The Cable Rib Stitch

Cable Rib knitting stitch pattern

The Cabled Rib knitting stitch pattern is a little twist on traditional ribbing. This stitch would add some wonderful texture to the border of a garment.

Don’t let the word “cable” freak you out. Check out my complete knitting stitch tutorial below.

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Cable Rib knitting stitch pattern

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What to Make with the Cable Rib Stitch 

The cable rib stitch is a fun variation on a simple 1×1 ribbing. You can use it anywhere you would use a simple ribbing such as the cuffs and borders of a sweater, the border of a hat, etc. 

Unfortunately, this stitch is not reversible. 

Knit Stitch Pattern Bundle

This easy knitting stitch pattern is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 10 stitches here.

Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here.

Before You Start 

Materials 

  • 4.5 mm/ US 7 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions. 
  • Worsted weight Zeeman Royal yarn (100% acrylic, 241m /264yd, 100g) 
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends – I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
  • Cable needle 

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!

Size 

The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square. 

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The stitch is multiple of 4 + 3. 

Gauge 

The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 23 st by 27 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). 

Abbreviations & Instructions 

  • st = stitch 
  • k = knit 
  • p = purl 

Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row. 

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >. 

Special Stitches and Techniques 

For videos and a detailed explanation on how to knit cables refer to this tutorial

10 knitting stitch patterns PDF

The Actual Knit Stitch Pattern 

Cast on 35 stitches. 

Row 1: [k1, p1] across, k1. 

Row 2: [p1, k1] across, p1. 

Row 3 – 4: Repeat Row 1 and 2. 

closeup of needle creating the Cable Rib Stitch

Row 5: K1, p1, [put 1 st on the cable needle and keep it in front of your work, p1, k1, k1 from your cable needle, p1] until last st, k1. 

closeup of needle creating the Cable Rib Stitch

Row 6: P1, k1, [p1, put 1 st on the cable needle and hold it at the back of your work, k1, p1 from the cable needle, k1] until last st, p1. 

Row 7 – 10: Repeat Row 1 and 2 twice. 

closeup of needle creating the Cable Rib Stitch

Repeat Rows 5 to 10 6 times (or until you reach 15 cm / 6”). 

Cast off and weave in the ends. 

Blocking and Assembly 

You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends. 

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly. 

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help. 

Cable Rib knitting stitch pattern

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