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The Art of Cable Knitting: 7 Free Patterns for a Cable Knit Sweater, Scarf, Pullover, and More

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The simple technique of crossing one group of stitches over another is commonly known as cable knitting. With an understanding of the basic components to cable knitting stitches, this technique is easy to do and opens up a whole new world of patterns and design elements. Standard or rope cables are the most basic variety, involving a single column of stitches crossed over any number of stitches. Knit cables can also be used to make braid patterns with anywhere from one to as many as seven braids making up a single group.

To celebrate the truly endless possibilities of knitting cables, we've gathered seven of our favorite cable knitting patterns to share with you. Download the entire collection to get cable knit sweaters, a pullover, a cable scarf, stunning cowl, cable vest pattern and a cable shrug design. Knit them up as the pattern states or use them to inspire your own cabled creations. Whether you have been cable knitting for years or are doing your very first pattern, you are sure to love this beautiful collection of designs and instructions for knitting cables.

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In this collection, we've gathered a few of our favorite patterns using knit cables to offer as a free download. Looking for a functional and stylish cable pullover for the men in your life? Look no further than Kathy Zimmerman's Anniversary Pullover, a cable knitting pattern that shows off knit cables and checks with scattered motifs. Lily Chin's Five Way Cable Wrap is an incredibly versatile cable shrug pattern that you can wear as a shrug, wrap, poncho, or stole. Interlocking Cables by Shirley Paden is a stunning cable sweater pattern that captures both casual elegance and graceful cables along with incredible texture.

A single rib transitions into reversible cable fabric on each end in the Rittenhouse Scarf by Marilyn Murphy, so no matter how you wear it you can show off your skills for knitting cables. Learn a new cast-on and bind-off technique with Lisa Shroyer's Valkyrie Vest or fall in love with winding cables with Kathleen Cubley's Winding River cabled cowl. Enjoy the fashionable contrast of knit cables and smooth stockinette with Pam Allen's Wheat-ear Cable Yoke, a cable sweater pattern. Whether you are looking for simple or complex, you are sure to find a few new favorite patterns using knit cables to add your collection. Download all seven free patterns plus pages of cable knitting instructions today!


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Knitting cables is a fun but challenging technique for many knitters, one that is loved and celebrated around the world. The beautiful textures created are completely unique to cable knitting stitches. What are you waiting for? Whether you are looking for cable knit sweaters, a pullover, scarf, or other pattern for knitting cables, this eBook has something for you! Learn how to knit cables and get all seven free patterns when you download your free eBook collection!

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Men's Cable Sweater Pattern: Anniversary Pullover Free Patterns to Learn How to Knit Cables

Cable Knit Sweater Pattern: Anniversary Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman

While Kathy was looking for an anniversary gift for her husband she came up with the design for this manly cable sweater pattern. The knit cables and checks represent the twists and turns of married life-the texture shifts and changes, but the overall direction is straight ahead. The motifs are intentionally scattered in the cable knit sweater, but the pattern only appears complicated (you'll have it memorized after just a few repeats).

Cable Shrug Patter: Five Way Cable Wrap

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Cable Shrug Pattern: Five Way Cable Wrap by Lily Chin
(Originally Published in Power Cables)

This versatile cable shrug pattern is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe as a shrug, wrap, poncho, or stole. Indulge in some soft, touchable yarn and knit up this cable shrug pattern in your favorite color. Follow along the detailed cable knitting instructions to whip up your own garment. There are probably more than five ways to wear this accessory, how will you wear yours?
Cable Knit Sweater: Interlocking Cables

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Cable Sweater Pattern: Interlocking Cables by Shirley Paden

This lovely cable pullover combines a graceful silhouette with a rich textural pattern for a casually elegant design. A silk merino yarn beautifully shows off the intricately intertwining knit cables and allows for the gentle drape.  A narrow rib makes for a smooth edging, while raglan sleeve shaping creates a smooth line at the shoulder. Knitters looking for a texture tour-de-force need look no further than this stunning cable pullover pattern.

(Reversible) Cable Scarf Pattern: Rittenhouse Scarf

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(Reversible) Cable Scarf Pattern: Rittenhouse Scarf by Marilyn Murphy

Worked  in two halves from the center out, this cable scarf pattern consists of a single rib that transitions into a reversible cable fabric at each end. The cable scarf is completely reversible, making it a fantastic grab and go item for your wardrobe. Along with the easy to follow instructions on knitting reversible cables, you will also learn the invisible (provisional) cast-on method.
Cable Vest Pattern: Valkyrie Vest Free Patterns to Learn How to Knit Cables

Cable Vest Pattern: Valkyrie Vest by Lisa Shroyer

This beautiful cable vest pattern was designed to be worn with negative ease at the bust and positive ease over the belly and hips. When you are determining your size, be sure you not only consider bust size but also the hip/hem measurement. They are both equally important to the success of your finished cable vest pattern. Along with the instructions for appropriate cable knitting stitches, you will also learn about the backward-loop cast-on and three-needle bind-off.

Cabled Cowl Pattern: Winding River Cowl

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Cabled Cowl Pattern: Winding River Cowl by Kathleen Cubley

Kathleen fell in love with the way this design came together, reminding her of a winding river over a rocky bed. The soft squishiness and cozy warmth of the yarn make this cabled cowl pattern perfect for wearing next to your neck. The knit cables give the illusion of moving down as you look at them, and the mobius structure also makes the cabled cowl a perfect place to rest your chin!
Cable Pullover Pattern: Wheat-ear Cable Yoke

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Cable Sweater Pattern: Wheat-ear Cable Yoke by Pam Allen

This beautiful and elegant design captures Pam's love for contrasting knit cables and smooth stockinette. In this raglan cable pullover pattern a sleek bodice and sleeves flow into a yoke of delicate knit cables. The cable knitting stitches include a two-stitch twist alternating with a seven-stitch wheat-ear. Combined these give the cable pullover some decoration with adding bulk.


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Knit cables can range from a simple single row to incredibly complex crossings and movements in the cables. But what they all boil down to is a simple set of cable knitting stitches that knitters of all abilities can master. You can even use a simple technique to knit reversible cables for patterns that you see both sides of, such as a cable scarf, shrug, or cabled cowl. When you work with cables you typically want to use a yarn with a very round cross-section, meaning a yarn with a single ply or a yarn with many plys that is very firm. Using this type of yarn helps cables to pop in the design and get a nice high-relief effect. Cable knitting is also incredibly versatile, you can add knit cables to just about any pattern or find one already made up; from cable knit sweaters to cowls, scarves, vests and more! Get even more expert tips and cable knitting instructions and learn how to knit cables like a pro when you download the entire free collection. What are you waiting for? You are only a click away from exploring seven stylish patterns using knit cables and so much more!


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