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The Slipped Closing Double Cable Stitch Pattern is a lovely, slip-stitch pattern which resembles a double cable.
In fact, slip-stitch patterns are a great alternative for knitters who love the look of cables but, who do not like to knit cables.
Actually, this particular slip-stitch cable is knitted with a single, central stitch. Of course, you can omit this stitch. If you choose to do so, this stitch will look more or less identical to the true Reverse Gull Stitch.
In addition, keep in mind that the panel will only be 10 stitches wide, as opposed to 11 stitches in this panel.
Furthermore, the Slipped Closing Double Cable Stitch Pattern is achieved by repeating just 4 rows. However, row 4 is quite special, as you have to drop the slipped stitches off the needle and then pick them up again.
However, this can seem a bit scary at first. As a matter of fact, the dropped stitches do not really go anywhere, as they do not unravel. In addition, they are really easy to pick up again.
So, looking to learn more about slipping stitches? We have a great tutorial that takes you through the process, step by step. In fact, you can find the tutorial here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.
Techniques Needed for Slipped Closing Double Cable Stitch
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
wyif with yarn in front
wyib with yarn in back
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Panel of 11 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K2, p7. k2
Row 2: P2, sl 1 wyib, k5, sl 1 wyib, p2
Row 3: K2, sl 1 wyif, p5, sl 1 wyif, k2
Row 4: P2, drop sl-st to front of work, k2, pick up dropped st and knit it, k1, sl 2 wyib, drop sl-st to front of work, sl the same 2 sts back to left-hand needle, pick up dropped st and knit it, k2, p2.
Repeat rows 1-4 until the desired length is reached.