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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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
Supplies for the Crochet Cable Headband:
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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)
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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)
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
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Instructions for the Crochet Cable Headband:
Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
Row 1(Right Side):
Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Turn. (19 sc)
Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
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.
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)
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.
Repeat Row 4
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.
Repeat Row 4
Repeat Row 7
Repeat Row 4
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.
Repeat Row 4
(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.
Here is what your project should look like just as you are starting Row 13
Here the first FPtr is being worked around an existing post stitch
Here the first 3 FPtr are completed
The next set of FPtr are worked around the first 3 post stitches and are crossing OVER the FPtr already made
Here you can see the second set of FPtr completed and crossing over the first set (of FPtr)
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
Now the last FPtr are completed and crossing UNDER the previously made FPtr
Repeat Row 4
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**
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
Finishing and Assembly of the Crochet Cable Headband:
With tapestry needle sew short ends of project together matching up cable stitches – Weave in ends.
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
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!
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