Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

materials

  • Gauge, 6 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch

  • 2 double-pointed needles, size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm); adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge if necessary

  • 2 single-pointed needles, size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm); adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge if necessary

  • Cable stitch holder

  • Tapestry needle, size 22

steps

  1. With double-pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches.

  2. Create an I-cord: Knit across the 4 stitches, then, without turning work, slide stitches to opposite end of needle. With working yarn coming from the leftmost stitch, knit across row. Tug gently. Repeat these steps until I-cord measures 11 inches.

  3. Change to single-pointed needles, then knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

  4. Next row, purl 1, increase 1, purl across row.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 one time. You will now have 8 stitches on your needle.
    Important:
    These 8 stitches are the basis for the cable twists that come later. For the entire length of the headband, these 8 stitches remain at the center and are worked in stockinette stitch, while the edges of the headband are worked in garter stitch.

  6. Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

  7. Knit 1, increase 1, purl 8.

  8. Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

  9. Knit 1, increase 1, knit 1, purl 8, knit 1.

  10. Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

  11. Knit 1, increase 1, knit 2, purl 8, knit 2.

  12. Continue in this manner, always knitting 1, increasing 1, then knitting again until you reach the center 8 stitches. Work these 8 stitches in the stockinette (knit or purl, depending on row), then knit across rest of the row. Follow step 12 until you have 28 stitches on your needle, ending on a purl row.

  13. Without increasing, work 8 more rows, ending on a purl row.

  14. On the next row, create a cable twist as follows: Knit 10, slide 4 stitches onto cable needle, knit 4, move 4 stitches back onto left needle, knit off of left needle, and knit 10.

  15. Repeat steps 13 (now working only 7 more rows to end on a purl row) and 14, ten more times.

  16. Work 8 more rows.

  17. Knit 10, purl 8, then knit last 2 stitches together to decrease.

  18. Knit across row to last 2 stitches, then knit 2 together.

  19. Repeat steps 17 and 18 until you have only 4 stitches.

  20. Change to double-pointed needles. Knit I-cord for 11 inches. Snip yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail. Thread through tapestry needle; pass through the 4 remaining stitches on double-pointed needle; tug to secure. Weave into I-cord.

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