How to Knit Cable Rib, Knitting Stitches

Once you've used the knit cable rib in your garments, it will surely become a family favorite.

And don't let the term - cable discourage you.  You won't need a cable needle to achieve the cable effect.

You are going to be using only knit and purl stitches in the pattern, with a slight twist. Just one extra technique to master and you are good to go!

If you can read it, you can make it.

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KNIT cable rib


  • It is stretchy
  • Does not curl up
  • Ensures a snug fit
  • Often reversible (not this one though)
  • Gives form to your finished item

what you'll be using

  • Knitting Needles (I used 4mm, 6US, 8UK)
  • Elle Double Knit (DK) yarn / Light worsted yarn

For a snug fit, ribbing is usually worked with needles a size or two smaller than those used for your garment body.

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Cross 2 RK  -  cross 2 stitches to the right

K       - knit

P       -  purl

rep    - repeat

st       - stitch

more about ribbings

The pattern is knit over 4 rows.

The knit cable rib is a 2 x 2 ribbing, better explained as:  

1 x 1 rib is knit using k1, p1 in the uneven rows and p1, k1 in the even rows.

2 x 2 rib is knit in the same way, k2, p2 in the uneven rows and p2, k2 in the even rows.

Explaining Cross 2RK:

Cross 2RK is the abbreviation for:  cross 2 stitches to the right.

Knit cross 2RK as follows:

The process is the almost the same as knitting 2 stitches together:

Insert the right needle into the second stitch on the left needle, and knit the second stitch - without dropping the second or first stitch.

Then, knit the first stitch as well, and drop both stitches.

In other words, you are still knitting 2 stitches, just in another order as usual.  It is not an increase or decrease method, only to get the cable-twisted effect.

And that's it!

It helps if your knitting is a bit loser when you're knitting the cross knit stitches.

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the pattern - knit cable rib STITCH


Cast on multiples of 4 stitches + 2 - my sample shown is worked over 30 stitches.

1st   Row:   P2  *K2, P2; rep from *  end;

2nd  Row:  K2 *P2, K2; rep from * to end;

3rd  Row:   P2  *Cross 2 RK, P2; rep from *  end;

4th  Row:   K2 *P2, K2; rep from * to end;

Repeat the pattern (these 4 rows) until your work is the desired length.

where to use the cable rib

  • Hat brims
  • Throws
  • Wearable items
  • Home articles

happy knitting!

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