Fishtail-Cable Headwarmer (Pattern)

After a long absence of patterns on this blog….

Fishtail-Cable Headwarmer

I present to you the Fishtail-Cable Headwarmer.

It’s quick.
It’s warm.
And it’s cute.

The cable pattern is a unique design that resembles a fishtail braid.


I like to wear the headwarmer on my way to Krav Maga. It gives me the warmth of a hat, while still allowing me to wear my hair in a ponytail.


So without further adieu….

Fishtail Cable Headwarmer

Skill Level: Intermediate
Size (one size fits most): 5″ wide and 18″ circumference (It can stretch larger)
Gauge: 5 sts and 5 rows in fishtail-cable pattern = 1″
Stitches and Abbreviations: K (knit), P (purl), C2F (cable two front), C2B(cable two back), S1kw (slip one stitch knitwise), S1pw (slip one stitch purlwise)

Note: When stated, repeat the instructions written within the asterisks (*)


  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft, hot pink (or desired worsted weight yarn)
  • size 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers (a scrap of yarn will do the trick if you don’t have the real deal)

-Fishtail Cable Pattern-

Row 1: *P1, C2F, C2B, P1* repeat to end. (right side)
Row 2: *K1, P1, K2, P1, K1* repeat to end. (wrong side)
Row 3: *P1, K1, P2, K1, P1* repeat to end.
Row 4: *K1, P1, K2, P1, K1* repeat to end.

Repeat the above four rows as directed.


  1. Cast on 28 stitches.
  2. S1kw, K1, place stitch maker, *P1, K1, P2, K1, P1* repeat till there are 2 stitches left, place stitch marker, K2. (right side)
  3. S1pw, P1, slip the stitch maker, *K1, P1, K2, P1, K1* repeat to marker, P2. (wrong side)
  4. Repeat numbers 2 and 3.
  5. S1kw, K1, work cable pattern to marker, K2.
  6. S1pw, P1, work cable pattern to marker, P2.
  7. Repeat numbers 5 and 6 till headwarmer measures 18″ long (ending on Row 1 of the cable pattern)
  8. S1pw, P1, *K1, P1, K2, P1, K1* repeat to marker, P2.
  9. Slpw, K1, *P1, K1, P2, K1, P1* repeat to marker, K2.
  10. Repeat number 8.
  11. Bind off in stitch pattern, being careful not to bind off too tightly.
  12. Sew both ends together and–ta-da!–you have your very own Fishtail-Cable Headwarmer.

PDF (Printer Friendly Version): Fishtail-Cable Headwarmer

Leave me a comment if you have any questions. Happy knitting! :)

Hairstyle Tutorial: Side Ponytail with a Braid

If you haven’t noticed already, my blog is pretty random. I post recipes, patterns, stories, songs, and as of today, hairstyles.

Hopefully I will have many more hairy inspirations to share in the future, but I can’t promise too much. I’m pretty laid back when it comes to cosmetics and styling my hair. Most days I let my hair dry naturally and clip it away from my face in the classic half-up half-down style. I also try to stay away from straighteners and curling irons due of their damaging affect on my hair.

And make-up. Well, I don’t usually mess with that either. Occasionally I wear mascara, but I can’t remember the last time that was. I guess I like just looking natural. Looking real. Looking like the girl that God made me. Not that there’s anything wrong with make-up, I’m just not into that right now.

But enough about me, and more about this hairstyle. It’s simple enough that even I can do it. And it’s also long-lasting. (It survived two action-packed Krav Maga classes the other night, all the while keeping my hair out of the way.) Too cool.

Side Ponytail with a Braid

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

1) Clip the front section of your hair away; pull the rest of your hair into a low side ponytail.
2) Using your fingers, make a hole right above the hairband. Flip the ponytail through the hole you formed. (Flipping it under, not over)
3) Let down the front section of your hair and braid it. Loosen the braid with your fingers.
4) Pull the braid through the slit in the ponytail.
5) Hold the ponytail and braid in place and carefully slide the hairband off.
6) Refasten the hairband, and you’re done!

This hairstyle is an adpation of Braided Topsy Tail