Today, I’m sharing how to knit the Stag Horn Cable stitch, another classic of the knitting world.
It’s a six-row repeat pattern, easy and fun to knit, and great for a central panel of ponchos, sweaters, or even the sleeves of a sweater or cardigan.
However, cable patterns are also great for hats, scarves, mittens, and socks, and they look better on a Reverse Stockinette stitch background 🙂
Please take into account that we’ll need a “cable needle”; a third needle of the same size, or a stitch holder, #ad, or hair pin (Bobby pin) in order to cross the stitches.
In summary, use whatever is easier for you (I prefer something short, like a hairpin or a short stitch holder).
So, grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s cable together!
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side
C4B (Cable 4 Back): Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold at the back of the work. K2 from the left-hand needle, and K2 from the cable needle
C4F (Cable 4 Front): Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold at the front of the work. K2 from the left-hand needle, and K2 from the cable needle
BO: Bind off
The odd rows form the RS of the work.
The selvage st (the first and the last) will be knitted on every odd row and purled on every even row.
How to knit the Stag Horn Cable
CO 16 st + 2 (edge st); i.e.: 16 + 2 = 18 st.
Setup row: P across
Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge) , *K4, C4B, C4F, k4*. Repeat to last st, K1 (edge)
Row 2: P across
Row 3: K1 (edge) , *K2, C4B, k4, C4F, k2*. Repeat to last st, K1 (edge)
Row 4: P across
Row 5: K1 (edge) , *C4B, k8, C4F*. Repeat to last st, K1 (edge)
Row 6: P across
These last six rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.
When finished, BO knitwise after row 6 (RS).
This is the other side of the work:
Enjoy the video tutorial:
I hope you like it!
Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂
Carolina – So Woolly
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