The climbing cable stitch is worked over four stitches so it is a narrow cable pattern. As you knit this cable, you will notice that it alternates between a longer and a shorter cables for a unique look.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Panel of 4 sts on a background of reverse St st.

Materials and Supplies

You can use any weight yarn along with the appropriate size needles for that particular yarn. A suggestion of needle sizes often is posted on the yarn label (wrapper). You will also need a cable needle for this stitch.

Craft Instructions

Panel of 4 sts on a background of reverse St st.

Special Abbreviation:
C4B = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

1st row (right side): K4
2nd row: P4.
3rd row: C4B.
4th row: P4
5th to 8th rows: Rep 1st to 4th rows once more.
9th to 12th rows: Rep 1st and 2nd rows twice.
Rep these 12 rows.

*To work a background of reverse stockinette stitch, in straight stitching, purl the first row, knit the second and repeat these two rows.

Knitting Abbreviations:

  • k= knit
  • p=purl
  • rep=repeat
  • sts=stitches
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