Back Roads Headband
Back Roads Headband
Back Roads Headband
Back Roads Headband
Back Roads Headband
Back Roads Headband Back Roads Headband Back Roads Headband Back Roads Headband Back Roads Headband
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,…
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
–Robert Frost (1874-1963), excerpts, The Road Not Taken

The Back Roads headband features a lovely textural pattern of curving stockinette stitch paired with garter stitch ridges and slip-stitch crosses. A visually intriguing pattern, your eye travels along the stockinette stitches as they cross and then diverge, much as Robert Frost’s roads may have done.



NOTE: This original design pattern is the copyrighted property of Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits, and is intended for the personal use of the original purchaser only. Please do not reproduce or distribute this pattern (in whole or in part) without express written permission from Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.


Headband fits an adult head size of approx 22” – 23.5” (55.9 cm – 59.7 cm). Additional sizes available by working more/fewer full pattern repeats.


The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.

Also included with this pattern:

  • Crocheted Provisional Cast-On Photo Tutorial
  • Top to Bottom Kitchener Join Photo Tutorial

The pattern directs you how to treat every single stitch in your graft. No guessing and no worries!


28.5 sts/36 rows to 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in pattern stitch, unblocked. 25 sts/36 rows, blocked.

The headband is provisionally cast on and then worked flat. It is finished by joining the two ends with a Kitchener graft.

To work this pattern, you will need to know:

  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Slip stitches
  • Slip cable stitches – SCTL, SCTR
  • Provisional cast-on
  • Kitchener grafting – top to bottom


Allow approx 85-95 yds (78-87 m) worsted weight yarn.

Avoid highly variegated and/or excessively fuzzy yarn as it will obscure the cable pattern.


US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed, circular or single-pointed needles
Or any size needed to obtain correct gauge and length to suit number of stitches.


I9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook (for provisional cast-on)
50” (127 cm) scrap contrasting color worsted yarn (for provisional cast-on)
8” (20.3 cm) scrap contrasting color fingering weight or lighter yarn/thread (optional, for Kitchener lifeline)
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
T-pins (optional, for blocking)

  • Pattern: Back Roads Headband
  • Yarn Used In Sample: Malabrigo Worsted / Madelinetosh Vintage
  • Publication Date: September, 2019
  • Current Version: v092519