How To Knit A Fake Cable Using Only Knit And Purl Stitches

Do you love the look of cable knitting but find using a cable stitch rather faffy?

Maybe you would just like to learn another way of creating a stylish cable effect in your knitting to add to your stitch repertoire?

Read on to find out how to make a wonderful cable knitting stitch using only knit and purl stitches.

This stitch is really easy to work up and is in fact an absolute pleasure to knit.

The fake cable stitch is demonstrated here using Paintbox super chunky yarn, and is placed within a frame of reverse stocking stitch.

To make this fake cable stitch, you need to cast on multiples of 5 + 2 and then work the following 4 rows.

Row 1: P2, slp, k2, psso, p2

Row 2: K2, p1, yrn, p1, k2

Row 3: P2, k3,p2

Row 4: K2, P3, k2

Abbreviations used in the fake cable stitch

K – knit

P – purl

slp – slip stitch purl wise

yrn – yarn around needle

psso – pass slipped stitch over

This fake cable stitch, set in a reverse stocking stitch, would be an ideal stitch for an unusual and stylish ribbing detail on a hat, sweater, or any other garment that would otherwise use a plain ribbed stitch.

The stitch could also be used as a centre panel on any sort of knitting design where interest and texture is required.

As you can see from this photo, this fake cable stitch will curl up and is therefore recommended for use as ribbing or as an interesting panel within a larger garment.

Thanks so much for visiting our website today. We hope you have enjoyed learning how to make an easy fake cable stitch knit only from knit and purl stitches.

Please click here to view the list of knitting stitches, tips and techniques published on The Knitting Times website.

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