Chain Cable Stitch Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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The Chain Cable is a famous cable pattern that you often find in Aran sweaters. In fact, this cable pattern forms the basis of the Aran Honeycomb.

Essentially, this is a number of Chain Cables worked side by side. Actually, the cables are in contact with each other across the fabric.

Furthermore, you will often see this stitch pattern also referred to as the Double Ribbon Stitch.

Technically, this is not a reversible cable pattern. However, the wrong side does have an interesting texture. As a matter of fact, this cable pattern works well for projects where the reverse side is visible to the public.

Just like the Wave Cable, the cable stitches do not actually cross. Instead, the stitches are moved back and forth, forming an embossed pattern.

As with most cable patterns, it is much easier to knit the pattern when using a “cable needle”. By far, the easiest is to use a cable needle. This is a short needle that has been especially designed for moving stitches around when making cables.

Alternatively, you can of course just use a short double pointed needle.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 3 - Easy Level Knitters

Techniques Needed For Chain Cable Stitch Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

sl                                                   slip                                              Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

dpn                                             double-pointed needle

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Panel of 12 sts.

Row 1 (WS): K2, p8, k2.

Row 2: P2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn; sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn; p2.

Row 3: K2, p8, k2.

Row 4: P2, k8, p2.

Row 5: K2, p8, k2.

Row 6: P2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn; sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn; p2.

Row 7: K2, p8, k2.

Row 8: P2, k8, p2.

Repeat rows 1-8 until the desired length is reached.

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