Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Double-Cabled Headband

This project started as a way to try out a new cable, but I liked it so much that I turned it into a simple finished product.

This is how it turned out (the ties are hidden underneath).

Pattern:

Weight: worsted*
*For my project, I twisted three different colours of the same lightweight yarn together, so this is just approximate.
Gauge: 3 stitches by 5 rows in stockinette stitch makes 2.5 cm x 2.5cm (1" x 1"), however, the cable pulls it closer together than that in the final product.

CO 22 stitches, leaving a very long tail (at least 40-50 cm).

Double cable:

C3F: Sl 3 st to cn and hold in front, K3, K3 from cn.
C3B: Sl 3 st to cn and hold in back, K3, K3 from cn.

Rows 1,5: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2.
Rows 2,4,6: K5, P12, K5.
Row 3: K2, P3, C3B, C3F, P3, K2.

This is what the cable looks like as it grows.

Repeat rows 1-6 until work measures long enough to sit from ear to ear on top of the head.

BO, leaving a very long tail as in the CO.

Attach two lengths of yarn of at least 40-50 cm to each of the two corners of the piece not occupied by the tails from the CO and BO. Attach two more identical lengths of yarn to the centre of each of the beginning and ending rows as well. There should now be three long lengths of yarn attached to each end of the band.

On each side:

Pull three lengths of yarn together and knot securely about 7 cm from the band. Braid the three lengths together until the braid measures at least 15 cm, or until it meets the other behind the head. Knot the end of the braid and sew the ends into the last few wraps. Once both sides are done, it should be easy to secure the band to your head by tying the two braids together under your hair.

Done! Another fast and easy knit.

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