Cable braid stitch

This looks like a difficult cable stitch, but it will surprise you how easy it is! It gives the appearance of a braid or plait in your fabric. You will need two knitting needles and cable needle to do this.

Abbreviations: k = knit; p = purl; st = stitch; C4F = Cable 4 Front (slip 2 stitches on to the cable needle and hold to the front of your work, knit 2 stitches and then knit the 2 stitches from your cable needle); C4B = Cable 4 Back (slip 2 stitches on to the cable needle and hold to the back of your work, knit 2 stitches and then knit the 2 stitches from your cable needle).

In our example, we wanted a relatively narrow braid, so we have two stitches in each section of the braid. You could make this bigger by having three stitches in each section of the braid.

We have three stitches in between each braid so there is separation between each one.

Cast on 30 stitches (6 stitches for each braid, and three stitches in between each braid and at either side)

 

Row 1: p3, *k6, p3, repeat from * to end

Row 2: k3, *p6, k3, repeat from * to end

Row 3: p3, *C4B, k2, p3, repeat from * to end

Row 4: as row 2

Row 5: as row 1

Row 6: as row 2

Row 7: p3, *k2, C4F, p3, repeat from * to end

Row 8: as row 2

Repeat these eight rows for pattern.