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Monday, March 31, 2014

Crochet Cable Headband Easy fit - Free crochet Pattern with Tutorial

The "Cable Headband Easy Fit" is a pretty and stretchy cable headband with elastic at the back.
The step by step picture tutorial will show you how to work the cable pattern.


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Size availableThe pattern is written for adult women size, but you can adjust for smaller sizes by making fewer rows of cables. It depends also of the elasticity of the elastic band you'll use. Measure the headband length as you go, for a perfect fit.



Materials used:
- Red Heart Shimmer yarn, approx. 50 g
- crochet hook size 3.5 mm
- crochet hook size 4 mm
- 1 elastic band
- tapestry needle
- scissors

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Stitches, terms (US) and abbreviations used:
- sc: single crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- fpdc: front post double crochet
- bpdc: back post double crochet
- fptr: front post triple crochet
- sk:skip
- st: stitch
- yo: yarn over
- dc inc: double crochet increase:
a) at the beginning of the rows= ch3 (count as the first dc) and 1dc into same st;
b) at the end of the rows: work 2 dc into same st.
- dc dec: double crochet decrease:
a) at the beginning of the rows: start the decrease rows with ch 2 that does not count as a stitch and work the decrease over very first st and the second st;
b) at the end of the rows: decrease the last 2 stitches, working them together.
- ssc: Standing Single Crochet = wrap yarn around hook ones; while holding the yarn tail with the other hand, insert hook in the stitch indicated in the pattern, yo, pull up a loop, yo over and pull through both loops on hook.
- csdc = Chainless Starting Double Crochet - see the Video Tutorial by Moogly

Notes:
  • Because the cable rows are much more narrow as the rows worked only with dc stitches it is important to use 2 different hook sizes, a smaller hook size for the simple dc rows and a larger hook size for the cable rows!
  • At the beginning of the rows with increases i used the Chainless Starting Double Crochet stitch. If you don't master the standing double crochet, you can replace it with ch3, but you will have small holes in your work.
  • In the rows with cables, the rows will start with ch 2 that will be counted as a hdc stitch and the rows will end with a hdc made into the top of ch2.
  • The decrease rows will start with ch2, that will not be counted as a stitch and you'll decrease the very first stitch and the second stitch. 

Don't worry if the sides of the headband start curling, after wearing the headband stretched on the head, it will look good!

Pattern:
Take the elastic band; we will cast on directly on the elastic. 
(See the step by step pictures in the photo collage from my Thread Headband Pattern )
Row 1: Using a 3,5 mm crochet hook, begin with a standing single crochet around the elastic band. Working over the yarn tail, make 5 sc more around the elastic band, turn (6 sts total)
Row 2: ch3, 1dc in each of the next 5sts, turn (6 sts)
Increase rows:
Start the rows with chainless starting dc. I wrote the pattern with ch3 at the beginning of rows.

Row 3 : ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc in each of next 4sts, 2 dc into last st; turn. (8 sts)
Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, 2 dc into last st; turn. (10 sts)
Row 5: ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts, 2 dc into last st; turn. (12 sts)
Row 6: ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc in each of next 10 sts, 2 dc into last st; turn (14 sts)
Row 7: ch 3, 1 dc into same st, 1 dc in each of next 12 sts, 2 dc into last st; turn (16 sts)
Row 8: ch3, 1 dc into each st across; turn (16 sts)

Row 9: (Wrong side of headband) 

Switch to hook size 4 mm!

ch2, 1 fpdc round each of next 3sts, 1 bpdc round each of next 8sts, 1fpdc round each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc into top of last st. Turn. (16 sts)




Row 10: (Right side)

ch2, 1 bpdc round each of next 3 sts, sk next 2 sts, 1 fptr round each of next 2 sts; going behind the 2 fptr made, work 1 dc into each of 2 sts just skipped; sk 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts; going in front of last 2 dc just made, work 1 fptr round each of 2 sts just skipped, 1 bpdc round next 3 sts, 1 hdc into top of ch2. Turn.


Row 11: ch2, 1 fpdc round each of next 3 sts, 1 bpdc round each of next 8 sts, 1 fpdc round each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc into top of ch2. Turn.




Rows 12- 36: Repeat as rows 10 - 11. You'll have 13 cables total.

The first 2 cables.
Decrease rows:
Switch back to hook size 3,5 mm!
Row 37: ch 2 (does not count as st), 1dc dec, 1 dc into each of next 12 sts, 1dc dec ; turn. (14 sts)
Row 38: ch 2, 1dc dec, 1 dc into each of next 10 sts, 1dc dec ; turn. (12 sts)
Row 39: ch 2, 1dc dec, 1 dc into each of next 8 sts, 1dc dec ; turn. (10 sts)
Row 40: ch 2, 1dc dec, 1 dc into each of next 6 sts, 1dc dec ; turn. (8 sts)
Row 41: ch 2, 1dc dec, 1 dc into each of next 4 sts, 1dc dec ; turn. (6 sts)

Casting again on the elastic band:

Fold the headband in half. Turn the headband with the elastic in front of you. Ch1, work around the elastic band 1 sc into each of the 6 dc of previous row.Spin the edges of the stitches to the inside, for a nice, finished look. Secure by sewing the last row with the previous row. (You can see these steps also in the tutorial Thread Headband)

Joining the center of the elastic band:
Right in the center of the elastic band, make 1 standing single crochet around both sides of the elastic band and than 5 sc more around both sides. 
Cut yarn. Fasten off. 
Hide the edges of the stitches to the inside. Sew the yarn tails.



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Written pattern and pictures copyright Kinga Erdem 2014. 
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