Coiled Rope Stitch

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The Coiled Rope Stitch


The Coiled Rope stitch is another relatively straight-forward and easy to learn Cables & Twist Stitch, similar to the Simple Cable Stitch.

The coiled rope, like it's name suggests resembles a sturdy looking length of rope, possibly one reason it's so popular as panels on those warm knitted fisherman's wooly jumpers.

The stitch is actually a quite a straight-forward wide rib stitch, just using knits and purls for the first four rows until you reach the fifth. Here you add a cable-six-forward to the mix, to generate the continuously wrapping coiled rope effect.

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Start your project by casting on mulitples of nine plus three stitches.

Throughout this pattern, you will be starting each row with a nine-stitch repeating pattern. Begin the first rows repeat by purling three, then knitting six. Keep repeating this until you reach the last three stitches and purl all three.

Start the second row by knitting three, then purling six. Repeat this pattern until the last three stitches and knit three.

Repeat the first two rows again i.e. for rows three and four.

Ok, this is where we get a bit trickier. On row five start by purling three, then slip three stitches onto your cable needle and let it hang at the back of the work. Knit three stitches from your working needle (i.e. your left-hand needle), then knit the three stitches on your cable needle. Keep repeating this until you reach the last three stitches and purl them.

The sixth row consists of a nine stitch repeat of knitting three, then purling six. Keep going till you reach the last three stitches and knit them.

Once you have completed row six, continue repeating rows 1-6 until you have the desired size.

Difficulty Level:

Easy Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on any multiple of 9 + 3 stitches.
6 row pattern repeat.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

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Traditional Instructions

Rows 1 & 3: *p3, k6; repeat from * till last three sts, p3.
Rows 2, 4 & 6: *k3, p6; repeat from * till last three sts, k3.
Row 5: *p3, C6F; repeat from * till last three sts, p3.

Repeat rows 1-6 to desired length.

*C6F (sl 3 sts on cable needle and leave in front, k3 sts, k3 sts from cable needle).

Coiled Rope Stitch Chart

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Coiled Rope Stitch Swatch Examples

Coiled Rope Stitch Example - RS

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Coiled Rope Stitch Example - WS

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