I’m going to pretend to be a crafting blog for a sec. Much like times I pretend to be a food blogger or a fitness blogger or really any kind of blogger with a unifying theory of blogging, this is pretty much a total lark.
At Thanksgiving time, my cousin Lauren was knitting cable knit headbands for her friends. I was very impressed. (Knitting context: I have made like 4 scarves and have about 8 half-finished scarves in a big basket.) She told me there was really reason to feel intimidated, because if I could knit and purl, I could do it. And she was right! I have made two, and you can see from these gorgeous models, my sister, Margaret, and one of her best friends, Catherine, that they come out looking good. This was my first experience following a pattern, and it gave me a lot of confidence.
Here are the directions exactly as I received them from Lauren:
SIZE 13 needles.If you’re going to buy, them, get 16-inch circular (connected with the little plastic wire) because you’ll use them for cowls/hats/more projects later. Bamboo is fine or Boye brand is cheap. Don’t pay more than $10. Walmart or Michael’s or order them online. You could totally use size 11 if that’s all you can find, too.Cable HookI have this set http://www.simplicity.com/p-5444-boye-cable-stitch-needles-set.aspx but I only ever use the big hook. I noticed most of the videos use straight small needles, I might switch over…SUPER BULKY YARN. I like Lion Brand Hometown USA. http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/hometownUSA.html but Michael’s carries another brand that is cheap and decent, too.Pattern:Cast on.Row 1: Knit 13Row 2: K2 Purl 9 K2Row 3: K2 CF6 K5Row 4: K2 P9 K2Row 5: K13Row 6: K2 P9 K2Row 7: K5 CB6 K2Row 8: K2 P9 K2REPEAT rows 1 – 8 until the length wraps comfortably around you head. Cast off.Here’s what you need to know to do this headband…Casting on: This is how I do it, but there’s a million ways. You might have been taught something else…K (Knit):P (Purl): How To Knit The Purl StitchCF (Cable Front) & CB (Cable Back): How to knit cables —Remember our pattern calls for CF 6 which means “put three stitches on the cable hook, dangle to the front, continue to knit 3, then knit the 3 that are dangling to the front.” The tutorial does 4 but our yarn is too thick to do that. CB6 means, it dangles to the back of your work.
Note to knitters: I sized way up on yarn and needles for my headbands. I used super-bulky yarn and size 15 needles.