How to make and Icord Braided Headband on a circular knitting machine

Make and Icord Braided Headband on a circular knitting machine

Last week I was browsing through Pinterest and I saw this beautiful braided headband and tought about making one using my Sentro knitting machine.
I´ve been lately trying a few different things using all my machines and had this idea after seeing the crochet braided headband version.

Can I make this Braided Headband with leftover scrap yarn?

Because I had some waste yarn left from another project, and for this headband you only need around 40 gr of yarn, that was the perfect project for this week.

Is this project good for beginner knitters?

Knitting is a timeless craft that allows for the creation of beautiful and practical accessories. If you’re a fan of headbands and want to add a touch of handmade elegance to your collection, why not try making a braided headband on a circular knitting machine? This guide will walk you through the process, helping you unleash your creativity and produce a stylish accessory that showcases your unique flair.

What Material are Needed to make a Knitted braided headband

  1. Circular knitting machine in any size
  2. Worsted weight yarn in your desired colors (40 gr)
  3. Stitch markers
  4. Scissors
  5. Tapestry needle
  6. Crochet hook (4 mm)

1. Choose Yarn and Colors for the braids

Select a worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choice. This project is an excellent opportunity to experiment with different color combinations or gradients. Make sure to check the machine’s gauge recommendation for the yarn you choose. I used DK yarn for mine and my Gauge was 15 sts to 20 rows.

2. Cast On Stitches using waste yarn

braided headband knitting machine

Using the circular knitting machine, cast on the desired number of stitches for your headband. Consider the width of the headband you want and adjust the number of stitches accordingly. I used 7 stitches to each one of my I-cords on the panel mode of your knitting machine, but I thought it would be good if I had made it a little thicker, so consider adding more stitches, if I was going to make another one I would make each with 11 stitches. Because you can make it more or less wide, this braided headband is perfect for any size. Make around 4 rows using waste yarn before you change to the desired color.

3. Knit the I-cords

Knit several rounds to create each I-cord for the braid. This will serve as the foundation for the braided design. Keep an eye on the tension to ensure a consistent and smooth fabric. In the pattern I calculated how many rows you will need to each size as well, for my size which is a 22.5′ or 57 cm circumference, I made 80 rows.

4. Create the Braids

braided headband knitting machine

Now, you will manually braid the 4 I-cords (you can even braid 5 if you want a wider headband). Start binding off all the stitches of each i-cord with a crochet hook using a SC, I SC the first 2 and last 2 loops together as they curl to the back of the project, all the other stitches are made one by one. After binding off all stitches I like to braid it and later finish each side with crochet. You can use a clipping board to clip your 4 i-cords when braiding.
Follow this image for braiding:

braided headband knitting machine
How to braid a knitted Headband

5. Finishing Braided Headband with crochet

braided headband knitting machine

Now that you finished braiding you can bind off the stitches on the other side, repeating the same technique. On the 2nd row skip one SC each 2 to have less stitches , I had around 13 here. Make a few rows to get to the desired size and repeat on the top, you want both sides with the same number of crochet rows. Once you finished both sides, use a yarn needle to weave in any loose ends and tidy up the headband. You can also seam both sides together to close it up.


Creating a braided headband on a circular knitting machine is a delightful and rewarding project for knitters of all skill levels. Experiment with colors, patterns, and embellishments to make your headband truly unique. Whether you’re making it for yourself or as a thoughtful gift, the handmade touch will surely be appreciated. Enjoy the creative process and wear your stylish braided headband with pride!

The entire project took around 2hrs to finish!

Happy knitting!

In the pattern listed bellow for download, I calculated all the sizes, from Babies to L adult heads

Video Tutorial on youtube size M



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