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Traditional Cable Knit Afghan

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Get all wrapped up in this classic knit blanket pattern. The Traditional Cable Knit Afghan is just as cozy as it is beautiful, making it a great throw to display in your living or family room. Gorgeous cables run down the length of this blanket, adding just the right amount of texture. The Traditional Cable Knit Afghan would also look lovely on the end of your bed or draped over a rocking chair in the nursery. The options are endless with this classic knit afghan.

Traditional Cable Knit Afghan
Traditional Cable Knit Afghan
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Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

 

  • Bernat® Super Value™ (197 g/7 oz; 389 m/426 yds)
  • Natural (07414) 5 balls
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle

Traditional Cable Knit Afghan Chart

GAUGE
18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.

 

ABBREVIATIONS:

Approx = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
C4B = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle
C4F = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle
Cont = Continue(ity)
Double Inc = (K1. P1. K1) all in next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
Pat = Pattern
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
Rem = Remaining
RS = Right side
Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
St(s) = Stitch(es)
T3B = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then P1 from cable needle.
T3F = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.
T4B = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then P2 from cable needle.
T4F = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P2, then K2 from cable needle.
Tog = Together
Wrap 3 = With yarn in back of work, slip next 3 stitches onto right-hand needle. Bring yarn to front of work. Slip 3 stitches back onto left-hand needle and bring yarn in front of stitches and to back of work. (K2tog. yo. K1) same 3 stitches.
WS = Wrong side
Yo = Yarn over

MEASUREMENTS
Approx 43" x 55" [109 x 139.5 cm].

INSTRUCTIONS
CHAIN OF HEARTS PANEL (make 3)
(See Chart)
Cast on 35 sts.
1st row: (RS). P3. K3. P2. K2. (P1. K1) 7 times. P1. K2. P2. K3. P3.
2nd row: K3. P3. K2. P3. (K1. P1) 7 times. P2. K2. P3. K3.
3rd row: P3. Wrap 3. P2. K2. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K2tog. Double Inc in next st. ssk. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K2. P2. Wrap 3. P3.
4th row: K3. P3. K2. P3. K1. P1. K1. P7. K1. P1. K1. P3. K2. P3. K3.
5th row: P3. K3. P2. T3F. K1. P1. K1. K2tog. K1. Double Inc in next st. K1. ssk. K1. P1. K1. T3B. P2. K3. P3.
6th row: K3. P3. K3. P2. K1. P1. K1. P7. K1. P1. K1. P2. K3. P3. K3.
7th row: P3. Wrap 3. P3. T4F. C4B. K1. C4F. T4B. P3. Wrap 3. P3.
8th row: K3. P3. K5. P4. (K1. P1) 3 times. P3. K5. P3. K3.
9th row: P3. K3. P5. T4B. (K1. P1) twice. K1. T4F. P5. K3. P3.
10th row: K3. P3. K5. P2. (K1. P1) 5 times. P1. K5. P3. K3.
11th row: P3. Wrap 3. P4. T3B. (K1. P1) 4 times. K1. T3F. P4. Wrap 3. P3.
12th row: K3. P3. K4. P3. (K1. P1) 5 times. P2. K4. P3. K3.
13th row: P3. K3. P3. T3B. (P1. K1) 5 times. P1. T3F. P3. K3. P3.
14th row: K3. P3. K3. P2. (K1. P1) 7 times. P1. K3. P3. K3.
15th row: P3. Wrap 3. P2. T3B. (K1. P1) 6 times. K1. T3F. P2. Wrap 3. P3.
16th row: As 2nd row.
17th and 18th rows: As 1st and 2nd rows.
19th row: P3. Wrap 3. P2. K2. (P1. K1) 7 times. P1. K2. P2. Wrap 3. P3.
20th row: As 2nd row.
These 20 rows form Chain of Hearts Cable Panel.
Rep last 20 rows 14 times more, then rep 1st to 12th rows once. Panel should measure approx 52" [137 cm] long. Cast off in pat.

LOVERS’ KNOTS PANEL (make 2)
(See Chart)
Cast on 56 sts.
1st row: (RS). P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. (P4. K4) 3 times. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
2nd row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. (K4. P4) 4 times. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
3rd row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. T4F. P4. C4B. P4. T4B. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3.
P3.
4th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K6. P2. K4. P4. K4. P2. K6. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
5th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P6. (T4F. T4B) twice. P6. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
6th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K8. P4. K4. P4. K8. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
7th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P8. C4B. P4. C4F. P8. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
8th row: As 6th row.
9th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P6. C4B. T4F. T4B. C4F. P6. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
10th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K6. (P4. K2) twice. P4. K6. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
11th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. T4B. K2. P2. C4B. P2. K2. T4F. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
12th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K4. (P2. K2) twice. P4. (K2. P2) twice. K4. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
13th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. (K2. P2) twice. K4. (P2. K2) twice. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
14th row: As 12th row.
15th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. K2. T4B. P2. C4B. P2. T4F. K2. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
16th row: As 2nd row.
17th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. T4B. P2. T4B. T4F. P2. T4F. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
18th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. (K4. P2) 4 times. K4. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
19th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. T4B. P2. C4B. P4. C4F. P2. T4F. P2. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
20th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K2. P2. K4. (P4. K4) twice. P2. K2. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
21st row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. K2. P2. T4B. K2. P4. K2. T4F. P2. K2. P2. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
22nd row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. (K2. P2) 3 times. K4. (P2. K2) 3 times. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
23rd row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. (P2. K2) 3 times. P4. (K2. P2) 3 times. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
24th row: As 22nd row.
25th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. (P2. K2) twice. T4B. P4. T4F. (K2. P2) twice. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
26th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K2. P2. K2. P4. K8. P4. K2. P2. K2. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
27th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. T4F. T4B. P8. T4F. T4B. P2. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
28th row: K3. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K4. P4. K12. P4. K4. P4. K1. P1. K1. P4. K3.
29th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. C4F. P12. C4B. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
30th row: As 28th row.
31st row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. K4. P12. K4. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
32nd and 33rd rows: As 28th and 29th rows.
34th row: As 28th row.
35th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. T4B. C4F. P8. C4B. T4F. P2. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
36th row: As 26th row.
37th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. (P2. K2) twice. T4F. P4. T4B. (K2. P2) twice. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
38th and 39th rows: As 22nd and 23rd rows.
40th row: As 22nd row.
41st row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. K2. P2. T4F. K2. P4. K2. T4B. P2. K2. P2. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
42nd row: As 20th row.
43rd row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. (P2. T4F) twice. P4. (T4B. P2) twice. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
44th row: As 18th row.
45th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. C4F. P2. T4F. T4B. P2. C4B. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
46th row: As 16th row.
47th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. K2. T4F. P2. C4B. P2. T4B. K2. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
48th row: As 14th row.
49th and 50th rows: As 13th and 14th rows.
51st row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. T4F. K2. P2. C4B. P2. K2. T4B. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
52nd row: As 10th row.
53rd and 54th rows: As 5th and 6th rows.
55th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P8. C4F. P4. C4B. P8. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
56th row: As 6th row.
57th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P6. (T4B. T4F) twice. P6. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
58th row: As 4th row.
59th row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. (C4B. P4) twice. C4F. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
60th row: As 2nd row.
61st and 62nd rows: As 1st and 2nd rows.
63rd row: P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P4. K4. P4. C4B. P4. K4. P4. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3.
64th row: As 2nd row.
These 64 rows form Lovers’ Knots Panel.
Rep last 64 rows 3 times more, then rep 1st to 52nd rows once. Panel should measure approx 52" [137 cm] long. Cast off in pat.

FINISHING
Pin Panels to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry. Sew Panels tog as follows: (Chain of Hearts Panel. Lovers’ Knots Panel) twice. Chain of Hearts Panel.
Top and Bottom edging: With RS facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 173 sts evenly across top edge of Afghan. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (WS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Rep last row for seed st pat 6 times more. Cast off in pat.
Rep across bottom edge of Afghan.
Side edging: With RS facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 229 sts evenly along side edge of Afghan. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, work 7 rows in seed st pat as given for Top and Bottom edging. Cast off in pat.
Rep along opposite side of Afghan.

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Currently making the Traditional Cable Knit Afghan and would like to point out an error in the pattern. In the Lovers Knots panel the 19th row has the word "twice" after P2. The P2 should not be repeated as the stitch count and the symmetry of the pattern is then incorrect. The incorrect word is below for clarity. 19th row P3. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P2. T4B. P2. C4B. P4. C4F. P2. T4F. P2 twice. K3. (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. P3. The pattern otherwise is wonderful to knit.

Hey there, rosemarieper! Thank you very much for your correction. It has been applied. We're so glad you enjoyed knitting this afghan! Happy knitting!

i was trying to do the math on the pattern before I make it, and it doesn't seem like the two separate patterns will end up the same length. I have it off by 4 rows when completed. Did I do something wrong? I haven't done anything this intricate before, so I'm not really sure of they were suppose to be the same size. Thanks!

I would like to make the cedar falls throw but.....the brown one(draped across a beige chair) on the first page has that "bumpy: look that I love....but when I got the pattern page, I see an ivory cabled throw that doesn't look like the brown one. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks so much.

I am not sure why you are being directed to the wrong pattern. You can find the Cedar Falls Pattern here: http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Afghans-and- == Blankets/Cedar-falls-throw Or type "Cedar Falls Throw" into the search bar at the top or bottom of the page. Editors of AllFreeKnitting.com

I very much appreciate the free pattern, but could it be possible to have a PDF version. I find that when I copy and paste these patterns, the script is all in one long, un-paragraphed mess.

Copy to word and save as a PDF; that's what I did. Can't attach to this to share it though...

jsaliba, have you discovered "paste special"? It changed my life. Instead of just selecting copy paste, select "paste special" and choose the paste option "keep source formatting". This is an option that exists in Windows.

I have this afghan draped over my bed in winter. Provides just the warmth I need without having to turn the heat on. (in Florida) Made several for friends that were excited about its beauty. Not for the beginner. Although it is somewhat easy.

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