Cable Knit Headband: Braided Headband

If you love the look of thick, luscious cables in the winter, then you’ll love this cable knit headband pattern! The Braided Headband is a reinterpretation of one of my most popular knitting patterns, the Braided Beanie.

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The Braided Beanie is one of my most popular knitting patterns and I can see why. I love the look of the thick, braided cable against the contrast of the little boxes of garter and stockinette stitches.

Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie in Imperial Yarn Erin by Underground Crafter | A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.

As I was getting ready to make the first pattern for the 2020 Knit Along with KAL Corner, temperatures dropped and I knew I needed something bulkier than a light weight yarn if I wanted to wear my creation outdoors. I decided to hold two strands of Bernat Softee Baby yarn together to create a pattern inspired by the Braided Beanie! Unlike the Braided Beanie, the Braided Headband is knit flat. It’s easy to adjust the length to make a headband for to fit any size head. This is the first pattern in the 2020 Knit Along with KAL Corner.

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Braided Headband

Cable Knit Pattern by Underground Crafter

A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this cable knit headband based on the Braided Beanie.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 4.5″ (11.5 cm) wide x 18″ (46 cm).


  • Bernat Softee Baby yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/140 g, 362 yd/331 m) – 1 skein in 30044 Flannel.
  • US Size 8/5 mm straight knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge., or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Cable needle.
  • Yarn needle.


  • 24 sts in pattern = 4.5” (11.5 cm) wide. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • C8B – 8-st right leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at back, k4, k4 from cn.
  • C8F – 8-st left leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k4, k4 from cn.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions


  • With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 24 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) K1, p5, k12, p6.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, p4, k1, p12, k1, p5.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k4, p1, k4, C8F, p1, k4, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2 once.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, p5, k12, p6.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2 once.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, k4, p1, C8B, [k4, p1] twice.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2 once.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 5 once.
  • Rep Rows 2-9 until headband measures approximately 18″ (46 cm) or desired length, ending after Row 3 or Row 7.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 18″/46 cm) for seaming.


  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail. Fold headband in half along long edge. With yarn needle, seam short edges together with mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside (wrong side) of headband.
© 2020 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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