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Day 6 : Crossing Pathways Cable Knit Stitch : #21daysofcableknitstitches

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Welcome to Day 6 of the 21 Days of Cable Knit Stitches Series!

This is an interesting cable stitch! It uses knit & purl stitches and you slip stitches from the left side of the cable needle. What?! I almost didn’t learn this stitch because the instructions were so “complicated.” Once you watch the video you’ll be like “Oh, that’s it, that’s not so scary!” Well, at least that’s what I hope you’ll say. :)


  • Size US 11 {8mm} Knitting Needles
  • Approximately 75 Yards {68m} of a Super Bulky Yarn
  • {I used Big Wool by Rowan}
  • Cable Needle


  • The CO edge is the width.
  • You can use any category of yarn you’d like, just keep in mind that the thinner the yarn, the narrower your headband.

Video Tutorial:

*Check out some of my other Cable Knit Stitches.

Headband Pattern, Knit Flat, Back & Forth:

  • CO 16 STS
  • Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 {WS}: K1TBL, [K2, P2] x3, K2, K1TBL
  • Rows 2, 6, 8, 12 {RS}: WYIF S1PW, [P2, K2] x3, P2, WYIF S1PW
  • Row 4 {RS}: WYIF S1PW, P2, T6LR, P2, K2, P2, WYIF S1PW
  • Row 10 {RS}: WYIF S1PW, P2, K2, P2, T6LR, P2, WYIF S1PW
  • Repeat rows 1 – 12 until it’s about 18” {46cm} long, or desired length
  • To End:
  • Repeat rows 1 & 2
  • BO in the row 3 pattern
  • Sew the CO & BO edges together
  • {To see how I do it, watch my video: How to Sew the Seam on a Headband}


swatch of cable knit stitch


swatch of cable knit stitch


  • * – * – repeat between * to end of round
  • BO – bind-off in pattern
  • CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
  • K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
  • K1TBL – knit 1 stitch through the back loop
  • P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
  • RS – right side of work
  • S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
  • STS – stitches
  • T6LR – twist 6 left rib – slip 4 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, knit the next 2 stitches off your left hand needle, slip 2 purl sts from cable needle back onto your left hand needle and purl them and then knit 2 stitches off the cable needle
  • WS – wrong side of work
  • WYIF – with yarn in front
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