Four Stitch Cable (1) [FREE Knit Stitch Pattern]

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This Four Stitch Cable is crossed every 4th row. This is a simple cable pattern that has many variations.

However, despite the variations, the cable action is always the same. To provide symmetry and balance to the pattern, a simple cable pattern is used on either side of a common center, one of them should be crossed in front and one in the back.

Actually, when knitting a simple cable pattern such as this Four Stitch Cable, the most attractive cables are the ones where the pattern has the same number of rows as there are stitches in the cable.

To make the cable panels pop and stand out more, you have to use purl stitches between each panel.

Cables are usually made using a cable needle. Normally, you will use a special cable needle for this. Alternatively, you can use a short double-pointed needle (dpn).

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

Techniques Needed For Four Stitch Cable (1) Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

Other Abbreviations Used

C4F         sl 2 sts on to cable needle at front, k2, k2 from cable needle

C4B        sl 2 sts on to cable needle at back, k2, k2 from cable needle

rev st st reverse stockinette stitch (1 row p, 1 row k) (UK: reverse stocking stitch)

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Left-Leaning Four Stitch Cable

Panel of 4 sts on rev st st

Row 1(RS): K4

Row 2: P4

Row 3: C4F

Row 4: P4

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you reach the desired length.

Right-Leaning Four Stitch Cable

Panel of 4 sts on rev st st

Row 1(RS): K4

Row 2: P4

Row 3: C4B

Row 4: P4

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you reach the desired length.

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