Knit by Bit

Published on September 7th, 2015 | by Angie


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. 

Knit by Bit: FREE cabled headband knitting pattern at LoveKnittingLove this post? Pin this image!

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!

free csbled headband knitting pattern at LoveKnitting

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

cabled headband knitting pattern: floral traveling cables modeled by Jenni

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

free cabled headband knitting pattern

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.

Do you love cables like me? Tell me in the comments!

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet and design fun patterns!

Last updated: January 12th, 2016.

17 Responses to Knit by bit: cabled headband

  1. Patti McLaughlin says:

    Love your patterns! I am an advanced beginner and would love to knit these 2 headbands but alas I cant read patterns!!! Any chance you could produce them written out row by row? Thanks!

  2. Cynthia Wright says:

    A suggestion for Patti: reading patterns really isn’t too hard and there are lots of websites giving you the basics. What I find really helps is to print the pattern and then colour code the various types of stitches. It enhances the visual aspect of the pattern. I even try to colour code cable in front vs cable in back by using warm colour highlighters for in front and cool colours for in back.

  3. Rita Finn says:

    I like the patterns , I’ve been making these to sell for charity and make everyone a different pattern even if it’s only one stitch, or I try

    Love the site just hate the rigmarole of downloading patterns

    Best wishes

  4. Vicki Zilai says:

    Looking forward to making either headband for my granddaughters. Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Catherine says:

    How much yarn would you need roughly for the second hair band?

    • Angie says:

      Hi Catherine,

      I used 2 different shades, but I reckon I used about 1/3 of a skein of the Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride yarn for each headband. Happy knitting!

  6. Martha Sherman says:

    What size needles

  7. delilah says:

    I am blind, so cannot work from a chart.

    Can you please write out the chart as a text pattern..


  8. Cathie says:

    I support Patti’s request for the pattern written out by row.

  9. Linda Wooddell says:

    I too love cable knitting and wondered if you could email the text to me. Thank you so much.

    I love the two headbands, but really have a difficult time with charts. It’s called age, I think.

    Thank you, Linda

  10. Jane Engelke says:

    Could I please have written directions for the Simple Cable Twist repeat. I donot read charts.
    Would like to knit for my Grand daughters.
    Thank you,
    Jane Engelke

  11. Mabel Sweat says:

    I do not know how to knit…. Could you teach me via utube???

  12. Anne M says:

    I learned to knit using graphic patterns and had at first a hard time to get used to the written patterns when I moved to Canada. Now I am mastering both but I love the graphic patterns and find the suggestions by Cynthia Wright very useful. I usually enlarge the graphic patterns on my copier which makes them easier to read. If it is a very long and difficult piece, I am marking off the rows I have already knit right on the paper. Next time, I will definitely use different colour markers though to make reading the pattern even easier.

  13. Biddy says:

    I’m a born again knitter! Things have changed so much since I stopped about 25 years ago! Wonderful yarns, superb colours & patterns. Like others here I struggle to read the charts and always appreciate a written out pattern, but, as in so many things, it’s a change and has to be accommodated so I shall keep on trying! A written out pattern is like a translation to me, useful while I try to work it out!! I really like this site and all the useful tips it provides. Thank you all

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