The Horseshoe Cable Stitch

Horseshoe Cable knit stitch pattern

Learn how to knit the Horseshoe Cable stitch with this easy knit stitch pattern tutorial. This fun bold stitch really pops on solid-colored garments and blankets.

The best part is, it’s truly easier than it looks! Check out the detailed step-by-step instructions below.

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Horseshoe Cable knit stitch pattern

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What to Make with the Horseshoe Cable Knit Stitch Pattern

The horseshoe cable stitch is an impressive looking (but it’s much easier than you’d think!) cable stitch which looks great on sweaters and blankets. 

Note, the cable forms a hole at the center, this is completely normal and not visible in the finished fabric. 

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This easy knit stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 30 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
  • Optional: Stitch Markers

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 cable is 16 stitches wide and I recommend at least 4 stitches on each side. 

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 24 st by 46 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). 

Abbreviations and Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • CxF = Cable x stitches wide, hold stitches to the front (if needed, refer to this tutorial for more details). 
  • CxB = Cable x stitches wide, hold stitches to the back (if needed, refer to this tutorial for more details).
  • p2tog = purl 2 stitches together

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 38 stitches. 

Row 1-2: Knit across 

From here onwards we start the cable repeat which is an 8 row repeat. The horseshoe cable is made by having two simple cables directly next to each other and going in opposite directions. 

Row 3 (Right Side): K2, p9, k16, p9, k2. 

Row 4 (Wrong Side): K2, k9, p16, k9, k2. 

Row 5-8: Repeat Rows 3 and 4. 

closeup of needle creating the Horseshoe Cable stitch

Row 9: K3, p8, C8B, C8F, p8, k3. 

closeup of cable needle creating horseshoe cable stitch

Row 10: Repeat Row 4. 

Row 11-12: Repeat Rows 3 and 4. 

closeup of cable needle creating horseshoe cable stitch

Repeat these 8 rows (rows 5 to 12) until you reach a total length of 15 cm. 

Finish with 2 knit rows. Cast off 

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. 

Horseshoe Cable knit stitch pattern

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