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Celtic Cable Dishcloth Knitting Pattern (+ Free PDF)

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This post shows an intricate Celtic cable dishcloth knitting pattern (+ free PDF).

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

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

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

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The Celtic Cable

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

The cable plait 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.

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There are 6 different cable stitches

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

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

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

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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.

A 6-stitch garter border is 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.

You can also learn how to knit the linen stitch with a free dishcloth pattern – How To Knit The Linen Stitch (Tutorial + Pattern).

Related Post: Diagonal Knit Dishcloth Pattern (Free + Easy For Beginners)

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 copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

4.5 mm (US 7) Knitting needles

Notions

Size Information

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.

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Abbreviations

Abbreviations and terms (US and UK) + 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.
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Celtic Cable Dishcloth Knitting Pattern Instructions

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:

  • Ensure all ends are woven using a tapestry needle or method of choice.
  • Gently block by stretching out and pinning with blocking pins to a blocking mat.
  • 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 – How To Block Knitting Guide.

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Happy Knitting!

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 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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