Twisted Knit Headband

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Pictures of this twisted headband do not do it enough justice. It is so warm and squishy, you are going to have to knit it for yourself to just see how awesome this ear warmer is.

This ear warmer is perfect for those who love to wear their hair up. It’s thick and chunky giving it the warmth of a hat without having to worry about messing up your hair-do. Hellooo perfect headband for the mom bun!

You can purchase the inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this twisted headband on Etsy here or on Ravelry here

Twisted Knit Ear Warmer
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Once you cast on your stitches, you are going to purl the first row to set up your stitches for the pattern

knitted ribbed twisted ear warmer

You will be knitting through the stitch below to create a super squishy rib stitch. The fisherman’s rib.
You want to make sure you are putting your needle right through the face of the stitch below. As shown in the picture.

Ribbed twisted headband

Decide what length you want the headband. If you are knitting it for an adult the average adult head circumference is 21”-22”. I find that this stitch construction has a lot of stretch so, I knit the headband to the length of 20”

When you get halfway (about 10”-10.5”) you will work the cable (the twist in the ear warmer)
Slip the first 6 stitches from the left-hand needle onto a cable needle. Loosely hang the cable needle with those 6 stitches to the back of your work.

cable knitted ear warmer

Continue the pattern with the last 6 stitches on your left-hand needle. Once you get to the end of the row you will continue the pattern with the 6 remaining stitches on the cable needle.

This part will look a little messy in the beginning but once you continue with the rest of the pattern, you will see the twist in the ear warmer beginning to form.

Continue with the pattern until your piece measures 20” in length. Now its time to bind off and join your work. Using the whip stitch I joined the ends together.

Twisted Knit Ear Warmer


  • You can easily decrease the number of rows or add extra rows to make the headband either smaller or larger.
  • The cable is worked when you have knit half the length of the headband
  • If you would like the headband thicker with an even amount, cast on more stitches.
Learn to Knit Kits from



  • k- knit
  • p- purl
  • k1b – knit one below
  • st-stiches
  • * * – repeat sequence between asterisk

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Cast on 12 Stitches

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: *P1, k1b, *repeat to the end of the row

Row 3 – 22 (or until length 10.5 inches): Repeat row 2

Row 23:  You will now be making a 12 stitch right knit cable. Slip the first 6 stitches onto a cable needle and loosely hang those stitches to the back of your work. With the remaining 6 stitches on your left hand needle *p1,k1b” until the end of the row.

Now with the stitches on the cable needle “p1,k1b* until the end of the row

Row 24-42 (or until length reaches 20 inches): Repeat row 2

Cast off and seam ends using a whip stitch

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This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use, but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Genna Hamilton

    I can’t seem to figure out the cabling step of this pattern. I’ve tried four different times and the working yarn is always strung across it in the back and the front doesn’t look right. What am I doing wrong?

    1. northernmoose

      Hello, I see you are having. Trouble with the headband. When doing the cable slip the first 6 stitches purl wise on to a cable needle. Let it loosely hang in the back. Now continue with the pattern with the remaining stitches in your left hand needle. Then you need to follow the pattern for the stitches on the cable needle so you keep the cable needle to the back and start with the stitch on the right hand side of the cable needle. Is this what you already tried doing? The cable will love very wonky until you complete more rows.

      1. Genna

        Yes. This is what I’ve done. It just seems wonky that the working yarn stretches across the back. The farthest I’ve gone since the cable part is probably 10 rows and it just doesn’t look right so I go back and try again. I’ll try again!

        1. northernmoose

          Make sure you are also holding the headband in the direction of the twist (after you completed the cable part) another reader was also having and issue, but later realized they were not holding it in a twist so that’s why it looked wrong. Please let me know if you have more questions.

  2. Heather

    Hi, what should we be doing with the yarn when slipping the 6 stitches? Leaving it where it is, or carrying it along front/back between each slip?

    1. northernmoose

      Carry it around the back

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