The Mock Cable Knit Pattern by Janice Jones |Published 10-21-2023
This is a great pattern that resembles a real cable stitch without the need for cable needles. There is one twist to make on row two that creates the look of a cable. The best news is that it is easy, far easier than creating real cables, and that's often good news for beginners who have not mastered cables.
It's not exactly reversible but it looks great on both sides. One side looks like small cables and the opposite side looks like ribs.
This is worked on multiples of 4 + 2 sts with a 4-row repeat.
For this sample swatch, I cast on 18 stitches, but please feel free to cast on any multiples of 4 + 2 (For example, 10, 14, 18, 22, etc.)
K = knit
P = Purl
K2tog = Knit two stitches together as if they were one.
WS = Wrong Side
RS = Right Side
* * = Repeat the instructions between the astericks.
This is a basic or beginner-friendly stitch pattern that requires these skills:
Most of the time we knit each stitch from the left to the right needle as they are presented.
Note: This pattern creates a faux cable that twists to the right.
Row 1: (RS) P2, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to end.
Row 2: (WS) K2, *P2, K2. Repeat from * to end.
Row 3: P2, *K2tog, but leave both stitches on the left needle. Next, Insert your needle into the first stitch on the needle tip. Knit that stitch, and then slide both stitches off needle, p2 rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: Same as Row 2.
Repeat these 4 rows until desired length. Bind off on row 4.
Notice the difference between the front and the back fabric. One looks more like a cable and the other looks more like a rib stitch.
I have found a variety of ways to make mock or faux cable stitches. Here is one more you might want to try. This one is called the Eyelet Mock Cable Stitch and it requires a couple of new skills to master.
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.
It too is not entirely reversible, but both the right and the wrong side shows an interesting textured pattern. The right side shows the cable pattern with a little hole or eyelet in the center of each cable.
This one is similar but it is worked on a multiple of 3 + 2. It is also worked on a 4-row repeat.
Cast on a multiple of 3 + 2 st (for example 20, 26 or 32)
For the purposes of this tutorial, I Cast on 20 sts. (3x6) + 2
Row 1: *K2tog, but leave both stitches on the left needle. Next, Insert your needle into the first stitch on the needle tip. Knit that stitch, and then slide both stitches off needle, p1, rep from * to last 2 st, the [K2tog, but leave both stitches on the left needle. Next, Insert your needle into the first stitch on the needle tip. Knit that stitch, and then slide both stitches off needle]
Row 2: *P2, K1. Repeat from * to last 2 st, then P2.
Row 3: *K2, P1. Repeat from * to last 2 st, then K2.
Row 4: Same as Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until you reach your desired length. Bind off.
While all of these patterns require new skills for the absolute beginner, they only use knit and purl stitches which make them doable for beginners. Many will also agree that they are easier than creating cables in the traditional way and the fabric created can be used for a variety of different projects: hats, scarves, cowls, and even mittens.