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Bamboozled is a cabled headband with twisted cord ties. It’s a very quick knit, and uses less than 100 yds of yarn, making it a great way to use up those oddball skeins in your stash. The suggested yarn is 100% bamboo, but you can use any worsted weight yarn.

The pattern is fairly easy, suitable for an advanced beginner and would be fine for a first cable project. Cabling can be done without a cable needle if desired (I didn’t use one).

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· Plymouth Royal Bamboo (100% bamboo, 93 yards per 50g skein), 1 skein
· US 6 straight or circular needles
· cable needle (optional)
· tapestry needle
· pins
· desire for instant gratification


22 sts/25 rows = 4″ in stockinette. Getting exact gauge isn’t crucial, as long as you’re close.

Pattern Notes:


LC: slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle
LPC: slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold to front, p1, k2 from cable needle
RPC: slip 1 st to cable needle, hold to back, k2, p1 from cable needle
slwyif: bring yarn to front, slip 1 st purlwise
pfb: purl into front and back of same st


The easiest way to make this is to print out the chart, and mark off each row as you finish it. If you’re unfamiliar with charts, you read the chart from bottom to top, from right to left on RS rows and left to right on WS rows.

There are also line-by-line instructions if you really don’t want to use the chart.

Odd numbered rows are RS rows, even numbered rows are WS rows.

Click for pdf of chart.
Click for line-by-line instructions.


CO 12 sts.

Work chart or line-by-line instructions.

BO all sts.


If you’ve never made twisted cord before, here’s how it works. In this case, we’re going to twist the cord directly into the headband, so that no sewing is required.

Pin the headband end down to an appropriate surface (bed, carpeted floor).

Cut a length of yarn 48″ long. Fold in half and thread the doubled strand through the end of the headband, a couple of rows in. You should now have a loop of yarn threaded through the headband; pin that loop down.

Hold the other end of the doubled strand, and start twisting, as for twisted cord. When the twisting is complete, unpin the loop of yarn, being careful not to let it untwist.

Pull the twisted doubled strand through the hole in the headband, until the loop is even with the ends that you were holding. You now have two strands of identical length of twisted double strand; 4 strands in all.

Knot together the 4 strands at their tips (see blue arrows), again being careful not to let the yarn untwist. Slowly release the yarn, starting at the knot, and allow it to twist into a twisted cord. Trim knotted end.

Repeat for other end of headband.


Weave in ends. Block if necessary.

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