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My Favorite Cable Headband - Knitting Pattern

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free version of this pattern is available for free on my blog. Learn all about this pattern in the design overview video.


When I got back into knitting (in 2018), I created this pattern and continued to alter it until I was really happy with the headband for myself. When I started selling knitted goods on Etsy, I continued to alter the pattern to fit a larger range of sizes. I love this cozy design so much that now I’m going to share my secret with you!

This is a fun, quick knit that creates a cozy, warm ear warmer headband. I love to wear mine in all types of chilly weather! They are perfect for spring and fall walks, and even for the winter when you don’t want to wear a hat! Your yarn type will be the primary factor determining how warm your ear warmer will be. This pattern is available in sizes baby through large adult.

This pattern includes both written instructions and charted instructions. I recommend knitting the size that provides 1-3 inches (2-8 cm) of negative ease, depending on the stretchability of your yarn.

For the free version of this pattern, visit my free knitting pattern blog post here. For a behind-the-scenes look at my design inspiration, and for yarn and color recommendations for knitting this pattern, be sure to check out this blog post!


Baby/Toddler (Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
Circumference: 13 (15, 18, 20, 23) in / 33 (38, 46, 51, 58) cm
Width: 2.5 (3, 3, 3, 3.5) in / 6 (8, 8, 8, 9) cm


30 (35, 60, 65, 75) yds / 30 (35, 55, 60, 70) m, 20 (30, 50, 55, 65) grams Bulky Yarn
Shown in Loops & Threads Charisma yarn, which is on the denser end of bulky yarns.


12 stitches, 16 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch


6.5 mm (US size 10.5) needles, minimum 10 in (25 cm)
Cable needle, or something to hold cable stitches on
Darning needle
Tape Measure


This pattern uses knit, purl, cable stitches. It is a great pattern for a beginner knitter who is excited to learn how to cable. The pattern is worked flat. You can choose to cast on and bind off as normal and then seam your ends together, or you may choose to use a provisional cast on and bind off using the kitchener stitch.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my test knitters who used the time to provide feedback on this pattern design! This pattern was tech edited by Kobi Paine.

What the test knitters had to say about the pattern:

“Easy knit”
“Love the finished product!”
“Fun, easy pattern to do and easy to memorize”

Please do not copy, share, or distribute this pattern, as this pattern design is property of Snickerdoodle Knits. You are welcome to sell the knits that you make using this pattern, but I do ask that you provide credit to Snickerdoodle Knits for the pattern and that you link our pattern on Ravelry when you are selling online. Thank you so much for understanding and for your support!

I am happy to help with any questions or concerns that you may have! Feel free to message me (my contact info is on the pattern) with your questions and feedback.

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