The 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.
Techniques Needed for Slipped Cable Rib
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
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.