Friday, January 30, 2009

Julia's Cabled Headband Pattern


Since headbands are about the only thing Julia will wear on her head unless it goes below -15 Celsius, I designed another one. Here is the pattern below.

Note: If any of you had printed this pattern off the first couple of days it was published, please reprint. I've corrected an error (4 cable repeats instead of 3).

Update (Jan. 13, 2011): Fellow knitter Olga (ignia on Ravelry) has created a very useful chart showing all the pattern stitches. You can find a link to it in this blog post.
(Jan. 8, 2014): Unfortunately, it seems as if the chart is no longer available.

Wide Cabled Headband

I made this headband with Elann Peruvian Uros Aran (wool/llama), but you can substitute any aran-weight yarn (one that gives 18 stitches and 24 rows over 4 inches square using stockinette stitch). Approximately 50-60 metres were used. You can also use worsted weight yarn (20 stitches and 26 rows over 4 inches square), in which case you should add 4 more rows of ribbing at each end.

Materials:
1 50g skein of Elann Uros Aran (83 metres / 91 yards)
1 pair 4.5mm knitting needles
1 cable needle

Measurements:
4.5 inches by 19 inches

Size:
One size, stretches to about 21 inches.

Gauge:
Each 12-row repeat of the cable pattern is approximately 1.8 inches in length.

Abbreviations:

C4: slip next two stitches onto a cable needle and move to front of work; knit next two stitches on left-hand needle and then knit two stitches from cable needle
T3R: slip next stitch to cable needle and move to back of work; knit next two stitches on left-hand needle and then purl the stitch from the cable needle
T3L: slip next two stitches to cable needle and move to front of work; purl next stitch on left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches from the cable needle
M1: make an additional stitch by working into the previous row between the current and next stitch
M1P: M1 purlwise
SSK: decrease one stitch with a slip, slip, knit
K2tog: knit two together
P2tog: purl two together

Cable Pattern (over 30 stitches)
Row 1 (RS): K2, P2, K4, P5, C4, P5, K4, P2, K2
Row 2: P2, K2, P4, K5, P4, K5, P4, K2, P2
Row 3: K2, P2, K4, P4, T3R, T3L, P4, K4, P2, K2
Row 4: P2, K2, P4, K4, P2, K2, P2, K4, P4, K2, P2
Row 5: K2, P2, C4, P3, T3R, P2, T3L, P3, C4, P2, K2
Row 6: P2, K2, P4, K3, P2, K4, P2, K3, P4, K2, P2
Row 7: K2, P2, K4, P3, K2, P4, K2, P3, K4, P2, K2
Row 8: P2, K2, P4, K3, P2, K4, P2, K3, P4, K2, P2
Row 9: K2, P2, K4, P3, T3L, P2, T3R, P3, K4, P2, K2
Row 10: P2, K2, P4, K4, P2, K2, P2, K4, P4, K2, P2
Row 11: K2, P2, C4, P4, T3L, T3R, P4, C4, P2, K2
Row 12: P2, K2, P4, K5, P4, K5, P4, K2, P2

Instructions:
Cast on 9 stitches.
Row 1: K1. *P1, K1*. Repeat from * to * until end.
Row 2: P1. *K1, P1*. Repeat from * to * until end.
Repeat last two rows 4 more times.

Next row (RS): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, M1, P1, K1, P1, K1. (10 stitches)-
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Next row: K1, P1, K1, P1, M1, K2, M1, P1, K1, P1, K1. (12 stitches)
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P4, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Next row: K1, M1, P1, K1, M1, P1, K4, P1, M1, K1, P1, M1, K1. (16 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P2, K1, P4, K1, P2, K1, P2.
Next row: K2, P1, M1, K2, M1, P1, K4, P1, M1, K2, M1, P1, K2. (20 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P2.
Next row: K2, P1, K4, M1P, P1, K4, P1, MIP, K4, P1, K2. (22 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P4, K2, P4, K2, P4, K1, P2.
Next row: K2, P1, M1P, K4, M1P, P2, K4, P2, M1P, K4, M1P, P1, K2. (26 stitches)
Next row: P2, K2, P4, K3, P4, K3, P4, K2, P2.
Next row: K2, P2, K4, M1P, P3, C4, P3, M1P, K4, P2, K2. (28 stitches)
Next row: P2, K2, P4, K4, P4, K4, P4, K2, P2.
Next row: K2, P2, K4, M1P, P3, T3R, T3L, P3, M1P, K4, P2, K2. (30 stitches)
Next row: P2, K2, P4, K4, P2, K2, P2, K4, P4, K2, P2.

Work rows 5 to 12 of cable pattern.
Work 4 repeats of cable pattern (48 rows).
Work rows 1 to 8 of cable pattern.

Next row (RS): K2, P2, K4, P2tog, P1, T3L, P2, T3R, P1, P2tog, K4, P2, K2. (28 stitches)
Next row: P2, K2, P4, K3, P2, K2, P2, K3, P4, K2, P2.
Next row: K2, P2, C4, P2tog, P1, T3L, T3R, P1, P2tog, C4, P2, K2. (26 stitches)
Next row: P2, K2, P4, K3, P4, K3, P4, K2, P2.
Next row: K2, P2tog, K4, P2tog, P1, C4, P1, P2tog, K4, P2tog, K2. (22 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P4, K2, P4, K2, P4, K1, P2.
Next row: K2, P1, K4, P2tog, K4, P2tog, K4, P1, K2. (20 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P2.
Next row: K2, P1, SSK, K2tog, P1, K4, P1, SSK, K2tog, P1, K2. (16 stitches)
Next row: P2, K1, P2, K1, P4, K1, P2, K1, P2.
Next row: K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1, K4, P1, K2tog, P1, K2tog. (12 stitches)
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P4, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Next row: K1, P1, K1, P1, SSk, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1. (10 stitches)
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Next row: K1, P1, K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1. (9 stitches)
Next row: P1. *K1, P1*. Repeat from * to * until end.

Next row: K1. *P1, K1* to end.
Next row: P1. *K1, P1* to end.
Repeat last two row 4 more times.

Cast off. Sew ends of headband together and weave in yarn ends.

24 comments:

LisaW. said...

Great Pattern! Thanks I was looking for something like that! Enjoyed reading about your vacation. looks like a good time was had by all.

Amy J said...

Yay! I only wear these in winter too! And I've been trying to dream up this pattern...I had made one with a center cable only, but then the sides kind of roll up....so this is perfect! Takes the guesswork out! I'm starting mine today!! Thanks!

Sandra der KnitNazi said...

Just cut my hair after 10+ years, need this to hold back bangs during morning scrub~and I happen to love cables ♥♥♥
Thank you for sharing the pattern!!

Catherine said...

Wow I love this - found it on Facebook via Springwools page - love it. Want to follow your blog - I have some crochet hairbands I designed the style myself and it's dead easy over on my blog. Hope you visit and follow. Thanks for sharing this.
Catherine

MJ said...

This knitted up quickly. I did 8 repeats of the pattern for an adult came out to 21". I also posted a link to your blog from my blog. It's wonderful. I plan to make a lot more!

Husmorspira said...

I have made one of your headband, an I love the pattern!
Nice!!

H said...

thanks for the pattern.... it´s lovely!

Devan B. said...

My daughter and I are heading to our LYO right now to pick out yarn for this great headband! Thanks for sharing this pattern!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for this pattern. I have just finished knitting it for my sister who wants a headband to control her wayward hair that has grown back after chemo.
Del

CaroleG said...

I'm really stuck on the rows where you say c4... Are these 4 cable stitches held at the front, or the back? Thanks !

Paulina said...

Hi CaroleG,
At the top of the blog post, there's a section entitled "Abbreviations" that includes a detailed description of the C4 stitch. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

When you abbreviate ssk should it not say slip stitch over knit stitch? Thanks for your reply

Paulina said...

You're probably thinking of skp, "slip, knit, pass slip stitch over". The ssk refers to "slip, slip, knit". They're essentially the same kind of decrease, so you can use either. This Web page describes each one: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful headband. My sister will love it. I plan to make it for her December 17th birthday. Thank you for providing it for us.

Saristamper said...

My sister asked for a headband for Christmas. Thank you! This is perfect.

Heather said...

HI Paulina, My daughter asked for a headband and when I saw that you put up a pattern, I knew I would have to make it for her. Thanks.

Cindy Vickers said...

Thanks so much for this pattern. I used Twiley's of London's Chunky Roving with 8mm needles, and made several in different colors. My sister and friends love them. I also made matching sweaters and Cardi's for sets and they look great .. Thank you again

Jean said...

I tried to download the chart of the cabled headband but it said that site was not available. is there any way to get this chart?? It would be helpful in knitting the headband.

Paulina said...

Hi Jean,
I'm sorry, but the chart was made by another blogger and I don't have a way of getting in touch with her. I'll edit the original post to say that the chart isn't available at the moment.

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to knit this headband, but I'm having trouble with the M1 stitches. Which M1 did you use ..... there are so many versions ! I like that this headband is more narrow behind the neck....it's lovely !

Paulina said...

I didn't worry too much about which M1. I think I used a M1L throughout. However, if you want, you can use either M1L or M1R in various places, depending on whether you want the increase left-leaning or right-leaning. There's a good tutorial here:
http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/92-how-to/1046-make-1-left-or-right-m1-m1l-m1r

Anonymous said...

Found your answer about Chart.

I'm ok with written - more fun, sometimes.

Thank you for a beauty!!

Nora said...

Great pattern - thanks so much! For an adult size, I did 5 repeats, instead of 4, of the cable rows, which worked.
Quick question: When it says "repeat last 2 rows 4 times" of the ribbing rows (start and finish), do you mean 4 x 2 rows = 8 more (10 rows of ribbing in total) or 4 more rows for a total of 6 rows of ribbing? Thanks again (I split the difference...!!)

Paulina said...

Hi Nora, "repeat last 2 rows 4 times" means 8 rows in all. If you did a couple of rows less, I'm sure it will be fine. Ribbing is stretchy after all. :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the pattern, and thanks to you and everyone else who have posted comments here!