Knitting Cable Patterns

cable patterns

 

A few weeks ago a friend of mine came to me with a well known knitting magazine which pictured a cable pattern swatch.  Her problem was that what she was knitting did not match up with the pattern and also that in some rows the number of stitches were not correct.

cable patterns

I worked on the pattern and after some initial confusion I found that in some rows the writer had forgotten to add in the background stitches.  Also the picture in the magazine was for Cable B while the pattern was for Cable A!  If you like a challenge try Cable A – it is quite difficult.  Cable B is much simpler but also gives a very attractive design.

CABLE A (Interlacing Cable)

Abbreviations:

k = knit

p = purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

cn = cable needle

cr3f = slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, p1, then k2 from cn

cr3b = slip next st onto cn and hold at back of work, k2, then p1 from cn

c4b = slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k2, then knit 2 from cn

c4f = slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, k2, then knit 2 from cn

The cable itself uses 13 stitches.  I have used 5 stitches on either side to give a border.  If used in a garment the border of the cable would usually have only two or three stitches

Pattern:

Cast on 23 sts

Row 1: (Wrong side) k5, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k5

Row 2: p5, k2, p2, slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k2, slip p st from cn back onto LH needle and p it, k2 from cn, p2, k2, p5

Row 3: as row 1

Row 4: p5, cr3f, cr3b, p1, cr3f, cr3b, p5

Row 5: k6, p4, k3, p4, k6

Row 6: p6, c4b, p3, c4f, p6

Row 7: as Row 5

Row 8: p5, cr3b, cr3f, p1, cr3b, cr3f, p5

Row 9: as row 1

Row 10: p5, k2, p2, slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k2, slip p st from cable needle onto LH needle and p it, k2 from cable needle, p2, k2, p5

Rows 11-16: as rows 3-8

These 16 rows form the pattern.  Repeat as necessary.

 

CABLE B (Horseshoe Cable)

The cable itself uses 12 stitches.  I have used 5 stitches on either side to give a border.  If used in a garment the border of the cable would usually have only two or three stitches

Abbreviations:

k = knit

p = purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

cn = cable needle

c6b = slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k3, then knit 3 from cn

c6f = slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, k3, then knit 3 from cn

Pattern:

Cast on 22 sts

Row 1: (Right side) p5, k12, p5

Row 2: k5, p12, k5

Row 3 and 4: repeat rows 1 and 2

Row 5: p5, c6b, c6f, p5

Row 6: as row 2

Row 7: as Row 1

Row 8: as row 2

These 8 rows form the pattern.  Repeat as necessary.

 

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