My Headband Inspired By Debbie Bliss, With Free Knitting Pattern!


I have never knitted small projects, always preferring the bigger, more satisfying stuff, like sweaters and cardigans.  However, after sewing so much recently, I was inclined to indulge in some small and fast projects, for some instant gratification.

Upon completing my Debbie Bliss Taking A Break sweater (see previous knitting blog) I had a hank of wool left over. What was I going to do with it?  

I would normally put it away in my cupboard for a rainy day, but I have vowed not to waste my wool anymore. 

I feared that if I began a project such as gloves or a bag of some kind, I might find myself running out of yarn. So, I decided to take my chances with a headband.  Nothing too complicated; and something which would undoubtedly prove practical.

I like the way that the headband can be worn two ways, I have a feeling that knitting these could become addictive!


It would be a simple task to create my own pattern, based on the jumper that I had just completed, and for which it was intended to accessorise. 

Once I settled on an approximate width, I worked out which combination of pattern panels would fit. A simple & quick task: this was fun and easy knitting! 

All I had to do now was to keep knitting until my headband fitted me. What could be easier than that?  Upon completing the headband, I looked on Pinterest for tips on how to form the twist, when it was sewed together. It’s simple when you know how! 

And so here it is: my first headband, and definitely not my last. 

For anyone that would like to make it for themself, here is the pattern, as a little gift from me. 

Happy knitting!

Michele x


5 mm knitting needles + cable needle

1 x Hank Aran-weight wool (I used Rowan Magpie)

Tension 17-18 stitches to 23-25 rows (10 cm / 4” square) 

Using 5 mm needles cast on 28 stitches

1st row 

(K1, P1) 2 P1, K4, P1, K8, P1, K4, P1, (K1, P1)2

2nd row

(K1, P1) 2 K1, P4, K1, P8, K 1, P4, K1, (K1, P1) 2

3rd row

(P1, K1) 2 P1, C4F, P1, C4B, C4F, P1, C4F, P1, (P1, K1) 2

4th row

(P1, K1) 2 K1, P4, K1, P8, K1, P4, k1 (P1, K1) 2

These four rows form the cable. Keep knitting for approximately 22-24” / 56-61cm or when the headband feels comfortable for you. Cast-off in pattern.

To finish, you can simply join the band in the normal manner or add a twist 

To learn how to make the twist, I followed instruction by Mirella Moments. Here is a link to her tutorial.


C4B = slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle.

C4F = slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle. 

My perfectly accessorised Taking A Break sweater

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