Knit a Braided Cable Stitch Pattern

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There are so many fun and interesting cables to work, many of them using simple 4-stitch cables to create more complicated-looking cable patterns. In this video, Corrina Ferguson demonstrates how to work the Braided Cable Stitch pattern, which uses simple four-stitch cables.

Corrina begins with a brief review of cable needles. A spare double-pointed needle can be used, but she prefers a short cable needle. You can also work the cables without a cable needle.

BRAIDED CABLE STITCH PATTERN

The braided cable is worked over 6 stitches, but only 4-stitch cables are worked. One cable, the C4F (cable 4 front) is worked on Row 1 and the C4B (cable 4 back) is worked on Row 3.

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

The pattern is worked over a multiple of 8 sts plus 2, leaving two purl stitches in between the cables.

Set-Up Row 1 (RS): P2, *k6, p2; repeat from * to end.
Set-Up Row 2 (WS): *K2, p6; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Pattern Rows:
Row 1 (RS): P2, *k2, C4F, p2; repeat from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): *K2, p6; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 1 (RS): P2, *C4B, k2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 for pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS

k: knit
p: purl
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side