Friday, January 16, 2009

Pattern: "Nora", a child's winter headband

This is a simple headband with a 3-st seed stitch border on each side, then a cable up the middle. It's super easy once you get the rhythm of it. It's really only wide enough to cover a child's ears as I've written it, but if you used a wider border or bulkier yarn, it would be great for a grown-up, too. :)

Ravelry Link to the pattern. :)
From Drop Box
I've never written a pattern before, so if there are any parts that aren't clear, please let me know and I can fix them.

Worsted weight yarn
US7 (4.5 mm) needles

Here it is:
CO 14 stitches (use provisional if you choose, or you can just pick up stitches on the CO edge later)
knit one row across

Set-up rows:
Rows 1&3 (rs): k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Rows 2&4 (ws): k1, p1, k1, k2, p4, k2, k1, p1, k1

Begin cable pattern:

Row 1: k1, p1, k1, p2, slip 2 st onto a cable needle to the front, k2, knit the st from the cable needle, p2, k1, p1, k1
Rows 2, 4, 6: k1, p1, k1, k2, p4, k2, k1, p1, k1
Rows 3 & 5: k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Repeat cable pattern until desired length*, ending on row 5 of cable pattern

Begin decreases for the tie:
Knit one row across (ws)
Row 1: k5, s1,k1,PSSO, k2tog, k5
WS rows: knit across
Row 2: k4, s1,k1,PSSO, k2tog, k4
continue on, decreasing the center stitches until you have 4 stitches left.
Knit i-cord with those 4 stitches until you have about 3"
Tie off i-cord, break yarn.
At CO edge, pick up 14 stitches, and work exactly as you did the decreases for the the other end.
weave in ends.
take a picture and show it to me.

*"desired length for us was enough to cover from one ear lobe across the top of her head, to the other ear lobe. All kids head will be different. :)


  1. This looks so great, I can't wait to give it a try.

  2. I wish I had time to knit. I'd make a couple of these. They look like fun and something that can get finished....unlike the sweaters that are still unfinished. Nora is beautiful....just like her mother. KdF

  3. Great pattern!!!!

    Downstate.......thanks for the smile. It's been awhile since I lived in IL, although I was just downstate myself last weekend. BTW - which definition are you using, Chicago's or the rest of the state's? *big grin* you know what, I haven't heard a word on old blogie since I got back here.

    Keep on designing!

  4. You have a beautiful little girl! I'll be making a couple of these headbands, thanks for sharing.

  5. Congratulations, Mandy is getting one soon.

  6. Very nice pattern, a quick easy knit. DD was quite happy when she got up this morning to find it!

  7. <span>Laissez ici votre commentaire en respectant les lois. Tout commentaire jugé inapproprié (agressif, raciste, diffamatoire, publicitaire, grossier, hors sujet…) sera suppriméHi I have never done cable before ... where it says , slip 2 st onto a cable needle to the front, k2, knit the st from the cable needle,   So I put two on a cable needle but it then says knit the stitch from the cable needle so that means knit the first one and leave the other one on the cable needle?  Sorry I have never done cable before and want a small thing to try as it looks lovely</span>

  8. Thanks so much, so easy and beautiful. Perfect for my nieces for Christmas.

  9. When you do a cable you slip the stitches specified to a cable needle either to the  front or put them on the needle and move it to the other side depending on what the pattern says to do. then you knit or purl (again specified) from the left needle, then go back to your cable needle and do those ones as specified. It is basically moving stitches around other stitches, swapping places...