Knit by bit: cabled headband
It’s September, and there’s already a nip in the air! Prepare for the chill with this fabulously simple cabled headband and earwarmer.
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I had a lot of fun planning this post this week – I love cables, and I have a new need in my life for thick, chunky earwarmer headbands. I started training for a 5k about 6 weeks ago, and I’ve discovered that I love to run cross-country. City running isn’t for me, but drop me in a forest and suddenly I’m running faster than I ever have in my entire life. It’s like magic.
But with running in the forest, comes running in the elements. It’s September now, and there’s already a brisk chill in the air that can make running a chore. I decided to make a couple styles of these headband earwarmers, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!
I used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, a new (to me) yarn. You can read more about this fabulous yarn with my yarn review from last week! (link) This yarn is like a diamond in the rough – you won’t know how much you love it until you work with it and discover how versatile it really is.
I made 2 different patterns: one with a floral style traveling cable, and one with a simple cable twist repeat.
Floral traveling cable
Modeled by the lovely Jenni, this headband proves it’s versatility. Whether running in the forest or heading out on a night out, we love this headband. Your ears will never be snugglier!
Cast on 17 stitches, and follow the chart below. Repeat the chart, and after the repeat, start the chart again and knit until it fits your head. Cast off, and seam together. Note: you probably won’t get through the chart 3 full times – I went through about 2.5 times, and just made sure to match up the cables when I seamed it up.
RPC: Place stitch on cable needle and hold behind the work, purl next stitch, place the stitch on the cable needle on the left needle, knit stitch.
LPC: Place stitch on cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next stitch, place the stitch on the cable needle on the left needle, purl stitch.
1/2 LT: Place one stitch on the cable needle, hold in work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Place the stitch from the cable needle onto the left needle, knit stitch.
Simple cable twist repeat
I love the simplicity of this pattern! That’s me modeling this one. For this version, the cabling isn’t as intense, and is a super simple memorizable pattern that you could easily knit in front of the tv. It features 4 twists, 2 to the left, and 2 to the right.
Cast on 18 stitches, and follow the chart below. Repeat the chart until the headband fits you; I repeated the chart about 50 times. (That sounds like a lot, but it’s not!)
1/2 LPC: Place stitch on cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Return the cable needle stitch to the left needle, knit stitch.
1/2 RPC: Place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in back of work. Knit the next stitch. Return the cable needle stitch to the left needle, knit stitches.
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Last updated: January 12th, 2016.