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Cabled Bun Holder


Cabled Bun Holder

Cabled Bun Holder.

Sarah White

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Long-haired people know how annoying it can be to have long hair sometimes. There are occasions when you just want your hair out of your face. A bun is the perfect way to accomplish that, and this little knit, cabled bun holder is the way to hold your hair back in style.

Instructions are given in two forms below. The first set is abbreviated for those who have more experience. The second set explains in more detail exactly what to do.


  • a scrap, less than 10 yards, of 100 percent cotton yarn (I used Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton in color 227, Putty)
  • one pair size 6 US needles
  • one small cable needle or double-pointed needle
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or yarn or tapestry needle
  • hair stick or chopstick


Gauge is nine rows and five stitches per inch in seed stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is 2.75 inches wide and 4 inches long. If you have very thin or somewhat short hair, you might want to make yours a little shorter, or use two hair sticks to hold in place.


  1. Cast on 16 stitches.
  2. Rows are worked as follows:
    • Work in seed stitch for the first five and last five stitches of each row.
    • On the middle six stitches, work a left cable cross (holding three stitches in front of the work) in stockinette stitch. Form the first cable on row three, and then work three rows between each cross.
  3. Continue in this manner, working the cable on the right side every fourth row, until piece measures four inches. Bind off in pattern.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
  5. Use a hair stick or chop stick to hold in place over your hair.

More Detailed Instructions:

If the instructions above made your head spin, here are some more detailed instructions. (K=Knit; P=Purl)

  • Row one: K1, P1, K1, P1, K8, P1, K1, P1, K1
  • Row two: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P6, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
  • Row three: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, slip three stitches purlwise onto cable needle, hold in front of work while you knit the next three stitches off the needle, then knit the three stitches off the cable needle, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
  • Row four: Repeat row two.
  • Row five: Repeat row one.
  • Row six: Repeat row two.
  • Row seven: Repeat row three.

Repeat these seven rows until piece measures four inches.

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