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Cable Crochet Headband Pattern

Warm, cozy, and packed full of texture, this elegant cable crochet headband pattern is one for all the family.

In sizes from baby to adult with options to adjust the depth and a deceptively easy cable stitch repeat, you’ll have them made for everyone this season!

Made in rounds using 2 different cable stitches you’ll be amazed at how fast this one works up. A great stash buster and perfect for last minute crochet gifts.

Three crochet headbands with cable stitches laid on table with crochet hooks and pine cones.

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More about the cable crochet headband pattern

I’ve always loved working with crochet cable stitches and I often feel like they get a bad reputation for being a bit clumsy. I’m here to show you that they can be easy and elegant.

I love working post stitches into accessories like this cable headband but also into mitts like my Orchard cable mitts, or hats like my Neo Mint cable beanie, or even into home decor like my Cable Collection pillow cover.

Cables really add a certain something extra to a project and what better place to show them off than on your head?!

A crochet headband for me is such an easy win as they are quick, simple, hardly use any yarn and make such great gifts.

Shall we make some together?!

Woman looking down putting on crochet headband with cable stitches on it.

How do you crochet a cable headband like this?

The headbands are worked in rounds after creating a ring of foundation stitches to begin with.

The cable stitch repeat is only over 4 rounds and better yet – each alternate round is just single crochet stitches! Easy peasy.

You can see the 2 different cable techniques and stitches I’ve used here. One is over 6 stitches and the other just 2. They repeat all the way around the headband and once you find your rhythm with them you’ll have no trouble at all.

Hand holding up cable headband.

Yarn

To make my version of the cable crochet headband I used Brava Worsted, 100% acrylic, 208yds/100g, Category #4 weight.

You’ll need approximately 150yds of yearn for each headband.

I often get asked about ideas for alternative yarns and so here are some great options that I think will also give you a fabulous headband.

It’s really important to choose a yarn that has good stitch definition for the cable stitches but that is also warm and cosy of course.

Here are some that I think would work really well for this pattern in various price ranges:

Tension and Sizing

The crochet headband is sized for Baby, Child and Adult

The finished headbands measure: Baby 13.5″ by 2″, Child 16.75″ by 3″, Adult 20″ by 4″.

12 sts and 16 rounds measure 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″) over main set pattern using a 5.5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Video Tutorial

You can watch a full video tutorial for the cabled headband here:

Pattern Options

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Four images of crochet headband pattern.

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

sk – skip

rep – repeat

yoh – yarn over hook

blo – back loop only

FP – front post

BP – back post

Crochet Stitches

The stitches used are as follows:

sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)

hdc – half double crochet (UK htr – half treble crochet)

dc – double crochet (UK tr – treble crochet)

tr – treble crochet (UK dtr – double treble crochet)

Special Stitches

The headband uses 2 stunning crochet cable stitches that are worked in rounds. I really love crochet cables and feel like people are much more scared of them than they need to be!

I have quite a few other cable stitch crochet patterns that you might like to check out too if you’re a cable stitch lover:

For cable stitches you’ll need to know how to work around the front and the back of a post as follows:

Back Post Crochet Stitch

To work the back post, yarn over, reaching over top of the piece and working on opposite or right side of the work, insert the hook from right to left around vertical post of next stitch, yarn over and complete the stitch.

Front Post Crochet Stitch

To work the front post, yarn over, insert hook from front to back and to front again around the vertical post (upright part) of next st, yoh and draw yarn through, yoh and complete stitch.

Pattern Notes

A ch1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.

All post stitches are worked into the stitches 2 rounds below.

The pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.

Cream headband laid on top of brown and grey one.

Crochet Cable Headband Pattern

US Crochet Terminology

BABY SIZE: 2″ deep.

Row 1: fsc 40 stitches, taking care not to twist, ss to 1st st to form a ring [40] work in rounds now.

Round 1: ch1, sc in each st around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 2: ch1, *sc in next, skip 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working behind the 2 sts just made, FPtr in 2 skipped sts, FPdc in next 2, sc in next, FPdc in next 2; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 3: Rep Round 1.

Round 4: ch1, *sc in next, FPdc in next 2, skip next 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working in front of sts just made, FPtr in next 2, sc in next, skip next st, FPtr in next, working in front of the st just made, FPtr in skipped st; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 5: Rep Round 1.

Rounds 6-7: Repeat Rounds 2-3.

CHILD SIZE: 3″ deep

Row 1: fsc 50 stitches, taking care not to twist, ss to 1st st to form a ring [50] work in rounds now.

Round 1: ch1, sc in each st around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 2: ch1, *sc in next, skip 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working behind the 2 sts just made, FPtr in 2 skipped sts, FPdc in next 2, sc in next, FPdc in next 2; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 3: Rep Round 1.

Round 4: ch1, *sc in next, FPdc in next 2, skip next 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working in front of sts just made, FPtr in next 2, sc in next, skip next st, FPtr in next, working in front of the st just made, FPtr in skipped st; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 5: Rep Round 1.

Rounds 6-9: Repeat Rounds 2-5

Rounds 10-11: Repeat Rounds 2-3.

ADULT SIZE: 4″ deep

Row 1: fsc 60 stitches, taking care not to twist, ss to 1st st to form a ring [60] work in rounds now.

Round 1: ch1, sc in each st around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 2: ch1, *sc in next, skip 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working behind the 2 sts just made, FPtr in 2 skipped sts, FPdc in next 2, sc in next, FPdc in next 2; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 3: Rep Round 1.

Round 4: ch1, *sc in next, FPdc in next 2, skip next 2 sts, FPtr in next 2, working in front of sts just made, FPtr in next 2, sc in next, skip next st, FPtr in next, working in front of the st just made, FPtr in skipped st; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 5: Rep Round 1.

Rounds 6-13: Repeat Rounds 2-5

Rounds 14-15: Repeat Rounds 2-3.

Round 16: Rep Round 1.

TO FINISH

Weave in ends and block to measurements.

Woman smiling wearing cable crochet headband pattern.

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Rita Miller

Sunday 13th of November 2022

Also R4 for all sizes should end with "skip next st, FPtr in next, working in front of the st just made, FPtr in skipped st, rep from * around" (you have "working behind" but the video shows working in front of).

HanJan Crochet

Monday 14th of November 2022

You are right! So sorry for the slip up :) I've just fixed it all :)

Rita Miller

Sunday 13th of November 2022

On the US Terms page, under Child and Adult size, your Row 1 says fdc instead of fsc. And your round 1 says dc instead of sc.

HanJan Crochet

Monday 14th of November 2022

Hi Rita! Thanks so much for spotting the silly typos - I've just fixed them all :)