Free Pattern – Reversible Cables Headband

Get 2 looks from one headband! Wear it one way for 2 cables with a decorative edge. Turn it round the other way and you have 3 cables. Which side is your favorite?

Reversible cables headband - free knitting pattern on Stitches n Scraps

The reversible effect is created by working cables on both sides of the work, but the actual cables are simple and work up quickly. This headband can be made to any length.

Finishing Touches KAL

I designed this pattern for the Finishing Touches KAL. This year long event is broken into 4 sections and this pattern is for the 2nd section, which is headwear. There are some great prizes for each of the 4 sections, thanks to our generous sponsors. See all the details, including the giveaway entry information and links to the other patterns, in the main KAL post on Underground Crafter. Be sure to join in all the fun on the KAL Corner Knitting Facebook group too.

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Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn

Lion Brand had sent me some free Vanna’s Choice Yarn for our Harmony Blanket KAL last year. I used some of the leftovers from that to make this headband.

Vanna’s Choice is a worsted, acrylic yarn that comes in an amazing array of colors. It’s soft, and easy to work with too. I’ve used it a lot, so I have little balls of leftovers in about 15 or 16 different colors now. They’re great for small projects like this one.

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Reversible Cables Headband


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Project Level:

Intermediate – Basic cables worked on both sides of the fabric. Slip stitch selvedge.


About 20 inches circumference. Can be adjusted to any length / circumference.


13 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch. Exact gauge is not critical. Use pattern as gauge – after row 20, work should measure about 3 inches long.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip purlwise with yarn in front
  • m1 = make 1 (increase)
  • k2tog = knit 2 together
  • RT = right twist (see special stitches)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)

Recommended Resources:

Special Stitch:

Right Twist (RT): Knit the 2nd stitch, then knit the first stitch, then remove both stitches from the left needle (right needle, if you’re left handed).

This stitch is also referred to as 1/1 RC (1 over 1, right crossing cable).


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Cast on 8 stitches with a provisional cast on, using waste yarn.

There are many ways to do a provisional cast on with waste yarn. I’ve linked to several options in the Recommended Resources section, and any of those are fine. I usually just do a knitted cast on entirely with waste yarn as that’s easy enough to unpick later.

Whichever method you use, you will be removing the waste yarn at the end so that the live stitches are exposed.

Garter Stitch

Rows 1-10: K


Row 11: (increase row): K 1, (k 1, m 1) 6 times, sl 1. (14 sts)

Row 12: K 4, (p2, k 2) twice, k 1, sl 1.

Row 13 (cable row): K 2, (p 2, RT) twice, p 2, k 1, sl 1.

Row 14 (cable row): K 2, (RT, p 2) twice, RT, k 1, sl 1.

Row 15: (K 2, p 2) 3 times, k 1, sl 1.

Row 16: K 4, (p2, k 2) twice, k 1, sl 1.

Rows 17-18: Repeat rows 15-16.

Repeat rows 13-18 until you reach about 17 inches from beginning (or 3 inches less than desired length).

Repeat rows 13-15 once more.

Decrease row: K 1, k2tog 6 times, sl 1. (8 sts)

Reversible cables headband - free knitting pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Garter Stitch

Rows 1-10: K

Joining / Finishing

Check size before joining, add or remove rows in garter stitch section as needed.

Remove provisional cast on and place live stitches onto empty needle.

Graft the two ends together using the kitchener stitch.

Weave in all ends.

Wash and block.


Reversible Cables Headband Chart - free pattern on Stitches n Scraps

I hope you enjoy the pattern!

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