Ward off the season's chill with this easy project.

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Before you begin, learn how to knit a cable stitch.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

With double-pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches.

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Step 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.

Step 3

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

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Step 4

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

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Step 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.

Step 6

Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

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Step 7

Knit 1, increase 1, purl 8.

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Step 8

Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

Step 9

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

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Step 10

Knit 1, increase 1, knit across row.

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Step 11

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

Step 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.

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Step 13

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

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Step 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.

Step 15

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

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Step 16

Work 8 more rows.

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Step 17

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

Step 18

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

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Step 19

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

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Step 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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