This braided knit headband is a fun “under an hour” project for anyone looking to polish its cable knitting skills. Gold color and nice design of this knit headband makes it fit for any outfit, while its bulkiness makes it stand out as a unique DIY accessory. Enjoy working on this cozy and comfortable piece of garment, let your friends spot it and you will definitely get requests for knitting a few more pieces ;).
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> Knitting Needles 4.5 mm (US 7);
<> Alpacana Lanoso Yarn: 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca. Sandy color <0.5 skein
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch
Cable 3 Back (C3B): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.
Cable 3 Front (C3F): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.
Note for knitters:
<> Each Row has a selvage stitches.
Braided knit headband pattern:
Cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1: sel s, knit all stitches, sel s.
Row 2: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 3: sel s, k9, C3B, k3, sel s.
Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 5: sel s, k6, C3B, C3B, sel s. (In this Row while knitting the second C3B stitch I would suggest to slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 4k from the left hand needle, 2k and sel s from the extra needle.)
Row 6: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 7: repeat Row 3.
Row 8: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 9: sel s, k3, C3F, k9, sel s.
Row 10: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 11: sel s, C3F, C3F, k6, sel s.
Row 12: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Row 13: repeat Row 9.
Row 14: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.
Knit until headband measures slightly smaller than circumference of your head.
Cut the yarn leaving 10-15 cm tail. Using the method of horizontal invisible seam sew two ages of the headband together.
I am looking or a knitted winter hear that has a flat top. Please would you let me know where I can see the pattern to buy it. THanks very much,
Hi Ann, Can you explain more what you are looking for?
Cannot figure out row five of this hair band and I have been knitting for a long time
Hi Joanne, where is the problem in the Row 5? If I confused you with my explanation, knit simply Row 5: sel s, k6, C3B, C3B, sel s.
i think the instruction for row 5 and the diagram dont match. the first line of the diagram is actually row 3.
You are right, but the diagram shows the main part of the braid not the whole pattern itself. Sorry If I confused you
Hi, I figured out what was a bit confusing in the directions. Hope you don’t mind. So, on row 5, you slip the first stitch purlwise, knit 6, Cable 3 Back, onto a cable needle, knit the 3 stitches from the Left Hand Needle , then the 3 from the Cable Needle. Immediately do that again. Repeat that Cable 3 Back, and there will be one stitch left on the Left hand needle. Slip it. . When you get to row 11, do the Cable 3 Front, one right after the other. It’s in the doing. Once I did 3 rows these cables just jump out with a lot of definition. , and it gorgeous.
Thank you for your explanation as it might help someone else. 🙂
Thank you for the pattern. Just downloaded it. I see in every row the first AND last stitch is slipped. Is this correct?
Hi. Yes you can slip them. In my case I always slip the first stitch and purl the very last one. Good luck!
This needs an explanation of stitches on the chart, if you please.
Hi Karen. Please check the pattern description where you can find clear explanation. There are only 4 different stitches, selvage stitch, knit or purl stitches and Cable 3 Back or Cable 3 Front.
Hi, great pattern, thank you for it. For the selvage stitch, do you slip the first stitch purlwise, and then purl the very last one for every row? Including the purl rows? Once the first 14 rows are done, should we continue then from row 3, or back to row 1? Thanks!
Hi Pancho. You are right, always slip the first stitch and purl the very last one including the purl rows. Once the first 14 rows are done, continue from Row 3.
After you repeat row 3 do you repeat all the rows or do you go straight to row 8?
Hi, you go straight to row 8
Love this pattern. I love how the selvedge edge looks with the modification you gave for row 5 but wanted a matching edge on the other side – I think if on row 11 you do (mod c3f) c3f k6 sel where the mod c3f is slip 3 purlwise to an extra needle and hold in front, sel (in this case, slip purlwise since it’s the first sel of the row) and k3 from the left needle, k3 from the extra needle… That’ll make a matching edge on the other side. Worked for me!
You are right. Good hint for other knitters. Thank you.
Hi, thanks for the pattern! Would you be able to provide a gauge?
Hi, Gauge: 15 stitches = 4 inches
I’m new to knitting and confused by your comments to repeat from row 3 and then to go to row 8?
hi. Row 7 is the same as row 3. Then row 8 as written and so on. Let me know if it is still unclear
I don’t see how you get that gauge with bulky yarn and a size 7 needle. Really?
It always depends on how tight you knit. If you reach this gauge with worsted weight yarn, go ahead.
I am Just trying to Work out how to download the free pattern your picture refers to? It’s so confusing ….
If I can just buy it in a pdf format i would be very grateful
I want the gradient colour adult hat & the braided knit headband… I think I have added them to
My cart?? But unsure
Hi Judy. I am not sure if you have already bought the pattern, but here are 2 links. Yes simply add the product in your cart.
If you have problems let me know.
Best wishes, Ann
I’m knitting left handed and my cable is looking funky. Can I follow the written instructions (subbing “right needle” whenever it says “left needle”) or do I need to read them in reverse? Thanks;
Hi, yes subbing left to right is correct
I have not done cables, but that doesn’t confuse me so much as what is “sel”? And, also, “sel s”? Thank you. I’m looking for a baby cardigan sweater (older baby).
Hi Penny, here is cable sweater for 3+ baby (toddler) https://crazyhands.net/top-down-raglan-sweater-knitting-pattern/
Oh, nevermind! I found it above in the key. thank you.
no worries and good luck with a headband
Your pattern reads with a “sel s” on both ends (row2 for example) which according to your definitions should be slipped both times, but then in your description you say you slip the first and purl the last….this is confusing. Also, when you slip the first stitch purlwise I am assuming the yarn is in front. Yes?
Hi Emma. Before knitting, please read common abbreviation of knitting stitches. sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch. When you slip the first stitch purlwise hold the yarn in back always.
Let me know if you have other questions
Hi Ann ….
Loving this headband pattern ….halfway through and its looking great ! Looking forward to doing more of your patterns ! Just what we need for lockdown hands ! 😀👍
Thank you Cathy for your warm feedback. You are my inspiration 🙂
Hello, this is my first headband and I am loving it so far! I do have a question with how to end it. Do you cast off first then do the horizontal invisible seam or does your work stay on the needle? I am a huge visual learner if there is a video that shows it would be extremely appreciated!
Hi Tesslin. Check this video tutorial, I am using the same method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4oK2N1rdUk
Hola quiero tejer el gorro de color degradado. Podrías ayudarme? No encuentro el tutorial y si es posible tejer con dos agujas. Tengo dos agujas circulares y no me sirven para la lana que tengo. Tampoco soy muy práctica con aguja circular. Muchas gracias. Norma.
Hi, Here is tutorial. https://crazyhands.net/gradient-two-color-cable-knit-hat-pattern/ Yes, you can knit this hat in rows.
Hi, where do you go after row 14. Where does the repeat start to corner with the headband?
Once the first 14 rows are done, continue from Row 3.