Wake and Whimsy

Knitted Turban Headband


To be honest, I haven’t really been knitting for a very long time at all. I’m somewhere between beginner and intermediate. While I cannot wait to be able to learn more advanced techniques, I simply just don’t have the time to sit down and learn them. Being a mommy to two little girls keeps me pretty busy, so most of my knitting time is spent trying to figure out a way to make those really confusing projects a little more simple.

The other day I saw a pattern for this beautiful knitted turban headband, and immediately knew I wanted to try it. But unfortunately it required me to cable knit, which is still a little daunting to me, and I didn’t understand the pattern at all. I will eventually YouTube how to cable knit, but in the mean time, I have come up with a way to fake it.

So, whether you are a beginner or an advanced knitter, you can definitely do this. Here is how to knit a turban style headband…the easy way!


I used semi-chunky yarn, and size 13 US needles.

Cast on 16-20 stitches. (If you use smaller needles, you can cast on more just as long as it is a multiple of 4)

Knit 2, purl 2 continuously for every row, from beginning to end.

Keep knitting until you reach your desired length. Be careful not to knit it too long, because you want it to actually stretch around your head and fit just a little snug.

Bind off.

Here comes the fun part!

Once you bind off, lay your work flat, and simply just twist it one time in the middle.

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

It’s okay to let the wrong side of your work show, because both sides end up looking exactly the same. Once you have it twisted in the right spot and looking the way you want, you will carefully sew it in place. Just use the same yarn, and a yarn needle, and enter first from the back. Be careful about where you sew it, because it can be really obvious. I just sewed mine in very small stitches around the edges of the “twist”. Once I felt like it was secure, I tied the sewing yarn in a small knot in the back, and cut off the excess.

Now that your “twist” is securely in place, you are going to flip your work over so that the twist is on the inside, and sew the ends of your work together to create a seam. Lastly, you will turn the whole thing right side out, and you are finished!

Here are some pictures of what it looks like on. My photographer, a.k.a. my husband, didn’t get a snow day like the rest of us, so I had to take these myself!


It doesn’t look exactly like a cable knit, but I still think it works great.

So, there you have it: an adorable, knitted turban headband…the EASY way!


27 thoughts on “Knitted Turban Headband

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  2. That’s cute! I like it…

  3. Really love the headband. My daughter thinks it is pretty neat too. Seems as though it is something that will keep the ears warm when our winters in Duluth get colder again. Thanks.

  4. Looks great I am going to make 1, I have already made your boot cuffs & love them..

  5. Hey! Thank you for this pattern….I want to try it!
    However, I’m using this other pattern (of yours)….
    Do you have a way to somehow combine the two patterns (e.g. Twisting that one+adding the knot)?
    Thanks so much,

  6. Hello that is a lovely pattern, I am 52 yrs married, still knitting and do for the schools for children in need, women shelters, and for MY friends, this is a great one to try, thank you and the photos are just WONDERFUL. hats off to him. keep up the good work you are just great
    Beverley Wentzell 106-331 Lacewood Drive Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S-1K6

  7. HI! I don’t understand your directions where you say “knit 2” is that 2 rows? or just 2 stitches? It sounds like every row is purl? is that correct? Or am I knitting 2 rows and then purling 2 rows?

    • Hi! You will be knitting 2 stitches and then purling 2 stitches and then knitting 2 stitches then purling 2 stitches, etc. You do this continuously throughout the entire project. I hope that helps πŸ™‚

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  9. FINALLY! I, too, could learn new and complicated stitches, but I like to find peace through knitting and I like getting things done. This is PERFECT!! Thank you! I’m all in on the faux!! Love finding beautiful projects that are simple. Thank you!! And a wonderful way to use up “scrap” yarn. WhooHoo!!

  10. The cable is really rather easy. You just need a stitch holder to carry the stitches to the back or front.
    Where can I find the pattern with the cable?

    • Lola, I don’t have a pattern with the cable, which is kind of the point of this post πŸ™‚ but if you do know how to cable knit, it shouldn’t be hard to find a pattern. I’m sure allfreeknitting.com has several that are great. Sorry I can’t help you in that department!

  11. I’ve been knitting for over fifty years, and this is adorable, and very clever. Just shows you don’t have to be an expert to make something fashionable.

  12. another pattern i needed thank you i love

  13. Alicia, thanks. What a fun and quick project. I’m going to post on Facebook and start working on some for my friends for net Christmas.

  14. Alicia, thank you for the pattern. Gotta love turbans and all turban-like accessories! πŸ™‚
    I would make a suggestion (for somewhat experienced knitters though) to make and invisible seam at the back. Or, perhaps, use a button/hole or velcro closure.

    Your rosy cheeks look very wintery! :)))

  15. Could you add more twists if you knitted it longer?

  16. A stylish, practical pattern. This is a headband I would enjoy making, wearing and giving as gifts. Clever idea! Thank you.

  17. Very very clever! I’ll try it

  18. Awesome idea!!!! I have yet to learn cabling and as you do, find it daunting. This is a great addition to my headband collection! !!!!


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