Slipped Cable Rib [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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White knitted fabric with a slipped cable rib pattern followed by a text area that says "Learn how to knit: Mock Slipped Cable Rib," and a back side of the white knitted fabric with a slipped cable rib patternThe Slipped Cable Rib is a delightful, slip-stitch pattern that closely resembles a typical cable pattern. In fact, the mock cable pattern is a great approximation of a little Horseshoe Cable.

Actually, this slip-stitch pattern is a very good alternative for anyone who loves the look of cables, but who is not too keen on knitting ordinary cables.

The mock cable pattern is knitted over just 6 rows which makes it fairly easy to memorize the stitch pattern.

Having said that, on the 6th row, you are required to drop the slipped stitches off your working needle. At a later stage, you have to pick up these dropped stitches again.

As a matter of fact, this can all seem a bit daunting at first. However, the dropped slip-stitches tend to stay in place and are normally very easy to pick up again when you need them.

Looking to learn more about slipping stitches? We have a great tutorial that takes you through how to slip stitches, step-by-step. You can find this tutorial here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.

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

Techniques Needed for Slipped Cable Rib

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)

wyif                                             with yarn in front

wyib                                            with yarn in back

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 8 sts plus 2

Row 1(WS): K2, * p6, k2; rep from *

Row 2: P2, * sl 1 wyib, k4 sl 1 wyib, p2; rep from *

Row 3: K2, * sl 1 wyif, p4, sl 1 wyif, k2; rep from *

Row 4:  P2, * sl 1 wyib, k4 sl 1 wyib, p2; rep from *

Row 5: K2, * sl 1 wyif, p4, sl 1 wyif, k2; rep from *

Row 6: P2, * drop sl-st off needle to front of work, k2, then pick up sl-st and knit it. sl next 2 sts, drop sl-st to front of work, sl the same 2 sts back onto left-hand needle, pick up dropped sl-st and knit it; k2, p2; rep from *.

Repeat Rows 1-6 until the desired length is reached.


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