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. 

It’s also a great stitch to make a blanket square with!

I’ve used it for example in my Cable Rib Hat (check out the free knitting pattern here)

Charity Cozy Fall KAL

This blanket square knitting pattern is part of the Charity Cozy Fall MAL.

20 unique knit square designs are released throughout the month of October 2022 to form a cozy fall blanket.

You can find all the knit square patterns here

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 


  • 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!

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The pattern is written for 2 sizes: 15 (20) cm / 6 (8)” square. Pictures show the small size.

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


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”). 

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.

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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

The Actual Knit Stitch Pattern 

  • Cast on 35 (47) 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 until you reach 15 (20) cm / 6 (8)”. 

  • 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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  • Collene
    September 16, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Do you have comparable stitches for crochet vs. knitting?

    • Hortense Maskens
      September 18, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Collene, no I don’t have exact comparisons for each stitch sorry