Monday, January 30, 2012

Heart to Heart

My friend Polly's birthday is Valentine's day. I've been wanting to make her a heart headband for a long time. Since it is a small project, I thought I could manage creating my own pattern. This is what I came up with. Scroll down for pattern.

Approx 90 yards worsted weight yarn
Size 8 straight needles
Size 8 double pointed needles

Gauge: Not important

m1 - make one
kfb - knit into the front and back
pfb - purl into the front and back
ssp - slip, slip, purl
p2tog- purl 2 together
sts - stitches

If you would like a thinner I-cord, you may use smaller DPN’s. I used size 4.

Cable pattern

2 st RC (WS) Sl1 st to cn and hold to RS of work, K1, K1 from cn
2 st LC (WS) Sl 1 st to cn and hold to WS of work, K1, k1 from cn
2-st RPC sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k1, p1 from cn
2-st LPC sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, p1, k1 from cn
3-st RC sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k2, k1 from cn
3-st LC sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k1, k2 from cn
3-st RPC sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k2, p1 from cn
3-st LPC sl 2 st to ch and hold to front, p1, k2 from cn
4-st LC sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn

Row 1: k1, m1 right leaning, kfb, M1 left leaning - 6 sts on needle
Row 2 and all even rows: purl all sts
Row 3: k1, m1 right leaning, k to last 2 sts, m1 left leaning, K1
Repeat rows 2 and 3 five more times, 18 sts on needle
Next Row: purl across

Begin Cable Pattern
Set-up row: (WS) p2,k5, p4, k5,p2
Row 1: (RS) k2,p5, 4-st LC, p5, k2
Row 2: p2, k5, p4, k5, p2
Row 3: k2, p4, 3-st RC, 3-st LC, p4, k2
Row 4: p2, k4, p6, k4, p2
Row 5: k2, p3, 3-st RPC, k2, 3-st LPC, p3, k2
Row 6: p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k3, p2
Row 7: k2, p2, 3-st RPC, k4, 3-st LPC, p2, k2
Row 8: p2, k2, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k2, p2
Row 9: k2 p1, 3-st RPC (twice), 3-st LPC (twice), p1, k2
Row 10: p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2
Row 11: k2, 3-st RPC (twice), p2, 3-st LPC (twice), k2
Row 12: p4, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1 p4
Row 13: k3, 2-st LPC, 3-st LPC, p2, 3-st RPC, 2-st RPC, k3
Row 14: p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 15: k3, p1, 2-st LPC, 3-st LPC, 3-st RPC, 2-st RPC, p1, k3
Row 16: p3, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1 p1, k2, p3
Row 17: k2, 2-st LPC, 2-st RPC, p1, 4-st LC, p1, 2-st LPC, 2-st RPC,k2
Row 18: p2, k1, 2-st RC, k2, p4, k2, 2-st LC, k1, p2

Repeat rows 1-18 three more times

Finishing row: k2, p5, k4, p5, k2

Row 1: ssk, k across, k2 tog
Row 2: and all even rows, purl all sts
Repeat rows 1 and 2 five more times - 6 sts on the needle
Next Row: ssk, k 2 tog (twice) - 3 sts on needle

Transfer sts to dpn, work in I-cord for 8 inches, break yarn and draw through sts, pull tight, weave in ends

Here it is pre-blocking.


  1. hey, i really like your headband pattern and i badly wanna make one. unfortunately, i don't really get your instructions. can you make a video of it instead? i would really appreciate it. thanks!

  2. Hi Jean Claire,
    Unfortunately, I don't have a video camera. Plus, I'm not big on knitting the same project more than once. However, if you let me know what part of instructions you are confused about maybe I can explain it. I'm glad you like the headband!