An easy, relaxing knit, this tightly cabled headband is worked in one piece, with no seaming. Beginning with a closed cast on and finished with Kitchener Stitch, you’ll love knitting up lots of these pretty headbands in all sorts of colors.
Time: Day Project
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Adult (one size fits most)
Gauge: 32 sts and 44 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in St st
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania (100% cotton; 137 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): #240 Reseda, #269 Graublau, #404 Sand (1 skein)
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs
Notions: Tapestry needle, scissors, cable needle, 1” headband blank
Note: The headband blanks used in the samples shown are 1” White Plastic Headband Blanks from TheSodaPopShop on Etsy
kf&b – knit into front, then back of next stitch (1 st increased)
One 50 g skein of Schachenmayr Catania will make four headbands.
Using 2 DPNs, cast on 16 sts (8 sts/needle) with Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Setup Rnd: K8, k8 tbl, then divide the sts onto 3 DPNs to work in the rnd, as follows: 8/4/4. (Due to the small number of stitches, you can also work the headband in the rnd on only 2 DPNs, by placing the first 8 sts on one needle for the front and the other 8 sts on a second needle for the back.)
Rnd 1: K2, sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog. (14 sts rem)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: (Sl 2 to cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn) twice, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: K2, sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, k to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 2-5 until work measures 4 3/8”, ending with Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: K2, kf&b 4 times, k4, kf&b twice, k2. (20 sts)
Rnd 7: K2, (sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn) twice, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 8: Knit.
Rnd 9: (Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn) 3 times, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 10: Knit.
Rep Rnds 7-10 until work measures 10”, ending with Rnd 9.
Rnd 11: K2, k2tog 4 times, k4, k2tog twice, k2. (14 sts rem)
Rnd 12: K2, sl 2 to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 13: Knit.
Rnd 14: (Sl 2 to cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn) twice, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: Knit.
Rep Rnds 12-15 until work measures 13 ½”, ending with Rnd 12.
Divide the stitches evenly onto two needles and cut yarn, leaving a tail for grafting. Slide the headband over the headband blank, then thread the yarn tail onto a tapestry needle. Using the yarn tail, graft the end of the headband with Kitchener Stitch, or the grafting method of your choice. Weave in all yarn ends.