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Easy Cable Knit Headband

This free cable knit headband pattern is so simple, and it comes together in no time.

Updated March 31, 2023
Easy Cable Knit Headband
Easy Cable Knit Headband

This simple knitting pattern is called the Easy Cable Knit Headband because you can use it to show off your newly acquired cabling skills!

You can use this free knitting pattern to practice cables and to master this fun look that's bursting with texture. Go ahead and fall in love with this knitted headband because it makes for great DIY gifts.

Feel free to make this headband knitting pattern in a range of lush colors to match any outfit. You can also use bulkier or thinner yarn than what is called for in the pattern below to create a wide range of sizes and weights for any season. You'll want to wear this knit headband all day long and feel so accomplished once you've mastered a new skill in your knitting repertoire!


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)


  1. Provisional CO 11

  2. Row 1: (RS) K across

  3. Row 2: (WS) K1, P9, K1

  4. Row 3: K1, C6F, K4

  5. Row 4: K1, P9, K1

  6. Row 5: K across

  7. Row 6: K1, P9, K1

  8. Row 7: K4, C6B, K1

  9. Row 8: K1, P9, K1

  10. Repeat from row 1 until you've reached the size that you need! Then, join the provisional cast on on the other end with kitchener stitch, and your headband is ready to wear.

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I really like this headband. I've added a couple extra sts on each end and making them garter sts to widen it just a bit as it seemed a bit narrow for me. It's turning out well though. Using Lion Wool-Ease Thick and Quick that I found at my local Ollies for $1.99 a ball.

I'm excited to try this tonight. Where is the link to the pattern to print it out? How many rows do I need to do total before binding off? Thanks!

Hello, you can find the written pattern for this headband by following the green link above that says, "Click here for knitting pattern." Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

The pattern is pretty vague on the instructions, it says to "knit to desired size", so no real indication or help there.

Knit to desired size means knit it to fit YOUR head. Only seems vague if you don't know how big your head is

Properly written patterns include sizing that accounts for the give and stretch of the stitch pattern, so this pattern doesn't just "seem vague" it is vague, it doesn't even indicate which yarn is used for it. Knowing my own head size does not help when knitting for other people. Your comment is rather impertinent.

I agree. I knit for gifts all the time. Guidance on what length is equivalent to, say, a size 7 hat or a men's medium would help.

A third headband pattern - and more intriguing than the last. Have I mentioned that I love this site? While I enjoy wearing a dressy-with-flair hat, I do not enjoy wearing 'beanie' type hats and tuques - the headbands have more flair and offer a sense of freedom when hiking in the bush or out with the dogs these are so much nicer than the ones in stores

these patterns are fab


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