My Favorite Cable Headband by Snickerdoodle Knits

My Favorite Cable Headband

June 2019
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
25 - 70 yards (23 - 64 m)
Finished Circumference: 13" (15", 18", 20", 23") / 33 (38, 46, 51, 58) cm
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Main Features

  • fun, simple cable motif worked flat

  • includes 5 sizes, from baby/toddler to large adult

  • quick, fun knit using bulky weight yarn

  • provides the option to use a provisional cast on with kitchener stitch or to seam the ends together

  • includes linked video tutorials for the techniques used within the pattern

  • includes written and charted instructions that have been test knit and professionally tech edited

  • includes blog post with alternate yarn and color recommendations


When I got back into knitting (in 2018), I created this pattern and continued to alter it until I was really happy with the headband for myself. When I started selling knitted goods on Etsy, I continued to alter the pattern to fit a larger range of sizes. I love this cozy design so much that now I’m going to share my secret with you!

This is a fun, quick knit that creates a cozy, warm ear warmer headband. I love to wear mine in all types of chilly weather! They are perfect for spring and fall walks, and even for the winter when you don’t want to wear a hat! Your yarn type will be the primary factor determining how warm your ear warmer will be. This pattern is available in sizes baby through large adult.

This pattern includes both written instructions and charted instructions in a single PDF, but the pattern layout makes it easy to print only the written or charted instructions for the size that you are working! I recommend knitting the size that provides 1-3 inches (2-8 cm) of negative ease, depending on the stretchability of your yarn.

For a behind-the-scenes look at my design inspiration, and for yarn and color recommendations for knitting this pattern, be sure to check out this blog post!


Baby/Toddler (Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
Circumference: 13 (15, 18, 20, 23) in / 33 (38, 46, 51, 58) cm
Width: 2.5 (3, 3, 3, 3.5) in / 6 (8, 8, 8, 9) cm


30 (35, 60, 65, 75) yds / 30 (35, 55, 60, 70) m, 20 (30, 50, 55, 65) grams Bulky Yarn
Shown in Loops & Threads Charisma yarn, which is on the denser end of bulky yarns.


12 stitches, 16 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch


6.5 mm (US size 10.5) needles, minimum 10 in (25 cm)
Cable needle, or something to hold cable stitches on
Darning needle
Tape Measure


This pattern uses knit, purl, cable stitches. It is a great pattern for a beginner knitter who is excited to learn how to cable. The pattern is worked flat. You can choose to cast on and bind off as normal and then seam your ends together, or you may choose to use a provisional cast on and bind off using the kitchener stitch.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my test knitters who used the time to provide feedback on this pattern design! This pattern was tech edited by Kobi Paine.

What the test knitters had to say about the pattern:

“Easy knit”
“Love the finished product!”
“Fun, easy pattern to do and easy to memorize”

This pattern was updated Sep. 3, 2020 to include an updated layout, linked tutorials, and slight adjustments to the pattern. Note that the free PDF download was updated but not the blog post.

Please do not copy, share, or distribute this pattern, as this pattern design is property of Snickerdoodle Knits. You are welcome to sell the knits that you make using this pattern, but I do ask that you provide credit to Snickerdoodle Knits for the pattern and that you link our pattern on Ravelry when you are selling online. Thank you so much for understanding and for your support!

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