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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