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Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

The Cable Rib Hat & Wristers in the Zealana Rimu DK booket feature an interesting cable stitch I developed on my own since I couldn’t find anything like it in my stitch dictionaries. It has a tricky maneuver that I haven’t seen in a pattern so here’s the tutorial.

Cable Rib Hat knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

 You need two cable needles to accomplish the cable crossing. While a little fiddly, it’s so worth it and there’s only two rows of cable crossing on the  Cable Rib Hat and Wristers in the Zealana booklet.

Cable Rib Hat knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

First, the definition of the cable crossing followed by step-by-stelp instructions.

C5f&b Sl front cable needle through the fronts of the first and third sts, leaving sts on LH needle, sl back cable needle through the backs of the second and fourth sts, sl all 4 sts off together. K1 from LH needle. P1 from back cable needle. Rotate front cable needle 180° counter clockwise, so the second stitchs is present to be worked next. P1 from back cable needle. K1 through the back loop from front cable needle.

1. Ready to begin the cable.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b  as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

2. From the front, insert the first cable needle into the first and third sts as if to purl.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

3. Leave the sts on the LH needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

4. From the back, insert a second cable needle into the second and fourth sts as if to knit through the back loops.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

5. Slip all four sts off of the LH needle. You have two sts on the front cable needle and two sts on the back cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

6. K1 from the LH needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

7. P1 from the back cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

8. Rotate the front cable needle around 180° counter clockwise.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

9. The sts on the front cable needle are twisted from the rotation with the second st presenting itself as the next st to be worked.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

10. K1 through the back loop from the front cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

11. Repeat step 7—P1 from the back cable needle.

12. Repeat step 10—K1 tbl from the front cable needle.

13. Cable st is complete.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

While developing the cable stitch I tried out a few other options that create the same effect. They are perhaps easier to knit, but I felt that the actual cable wasn’t as polished.

Option 1: Sl 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front, k1, return 3 sts to LH needle (1 st still on cn), p1, hold cn at back, [k1, p1] from LH needle, k1 from cn.

Option 2: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at back, sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at front, k1 from LH needle, p1 from back cn, [k1,p1] from front cn, k1 from back needle.

2 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial”

  1. Thanks so much for this tutorial, is exactly what I’ve been looking for (and is the only one I’ve found that addresses cables on fisherman’s rib). I’m working on a neck warmer in the round (or a hat… depends on how much yarn is going to eat, lol), but I’ve chosen the *knit into the stitch below, purl* and *knit, purl into the stitch below* to have identical sides
    Just to be sure: while I work on the cables I only knit and purl (not in the stitch below) and once I’ve done the crossing I can go on like usual, right?
    Thanks again, you’re a life-saver!

    1. You can work the cables either in the stitch below or as a regular knit/purl stitch. It really doesn’t make much difference and because it’s so much easier to do a standard knit/purl stitch, that’s how I chose to write the instructions.

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