A warm & reversible pattern for a knitted headband in cashmere yarn with beautiful Fair Isle details.
Everything was different this year but that certainly didn’t keep me from knitting presents for Christmas. Both my parents are really active. They love cross-country skiing and that’s why I came up with this headband knitting pattern to create a unique pair for the two of them.
And since sharing is caring (now more than ever!), I decided to put it up here on my blog for free so you can all knit one for yourself as well. Especially, as so many of you requested it on my Instagram page.
I wanted something really special for my mum and dad. So, I went for a luxurious cashmere yarn (you’ll only need 35 grams). The pattern, however, is so universal, I’m sure you will be able to knit with a different yarn without a problem.
To make it even easier for you, I recorded a video and put it on youtube so you can knit along. This part was trickier than I thought it would be. So, make sure to comment on the video in case you would like me to do this for more of my patterns.
I knew I wanted to embellish the headbands with a bit of traditional Fair Isle/stranded knitting. The inside of the headband is just simple ribbing. This provides some nice grip, a layer of extra warmth, and helps to hide the floats of the colorwork. In fact, as there are no visible seams, this headband is fully reversible and you could wear it inside out as well.
Sounds too perfect to be true? Well, I do have to mention that you will need 3 different needle sets to finish the headband. Stockinette stitch, ribbing, and Fair Isle all have different ease. So, if you want to maintain the same elasticity across the whole headband, you can either add increases or switch needle sizes. I picked the latter as it looks a bit neater.
If you already have an interchangeable knitting needle set, this will probably be no big deal. And if not, then this knitting pattern is probably the best example of why it makes so much sense to own one. I got a huge list of the best knitting tools every knitter needs here on my blog. So many of them are optional but interchangeable knitting needles really will open up so many more choices.
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Materials you will need for the Cashmere headband:
- Around 35 grams (155 meters/370 yards) of yarn for needles size 3.00 mm; I used two skeins of the Pascuali Filati Bio Cashmere 6/28 in black & grey (and natural/rust for the second one)
- Circular or Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.50, 3.00, and 3.50 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Set or the Karbonz DPNS because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
- A tapestry needle and scissors.
- A crochet hook (for the provisional cast-on)
- A Knitting Thimble (for the fair isle section)
- Measuring tape
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Most of this headband is knit in pure stockinette stitch. The inside of the hem is a simple 1×1 rib. So, I feel this knitting pattern is quite accessible for intermediate beginners. Possibly the only tricky part is the provisional cast on and the three-needles bind-off. But that’s just two rows and if you watch my tutorials it will be easy.
- K = knit
- P = purl
- p2tog = purl two together
- The Kitchener Stitch
- A variation of the three-needles bind off
- ….And a provisional cast on of your choice
While the pdf will provide you with detailed step-by-step written instructions, and there is even the video available, you will need to know how to read charts for the Fair Isle section. But that part is super simple. Big promise!
But like I said above: It doesn’t really matter if you are knitting this headband with dpns or circulars. Pick whatever suits you best. Personally speaking, I prefer dpns. But when it comes to Fair Isle, I actually find it easier to manage the floats on circular needles (only two gaps to bridge).
Now, go download the pattern and it will all make sense to you. The pdf is 8 pages and really detailed.