Honeycomb Cable Pattern

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The Honeycomb Cable stitch pattern is a beautiful but simple cable pattern that uses two basic cables, the C4F (cable 4 front) and C4B (cable 4 back). In this video, Jen Lucas demonstrates how to knit this versatile cable stitch pattern.

Jen begins by discussing traditional cable patterns. Many cables are worked on a background of Reverse Stockinette stitch (purl on Right Side/knit on Wrong Side), which allow the cables to really pop off the knitting fabric. With the Honeycomb Cable stitch pattern, the cables are worked right next to each other. The order of the cables is alternated to create the honeycomb effect.

A swatch of basic four-stitch cables is shown, and Jen reviews the construction of these cables. The four stitch cables are the C4B (cable 4 back) and the C4F (cable 4 front). They are created as follows:

– C4B: Cable 4 Back. Slip 2 stitches purlwise to cable needle, hold in back. Knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
– C4F: Cable 4 Front. Slip 2 stitches purlwise to cable needle, hold in front. Knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

She then begins working the Honeycomb Cable stitch pattern on her swatch, over a multiple of 8 stitches, as follows:

  • Row 1 (Right Side): *C4F, C4B; repeat from * to end.
  • Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl all stitches.
  • Row 3: Knit all stitches.
  • Row 4: Purl all stitches.
  • Row 5: *C4B, C4F; repeat from * to end.
  • Row 6: Purl all stitches.
  • Row 7: Knit all stitches.
  • Row 8: Purl all stitches.


  • Rows 1 – 8 for pattern.