Do you know how to cable knit? Learn the basics (and try some more difficult patterns) in our board full of cable patterns.
Crossed stitches, otherwise known as cables, are one of those techniques in knitting that seemingly have no limits. We can make simple 2/2 crosses, intricate Celtic cables, and delicate 1/1 twists. Cables can be graphic with sharp angular lines, or romantic when paired with lace panels. When multiple cables occur within the same pattern—some with differing row repeats—they can be frustrating and daunting to follow. We're sharing our tips to avoid the cabled crazies:
If you, like me, have a short knitting attention span, the Compass Points Pullover by Kephren Pritchett is the sweater knitting pattern for you. It’s knit from the top down, so you can try it on as you go. It’s made in super bulky merino yarn on size 11 needles. The gorgeous staghorn cable that runs up the body and sleeves is interesting enough to keep you engaged, but not so hard that you’ll just give up. This sweater will be done before you know it, just in time to wear all winter.
The Fulton Shrug, the stunning cover project from Unexpected Cables, is a shrug knitting pattern and a scarf in one! Large structured cables travel up one arm, around the neck, and down the other, making for a unique statement accessory that will fit easily under a jacket. All those cables create extra-plush fabric that traps warmth near the skin—it's the cold-weather accessory you've been dreaming of!
The Yarmouth Pullover is truly a tribute to cables. From the stunning central panel to the sides and sleeves, this sweater is made for cable addicts and aficionados alike. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. This sweater knitting pattern pulls me straight to the East Coast—the white cables remind me of intricate boat knots, and the slanted twisted-stitch panels remind me of long ropes keeping ships tied to the docks.
Interweave Knits Fall 2018 has many of us on the Interweave team craving cozy autumn cables. Make no mistake, these projects will take your needles and your wardrobe to new heights. The Herring Cove Wrap knitting pattern is no exception. Although the cables will require your attention, the wrap’s construction is simple. As exceptional in design as it is in versatility, this cabled wrap is one of 16 cable projects that make these pages sing.
The Quincy Pullover knitting pattern from Interweave Knits Fall 2018 makes me want to become a college professor just for the fashion. This empowering, intricate pullover is a comfortable tunic-length pullover with an elegant combination of cables and textured stitches that mimics an argyle pattern.
Much like the winding street from which this sweater gains its name, the Massachusetts Ave Pullover knitting pattern features cables that cascade and intertwine down the front of the body. Worked from the top down, this sweater features subtle texturing within the diamond cabling and a simple shaped neckline you’ll fall in love with.
The Prescott Pullover knitting pattern is polished enough to wear with a skirt and heels at the office but casual enough to wear over jeans and boots on the weekend. (And it’s so comfy and cozy, you’ll want to wear it every day of the week!) Pair this cabled pullover with a vest, scarf, and hat on chilly days for a look that’s straight out of an Ivy League campus.
Cables represent a particular challenge to repair. You can’t always use a straightforward Swiss darn (duplicate stitch), so these repairs often involve reweaving stitches, either vertically or horizontally, and reconstructing the cable twists. Here are our tips for preventing damage to cables, and repairing cables if they do get snagged or raveled.
The Emerson Stole knitting pattern has no wrong side: the design features on the “wrong side” of the fabric are intentionally placed to make this stole completely reversible. Each side of the fabric is charted, making every row a right-side row. Best of all, you’ll never have to worry about which side is showing when you wear this piece.
The American Southwest averages three hundred days of sunshine every year, and the Cadencia Poncho knitting pattern by Emily Wood harnesses the warmth and radiance of that Southwestern sun. The mingling vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines catch the eye, and the drop stitches create a swingy, fun fabric. This handknit poncho is worked from side to side and finished with an I-cord edging and fringe.
A sweater for all occasions, Joan Forgione's Lucy Sweater from knitscene Fall 2018 lets you move seamlessly from morning lounging to work to an evening out on the town. This sweater knitting pattern is classic ribbed piece with a unique and flattering cable that travels from the collar down the center and then frames the slits on the sides. The cable adds knitting intrigue and elongates the torso, giving this loose-fitting sweater some structure.
The Greta Cardigan from knitscene Fall 2018 has stolen my heart. The cable excites, the stockinette soothes, and the pocket brings a smile to my face. My favorite element of this cardigan is the cable that emerges from the left front pocket and flows over the shoulder and down the back. But I also love the ribbing along the collar, the sleeves, and the hem—it makes the sweater flattering, adds visual interest throughout, and provides balance to the cable.
The focal point of Kephren Pritchett's Frances Sweater knitting pattern is the beautiful cables at the neck and sleeves. It’s worked from the top down, beginning with the cabled neck and shoulders. This pullover is uniquely shaped to allow for ample ease at the bust, and then waist shaping helps give you a light little hug at the waist. I love a sweater that is an overall simple pattern, with some alluring techniques in it so I don’t lose interest.
Oh, that cable! It’s so unusual and unexpected! Megan Nodecker's Suzy Cardigan knitting pattern is a versatile piece that you'll love to knit and love to wear. There are 8 sweater knitting patterns in knitscene Fall 2018 that make unorthodox use of cable knitting, and this one is already an instant favorite.
The Felicity Sweater by Andrea Cull features a cables-and-lace pattern the designer discovered in a Japanese stitch dictionary. The textural patterning enhances the sweater’s oversized yet flattering fit. There are all kinds of unusual cable knitting patterns with an unexpected twist in knitscene Fall 2018!
Wool Studio Vol. IV: The Norah Gaughan Collection is a capsule collection for the modern knitter. For those not familiar with Norah: she’s a knitting rock star. This is the Harper Cowl, a gorgeous cabled cowl knitting pattern with an aesthetically pleasing doubled-facing formed by a folded edge. Browse the online digital lookbook to see the other 9 gorgeous knitting patterns in the collection.
Wool Studio Vol. IV: The Norah Gaughan Collection is a capsule collection for the modern knitter. For those not familiar with Norah: she’s a knitting rock star. This is the Emerson Stole, a cabled scarf knitting pattern that encapsulates the aesthetic of the collection; inventive cables, including intriguing reversible cables like this one, are a specialty of Norah's design aesthetic. Browse the online digital lookbook to see the other 9 gorgeous knitting patterns in the collection.
Basic mock cables can be used to produce a variety of effects. Try experimenting to create your own cables from scratch, or use true cables found in stitch dictionaries to create their mock-cable counterparts. We'll show you how to translate any cable pattern into a mock cable...and why you'd want to!