Brat Pack Headband by Monika Evans

Brat Pack Headband

July 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
9.7 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in wide cable pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
70 - 140 yards (64 - 128 m)
One size - teen to adult
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I grew up in the ‘80s, and am happy to see how some of the fun ‘in’ things from that era are making a comeback, such as the Brat Pack movies – my favorites are ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Weird Science’ - and certain clothing styles and colors (neon, anyone?). One of my favorite ‘80s accessories is the headband – keeps your ears and forehead warm without mussing up your hair or resulting in a too hot head.

When I was little, I thought that the braided kind were the coolest ever, but most of those weren’t wide enough to actually cover the ears – so I came up with a version where you can either go John Travolta or Jane Fonda all the way, or make a wider one that still sticks to the general idea, but is a little more practical; and I can totally imagine the kids from the Brat Pack wearing them all the time.
The narrow one could also work as a garter in a pinch. :-)

The headbands are a great first cable and I-cord project and can be knit by any confident beginner – if you have an I-cord machine, it will be a super-quick knit to boot!

Either version does not require much yarn, and you can make them either all in one color or use a contrast for the I-cords. The yarn used here is the limited edition ‘80s Prom-inspired ‘Brat Pack’ color by Lorna’s Laces in Shepherd Sport; but any fun sport bits from your stash will work just as well.

A big thank you to freakyknitter for test-knitting and tech-editing this pattern - you’re the best! :-)

Check out the Brat Pack Collection for other accessories to make a whole set!

In case you love the ‘Brat Pack’ color, here are some of my picks for potential contrast colors, also in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport:
Charcoal (used in the narrow sample)
La Regina (used in the wide sample)

1 skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (70g / 2oz = 200yds) or approx. 140 yds – 100 yds body + 40 yds I-cords - (Earwarmer version),
or approx. 70 yds – 45 yds body + 25 yds I-cord - (Aerobics version) of sport weight yarn

Size 3.5mm / US 4 (or size to obtain gauge) DPNs

Cable needle, safety pin

Darning needle

Gauge: 4 pattern repeats of wide cable pattern (29st wide x 24 rows) = 3” x 3”, unblocked