Simple Cable Stitch

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The Simple Cable Stitch


The Simple Cable Stitch is a great place for beginners to start working with Cables & Twist Stitches.

The stitch is instantly recognizable, as it adorns many a knitted cardigan and jumper, as panels or as a full pattern. It's also, very suitable for giving cuffs or other fitted areas a little more 'oomph' than a standard rib stitch.

The simplicity in this stitch is that you are working predominately in simple knit and purls (almost producing a wide, offset rib effect). On row five (of a six-row repeat) we add in a cable four forward to create the twisted texture. Simple as the name suggests!

No time to waste, lets get cracking...

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Cast on any multiples of seven plus three stitches for your project.

The first row starts with a seven stitch repeat of purling three, then knitting four; repeat until the last three stitches and purl.

Begin the second row with another seven stitch repeat; knitting three then purling four. Keep repeating this until you reach the last three stitches and knit them.

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

Get ready to use your cable needle on the fifth row. Again, you start in a seven stitch repeat; begin by purling three, then slide two stitches onto your cable needle and hold then at the front of the work - knit two stitches from your working (left-hand needle), followed by knitting the two stitches on your cable needle. Keep repeating this pattern until the final three stitches and purl all three.

The sixth row consists of a seven stitch repeat of knitting three, then purling four. 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 7 + 3 stitches.
6 row pattern repeat.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

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Traditional Instructions

Rows 1 & 3: *p3, k4; repeat from * till last three sts, p3.
Rows 2, 4 & 6: *k3, p4; repeat from * till last three sts, k3.
Row 5: *p3, C4F; repeat from * till last three sts, p3.

Repeat rows 1-6 to desired length.

*C4F (sl 2 sts on cable needle and leave in front, k2 sts, k2 sts from cable needle).

Simple Cable Stitch Chart

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Simple Cable Stitch Swatch Examples

Simple Cable Stitch Example - Right Side

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Simple Cable Stitch Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Simple Cable Stitch

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