Friday, November 23, 2012

DIY double sided twisted headband

twisted headband: the double sided cable


After finishing this  knit and crochet sweater  and the crocheted shawl  I had about 3/4 ball of yarn left.
There aren't many things you can do with 3/4 ball of very thick yarn... but a headband will do.


top pic: club monaco - collage by moi

How to DIY a twisted headband


Sure you can find a cabled or twisted headband everywhere, for any kind of price tags.

Here some of my favorites on my board on polyvore. I most likely knit some more of these options.
Keep in mind that knitting a headband (with thick yarn) requires about 1 hour of your time.
So making headbands is really not time consuming, and they make great stocking stuffers!
(ok, if you live in that part of the world where Christmas = cold weather!)


make a twisted headband tutorial

I casted on 14 stitches with the provisional method using the crocheted chain stitch with a scrap yarn.
I'm using knitting needles size 8mm.




To make a reversible cable the trick is to knit in while ribbing.
In this case I'll do the 1:1 rib.
My headband consists in 14 stitches, so:
K P K P K P K P K P K P K P

Knit in 1:1 rib for 32 rows
then, cable :


I call this "the stand alone cable"

since the cable is all it is, without further stitches before and after the cable.
The result is a much "airy" looking twist:

place the first 7 stitches on the cable needle
(K P K P K P K )
work the remaining 7 stitches - pass the yarn over from the hold needle to be able to purl the forst stitch  ( P K P K P K P)
then work the stitches on hold on the cable needle (K P K P K P K )

then work in 1:1 ribs for 32 rows. 
The stitches will present now as:
P K P K P K P K P K P K P K



Time to place the provisional cast-on onto a needle by unraveling the chain stitches


And sew the two open sides with open stitches - this way the headband will feel almost seamless!













This cable with the twisted look on both sides is particularly useful if you want to make scarves.

xox, d.

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31 comments:

  1. Incredible! Now I just need to learn how to cable knit!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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    1. Lia, get busy on these needles!!! xox, d.

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  2. You are so crafty:) Love your blog!

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  3. I hated wearing headbands and ear warmers when I was a kid and I used to take them off ass soon as I was out of my mum's sight but I have been secretly coveting these days. This project looks like the perfect excuse to make one and learn how to do cables. Thanks for sharing.

    -Emily
    http://from-small-beginnings.blogspot.ca/

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  4. I'm fairly new at knitting, but this doesn't seem too difficult... My question is how many times did you knit the cable before you returned it put it back together (I don't know the lingo.. but do you get my question?)

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    1. Hi MissO !
      you put the first 7 stitches on hold, then you knit the remaining 7 stitches, then you immediately knit the 7 stitches on the hold needle... I hope it's clear! this is indeed a really easy project, and with immediate results (which is the best part !!!) :)

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    2. Thanks so much! I ended up just improvising, and got through it. Thanks for the help!

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  5. Thanks so much for this pattern! My ears get cold on early morning doggie walks. This is what I am making for me when all the Christmas prezzies are finished!

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  6. WOW! gotta try this out :D How did you attach the tread at the end, after sewing?

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    1. you wave in the ends for about 2 inches, and cut the thread !
      xox, d.

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  7. Do you have this in a crochet pattern?

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  8. I knitted the headband with no problems but I am stuck on the finishing. How does one
    sew the open sides with open stitches? Is the headband supposed to be reversible?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Auntie Em,
      here's a link with good explanation on how to sew the "invisible seam" Because the headband is 1:1 ribbing, you would need to do this by flipping the sides at each stitch. If done properly, the invisible seam makes it possible to be reversible. Hope this helps!

      Donatella

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  9. I cannot get the twist right. I can't see what you are doing in the pictures. Which end of the hold needle are you casting back on from? I have tried it a few different ways and it's too tight for me to knit all the stitches. Thanks

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    1. Hi Hayley,
      I put the stitches on hold onto the front of the work, then knit the 7 stitches on the left needle, and knit the stitches on the hold needle starting from the left side of the hold needle. The stitches are very tight, but you can leave the yarn a little loose and you should be able to do it without problem. - hope this helps, let me know! Donatella

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    2. I absolutely love your headband but am also having an extremely difficult time with the twist. I have never cabled before and just started knitting so that is probably not helping! I lose it between the fourth and fifth pictures. Do you tighten the yarn for the first stitch after you put the 7 stitches on the hold needle? That is not my only problem but it's the only question I can ask because I have no idea what I'm doing wrong when I go to knit the stitches from the hold needle. Thanks for the pattern and your help!

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    3. Hi!
      after you pass the first 7 stitches on the hold needle, keep the hold needle on the front of the work, then pass the yarn over to be able to purl the first stitch on the right needle and keep going for 7 stitches. It will feel really tight. You don't need to pull the yarn, leave it loose enough. After you knitted the 7 stitches on the right needle, you can work on the stitches on the hold needle. ... hope this help!! d.

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    4. I'll try! Thanks for your quick response!! :-)

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    5. Hello! I was also having some trouble with the twist. Whenever I try to bring the yarn over to purl the first stitch, I have this long strand of unused yarn that just messes up the whole twist and doesn't work out right. I don't know what exactly I'm doing wrong :/

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    6. Hi Claire!
      the long stitch when you take the yarn over is normal: the yarn has to travel for 7 thick stitches. Once you knit the next row you'll see it less. just keep it as tight as you can while you do the twist!
      happy new year! xox, d.

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  10. just made one today thanks for such an awesome pattern :)

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  11. Hi, I know this is an old post but I am also having a bit of trouble with the sewing at the end. Do you have a link or directions on how to do this? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Amanda, for the sewing of the two sides, pick two stitches from the top, and two from the bottom. Because it's in ribs, it's not going to be exactly perfect, but will not be too bad!
      d

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  12. Thank you for this tutorial, it was really helpful!

    Lisa
    www.needlesandwool.blogspot.com

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  13. Love this tutorial! Very explanatory! However I'm a visual learner and the whole cable apart is kinda harder since I've never cabled before would you consider posting a video tutorial with step by step instructions?

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  14. It doesn't say anywhere what size knitting needles you used.

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  15. You didn't give weight of yarn or type you used except to say "thick". It would be helpful to have know length and width you ended up with as well. I have seen this patten posted on Pinterest and in Ravelry but no clue as to what you are using. Just sayin.

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    1. Hi Linda, unfortuately my LYS doesn't put labels with measures of any kind on they yarn that they produce - I can only give you a gauge, wich is 14 st in 1:1 rib measueres 3" in width and 10 rows is 2-3/4" - using size 8mm / US11. as for the lenght of the headband, it's 19-1/2" - since it needs some negative ease. Hope this was helpful, have a good day, d.

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