The Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch

Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch  by Janice Jones  |Published 08-09-2023

Don’t worry if you haven’t mastered cables or lace.  This is a rather unusual stitch with a name that says it all. 

Eyelet, cable, and ribbing combine to create a lovely textured stitch that looks like cables, but as the name suggests, it’s a false or faux cable.

It’s fairly stretchy and cable-like,  but it also has little holes (eyelets) that make you think lace.

A swatch of the eyelet mock cable rib stitch worked in worsted  weight rose colored yarn.Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch

This mock cable is created with yarn overs, slip stitches and decreases.  This is an easy-level stitch because it uses easy knits and purls but also requires you to understand how to make slip stitches, yarn around needle, and psso decreases. 

Don’t worry, though, I will walk you through these three techniques.  Even though it is easy, its appearance screams fancy and difficult. 

Since this stitch is ribbed, it can be used wherever you need a rib stitch, such as the cuffs of a sweater, sweaters, or even hats. 

It’s not reversible, but both the front and back of the stitch look great, so if you need a stitch where both sides will show, this could be a good choice.

The eyelet mock cable rib close up of the right side of the fabricEyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Right Side
Eyelet mock cable rib swatch showing the wrong sideEyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Wrong Side

Abbreviations Used to Make the Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch

P = purl

K = knit

CO = Cast on

BO = Bind off

Sl 1 p = Slip one stitch as if to purl (see below)

Psso = pass slip stitch over (see below)

Yrn = yarn around needle (see below)

How to Make the psso Knit Decrease

The psso knit decrease always follows a slipped stitch (sl 1).  In the directions for the Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch, you will first make a slip stitch, then two knit stitches, then you will make a psso.

From the stitch pattern below:

Step 1: Slip one stitch, purlwise from the left needle to the right needle.

Step 2:  Knit two stitches.

Step 3:  Make the psso:  Insert your left needle into the slipped stitch on your right needle, knit-wise.

Step 4: Pull the slipped stitch up and over both knit stitches after it, and off the tip of your right needle.

How to make the Yarn Around the Needle (yrn)

The yarn around the needle (yrn) is like the yarn over (YO) but is always made on the purl side.  When you are on the purl side of the fabric, the yarn is already in the front of the work.  Take the yarn over and around the right-hand needle.

How to Make the Slip Stitch as if to Purl

Slip stitches are very easy.  Rather than purling the stitch, you will use your right needle as if you are going to make a purl stitch and slip the next stitch from the left needle onto the right needle.  That’s it!

Directions for Making the Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch

The pattern is worked on multiples of 5 + 2

For this tutorial, I Cast on 27 stitches. (5 x 5) + 2 = 27


Row 1 (RS):  P2, *sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 2:  K2, *p1, yrn, p1, k2; rep from * to end.

Row 3:  P2, *k3, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 4:  K2, *p3, k2; rep from * to end.

Work these four rows for the pattern until you reach your desired length. Bind off, and weave in ends.


Making the Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing Stitch is not difficult, but it does require one to know how to work the pass the slip stitch over (psso), yarn around needle (yrn) and slip stitch (sl 1 ).  

The fabric you create appears like fancy cables with the addition of little eyelets or holes.  In addition, the cables are worked so that the fabric also looks like decorative ribbing.

Pin for Future Reference

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