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Free Pattern: Twisted Turban

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So, I know that most of the time when I post a knitting pattern, it is usually very simple and for beginners. Last winter, I posted one for a knitted turban style headband, where you kind of “faked” a cable knit. It turned out really well, and I still use the pattern today. However, I do want to show you an easy way you can still get that lovely twist in your work, without literally twisting it like in my last pattern. At first glance, it looks complicated for a beginner. But I PROMISE you that it isn’t. It does take concentration and patience, but the end result is totally worth it.

Before I go any further, this is a pattern for straight needles. I wouldn’t have a clue how to do this on circular needles 🙂 But, feel free to use double pointed needles, because this would actually be a great pattern for that!

Pattern:
(Chunky weight yarn and size US 13 needles)

  • Cast on 14 stitches
  • Knit every row until your work measures about 6.5 inches.

 The “Twist”

  • Knit the first 6 stitches, and place them on a holder
  • With 8 stitches left on your needle, cast off 2 stitches, then knit the last 6 stitches.
  • Keep knitting the last 6 stitches until they measure about 4 inches.
  • Now, break your yarn, leaving about a 6 inch tail, and place these stitches on a holder.
    (You will later use this tail to secure your twist)
  • Next, you will pick up your first 6 stitches, and knit until you reach 4 inches, the same length as the last 6 stitches.
  • Now for the twist, take the last 6 stitches and diagonally bring them up in front of the first 6 stitches. Just cross them right over.
  • Your stitches have now switched places. The last 6 stitches will now become the first stitches that you will knit again, and the first 6 stitches will become the last stitches you will knit.
  • Slide your needle through all 12 stitches

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  Finish It

  • With all 12 stitches on your needle, knit the first 5 stitches.
  • When you get to the 6th stitch, increase 1 knit wise.
  • Do the same thing on the following stitch.
    (So, increase 1 each on stitches 6 and 7)
  • Now you should have increase by 2 stitches, which brings you back to a total of 14.
  • Knit for about 6.5 inches, just like the first half, and cast off.
  • Take your yarn tail that you have from breaking the yarn earlier, and gently sew that twist together in the middle. Be cautious of how you place your yarn, or it could potentially be noticeable in the front. Weave in the ends.
  • Turn your work inside out, sew the ends together to create a seam.
  • Turn right side out, and you’re done!

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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!

Pattern:

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!

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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!