The Four Section Cable stitch is a rib knit stitch. Knitting the cable in a rib stitch pattern gives it the distinct four row pattern shown here.

Skill level: Advanced

Panel of 7 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 7 sts on a background of reverse stockinette stitch*.

Special Abbreviations:
T7B rib (Twist 7 Back rib) = slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k1, p1, k1 from left-hand needle, then [p1, k1] twice from cable needle.

1st row (right side): K1, [p1, k1] 3 times.
2nd row: PB1, [k1, PB1] 3 times.
3rd row: T7B rib
4th row: As 2nd row.
5th to 10th rows: Rep 1st and 2nd rows 3 times.
Rep these 10 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
  • PB1=purl into back of next stitch
  • rep=repeat
  • st st= stockinette stitch

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