Table Runner Knitting Pattern


This table runner knitting pattern is great for those of you out there who love a simple cable knit and quick project.

You can make a knitted table runner for the holidays in super bulky yarn for a coffee table decoration or dining table.

Please scroll down to view the free knitting pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF from my shop here.

Table runner knitting pattern

Knit A Decorative Table Runner

Perfect for adding something extra to your decor during the festive season, this table runner will definitely catch the eye.

The table runner pattern is for advanced knitters who want to try out a simple 4-stitch cable.

You can make this in any super bulky yarn 06/super chunky/14-Ply yarn weight.

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Table runner with cable

What Kind Of Yarn Do You Use For A Table Runner?

Your table runner could probably see a lot of wear and tear if it is used every day, so you may want to use a yarn that is durable and long-lasting when you wash and dry it, such as a cotton or cotton blend yarn.

However, you can use any type of yarn you like to make your table runner.

Look for inspiration in your yarn stash and use up something you already have to create your eye-catching centerpiece.

What is the best yarn for knitting a table runner?

The best yarn for knitting a table runner often depends on personal preference and the desired characteristics of the finished piece.

However, similar to placemats, yarns that are durable, easy to clean, and visually appealing are great choices.

Here are some yarn options suitable for knitting a table runner:

1. Cotton Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Durable and strong.
    • Absorbent and easy to clean.
    • Comes in various colors and weights.
  • Considerations:
    • Cotton can lack elasticity, so the table runner might be less stretchy than those made with other fibers.

2. Linen Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Durable and becomes softer with each wash.
    • Has a natural luster and texture.
    • Absorbent and quick-drying.
  • Considerations:
    • Linen can be a bit stiff initially but softens over time.

3. Bamboo Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Silky feel and subtle sheen.
    • Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
    • Breathable and cool to the touch.
  • Considerations:
    • It may require delicate care to maintain its properties.

4. Hemp Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Eco-friendly and sustainable.
    • Strong, durable, and softer with each wash.
    • Sturdy and long-lasting.
  • Considerations:
    • The initial texture can be somewhat rough.

5. Cotton-Blend Yarns:

  • Advantages:
    • Combining cotton with other fibers like acrylic or nylon can enhance durability and add elasticity.


  • Choose a yarn that matches the desired look and feel for your table runner, considering both the aesthetics and practicality of the material.
  • Consider the texture, drape, and stitch definition of the yarn to ensure it complements the desired design of your table runner.

When selecting yarn for a table runner, opt for a fiber that meets your preferences for appearance, ease of care, and durability.

Swatching with different yarns can help you determine the look and feel that best suits your project before committing to knitting the entire runner.

chunky cable knit table runner
super bulky knit table runner

Knit Table Runner Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


Skill Level – Easy Knitting Pattern (Advanced beginner pattern)

This table runner pattern is a decoration for special occasions with a squishy cable you can use for the festive season or make longer to wear as a scarf.

Change up the look of your table during the holiday season with this super chunky table runner, which is created with garter stitch edges (the knit stitch) and cables.

knit table runner

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Size Information

  • Length – 48 inches/122 cm.
  • Width – 13 inches/33 cm.

You can adjust the size to your desired length – to make it shorter or longer depending on the table you are making it for.

If you wish to make a scarf to wear, this should measure 70 inches/178 cm long.

Gauge – 8 sts and 16 rows = 4in/10cm in garter stitch.

knitted table runner
cable close up

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • C4B – (K2 and 2), slip the next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K2 from the left-hand needle, then K2 from the cable needle.
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • SM – Slip marker
  • WS – Wrong side
holiday table decor

Pattern Instructions

Cast on 32 sts.

Knit 6 rows.

Now work in the following 8-row repeat stitch pattern…

  • Row 1 (RS): K8, PM, K3, P3, K4, P3, K3, PM, K8.
  • Row 2 (WS): K8, SM, P3, K3, P4, K3, P3, SM, K8.
  • Row 3: K8, SM, K3, P3, K4, P3, K3, SM, K8.
  • Row 4: K8, SM, P3, K3, P4, K3, P3, SM, K8.
  • Row 5: K8, SM, K3, P3, C4B, P3, K3, SM, K8.
  • Row 6: K8, SM, P3, K3, P4, K3, P3, SM, K8.
  • Row 7: K8, SM, K3, P3, K4, P3, K3, SM, K8.
  • Row 8: K8, SM, P3, K3, P4, K3, P3, SM, K8.

Rep rows 1-8 slip the markers as you work until the piece measures 48 inches/122 cm in total from the cast-on edge.

Knit 6 rows.

Cast off.

Weave in loose ends.

Adding Tassels

You may want to add a small decoration like tassels to the four corners of the table runner.

You can see a tassel tutorial here. – How To Make Tassels {Photo + Video Tutorial}

And a video tutorial here.

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chunky knit table runner

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Happy Knitting! 

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