stitch pattern – knitting 4-stitch cables

Knitting 4-stitch cables

With cable knitting, you usually work stitches in stockinette against a background of either garter stitch or reverse stockinette. The cables themselves are worked in stockinette, and once every few rows the order of those stitches on your knitting needle is changed. For example, when 4 stitches appear on the needle in the order ABCD, one might cross the first two the next two, so that in subsequent rows those stitches appear in the new order CDAB. These crossings are what gives cables their characteristic look.

Stitch patterns with cables can be very complex. In this stitch pattern, however, I show you a simple 2/2 RC, and a 2/2 LC cable. This stitch pattern is worked in a multiple of 12 + 2 stitches. Please note that in the above picture, I’ve added 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on both sides of the swatch.

Materials used

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color Vintage Pink.

Knitting needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown.

You will also need a cable needle in a similar or slightly smaller size as your knitting needles. Unless, of course, you’re going to work the cables without a cable needle. In a future tutorial, I will show you how to do this.

Stitches used

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • 2/2 LC (2/2 left-cross cable): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and place at front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
  • 2/2 RC (2/2 right-cross cable): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

4-stitch cable instructions

Row 1 (right side): * (P2, k4) twice; rep from * to 2 sts before end, p2. (14 sts)

Row 2: (wrong side): K2, * (p4, k2) twice; rep from * to end.

Row 3: * P2, 2/2 RC, p2, 2/2 LC*; rep from * to 2 sts before end, p2.

Row 4: K2, * (p4, k2) twice; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern.

Chart with the 4-stitch cables
4-stitch cables from the RS
4-stitch cables from the RS.
4-stitch cables from the WS
4-stitch cables from the WS.
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