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Celtic Cable Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

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In this post, you will see an intricate Celtic cable dishcloth knitting pattern.

Hand-knit dishcloths last a really long time and are easily washed to reuse again and again.

They also make great gifts for friends and family and can be knit up in any color you like!

Scroll down for the pattern instructions and grab your free pattern PDF to print out and enjoy!

celtic cable dishcloth

The Celtic Cable

The Celtic cable knit stitch pattern creates an intricate design of the beautiful Irish Saxon Braid.

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The cable plait itself is intertwined throughout the center of the dishcloth with a flat underside.

This is not a reversible cable pattern.

You may also like this Celtic cable fingerless gloves pattern.

celtic cable dishcloth

There are 6 different cables stitches

You will see 6 different cable stitches in this pattern for you to try out!

Included in the abbreviations and terms below are detailed explanations of each one.

TipPrint the abbreviations out and have them next to your pattern as you work so you can easily see what to do for each one!

celtic cable washcloth

Celtic Cable Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Notes

In this dishcloth pattern, you will create a garter stitch border at the top and bottom of the design.

There is also a 6 stitch garter border on either side of the main stitch pattern.

The main design weaving through the center of the dishcloth is the Celtic cable stitch pattern worked over 24 stitches.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern blog page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Celtic cable dishcloth

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • 1 x 50g ball of yarn suitable for 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles.
  • I used Alize Cotton Gold around 40/50g in the color 62 – white.
  • Any DK/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

4.5mm (US 7) Knitting needles

Notions

Gauge – 26 sts / 30 rows = 4×4″/10x10cm

You can learn more about measuring gauge here – How to measure gauge in knitting.

Size – 22 x 22 cm/8.5 x 8.5 inches.

Celtic cable

Abbreviations

Abbreviations and terms + free PDF download

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Cable abbreviations and terms

  • C4F = (cable 4 front)- slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit 2, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
  • C4B = (cable 4 back) – slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
  • CR3L = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, purl 1, then knit 2 from the cable needle.
  • CR3R = slip 1 stitch onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then purl 1 from the cable needle.
  • CR4L = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, purl 2, then knit 2 from the cable needle.
  • CR4R = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then purl 2 from the cable needle.

Pattern

Cast on 44 sts

K6 rows.

Now you will start the Celtic cable repeat pattern:

  • Row 1 (RS) – K6, P4, PM, (P2, C4B, P2) x 3, PM, P4, K6.
  • Row 2 and every even row (WS) – K6 (edge), K4, SM, knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches, sm, K4, K6 (edge).
  • Row 3 – K6, P4, SM, P1, CR3R, (CR4L, CR4R) x 2, CR3L, P1, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 5 – K6, P4, SM, CR3R, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) x 2, P1, CR3L, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 7 – K6, P4, SM, K2, P2, (CR4R, CR4L) x 2, P2, K2, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 9 – K6, P4, SM, (K2, P2) x 2, P2, C4B, P2, (P2, K2) x 2, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 11 – K6, P4, SM, K2, P2, (CR4L, CR4R) x 2, P2, K2, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 13 – K6, P4, SM, CR3L, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) x 2, P1, CR3R, SM, P4, K6.
  • Row 15 – K6, P4, SM, P1, CR3L, (CR4R, CR4L) x 2, CR3R, P1, SM, P4, K6.

Rep rows 1-16 twice more slipping the markers as you work until the piece measures 21cm/8″ from the cast on edge (the beginning).

K6 rows.

Cast off.

Finishing and blocking

You may wish to block your dishcloth, you can do that as follows:

  • Make sure all ends are woven in using a tapestry needle or method of choice.
  • Gently block by stretching out and pinning with blocking pins to a blocking matt.
  • Spray with water and leave to dry.
  • When dry remove the pins and your dishcloth will be lying flat.

Blocking Tutorial

If you want to learn more about blocking, you can view this blog post here – Blocking Knits – 3 ways to reshape your knitting.

blocking the dishcloth

You may also enjoy this set of three dishcloth knitting patterns and this Irish moss stitch dishcloth knitting pattern.

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