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31+ Free Cable Stitch Patterns To Knit (+ Tutorials)

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In this post, you will see 31+ Free cable stitch patterns to knit (plus tutorials).

Cable stitch patterns are one of the most popular knitting techniques that add texture and depth to any project. 

They create a beautiful braided or twisted effect that can be used in a variety of knitting projects, including scarves, hats, and sweaters. 

You may be new to cable knitting or an experienced knitter, but whatever the case, there will be some patterns included for you to try.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, these patterns are sure to inspire you to create something beautiful.

So grab your knitting needles, a cable needle and let’s get started!

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31+ Free Cable Stitch Patterns To Knit (+ Tutorials)

31+ Cable Stitch Patterns

Why should you try knitting cables?

Knitting cables is a rewarding technique that can transform your knitted projects from simple to stunning with just a few twists and turns of stitches.

Aside from traditional cables, there are many knit cable patterns.

Check out the patterns below, and you might find your next project. 

Knitting Cables

Teach yourself a new stitchy technique in cables if you are looking for a new challenge.

There are so many cable stitches available, from the easy C4F knitting (cable 4 forward) and C4B (cable 4 back) to more complicated designs like the Celtic plait.

In this pattern round-up, you will see a mixture of all skill levels.

If you have never attempted a cable in your knitting yet – this is the time to have a go!

cable knitting

Cable Stitch Patterns

For anyone new to cables, there is a cable stitch pattern guide that will help you to learn the most basic of cables.

This will help you to learn the basics and make swatches/samples of each cable design.

You can view the blog post in the list below or grab the E-book in my shop here.

cable stitch patterns

What Is The Easiest Cable Stitch?

The easiest cable stitch for beginners is often the basic 1/1 (pronounced “one over one”) or 2/2 cable. 

These cables involve crossing one or two stitches over another and are a great introduction to cable knitting.

Here are two simple cable stitches to get you started:

  1. 1/1 Right Cross (Cable 1 Back – C1B):
    • Slip 1 stitch to a cable needle and hold it at the back of your work, knit the next stitch from the left needle, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.
  2. 1/1 Left Cross (Cable 1 Front – C1F):
    • Slip 1 stitch to a cable needle and hold it at the front of your work, knit the next stitch from the left needle, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.

These 1/1 cables involve only two stitches, making them straightforward for beginners to practice. 

As you become more comfortable with cable knitting, you can gradually progress to more intricate cable patterns involving larger stitch crosses and varied designs. 

Start with these basic cables to build your confidence and understanding of the cable technique.

Table runner with cable

What Can You Knit With Cable Stitches? 

Cable stitches offer a rich and textured dimension to an array of knitted creations, making them a versatile choice for a range of projects. 

Sweaters and cardigans adorned with intricate cable panels exude a classic and sophisticated charm, elevating your handmade garments into timeless pieces. 

The three-dimensional interlacing of cables also makes them a perfect choice for scarves and cowls, not only providing an extra layer of warmth but also adding a touch of visual interest and luxury to these accessories. 

Whether you’re crafting hats, blankets, or mittens, the inclusion of cable stitches transforms everyday items into unique, hand-knit masterpieces, showcasing the artistry and skill of the knitter.

Furthermore, cable stitches shine in creating heirloom-quality items such as blankets and afghans, where the complex patterns contribute to both the aesthetic appeal and functional warmth of the finished product. 

The versatility of cable stitches extends to smaller projects like socks, dishcloths, and baby items, allowing knitters to infuse their creations with a sense of artistry and personality.

Check out the free knitting patterns category for even more great ideas – Free Knitting Patterns

Claires hand knitted wrist warmers

What Supplies Do You Need To Knit Cables? 

To knit cables, you’ll need a few essential supplies.

First, acquire a cable needle, a short tool designed to temporarily hold stitches while you work other stitches to create the twists in cable patterns. 

If you don’t have one, you can always use a double point needle. 

It’s also a good idea to have a few stitch markers; they are helpful for keeping track of specific points in your pattern, and a clear understanding of your cable pattern, whether presented in written or chart form, is crucial. 

Having a row counter can help track the rows, especially for more complex cable patterns, and a good grasp of basic knitting techniques is essential before attempting cables. 

With these supplies, you’ll be ready to embark on the rewarding journey of knitting intricate and textured cable patterns.

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind off, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, how to fix knitting mistakes, and a list of knitting abbreviations (UK + US terms), and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category. There, you will find a range of knitting patterns – Beginner Knitters

Plus, learn everything about the different yarn weights here, including ( worsted yarn, chunky yarn, super bulky yarn, and more) – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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If you enjoyed making any of these projects, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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You can also find us on Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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4 Comments

  1. I am really loving your arm warmers! I am curious as to when and how you wear them? I think the Castle Leoch ones are my favourite. I’m just not sure what you wear them with? I also love the shrug too, but (again), I don’t understand what or how and when you wear something like that. All your designs are beautiful!

    1. Hello Colleen,
      I think many people wear them in fall and in the spring when it’s chilly – to drive, type, or just as a fashion statement!
      The shrug could also be worn over a long-sleeved shirt on a chilly day – for walks with your dog or while working from home.
      I think there are lots of ways you can wear them.
      This would be a great question for the Handy Little Me Facebook group – I bet lots of makers could answer this for you and give you more ideas!
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  2. Hello, I want to buy your chunky cable knot pattern but I am confused as to what kind of needles that I need for this pattern, you said that you used US 36 needle as your cable needle, then you said that if you have a US 50 straight needle you can use that for the cables. I am a basic knitter & do not understand, Do I need ti purchase different size needles to make the cables?

    1. Hello Susan,
      I did not have a cable needle this large, so used a 20mm (US 36) needle as my cable needle.
      If you have a 25mm (US 50) straight needle – I would recommend using that for the cables.
      It is difficult to get a US 50-size cable needle.
      I hope that helps,
      Louise