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17 Cable Knitting Patterns

These free cable knitting patterns feature beautiful braids and twists that are simply stunning!

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Updated May 08, 2018
Cable Knitting Patterns

It is never too late to add a new knitting stitch to your ever-growing repertoire of knitting skills. After all, with so many stitches available, it could take you years to master them all. For this roundup, we focus on one of our favorite knitting styles -- cable knitting.

Don't let those fancy cable stitched knits scare you off. It's not that hard to learn. Cabling simply means knitting your stitches in a different order. Doing this quite literally twists the stitches, giving you those gorgeous braids.

Cables can be made by adding a number of stitches onto a separate needle (a cable needle) while continuing in the pattern as usual. These suspended stitches are then integrated back into the original row, thus creating the famed cable stitch.

Regardless of how long you've been knitting, the odds of you coming across a knitting pattern or two with cable stitch knitting is quite high. These beautiful twisted and braided designs add a unique look and feel to all of your knits, turning a simple knit sweater pattern into a more timeless knit. Many knitting beginners may view the task as an advanced way of knitting, but this special technique can be picked up by any knitter regardless of skill level. All it takes is a little bit of time, patience, and determination.

Once you get the hang of cable stitch knitting, you'll be able to take your knit scarf and knit hat patterns to a whole new level.

Quad Cable Knit Scarf Pattern

This chunky knit scarf uses super bulky yarn to knit up fast and create a great bumpy texture in the cables. Plus, tassels on the scarf’s ends add extra fun and flair.

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Quad Cable Knit Scarf Pattern

Purple Haze Knit Hat

The cables in this easy knit hat pattern make it run a bit tight for a snug, ear-warming fit, but the knit beanie pattern can be knit with an extra cable repeat for a larger size or looser fit.

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Purple Haze Knit Hat

Ravishing Ruby Pillow

This simple knit pillow pattern is a great way to get practice with cables as well as an awesome opportunity to create a unique home decor item.

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Ravishing Ruby Pillow

Katherine's Cable Knit Hat

Katherine's Cable Knit Hat has the perfect amount of slouch for a relaxed fit without looking too sloppy. This pattern is a classic that will be in style forever, so it's a great project to learn how to cable knit.

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Cable Crush Winter Hat

Leisure Luxe Cardigan

This intermediate knitting pattern is perfect for the variable autumn weather and lends itself nicely to the layered look.

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Leisure Luxe Cardigan

Dusty Lavender Cable Blanket

Knit baby blankets like these are must-haves for the newest member of your family, and once you learn how to cable, knitting one is a breeze.

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Dusty Lavender Cable Blanket

Winter Bonfire Hat

The Winter Bonfire Hat is the quintessential cold weather knit accessory. It has a traditional cable stitch design and a thick ribbed edging to keep you warm during sleigh rides, snowball fights, and caroling.

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Winter Bonfire Hat

Mossy Cables Turtleneck Sweater

This wouldn't be a complete cable knit roundup with knit sweater patterns. While the idea of learning how to knit a sweater may seem a bit daunting to some, it doesn't have to be!

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Mossy Cables Turtleneck Sweater

Little Red Riding Hood Easy Knit Shawl

The vibrant red is especially striking in the winter, but will look beautiful any season. Adorned with a cable stitch on the border, it harbors a slight sense of intricacy that other easy shawl knitting patterns seem to lack.

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Little Red Riding Hood Easy Knit Shawl

Celtic Cables Wrap

One of our most popular knitting patterns, this Celtic Cables Wrap is a great way to break into the world of advanced cable knitting. It's so elegant, and it comes together quickly, too!

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Celtic Cables Wrap

Knot Your Grandma's Cowl

Cable stitch knitting isn't just a knitting technique reserved for knit sweater patterns. The cabling design in this knit scarf pattern provides a uniquely beautiful design you'll be proud to have made yourself.

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Knot Your Grandma's Cowl

Cable Crush Winter Hat

Who doesn't just love knitted hats? Dive into the twists and turns in this knit hat pattern to give these classic knits a whole new look. You won't be able to keep away from this cozy warm hat pattern.

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Cable Crush Winter Hat

Oats and Honeycomb Cabled Pullover

Rise to the cables challenge and take on one of this fashionable knit. Soon, you won't have to buy your sweater from retail stores. Instead, you'll be making them at home yourself with no problem at all!

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Oats and Honeycomb Cabled Pullover

Arctic Sunset Cable Hat

You can stay warm in true knitting style with this fun cabled hat, a modern take on more traditional patterns.

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Arctic Sunset Cable Hat

Cable Knit Handwarmers

Shown in winter blue, these Cable Knit Handwarmers are the perfect knitted accessory to combat your cold weather woes. Of course, you can always switch up the colors to create a knit more personal to you.

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Cable Knit Handwarmers

Winter Wonder Cabled Yoke Sweater

With its snowy color and festive appearance, this beautiful pattern is a must-make for everyone who knows how to knit a sweater.

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Winter Wonder Cabled Yoke Sweater

Patch Sampler Throw

Try a little bit of everything with this adorable sampler throw pattern. Just can't get enough of trying new types of cabling stitches? This pattern is for you.

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Patch Sampler Throw

How to Knit Cables

New to cabling? Check out our video tutorial for a basic chunky cable below!

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