Summer Sovereign: A Cable Headband

At a family pool party last week, I took the detachable strap from my bathing suit and put it around my head.  My sister called me a hipster as I was definitely channeling an urban hippie style that has been popular for the past couple of years.  That well-styled strap got me so many compliments pool-side that day, especially the glamorous grandma who said I looked so “bohemian”.

While working on a cable hat this weekend, I was inspired to pull out some yarn from my metallic stash and experiment with this lovely ribbed cable to make a headband.  Working a cable without a purl background ( or without any background for that matter), can be a bit of a challenge, but the results are so sculptural!

Part royalty and part hipster super hero, your Summer Sovereign Cable Headband will be the stylish accessory that strangers will ask you about and your friends will ask you knit for them!  I share with you my pattern here today. Note it is for personal, non-profit use: Please do not reproduce items for sale without prior written permission.

Summer Sovereign Cabled Headband


Schachenmayr Nomotta “Niva” ( this is a metallic viscose/ polyester blend in a dk weight) OR about 80 yards of DK weight metallic yarn. If you are substituting yarn of a different weight, knit tighter (about 1mm smaller needle size) and change the number of cable repeats. Cotton, Linen and Silk or other fibers with very low memory are not suitable for this project.

Two 3mm double pointed needles
Cable needle
Wool needle
Matching sewing thread
Sewing needle
3 inches of 1/2 inch wide elastic

One cable repeat is 1.25 inches wide and 1.5 inches high
on 3mm needle.

Using a provisional method (such as crochet chain or first row with waste yarn to be removed later), cast on 18 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k2, (p2, k2) to end
Row 2 (WS): p2, (k2, p2) to end
Row 3- 10: rep row 1 and 2
Row 11(Rs- cable row): CB9(place 4 sts on cable needle, hold to back of work; K2, p2, k1. Work sts from cable needle; k1, p2, k1); CF9(place 5 sts on cable needle, hold to front of work; k1, p2, k1. Work sts from cable needle; k1, p2, k2)
Row 12: p2, (k2, p2) to end

Work rows 1-12 of cable pattern 10 times total. Work rows 1- 10 once more. Start decreases for band:

Row 1 (RS): k1, (ssk, k2tog) x 4, k1
(10sts remain)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, ssk x 2, k2tog x 2, k1
(6sts remain)

DO NOT TURN work. You will now be knitting the band encasing the elastic in a similar manner to an I-cord. You may lay it in the work and knit around it as I did (instructions below) or insert afterwards.
Hold the elastic behind the work and start knitting as for an I -cord. As you have not turned the work, you will draw the yarn across the back of all the stitches with the elastic in between. Knit across all stitches and, never turning, slide them back to the right end of the Dpn and knit again. Always remember to draw the yarn behind the elastic to encase it. The elastic will still be visible (see picture right) on the back. Work for 2″.

If you have not knitted around the elastic, insert it in the casing now. Using sewing needle and thread, sew elastic end to the finished side of the band, on to the last decrease row. Make sure you sew it very securely.

On the other side of the band: make provisional stitches live again and graph 6sts on each end together. Trim elastic end and sew it down securely. Using wool needle, sew in yarn ends.

There you are; You are now SUMMER ROYALTY ! Wear your Summer Sovereign headband and enjoy!

My Ravelry Pattern Page: Summer Sovereign Headband
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Questions or comments? Please contact Ash Kearns directly or join my Ravelry group, Ash Kearns Handknitting!



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