I love Gerard Butler. When I say love, I mean lurrrve.

So one day I sat down to watch 300, while knitting and I suddenly stopped because I saw something beautiful on screen. I tore my eyes from his chest and thighs and his leather underpants, although those are very beautiful. I noticed atop his head Leonidas wore a headband. I wanted one of those. I quickly threw my current knitting project away, and got some yarn, a cable needle and needles. I worked up what I now call, The Leonidas, a cabled braid, by the end of the day. I love wearing it, I want to fight Persians, I want to dine in hell and I want to earn my shield and shout Ha-woo!

Needles: 3.25mm and a cable needle Yarn: I used Patons Fab DK in Black. You can use a DK wool that’s close to the colour of your hair, or you can stick with Leonidas’s black/brown 2 part fastener such as a clasp or popper Thread and needle C3B: Put 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, K3 and knit 3 from cable needle C3F: Put 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front, knit 3 stitches then knit 3 from cable needle CO 9 Row 1: Knit Row 2: Knit Row 3: C3B, K to end Row 4: Purl Row 5: Knit Row 6: Purl Row 7: K3, C3F Row 8: Purl Row 9: Knit Row 10: Purl Repeat Rows 3 – 10 until your headband measures about 27 inches from CO edge to end. K2tog, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2tog Knit Purl K2tog, K2, K2tog Purl Carry on in stockinette stitch for about an inch, then Cast Off

Taking the finished headband/band, hold one end and wrap it around your head, so there is enough tension so the headband won’t be loose after the fasteners are attached. Using your finger to hold the mark, you will now know where to put your fastener. Remember we are leaving a tail, just like Leonidas does, so that’s why the headband appears to be a bit long for our head size ☺

Fasten on your fasteners, one on the cast on edge and one where the end met around your head (leaving the tail)

You can see the tail in this photo

Put headband on and shout “This is Spaaaartaaaaaaaaa!”

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