In today’s tutorial, a quick and easy project (it takes less than two hours), with amazing results: A braided headband or diadem (ideal for knitting during what I like to call “the great kerfuffle”, like the beautiful Easy Slippers in 3 sizes (knitted in Garter stitch and using straight needles) from last week, or the Super Easy French Beret (using also straight needles and Stockinette stitch) from the previous week.
You’ll learn how to knit a braid from scratch, step by step, and how to join the opposite sides seamlessly, using the grafting technique, perfect for all you knitters that don’t like visible seams!
This braided headband is a very flexible design, you can use the needles and yarn you have on hand; the only aspect you need to know is the thinner the yarn and the smaller the needles, the narrower and shorter the headband is going to be (it means that more rows are required to reach the length you want).
Let’s get started!
Super important: The softer the yarn, the better 😉
As we are knitting a braid, and it’s a tight fabric, it’s ok to use 1 needle size less than the recommended on the label
Or even a third needle, a hair pin or clip
Tapestry needle, scissors, and measurement tape
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side of the work
cn: Cable needle
How to knit a braided headband
Note: The odd rows form the wrong side of the pattern, and they will be always plain purl rows.
CO 15 st and knit 3 rows as follows:
1º, 3º, 5º, 7º rows: P across
2º and 6º row (RS): K across
4º row (left cross): Pass 5 st onto the cn and hold in front. K5 (from the left-hand needle), pass 5 st (from the cn) onto the left-hand needle, and knit them, ending with K5.
8º row (right cross): K5, pass 5 st onto the cn and hold in back, K5 (from the left-hand needle), pass 5 st (from the cn) onto the left-hand needle, and knit them.
These eight rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached (head circumference), stretching it a little bit, so it’s not too long. The idea is to get a snug headband, because the yarn will relax/ stretch over time.
For continuity, try to finish after knitting a row 8. Cut the yarn leaving an 8 in / 20 cm tail approximately.
My braided headband has 64 rows in total (8 rows * 8 times).
Place the work facing the wrong side, and thread the tapestry needle using the tail. Bring the other bottom edge and place it in front of the knitting needle.
Pass the tapestry needle through the first st knitwise; don’t drop it.
Then, pass the tapestry needle below the first st from the bottom edge (below the most exterior “v”). Now pass the tapestry needle through the first st purlwise. Drop the st, and pass the tapestry needle through the next st knitwise. Don’t drop it.
And again, pass the tapestry needle below the first st from the bottom edge (below the most exterior “v”).
From now on, the steps will be repeated (follow the rhythm 😉 … Repeat after me:
“Purl wise and drop, Knit wise and don’t drop, below the “v””…. and repeat, until the last st.
Weave in the ends, and you’ve finished a new braided headband!
Ok, it’s time to watch the video:
I hope you like it, and that it helps take your mind off everything that it’s going on at the moment…
Keep safe, and happy knitting!
Carolina – So Woolly