The Small Claw Cables Knitting Stitch has a few variations. It can be modified by adding rows for the intervals between the cables or by adding the number of stitches to make the bars or legs of the cables thinner or thicker. It is also referred to as the Horseshoe Cable Stitch or Wishbone Cable Stitch.
This particular pattern includes two rows of the Small Claws Cable Stitch and three Knit (K) /Purl (P) borders that frame the cables.
- Yarn, any weight of your choice
- Knitting needles, any size that is recommended for your yarn choice
- Cable needle
Source: The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting 2nd Edition
by Margaret Hubert | Published by @QuartoCreates
Skill Level: Intermediate
- 4-St RKC (right knit cross): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left needle, knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
- 4-St LKC (left knit cross): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2 stitches from left needle, knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
- Cast on 41.
- Row 1 (RS): K1, *k5, p2, k8, p2, rep from * once, end k6.
- Row 2: K1, *p1, k3, p1, k2, p8, k2, rep from * once, end p1, k3, p1, k1.
- Row 3: Same as Row 1.
- Row 4: Same as Row 2.
- Row 5 (twist row): K1, *k5, p2, 4-St RKC, 4-St LKC, p2, rep from * once, end k6.
- Repeat Rows 2-5.
If you just wanted the cables, it is preferred to add purl stitches to both sides of the cable to accentuate them. These headbands are really good examples to highlight this cable stitch. I call these Half-Hearted Cable Knit Headbands and these are actually available on my Etsy Shop.
What do you think of this pattern? I think it will be fun to think of different variations using this pattern with or without the borders. I would love to see what you make of it! You can tag me on Instagram @shelahknits so I can see your creation.
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