Four Stitch Cable (2) [FREE Knit Stitch Pattern]

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The Four Stitch Cable is a simple cable and a variation of the Four Stitch Cable (1) Pattern. This pattern is crossed every 6th row.

In fact, the cable action on this variant is exactly the same as the Four Stitch Cable (1). If this simple cable pattern is used on either side of a common center, one of the cables should be crossed in front and the other in the back. This will give symmetry and balance to the pattern.

If you knit any simple cable pattern, you’ll notice that the cable pattern usually has the same number of rows as there are stitches in the cable.

Many knitters prefer a slightly looser cable like this variant. And this simple cable variant has two more rows than there are stitches.

We suggest that you use purl stitches between each panel of cables as this will make the panels pop and stand out more.

You will usually make cables using a cable needle. A special cable needle is commonly used 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 (2) 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: K4

Row 4: P4

Row 5: C4F

Row 6: P4

Repeat rows 1 – 6 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: K4

Row 4: P4

Row 5: C4B

Row 6: P4

Repeat rows 1 – 6 until you reach the desired length.

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