Crochet Cable Headband

Young woman wearing a blue crochet cabled headband in a snowy scene outside

Crochet Cable Headband

The Crochet Cable Headband features 2 twisting cable stitch patterns that use mainly front post double crochet stitches. The headband is just over 4 inches wide so it is perfect for keeping your hair back and your ears warm! This project is crocheted with about 200 yards of DK weight yarn (which is also known as Size 3 yarn) so it can also be a great stash-busting project. This type of yarn is thinner than worsted weight (Size 4 yarn) which I think helps the cables to look their best.

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Crochet Cables

I love that you can replicate a knitted cable look with crochet stitches. In order to do this you need to know how to do “post stitches“. Post stitches are crochet stitches where you work around the stitches and not into the tops of them as usual. When you work around the posts of stitches, it creates a neat texture and the stitches actually pop-out on top of the crochet project. Then when you combine these post stitches with regular stitches and some tall stitches, you can get the raised and twisted (or woven) look of cables.

Stitches Used in the Crochet Cable Headband

To make this crochet cable headband project you need to know these basic stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. In addition to these basic stitches you’ll need to know these stitches: front post double crochet, front post treble crochet and back post double crochet (for the optional edging). Each single crochet row only has 19 sts in it so once you get the hang of the stitch pattern, you’ll find that this project works up fast.

Video Tutorial Now Available!

Now you can watch a step-by-step video tutorial of this project here. This video will show you how to do ALL of the stitches and give you several tips in understanding how these cables work and how to make the post stitches correctly. Plus, in the video description there is a list of time stamps that can take you to each row and step listed so if you just need help with one part of the instructions, you can quickly find the section!

Let’s get started on our Crochet Cable Headband!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Measurements: 20″ long x 4 1/4 – 4 1/2″ wide

Crochet Cable Headband laying on a white wooden background with crochet hook and ball of blue yarn nearby - headband is made with 2 twisting cables along the length

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DK weight yarn (Size 3 yarn) – approximately 200 yards

For the orange headband I used: Plymouth Yarn Encore DK 75% acrylic/ 25% wool (1¾ oz/150 yds/50 g per skein): 2 skeins #0175

For the blue headband I used: Hazel Knit Cadence yarn 100% Superwash Merino Wool (200 yds) in color: Sapphire (even though this yarn is listed as worsted weight I find that it is thinner than most worsted weight yarn and works well as a DK substitute)

Size F/5/3.75mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

FPdc (Front Post double crochet) = YO, insert hook around next stitch from front to back and then around to front again, YO, draw up a loop; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

FPtr (Front Post treble crochet) = YO, insert hook around next st from front to back and then around to front again, YO, draw up a loop; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) three times

Join with sc = With slip knot on hk, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through both lps on hk

BPdc (Back Post double crochet) = YO, insert hook around next stitch from back to front and then to the back again; YO, draw up a loop; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Notes:

All post stitches are worked when Right Side is facing

All Wrong Side rows are just single crochet

Headband is worked in rows and then joined together to form ring

Next the edging is added along both sides

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial – Watch Here!

Young woman wearing the crochet cable headband made in rust orange yarn - she is standing in front of a tree and lake

Instructions for the Crochet Cable Headband:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Ch 20

Row 1(Right Side): 

Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 2: 

Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Row 3: 

Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts; working around sc sts in Row 1, FPdc around each of next 6 sts; sk next 6 sts on working row (behind post sts just created); sc in each of next 3 sts; working around sc sts in Row 1, FPdc around each of next 6 sts, sk next 6 sts on working row (behind post sts just created); sc in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

2 versions of the crochet cable headband laying on a wooden table with papers showing how to keep track of your spot in pattern

I found that it helped to keep track of my rows on a piece of paper like you see above – I just wrote numbers 4 through 15 across the top and then wrote a check mark in each column once I finished that row

Row 4 (Wrong Side): 

Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 5: 

Ch 1, sc in 1st st, [FPdc around each of next 3 post sts; sk next 3 sts on working row; sc in each of next 2 sts, FPdc around each of the next 3 posts; sk next 3 sts on working row;] sc in next st; Repeat [  ] ; sc in last st. Turn.

Row 6: 

Repeat Row 4

Row 7: 

Ch 1, sc in the first st; [FPdc around each of  the next 3 post sts; sk next 3 sts on working row; sc in each of next 2 sts; FPdc around each of the next 3 post sts; sk next 3 sts on working row;] sc in next st; Repeat [  ]; sc in last st. Turn.

Row 8: 

Repeat Row 4

Row 9:

Repeat Row 7

Row 10:

Repeat Row 4

Row 11: 

Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts; [FPdc around each of next 6 post sts; sk next 6 sts on working row; ] sc in each of next 3 sts; Repeat [  ]; sc in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 12:

Repeat Row 4

Row 13:

(This is the most challenging row of the project so I have included some step-by-step photos below the text)

Ch 1, sc in each of the first 2 sts; sk the next 3 post sts; FPtr around each of the next 3 post sts; FPtr around each of the 3 post sts that were skipped crossing in front of the FPtrs that were just made; sc in each of the next 3 sts; sk the next 3 post sts; FPtr around each of the next 3 post sts; FPtr around each of the 3 post sts that were skipped crossing behind the FPtrs that were just made; sc in each of the last 2 sts. Turn.

Close up of up to Row 12 completed

Here is what your project should look like just as you are starting Row 13

Close up showing how to work first front post treble crochet stitch

Here the first FPtr is being worked around an existing post stitch

Close up showing first 3 front post treble crochet stitches completed

Here the first 3 FPtr are completed

Close up showing how to work next set of front post treble crochet stitches for the crochet cable headband

The next set of FPtr are worked around the first 3 post stitches and are crossing OVER the FPtr already made

First set of front post treble crochet stitches completed

Here you can see the second set of FPtr completed and crossing over the first set (of FPtr)

Close up showing front post treble crochet stitches completed on second cable with arrows showing where to work last set of front post treble crochet stitches

Here the FPtr stitches are completed on second cable twist with arrows showing where to work next crossing FPtr – they will go UNDER (or behind) the FPtr just made

Close up showing completed last set of front post treble crochet stitches

Now the last FPtr are completed and crossing UNDER the previously made FPtr

Row 14:

Repeat Row 4

Row 15:

Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts; FPdc around each of next 6 post sts; sk next 6 sts on working row; sc in each of next 3 sts; FPdc around each of next 6 post sts, sk next 6 sts on working row; sc in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

Repeat Rows 4 – 15 until piece measures 20” (Should be about 10 more repeats of stitch pattern)

**For last repeat only work up to end of Row 13**

Fasten off.

Optional:

Wet block headband

How to Wet Block:

Wet entire headband length with cold water so soaked through

Press out excess water with a clean towel (I like to roll my project in the towel and squeeze down the roll to get the excess water out)

Lay out headband length on dry towel and flat surface pulling out cables and stitches so everything lays flat and evenly;  Let dry completely – you may want to use pins and a blocking board to help the cable stitches stay in place nicely

Crochet Cable headband laying on white wooden background with light orange roses, crochet hook and ball of blue yarn

Finishing and Assembly of the Crochet Cable Headband:

With tapestry needle sew short ends of project together matching up cable stitches – Weave in ends.

Edging: 

Round 1:

With Right Side facing join with sc to side of Row 1; sc in side of each row around; join with sl st to 1st sc of round.

**You may find that just Round 1 is enough of an edging for your project so take a minute to see how you like the look and width before you start Round 2**

Round 2 (optional): 

Ch 3, [FPdc around next sc in round below, BPdc around next sc in round below] around ending with a sl st to top of starting ch-3.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 on other side of headband

Completed crochet cable headband laying on a white wooden background with a few light orange roses next to it

Your Crochet Cable Headband is Complete!

Now your Crochet Cable Headband is complete! I hope you enjoyed making these cable stitches and like the look of your headband. I like how this cable stitch uses only post stitches when the Right Side is facing and every Wrong Side row is simply single crochet stitches across. I think these 2 factors help the headband to work up quickly and feel comfortable when worn (no bulky stitches on the underside). Which color did you choose for your headband? Let me know if the comments below – I’d love to hear about it!

If you would like to see more crochet cable projects, then check out these patterns: Triple Braided Cowl and the Autumn Splendor Scarf.

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Thank you for stopping by! Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

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92 thoughts on “Crochet Cable Headband

  1. My winter coat is the same blue as the one in the photo, so this is definitely on my to-do list. I’ve done a lot of crochet, including post stitches, but have not tried cables so I’m looking forward to this.

    1. If you can do post stitches, then you should be able to do these cables. Let me know if you have any questions – I am happy to help you be successful. 🙂

  2. My 5 yr old granddaughter saw this and asked me to make matching ones for her, her mom, her sister and me for Easter. However it is a little to wide for her, so I’m going to try making it with only one cable. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I look forward to seeing your next creative idea.

    1. Wonderful! Sounds great – I hope you have fun making these. You could definitely make it with just one twisting cable – just keep the pattern the same for the beginning and end of each row and then work the cable in between. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  3. This is a really nice headband pattern and I’m saving it for later. And, I agree, that color of blue makes it just beautiful.

  4. i am loving cables, but would like to know if this is stretchy?? looking like it has to be a perfect fit to not slide off.

    1. This is slightly stretchy – just enough to fit over your head but not so stretchy that it easily slides back or falls off. 🙂

    1. Yay! Yes, I think this is easier than many other cable patterns. Remember, you are always welcome to contact me if you have any questions. 🙂

  5. Thank you for this pattern. I have been looking for cable stitch for other things so this will do nicely. I love all of the patterns you have given to us over the year and hope to get many more. Thank you again.

  6. Beautiful blue headband. It’s a stitch I’ve never seen , but looking forward to trying. Thank you for the pattern

  7. I love this pattern! I plan to make several for all my female relatives and friends! Cables are always an interesting pattern to do and to see! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Love the free pattern and love it in blue. Love your website. My daughter loves this headband. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  9. This is really pretty. I want to make one but wonder if it can be made thinner? 4 1/2” is too wide, can it be done in about 3 inches?

    1. Maybe try a smaller size yarn & a smaller hook?
      I’ve “adjusted” several patterns this way ☺️.

      With thinner yarn & smaller it will still be wide but not as wide as it will be with the yarn & hook used.
      Maybe try baby yarn & a size 0 steel hook?

      1. Yes! All good ideas – using thinner yarn and a smaller hook will definitely yield a thinner headband. You will probably need to do more repeats of the stitch pattern so it is the correct length, though. Sock yarn would definitely work well to make it thinner.

  10. lOVE THIS CABEL HEABDAND! MY SISTERS PREFER HEADBANDS TO HATS ALL WHO ARE DEAF NEED SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THANK YOU FOR THIS PATTERN. I PRAY I WIN!

  11. I always enjoy a headband rather than a hat on less chilly days. This is in my most favourite colour of blue. Thinking I may just need to brush up on my cabling and give this patter a try.

    1. It depends how long the color changes are – if they are long color changes, then I think it would look okay. But with shorter color changes, it could disrupt the look of the cables. You could try one set of the repeat to see how it looks. 🙂

    2. I’ve wanted to try cables. From what I can tell, I can do all the stitches. It’s just a matter of getting my mind there. & trying to stop the little furry tyrant of a
      supervisor from interfering, yay cat! Lol

      Do you have instructions on how to convert knitting to crochet? I know how to knit, I just can’t seem to keep the tension right. The last time I tried those things were so tight on the needles I couldn’t get them off! I had to undo /unravel the project backwards.

      1. Cables take some practice but once you get the hang of them, you can apply the same concepts to many projects. It can be very complicated to convert knitting projects to crochet (and vice versa). Sometimes your best bet is finding a similar pattern, not something that is identical. 🙂

  12. I’ve never seen or done crochet cabling, only knitting cabling. This will be a new technique to try. Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad you did one in Blue as that’s favorite color.

  13. Gorgeous cable headband. I hope to make some in green for myself, daughter-in-law and a couple of nieces, in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Hi there!! Looking forward to making this headband. I am a chef by day but love to unwind in the evenings snuggled with my fur baby and crochet. I have been making flowers to sew on my chef hat and people love it! They are always stopping by to see what’s new on my hat. Looking for something to make for St Paddy’s Day. Thanks for the inspirations!! Happy stitching everyone.

    1. What a great idea for your chef’s hat! I love to unwind with crochet and my fur baby. 🙂 I’d love to see a photo of your hat – please send along if you think of it.

  15. I have some blue denim look yarn and will be making one this weekend for my daughter who is so proud of her Irish heritage. My daughter in laws will want one too, so I will probably make on in harvest yellow and tan for each of them.

    1. These plans sound great! I hope you have fun making the headbands for you daughters. Please send along a photo if you think of it! 🙂

    1. I have had to finish Christmas gifts in January and February, too! Hope you have fun with this project when you get to it. 🙂

  16. Oh wow, that is definitely a wow pattern and love it.where can I get a pdf or did I just miss the info?
    Thankyou for creating this masterpiece

    1. You are welcome! At this time there is no printable PDF but the free pattern is right here on this page for you to use. 🙂

  17. I love this head band/ ear warmer and I love the blue yarn you used. I have just the right yarn for this is my stash and will be making one for myself and one for a friend to put aside for Christmas. Thank you for another lovely pattern. 😍

  18. Thank you. I can hardly wait to make this pattern. Off I go to see if I have the right type of yarn for this project. I really appreciate your patterns and your hard work. Thank you so very much.

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