank you for knitting my design.


  1. Thank You it's a simply beautiful pattern!

  2. I was looking for a head band pattern, found yours and started this afternoon...easy to knit and looks great.
    I think I might make more for gifts. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern.

  3. In row 3, the cable row says C8B what does that mean? Thank you

  4. C8B mean slip 4 stitches onto cable needles and hold behind the next 4 stitches whilst you knit them then knit the 4 stitches from the cable needle.

  5. I'm nearly finished with the pattern, it's very lovely. It's a great width. I had never used a provisional cast on before, and I'm excited to see the result! Thanks for the design : )

  6. "Then repeat rows 4-6 once more"
    If I end with row 6 (same as row 2) my working yarn ends up in front when I position my work for the kitchener stitch. Since I'm supposed to start the kitchener with the yarn in back how should I do that? I've been starting a new length of yarn but if I had a way to use the working yarn it would be one less weaving in.
    Thanks. Love this pattern.

  7. What is a provisional cast on please?

  8. I am going to knit this in Blue Faced Leicester fleece yarn Aran weight.The pattern looks perfect for what I want to achieve, thank you.

  9. Thank you for this beautiful pattern , I've made one for my daugter and one of her friends asked me about this pattern so I'm going to translate it in french!

  10. I loved this headband so much I made 3 for Christmas gifts and when I finished the headband, I picked up the stitches all around it and made the band into hats. They came out beautifully.

  11. Hello, I've made a french translation of this pattern , may I post it in my blog with your references of course? Thanks

  12. Doris, I very much want to try this pattern but am a cabling newby. When I've read other cable patterns, they usually give instructions to "move to cable needle" and then "work stitches from cable needle," whatever the number might be. But in Row 3 of this pattern, it just says C8B, and there are 7 stitches to either side of that. If I understand correctly (which I might not!), I would move 4 stitches to my CN after the first P2, but when in the pattern do I work them to get to 22 stitches in a row? Sorry to be dim!