DIY – Cabled head band / ear warmer

One of my goals fro 2015 was to challenge myself with adding the daunting skill of cabling to my knitting. It’s always looked really complicated – extra double-pointed needles, stitches hanging here and there… GULP.

In 2014 I learned a lot of new stitches, and became pretty good at reading patterns and recognizing the different abbreviations. So I decided if I could learn all those, it was time . . .cable stitches, here I come!

Last night I broke out the DP needles and got to work on a new pattern that I found on Ravelry. Nothing crazy, but a good introduction to cabling and it was for something I’ve been wanting for the last few weeks – an ear warmer/head band. I hate having to wear a hat to work and then have hat hair all day, but it’s been pretty windy and cold which sure does make my ears hurt!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here:  https://sites.google.com/site/knittedthings/irishhikingearwarmers

I used the size 8 (5.0mm) needles recommended for the pattern, although my only cabling needles (for now!) are size 9 (6.0mm) but it worked out just fine. I also used Lion’s Brand Fisherman’s Wool, which is one of my favorite yarns to work with. I was able to whip up this adorable headband in about an hour, not bad for my first go at cabling, and I couldn’t have picked a better night to finally get it done — it was SO cold and windy today, and this not only kept my ears toasty and warm, but looks cute as a headband when I pushed it back behind my ears.

earwarmer1 earwarmer2

I definitely recommend using this pattern if you are new to cabling too, it was easy to follow and came out amazing, I’m so happy! I’ll be looking for new projects to do that can continue to build by cabling skills this year! =)

Don’t knit? Want me to do the work for you? Cabled headbands are available in my Etsy shop!

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