Gosh I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted a new knitting pattern! But I’m back at it and what I wanted to share with you was this simple, satisfying pattern that you can finish in an evening! The Minty morning headband features cabled edges, and a middle braided cable.
I only had a little bit of this colorway in Vanna’s Choice yarn left, so I knew I wanted to make something small. If you’re up for a quick, fun, fashionable project, let’s get started!
Using US Size 9 knitting needlles, CO. 28sts.
Row 1, 5: K6, P4, K8, P4, K6
Row 2, 4, 6, 8 : P6, K4, P8, K4, P6
Row 3: C6B, P4, K2, C6F, P4, C6F
Row 7: C6B, P4, C6B, K2, P4, C6F
Repeat pattern until headband measures about 17-19 inches, bind off, and sew seam. Enjoy!
And… If you’re looking for more patterns- I’ve just added a new hat pattern to my shop:
The Dottie Hat
The Dottie Hat features a light worsted yarn in a diagonal lace pattern. It’s comfy, cute, and perfect for transitioning into (or out of) winter!
I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.
I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!
I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!
Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!
The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!
What You Need
Yarn: 120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Colorways shown: Dusty Rose & Mustard
Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm) 16 inch (40cm) circular knitting needles and Double Pointed Needles
20 sts. & 22 rows = 4” in cable pattern
When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.
pm – place marker
K – Knit
P – Purl
C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)
ssk – slip slip knit
ssp – slip slip purl
Co 80 sts. onto circular needles, join in the round, pm
Repeat until brim measures 3”
Rounds 1, 5, 9, 21, 25, 29 and all even rounds: *K12, P2, K4, P2 around
Rounds 3, 7, 23, 27, 39:
*K12, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 11, 15, 19, 31, 35:
*K3, C6F, K3, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 13, 17, 33, 37:
*[C6B] twice, P2, K4, P2
Begin decrease rounds:
Switch to double pointed needles when circular needles become too difficult to work on during decrease rounds.
- *[K2, ssk] 3 times, P2, ssk, K2, ssp
- *K9, P2, K3, P1
- *[K1, ssk] 3 times, P1, ssp, K1, ssp
- *K6, P2, K1, P1
- *[ssk] 3 times, ssp, ssk
- *K3, P1, K1
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.
Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.
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Wow. I’m still amazed by how much this pattern looks like cables. This was one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever done and here’s why:
1. The pattern was easy to memorize (it’s just knits and purls!!)
2. I could knit this in front of the TV without looking at my knitting (the first time I’ve ever been able to do this)
3. I didn’t mess up once. (The first time this has ever happened.)
I’m so glad I discovered this stitch pattern on Knitting Unlimited! I can see turning this into a longer infinity scarf, fingerless gloves, maybe even a bag or pillow cover….
I think you’ll be addicted to this stitch pattern too as you knit through each row, you’ll start to see how deceptively simple it is. This cowl knitting pattern pairs nicely with a bold merlot, and your favorite binge-worthy show on Netflix.
Ready for the pattern?
Ok, ok, but first you will need:
Size 8US (5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular knitting needles
1 Skein Lion Brand Heartland
Co. 120 sts. & join in the round
In the round:
Rounds 1-4 : p2, k4 to end of round
Round 5: K2, *p2, k4, rep. from * until 4 sts. rem., p2, k2
Round 6: k2, p2, *k4, p2 rep from * until 2 sts. rem., k2
Round 7: Rep. row 5
Round 8: Rep. row 6
Rounds 9-12: k4, p2 to end of round
Rep. rows 1-12 until cowl measures about 12″ tall
Keep warm, and enjoy!
I call this one the “crown headband” because it’s so big, it kind of looks like a crown. Kind of a winter interpretation of the flower crown trend. It’s a really simple pattern, and is a great way to practice cables! I get compliments on mine a lot, and am currently knitting some in other colors as gifts (for myself).
Note: This pattern starts with a provisional cast on with waste yarn, and is finished with a 3 needle bind off. If you prefer to just sew the seams together at the end, then just cast normally with your working yarn.
Us Size 13 knitting needles
Cable needle or DPN
Darning needle for sewing seams and/or weaving in ends
waste yarn (you can just use some yarn from the skein of hometown USA, or use a contrasing color super bulky yarn to make it easier to see)
Lion Brand Thick n’ Quick
CO: Cast on
C6F: Cable 6 front (sl next 3 stitches to CN & hold in front, k 3, k3 from CN)
C6B: Cable 6 back (sl next 3 stitches onto cn & hold in back, k3, k3 from cn)
cn: cable needle
Provisional cast on 11 stitches with waste yarn, or if you prefer not to use the provisional cast on method, just cast on your stitches as normal, and you will sew your seam together at the end.
Row 1: K11
Row 2: k1 P9 K1
Row 3: k1 C6F (sl next 3 stitches to CN & hold in front, k 3, k3 from CN), k4
Row 4: k1 p9 k1
Row 5: k 11
Row 6: k1, p9, k1
Row 7: k4,C6B (sl next 3 stitches onto cn & hold in back, k3, k3 from cn), k1
Row 8: k1, p9, k1
Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length- (about 18-19 ” is good for a 20-21″ head, this headband will stretch when worn a couple times. )
Remove waste yarn, and place stitches on needle. Use 3 needle bind off to seam headband. You can watch a great video on how to do a 3 needle bind off here
. If you chose not to use the provisional cast on, then just sew the seams together.
Weave in ends and enjoy your crown, you’ve earned it!