Celtic braid stitch

This intricate braid is sometimes called Celtic Cable or Saxon Braid or even Celtic Knot-work. It looks great on a jumper or cardigan. Or even an ear-warmer!

 

You will need two knitting needles and cable needle to do this.

Abbreviations:

k = knit

p = purl

st = stitch

C4B = slip 2 on to cable needle and hold to back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

C4F = slip 2 on to cable needle and hold to front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

CR3B = slip 1 on to cable needle and hold to back of work, k2, p1 from cable needle

CL3F = slip 2 on to cable needle and hold to front of work, p1, k2 from cable needle

CR4B = slip 2 on to cable needle and hold to back of work, k2, p2 from cable needle

CL4F = slip 2 on to cable needle and hold to front of work, p2, k2 from cable needle

Cast on in multiples 24, plus 6st (for a 3st border either side). Repeat the section in square brackets for each celtic braid.

 

Row 1: p3, [(p2, C4B, p2) 3 times], p3

Row 2: k3, [(k2, p4, k2) 3 times], k3

Row 3: p3, [p1, CR3B, (CL4F, CR4B) 2 times, CL3F, p1], p3

Row 4: k3, [k1, p2, k3, p4, k4, p4, k3, p2, k1], k3

Row 5: p3, [CR3B, p1, (p2, C4F, p2) 2 times, p1, CL3F], p3

Row 6: k3, [p2, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p2], k3

Row 7: p3, [k2, p2, (CR4B, CL4F) 2 times, p2, k2], p3

Row 8: k3, [p2, k2, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k2, p2], k3

Row 9: p3, [(k2, p2) 2 times, p2, C4B, p2, (p2, k2) 2 times], p3

Row 10: k3, [p2, k2, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k2, p2], k3

Row 11: p3, [k2, p2, (CL4F, CR4B) 2 times, p2, k2], p3

Row 12: k3, [p2, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p2], k3

Row 13: p3, [CL3F, p1, (p2, C4F, p2) 2 times, p1, CR3B], p3

Row 14: k3, (k1, p2, k3, p4, k4, p4, k3, p2, k1], k3

Row 15: p3, [p1, CL3F, (CR4B, CL4F) 2 times, CR3B, p1], p3

Row 16: k3, [k2, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k2], k3

 

Repeat these 16 rows until your piece is the length you desire, then cast off.