Pattern:

Five Cable Knits

Cables are the perfect way to add a classic touch to whatever you’re knitting. This free pattern set includes 5 versatile cable patterns that you can add to all kinds of knitting projects!

 

If you’re not sure how to knit cables I posted a handy photo tutorial recently, click here to check it out.

Most cables knit up narrower than the same number of stitches in a stockinette or other patterns. Make sure you take this into account if you’re adding cables to an existing pattern (like modifying a sweater or cardigan.) On the reverse of all patterns you simply knit the knits and purl the purls. The panel shown has gaps of 4 rows of stockinette between the cables. There’s a link to download this project at the bottom of the post.

Pattern 1: Twist
Worked over 8 stitches
Row 1: p2, k4, p2
Row 2: k2, p4, k2
Row 3: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 4: k2, p4, k2
Repeat rows 1 through 4

 

Pattern 2: Uneven Twist
Worked over 8 stitches
Row 1: p2, k4, p2
Row 2: k2, p4, k2
Row 3: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 4: k2, p4, k2
Row 5: p2, k4, p2
Row 6: k2, p4, k2
Row 7: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 8: k2, p4, k2
Row 9: p2, k4, p2
Row 10: k2, p4, k2
Row 11: p2, k4, p2
Row 12: k2, p4, k2
Repeat rows 1 through 12

 

Pattern 3: Braid
Worked over 10 stitches
Row 1: p2, k6, p2
Row 2: k2, p6, k2
Row 3: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, k2, p2
Row 4: k2, p6, k2
Row 5: p2, k6, p2
Row 6: k2, p6, k2
Row 7: p2, k2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 8: k2, p6, k2
Repeat rows 1 through 8

 

Pattern 4: 4 Strand Plait
Worked over 12 stitches
Row 1: p2, k8, p2
Row 2: k2, p8, k2
Row 3: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 4: k2, p8, k2
Row 5: p2, k8, p2
Row 6: k2, p8, k2
Row 7: p2, k2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, k2, p2
Row 8: k2, p8, k2
Repeat rows 1 through 8

 

Pattern 5: 6 Strand Plait
Worked over 16 stitches
Row 1: p2, k12, p2
Row 2: k2, p12, k2
Row 3: p2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2
Row 4: k2, p12, k2
Row 5: p2, k12, p2
Row 6: k2, p12, k2
Row 7: p2, k2, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, k2, p2
Row 8: k2, p12, k2
Repeat rows 1 through 8

 

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